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 →

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 →

Musician with Tanjore tambura

This 19th-century photograph was printed on very thin paper and glued to a stiffer paper mount.  At some point the mount was trimmed to the dimensions of a postcard, possibly so that it would fit into an album.  The back is blank.  I bought it from a dealer in Suffolk, England, who couldn't tell me... 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 →

Four young women with Union Jack

These college-age women have a determined air about them, as if they're on a mission.  They've arranged themselves around a pedestal with a Union Jack flag draped over it, adding a patriotic aspect to the portrait and perhaps suggesting political activism.  Were they participants in the women's suffrage movement?  What does the ribbon on the... Continue Reading →

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