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 →

“A Galician Family”

UPDATE: Detail image added below. Galicia was a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire created from land taken from Poland during the First Partition of Poland in 1772.  It ceased to exist as an administrative entity after the First World War with the dismantling of Austria-Hungary.  Most of the territory was incorporated into the new Republic... Continue Reading →

Elfenreigen (Dance of the Fairies)

The closest English equivalent of the German word Elfenreigen would be "fairy round dance," although Elfenreigen is also sometimes translated as "dance of the elves."  "Carlsberg" may have been the location where this photo was taken.  A very kind visitor to the blog (bradwardine42) left a comment under the post with the following information: I... Continue Reading →

Glimpses of Latvian culture

The photograph above came from Latvia, which was part of the Russian Empire until November 1918.  The photo was probably taken in the early 1900s.  The men are most likely Latvian, but it's hard to say for sure.  If only we could hear them play....The following postcard also came from Riga, the capital.  Latvia was... Continue Reading →

Tamara and her little sister

I joked in an earlier post about sibling portraits being amusing, but a more appropriate adjective for this studio portrait might be "intense."  Looking at the back, the postcard was likely printed in the United States.  A note is written in a young hand in Russian: "To dear Grandma and Grandpa from Tamara."

Mountain farm (Carpathian?)

My guess would be that the photo on this postcard was taken in Eastern Europe, possibly in the Carpathian mountains.  The Carpathians stretch from Czechia down through parts of Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine and Romania, with Romania containing just over half the range (51%). At first glance the buildings seem to be in some disrepair,... Continue Reading →

Automate à musique (WWI)

This German Feldpost (field/military) postcard is dated Aug. 19, 1916.  Infantrymen are being entertained by a man in civilian clothes holding a music box with the words "Automate à musique" on the front.  Perched calmly on top of the music box is a black and white cat.  A second man in civilian clothes stands a... Continue Reading →

Votes for Women!

This postcard came from the estate of Hazel Alberts Peterson (1898-1989).  The photo was taken in front of the Young Ladies' Hall at Seattle Seminary, a Free Methodist secondary school that was expanding at this time along with the booming new city nearby.  Hazel Alberts is the girl in white who is seated on the... Continue Reading →

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