Meeting of textile co-op representatives, USSR (1933)

The Soviet Union (USSR) formally came into existence on December 30, 1922, after three years of world war and five years of civil war.  When this photo was taken, sometime in 1933, the country had existed a little more than ten years. On the back is the following note in Russian: Собрание уполномоченных артели "Кр.... Continue Reading →

The sisters

This cabinet card came to me from Bath, England, but it has nothing written on it to give us a clue as to its origins.  Two women stand protectively behind a third, who is seated in a wheelchair.  The three resemble each other so closely that they must be sisters.  Posed in a triangle, they... Continue Reading →

Young men in Vermont in the final December of the Civil War (1864)

One hundred and fifty-four years ago this week, seven friends sat for a portrait at Nathaniel L. Merrill's Photographic Gallery in Springfield, Vermont. They look young enough to be in high school, or perhaps recent graduates.  The carte-de-visite photo has a revenue stamp on the back, affixed and cancelled by the photographer on December 22,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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