Celtic spirit in Minneapolis

UPDATE: I had assumed the clothing in this photo was Scottish, but someone said the design of the bottom of the dress looks more Irish.  Any insights from visitors would be appreciated! This bonnie lass was photographed by O. Frank Stafford in Minneapolis.  According to the Minnesota Historical Society's "Directory of Minnesota Photographers," his studio... Continue Reading →

“In the Orkneys” (WWI)

These postcards were acquired by a British or American sailor during the First World War.  They were probably made available to the men as keepsakes of their service.  In the image above, a line of sailors is visible in the distance, probably on a brief leave to sightsee. The snowy hills on the island below... Continue Reading →

Heather Jock

This postcard was made from an earlier portrait of William Brodie, an itinerant Scottish performer who called himself Heather Jock.  Born in Paisley in 1802, he entertained village crowds into his seventies.  His songs and dances were especially popular with children.  In The Saturday Review (London) of Jan. 30, 1897, R. B. Cunningham Grahame wrote: So... Continue Reading →

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