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 March, 2012

A Scottish Bride

A sweet series documenting the courtship and wedding of an American soldier and Scottish woman who met while he was stationed in the UK, 1944. At some point between meeting and getting married they met the photographer, and re-staged some of the earlier parts for him, haha. 

Dedicated to Grace. :)

A recreation of the soldier's first meeting with his girl, in Edinburgh. Source

A recreation of their first date, Edinburgh. Source

A recreation of their first kiss. Source

The soldier writing to his commanding officer asking permission to marry his girlfriend. Source

The couple travels by train to Windsor for their marriage ceremony. Source

Wedding! Source

The bride wipes lipstick off her new husband's face. Source

A kiss for the bride from her husband's commanding officer. Source

Tea in bed for the newlyweds (let's hope she-- and the photographer-- knocked first!). Source

A spot of honeymoon... rowing in the Thames. Source

The couple tours Windsor Castle. Source

A bit of window shopping in Windsor. Source

The newlyweds walk in Windsor Great Park. Source

30 March, 2012

The Heat of Battle

Intense photographs of American soldiers fighting in Guam, 1944, by LIFE photographer W. Eugene Smith.

Warning: some graphic and disturbing content. 

GIs treat a wounded combat dog. Source

29 March, 2012

A Writer Writes

People writing!

Painter Maurice Utrillo writing, 1949. Source

Playwright Thornton Wilder writing near Saratoga Springs, New York, 1956. Source

Old Sikh men writing at a desk, India, 1946. Source

A nun writing in her room, 1948. Source

George Bernard Shaw writing in a notebook, 1914. Source

Author Mary McCarthy at her typewriter, 1944. Source

Renowned harpsichordist Wanda Landowska writes a letter, 1949. Source

Vladimir Nabokov writing in his car, Ithaca, New York, 1958. Source

Brazilian poet Rosalina Coelho writing with her lipstick, Brazil, 1943. Source

A little boy writing about the things he likes to do, 1948. Source

Queen Victoria, of course. 1892. Source

A woman writing in her notebook, 1940. Source

Art critic Bernard Berenson, Florence, Italy, 1948. Source

Actress Millie Perkins writing in her hotel room, NYC, 1959. Source

An American soldier writing a letter, Marshall Island, 1944. Source

Arthur Conan Doyle writing, 1912. Source

Marilyn Monroe writing at home in Hollywood, 1953. Source

Historian and newspaperman Douglas Southall Freeman writing copy in his office, Richmond, Virginia, 1940. Source

Charles Dickens writing, 1855. Source

An inmate at San Quentin prison sits alone in the mess hall writing a letter, 1947. Source

An American soldier writing a letter home, Korea, 1951. Source

Artist Augustus John writing at his desk, 1946. Source

A student writing a story for the Yale university paper, facing a wall covered with front pages of papers past, 1942. Source

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