History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

31 December, 2011

Happy New Year's!

Happy 1910, 1936, 1949, 1956... and 2012!



New Year's Eve in Gary, Indiana, 1956. Source



New Year's Eve, 1944, the Sanford Jewish Community Centre, Sanford, Florida. Source



A New Year's celebration in San Francisco. Source



The fancy dress Chelsea Arts New Year's Eve ball, London, 1947. Source



Scottish troops on New Year's Day, WW1. Source



A cafe on New Year's Eve, c. 1910. Source



New Year's Party, 1957. Source



A posh New Year's party, 1956. Source



New Year's Eve party in Times Square, NYC, 1956. Source



Sipping champagne at a Hollywood party, 1949. Source



Underwater New Year's celebration, Jan. 1, 1953, Rainbow Springs, Florida. Source



New Year's party of the Russian Ballet in Sydney, Australia, 1936. Source



Balloons dropping on New Year's Eve, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1958. Source



Celebrating, Gary, Indiana, 1956. Source



Paul Newman and wife Joanne Woodward sharing a New Year's kiss at a party in Orsay, France, 1961. Source



New Year's kiss at a party in Miami, 1957. Source

30 December, 2011

London by Moonlight

A stroll around London on a brightly moonlight night in 1940. Beautiful and somewhat eerie. 



Piccadilly Circus (if you are familiar with the place, note the sandbagged, boarded and postered statue of Eros). Source



The Tower Bridge. Source



And another view. Source



Trafalgar Square with the Nelson Monument, adorned with wartime posters. Source



The Houses of Parliament. Source



A blacked out Trafalgar Square, with the National Gallery to the left and the church St Martin's in the Field centre. Source

29 December, 2011

On the Ice

Shall we skate?



Skating in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, c. 1872-1887. Source




Skating in Switzerland, 1930. Source



Children skating, Dusseldorf, Germany, 1953. Source



Doing the ice tango, c. 1910. Source



Skating on Lake Chelan, Washington State, US, c.1900. Source



Speed skaters ready for the race start, the Netherlands, 1914. Source



Catholic priest ice skating, Detroit, Michigan, 1955. Source



A Mrs. Cunningham skating, c. 1910-1915. Source



Figure skater Irving Brokaw, c. 1910. Source



Skating in traditional costume, Marken, the Netherlands, 1938. Source



Skating with a pram-sledge, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1926. Source



Sailors skating at Rockefeller Centre, NYC, 1942. Source



Skating on the canals in Amsterdam, 1976. Source



Elderly Chinese people skating, China, 1946. Source



Child with safety pillow, aww. The Netherlands, 1933. Source



Skating on St. Margaret's Loch, Edinburgh, Scotland, c. 1880 [?]. Source

28 December, 2011

A Pet Ocelot

All right, you really shouldn't keep a wild animal like an ocelot as a pet... but my goodness are they cute! A series for LIFE magazine (though unpublished, as far as I can tell), 1961, USA.


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Ocelot prowling the bed. Source




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Ocelot on a table. Source



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Ocelot jumping down from the bird cage. Source



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Taking a flying leap across the room. Source



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Whee! Source 


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AHH! Source



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Ocelot begging for food. Source



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Kitty on the counter. Source



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And in the fridge (someone's a bit spoiled...). Source



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Ocelot taking a ride in the car. Source



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There's two! Source



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Taking a walk with the family ocelot. Source



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Spot the ocelot! Source



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Spotted all two? Source



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Hug time. Source 




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Ocelot on the shoulder. Source 



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Ocelot climbing on the photographer. Source



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Kitty wrestling. Source



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Hanging out with the ocelot. Source 



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Ocelot cuddles! Source



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Awwww. Source



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Awwwwww. Source



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Ocelot kiss! Source


All right, I'll take one. 

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