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

16 March, 2015


Today marks the fourth anniversary of The Passion of Former Days!

As usual, the occasion makes me go "wow." To be honest, I thought it would be something I dabbled with for a month or maybe two. The first time a post hit 100 views my jaw hit the floor. Now... four years, 462 posts, and 940,000 page views. The pace has slowed a bit from earlier days, but really that's been because of the blog's influence, too. Through this little endeavour I realized how much I love historical photographs, which led me to the decision to switch fields (from medieval history, of all places), which led me to a master's in Photographic Preservation at Collections Management, which itself exposed me to more amazing photographs that I ever could have believed I'd see (I've been inches away from the first daguerreotype!). I just accepted my offer of admission to do a PhD at Canada's top university, on snapshots. At the moment I'm working doing research with WWI images, which is very fitting, considering two of my first three blog posts were of WWI photographs. 

The moral is: you sure never know what decisions are going to be life-changing!

It's been absolutely wonderful to see this blog--and, of course, these pictures--get the feedback it has. There are so many great pictures out there, and after all these years and all this learning and all this experience I only feel that more. I love that there's people out there who love this too. Thank you for all the follows, and all the shares, and, most importantly, all the enjoyment!


© Crown copyright. IWM (RAF-T 6311)

Four planes of the RAF aerial display team the Red Pelicans, 1963-64.  Source

University of Washington Libraries

Four women in wood veneer bathing suits for a lumber promotion, ca. 1929, Washington (State). Source

© IWM (D 944)

Four Belgian children with jammy faces, London, 1940. Source

State Library of New South Wales

Four department store guides, Sydney, 1938. Source

State Library of Wales

Four servants in livery, Wales, ca. 1875. Source

Library of Congress

Four Columbia Varsity rowers, 1913. Source

Powerhouse Museum

Four cockatoos, ca 1900. Source

George Eastman House

Four women being playful in the studio, tintype, ca. 1890. Source

Group portrait of four people, Australia, ca. 1915. I confess I chose this one out of amusement at the unnecessarily awkward pose of the man in uniform. Source

© IWM (TR 90)

Four RAF men jumping over a tennis net, Florida, 1941. Source



Mary Lou said...

Happy Anniversary! I so enjoy your blog.

Ana said...

I'm so happy to see something this good thrive - congratulations!

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