Learning to build a nation: students in the new Latvia

On November 18, 1918, Latvia declared independence from the new Soviet government in Russia.  In November of this year, Latvians celebrated the centennial of that event.  Neighboring Lithuania and Estonia will be celebrating the centennial of their own independence in February 2019.  Finland's centennial celebration took place on December 6, 2017. The photo above was... Continue Reading →

Millie at the Juneau Restaurant in Milwaukee (1911)

When I bought this postcard, I assumed the Juneau Restaurant was in Juneau, Alaska.  Naturally, I was wrong.  The restaurant was attached to the Hotel Juneau in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The hotel was named for city founder Solomon Juneau, a French-Canadian fortune-seeker who arrived in the area in 1818.  (The state capital of Alaska is named... Continue Reading →

Members of the Friends War Victims Relief Committee in Metz, France

November 8: Thanks to the research efforts of my brilliant readers, I'm able to update this post with information about the group above.  The following quotes in italics are from a web page, Friends War Victims Relief Committee in the Franco-Prussian War, on the site quakersintheworld.org: The first official Friends War Victims Relief Committee (FWVRC)... Continue Reading →

Ladies in Welsh national dress at the Rock Studio, Llandudno

In the previous post we were in Glasgow, the most populous city in Scotland.  Today we're 280 miles (450 km) to the south, in north Wales, near the seaside resort town of Llandudno. The cabinet card photograph above was taken by William Laroche & Sons.  William Sylvester Laroche opened his first studio in Llandudno around 1872.  ... Continue Reading →

Genial gent in Glasgow

I wish I could tell you who this gentleman was, but I haven't the faintest idea.  He looks like an intellectual, rather than a businessman or public figure, because of his plain attire and slightly disheveled hair.  For some reason I want him to be involved with writing or publishing, maybe a newspaper editor or... Continue Reading →

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