Russian family at their dacha

This photo postcard likely dates to the final years of Imperial Russia (1910-1917).  It came to me from modern-day St. Petersburg.  The back has some standard lettering but no personal information:   I'm guessing that this family is at their dacha, or summer house in the country, because of the trees in the background.  Their... Continue Reading →

S.S. Corwin in the Ice, June 1908

Within the image area of this postcard, the photographer inscribed the negative: "S.S. Corwin in the Ice June -08-".  He also signed it in the lower right corner: "By J.C. Wats".  Was his name Watson? Underneath the image, the sender wrote: "June 23/08  Well but Busy  C.H."   There's a lot of information online about... 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 →

Caliopians

March is Women's History Month in the United States, and I've been thinking about which photographs might best fit the theme.  Any consideration of Women's History has to encompass a wide variety of fields, including domestic and family life, education, work outside the home, intellectual and creative achievement, and the social reform movements.  All of... Continue Reading →

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