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

12 August, 2013

Venice in the Rain

A beautiful set of photographs from LIFE photographer Dmitri Kessel (who also shot these similarily beautiful and atmospheric photos of a snowy Paris) depicting Venice on a rainy December day, 1952.

Dmitri Kessel, LIFE © Time Inc.

Gondolas moored on the Grand Canal. Source

Dmitri Kessel, LIFE © Time Inc.

The Basilica and Doge's Palace on the Piazza San Marco. Source

Dmitri Kessel, LIFE © Time Inc.

People in the Piazza San Marco. Source

09 August, 2013

Wartime Barbering

Hair doesn't stop growing just because there's a war on, after all. 

© IWM (Q 19051)

The barber of the American Submarine Chaser Depot, WWI. Source

© IWM (Q 4029)

A barber of the Black Watch Regiment during the Somme, 1916. Source

© IWM (A 6223)

The ship's barber of the HMS Cochrane, WW2. Source

06 August, 2013

Picnicking in the Past

Hello and thank you to all my wonderful followers! I apologize for the prolonged absence-- I've been interning at an amazing photo collection, and much as I love photographs, I have to say that after 40 hours a week spent working with them, I need a break! I've just finished, though, and I have this month off before starting my second year of my master's (in photo history and preservation, of course!), so let's take advantage of it!

How about a nice, summery post to start? Picnics of the past!

LIFE archives © Time Inc.

A carside picnic, ca. 1930. Source

Swedish National Heritage Board

Picknicking in Lyskeil, Sweden, ca. 1890. Source

State Library of Queensland

A hunting party has a picnic, Queensland, Australia. Source

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