Friday, 18 February 2011

Seventeen Years Before Oz...

And 13 years before the first color feature film, a 1922 Kodachrome Film Test featuring actresses Mae Murray, Hope Hampton, Mary Eaton, and an unidentified woman and child. Wow.
I kind of want to work there... And wear that hat with the dangling flowers...

1915 I wish the quality of this image was better, but I feel like that has to do with scanning, and not the photograph itself. I am just awe struck by these reds! And the buttons...

1907-1915 Ekaterinin Spring. I find this to be one of the most striking old color photograph I've seen, lightwise.

1915 I wonder at the disparity between their facial expressions. And I love the satiny fabric.

1912 "Maiden with Butterfly on Flower" by Van Besten. Notice the detail of the butterfly!

And now, we come to the end of our tale...
1907 by the Lumiere brothers.

More links to old old old color films! Why didn't they catch on sooner???

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

The Colors, Duke! The Colors!

1907 Katherine Stieglitz, daughter of photographer Alfred Stieglitz and his first wife, Emmy. This is one of my favorite photographs, partly due to the barely there color which lends so much texture and really highlights her expression. Her hair looks so soft!

1913 "Ma Femme" by Alfred Van Besten (his wifey again! aw!) Another example of fantastic lighting and amazing textures brought to life through color! So soft!

1909 Russian Peasant girls. Definitely a different style of photography

Red and Blue! (They say QVic! loved fuchsia!)

1915 I don't think that I could quite explain just how smitten I am with this photograph. It is a shame that the background is so unintelligible, but the woman,and more specifically her gown are STUNNING. I wonder what kind of dainty shoes she's wearing underneath it!

1910 "Portrait of A Lady" (Mrs. C. Corbet) by photgrapher Paul Sano. Different photographer, similar outcome with the light and the texture. Love! It's great to get an idea of what kinds of colors these people wore!

1908 Etheldreda and Janet Laing. More pink and blue! This is one of those colored photographs that make me think that maybe once they were developed, the color was touched up even more by hand. Thoughts?

1910 Great clarity but oh my word her hat's on FIRE!

1912 "Washing and Bleaching" (yes, in the grass) by Van Besten. Again with the light! And take a look at those bare feet! If you look even closer you can see what looks like the proper blouse that goes with the skirt of the girl in the chair drying in the grass! (I love convoluted sentences!)

1909 Andree, daughter of Auguste Lumiere

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Tea of the Day!

Pu-Ehr Tea: 0/5

If anyone can give a more favorable review of this tea, please please pretty please do!

I got a cup of it at a cafe. I'd heard the name before, and decided to be adventurous. Maybe I let it steep too long, but that generally does not affect the flavor THAT much. It tasted like liquid seaweed. And not in the good way. I could not even finish the cup. Blegh.

Pu-Ehr Tea: Pu-ehr tea originated in China's Yunnan Province; it is named for a market town in the region. It was unknown outside China until the early nineteenth century. Pu-ehr can be made from green or black tea (I had the black kind): it is the special processing and the presence of bacteria (ew. maybe I should have read this before I tried it!) that make this type of tea distinctive. During the withering stage, while the leaves still retain some moisture, they are mounded into piles and allowed to rot slightly, so that the naturally occurring bacteria are preserved. The tea is then aged underground or in caves (I like caves). It may be sold as loose-leaf tea, as a paste, or in compressed tea bricks. The taste may be earthy or musty. Traditionally, it is drunk medicinally or to aid digestion (also would have been good to know. Aren't you glad I'm here to help keep you from making the same bad decisions?). Studies have shown that the green pu-ehr tea Tuo-cha is excellent for diminishing arterial plaque (oooOOOoo!). Although largely consumed in Asia, it has become more popular in the west.
~All About Tea Knowledge Cards

Come along inside...we'll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.
~The Wind in the Willows

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Color Photographs!


No, not modern photographs, silly. And not the hand tinted ones either (we will explore the beauty and total tragedies of those critters at a time that is not now.). Honest to goodness color photographs from the early years of the 20th century! Yay! I'm not going to put up detailed explanations of how the different photographers achieved their colorness. If you really care that much, you can look them up by their names.
1910 Woman Making an American Flag (which I feel is kind of obvious).
I love love love the way that reds come out in these photographs. I do not know if some extra techniques were applied to make certain colors stand out more (specifically reds, pinks and blues) or if they were just used frequently because they stood out so well. I love that you can really see the satiny texture of the flag with the colors visible.

It seems so strange to see someone who lived so long ago in color. Really, the image itself is not terribly foreign - we see people dressed in those kinds of clothes all of the time in movies nowadays. But this girl ACTUALLY lived at the turn of the century! Those are the clothes she put on every day. That is how she did her hair. I love the color photographs because they are so good at bringing their subjects so much closer to reality.

It's not the clearest photograph, but I love her little blue sash and almost red hair!

1906: Suzanne and Andree (daughters of Louis and Auguste Lumiere - brothers and early film (and apparently color photograph) makers!) and their cousins. See what I mean about the pinks and blues?

1912 by Alfonse Van Besten "Pink and Green Wigs" I guess when you have this shiny colorful toy, you make your models do crazy things to show it off! (True story) I'm still in love with how much the color brings out the textures. Their gowns look so soft! ^_^

1906 Spifftastic reflections. And a butt!

1905-1915 in Central Asia

1910 "Musing" by Alfonse Van Besten of Mrs. Van Besten (his frequent muse. aawww.) Another thing I love about these color photographs is the light. You can hand tint a photograph all you want with perfect skill, and you're still not going to capture the light so perfectly. 1909 Russia. One of the techniques has, I believe, something to do with layering the primary colors all on top of each other in order to get the proper colors to come out. You can see here where they didnt' all quite line up (or someone moved!) ^_^

Look for something SUPER special on Friday!

Friday, 4 February 2011

We Sheeped, We Spun, We Shawled! Now We're Warm!

Knitting Starlets! Featuring: Gale Sondergaard! And someone who looks suspiciously like Myrna Loy...

1937 Ginger Rogers in Shall We Dance? Knitting! Backwards! IN HEELS!

1890s Dutch Girls Knitting!

Two girls knitting in Harlem! Yay little knitters!

1894 "The Vesper Bell"

Knitting in 1858!

So good she can knit scarves AND poodles!

Knitting in the 1910s

1918 Fleisher's Knitting and Crocheting Manual. Though I was always under the impression that one was supposed to finish knitting it before wearing it...

And Lastly
QVic! crocheting in 1890!

Knitting love for Katie! If anyone has any theme requests, PLEASE comment with them! ^_^

Thursday, 3 February 2011

The Mini-Force!

This might just be the cutest. thing. EVER. Enjoy!
Here's the link, as it seems viewing it on my blog cuts off a bit of the video. :(

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Sheep to Shawl 2!

1885 More spinning Welshwomen!

Spinning in Brittany!

1895 More Spinning in France (I'm beginning to feel redundant...)

1865 Spinning in Alsace!

1895 Still spinning in France!

1880s Spinning in Wales!

1865, Alsace. Look! We've finally finished winding our wool! Now we can move on to KNITTING! Woo hoo!

1912 Knitting in France!

The Unknown Knitter

1912 Grandmother Briggs. Because some of us like to Crochet. ^_^

Tea of the Day!

Well, we're going to cheat and combine the hot tea water with the chocolate and promote: Land O'Lakes Hot Chocolate! Raspberry Hot Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Raspberry Hot Chocolate! 5/5!!!!

Sometimes you need something more substantial on a freezing cold icy tundra day than a steaming mug of hot leaf juice! I will say that I prefer to snuggle with a movie and a mug of chocolate than a mug of tea when I'm snowbound. And Land O'Lakes is my favorite choice! Mostly all of their selections are good - go for the mint, if you can find it! The cinnamon is a little strange, but good nonetheless. The caramel is AWESOME. I'm still too afraid to try the french vanilla that I have. Someday I'll get brave. Maybe you could encourage me?

But being a sucker for all things Raspberry (seriously - I chose raspberries over King Arthur in Apples to Apples once!), my beverage of choice in the chocolate department would definitely be the Raspberry ones! The dark chocolate variety, containing, as it does, dark chocolate, is a mite less sweet. But sometimes that's what you're going for! Describing them seems a bit redundant beyond that. If you've ever had any kind of chocolate raspberry anything, you know what it tastes like. If I need something delicious with lunch, or to pep me up for doing the dishes (no comments necessary, Katie) I'll go for the milk chocolate/raspberry. If I'm watching Doctor Who and crocheting, definitely the dark chocolate/raspberry.
Ps: Throw in a splash of milk while mixing it. It makes for a richer drink.

"Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful ev'ning in"
~William Cowper