Friday, 29 January 2010

Pretty Lady Spinning in a Box

To round out this week of not quite thematic photograph postings, I present you with photographs of unknown dancers. I couldn't think of anything else that would do for one post, and pictures of dancers make me happy. More on my interview later. When I'm awaker.

On a similar note, I'd like to make little comments about how much I love each and every one of these. But I'd end up just gushing incoherently and repeating myself. I think you get the idea.


1930 Oregon



(I love the variety of images I have, similar to this,
that all involve groups of women dancing out of doors)






Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Long Cold Days

I was going to make a theme of people playing sports because I'm tired of always being indoors because it is cold outside! Then I kept seeing pictures of people playing games instead of sports. In the American Girl catalogs the games of the past doll accessories (paper dolls, etc) were featured on the page with their winter coat. And so, as it's winter, I bring you games of the past- although several of them are taking place out of doors....

1940s A game of marbles
(Another of my favorites)

1910s Tonkin, Vietnam: A group of women representing the pieces in a live game of Chess

1938 Playing Cards in the Lower East Side

Japan, playing Tolanpu, a card game

1955 Polish Seminarians
(I was going to save this for another post- but I think I like it better here)

1910 Cuba: Playing dominoes during the midday rest

1859 Margaret Anne and Henrietta May Lutwidge, Aunts of Lewis Carroll, playing Chess

1899 Playing Chess in Algeria

Newsies playing Craps, by Lewis Wickes Hine

Risque Card Game

A Book Review of Unspeakable Evil

I just finished reading Josh Leib's I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President. It's fairly new, so is currently only available in hardcover. It's not fantastic literature, so in general I'd say wait until it comes out in paperback, but if your kid is dying to get Wimpy Kid, CONVINCE HIM TO GET THIS INSTEAD.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I compare it to Wimpy Kid because, well, the main characters are very similar. However, whereas Kinney's 'hero' is merely the worst sort of Middle School boy stereotype, Leib's Oliver Watson is an overweight, apparently dumb, irrespective Middle School boy who runs his own evil empire! The beginning was a little confusing- I could not tell if Oliver was ACTUALLY an evil genius and the third richest person in the world with a compound under his house and hired bodyguards at school whose identities he was unaware of, or just had a really good imagination and high thoughts of himself. I think what makes the difference between the two books is the absurd. The Wimpy Kid is just obnoxious. Oliver has a blimp, a cowering frontman, and a dog trained in the art of attacking by Finnish Mercenaries. His obnoxious behaviour is made acceptable by removing him from the real world in which the reader lives.

But anyway- so Oliver decides to run for 8th grade president in order to show up his 'Daddy' (who is called that by Oliver precisesly because he hates it). He has his corporation gather blackmail against the other candidates and has them convinced to drop out of the race. Rather than congratulations at his guaranteed win, his father explains that winning by default is not actually winning. So Oliver arranges for there to be an opponent against whom he can surely win: Randy Sparks- the Most Pathetic Boy in School.

I won't tell you the ending or the result of the election. I will say that I was a little let down by the ending. The climactic moment of the book was great. But then it didn't really go anywhere from there. I'm not sure if there is room for a sequel, but as there is no such thing as a stand alone book anymore, I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if there was.

So, once again, if your child wants to read (or has already enjoyed) the Wimpy Kid books, definitely share this book with them.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Two Posts in One Day? That's Like Crazy Talk!

Well, technically it's only one. The first one was yesterday's, so it doesn't count. Today over at (under their Holiday section of course, is A Room Of One's Own Day. Rather than go on about the essay, which I never read, I'll entertain you with photographs of the big bad Woolf instead!

1884 Julia Stephen with Virginia on her lap

1894 Vanessa, Julia (mother), Thoby, Adrian and Virginia

1894 Julia Stephens, Vanessa, Thoby, Virginia bending over another child

1893 Julia, Leslie and Virginia Stephens

1892 Horatio Brown, Julia Duckworth Stephen, George Duckworth, Gerald Duckworth, Vanessa, Thoby, Virginia, Adrian Stephen, the dog Shag

Not my customary 10. It turns out that I have many more photographs of Julia, Virginia's mother, than I do of Virginia herself.

The Last Doctor Post Comes A Day Too Late. Oops.

1918 An Influenza Nurse
(I LOVE this photograph)

An X-Ray Machine in a French Hospital

1924 This boy is having a health examination to determine whether he is physically fit for work, June, by Lewis Wickes Hine


1912 Dose of Medicine, TB Sanatorium, Pennsylvania

Dissection Room

1914 World War 1 Nurses
(I love the soft coloration!)

1910s Belgium
(A translation of the text would be GREAT!)

1917 Miss Saint-Paul, head of the hopital (standing).
Miss Andrieu (sitting) in a garden. Soissons, France

1918 Men on troops train, with Red Cross workers in front,
probably in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

French Doctors KILL Their Patiens! English Ones Just Let Them Die...

So I called the museum in Scranton yesterday liked they asked- the girl was at lunch and never did call me back. :-/

In other news, I work DAY SHIFT for the next three days! How weird is that?

In actual important news, PLEASE CONTINUE TO DONATE TO HAITI! The earthquake may have happened a week ago, but there are still people trapped in buildings! (some of them are Americans, if that's what it takes to get you to give)

1940s Western China University

1909 Trained nurses, Talladega College

1948 Uniforms of state registered nurses

1906 At the hospital; A corner in the boys' ward

1920s Nurses, possibly Scotland

1902 Trained nurses, Spelman Seminary

1921 An examination at a Negro conference
(I'm not quite sure what that means- but that's the caption that the photo came with from the New York Library archive website...)

1918 Demonstration at the Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Station
in Washington, D.C.

1922 Dr Roman's Clinic,
1st operation performed in the George W. Hubbard Hospital


Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Sounder: A Sound Review

So after such a terrible experience with Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I am now on a mission to find other suitable books for boys. I figured that I would make myself feel better by reading a book that I knew would, if not be personally enjoyable, at least have lived up to some kind of standard. Thus I found myself at the Newberry Award Winners shelf. As it made the most sense to start at the beginning, I did just that- almost. The first one on the shelf is Lloyd Alexander's The High King- which I own and is the fifth in the series.

So we moved on to Sounder, by William H. Armstrong, written in 1972. I found Sounder to be quite an enjoyable book. It is written in a very soft, slow tone- very clearly southern a la To Kill A Mockingbird, but, you know, for kids. The content is totally different. A sharecropper steals a ham to feed his starving family. Two days later he is arrested and his big coon dog, Sounder, is shot trying to chase the police wagon. Sounder wanders off into the woods, presumably to die. The boy- who's name is never mentioned, witnesses all of this, and searches and searches for the dog, for weeks. Once the dog is found, mangled and barkless, the boy goes in search of his father, a journey which takes years- though he always comes home in the summer to work the fields. One year he comes across a kindly school teacher who offers to teach him to read in exchange for his handiwork.

I'm still not entirely sure why the book is titled Sounder. And while I do think that it is indeed a wonderful book, geared toward boys, I do not see it being appreciated today. It is very slow in a very fast paced world and while some would see that as a lovely respite, boys like my 13 year old brother would get really bored, really fast. They really should try though.

PS: This year's Newberry Award winner is When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
The Caldecott Award winner is The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney
The Michael L. Printz Award winner (the YA award) is Going Bovine, by Libba Bray

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

I'd Rather Not Marry a Doctor, They're Always Killing the Sick

Less in light of the recent sudden need for those in the Medical profession and more due to Laura's suggestion, this week's photograph theme will feature Doctors and Nurses of all shapes and sizes.

Back to Haiti: PLEASE give what you can and urge others to do the same. There are so many different ways you can help- even if you just add $1 onto your grocery bill at the supermarket. Please don't turn your backs on your fellow human beings just because such a tragedy 'doesn't have anything to do with you'.

In other news: I'm going on a slight hiatus from etsy. I am ABSOLUTELY accepting custom requests. I even have a few more items to post, guest made by the Lovely Laura! (I just need to find someone with a smaller head on which to photograph such merchandise) Mostly, I'm trying to find a job that will pay me enough that I can move out. (You might think it's silly to take a break from a money making endeavor in order to make money. Well, yes, but as I've not actually made any money on etsy- as in, I have yet to cover the costs of my beginning supplies, and it takes a LOT of time out of my day to hang around the forums and promote my products so that I get a sale every other week. I need that time to do other things right now. So I am not gone from etsy- and will be back with many new and exciting items for the spring. But right now I need to direct my energies elsewhere.

In other other news: Go see Sherlock Holmes.

In better news: I just applied for an AMAZING job. Let's hope I get an interview! *crosses fingers*

Also- one of my brother's guppies might explode.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled photo post. Tomorrow: Sounder! A Sound Review!

1850s Professor Franciscus Cornelis Donders - a Dutch Opthamologist

1940s Captain Mary L. Petty, Chief Nurse, holding a glass bottle and showing it to 2nd Lieutenant Olive Bishop, Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

1915 Tsaritsa Alix and Grand Princess Olga of Russia as nurses

1954 Psychiatric Hospital

1939-1946 by Disfarmer

1860s Civil War surgeon

1970 Nurses on the Sidewalk, Chicano Moratorium, Los Angeles

1940-1950 At the lecture of Institute of medicine, USSR, Moscow

1954 Psychiatric Hospital