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

20 September, 2012

Out for Drinks

Bars, saloons, pubs and speakeasies of days gone by. 

From various collections. 


Ralph Morse, LIFE © Time Inc.

The bar at a music hall, London, 1946. Source





Tony Linck, LIFE © Time Inc.

Sam's Bar and Grill, NYC, 1949. Source



John Philips, LIFE © Time Inc.

A small saloon in Paraguay, 1939. Source

18 September, 2012

Snatch Summer's Closing Days

With a few days left of the season, let's enjoy these wonderful summertime posters from London Transport, 1920s and 30s.

From the collections of the London Transport Museum.



Poster by Harold Sandys Williamson, 1933. Source



Poster by L. B. Black, 1926. Source



Poster by Horace Taylor, 1926. Source


10 September, 2012

Letters From Home

Soldiers reading and writing home, from World War One to Korea.


© IWM (B 15363)

A British soldier reads a letter in his dugout, Germany, 1945. Source



© IWM (BF 522)

A soldier writes a letter home from Korea, 1951-53. Source



LIFE/© Time Inc.

American soldiers read letters (and make fudge!) during a quiet moment, Italy, 1944. Source



07 September, 2012

Daguerreotype Children II

All right, well, that "I'm back" was rather preliminary. :) I'll work on getting back on track, but meanwhile let's just assume this blog will a bit sporradic for a while. 

Today, another set of children of the 1850s! How incredible is it that we can look into the faces of children from the 1850s?  



George Eastman House

An unidentified child by Southworth and Hawes, c. 1850. Source



Library of Congress

A child holding a black rag doll, c. 1852. Source



George Eastman House

An unidentified girl by Southworth and Hawes, c. 1850. Source


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