Posts Tagged ‘1910s’

Orthographic Ireland, 1910s.

Thursday, March 12th, 2009


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“Bird’s Eye” view of Ireland, an orthographic map of the Irish Isles. From The Book of Knowledge, 1910s.

Family Portrait, 1910s.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

A family portrait, taken in the 1910s.

Cross-Country Skiing Boys, 1910s.

Thursday, March 5th, 2009


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Two boys, dressed lederhosen, cross-country skiing in the mountains; appears 1910s.

King Gustav Vasastenen, 1910s.

Sunday, March 1st, 2009


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This monument seen above marks the spot where two village messengers caught up with the fleeing Gustaf Eriksson Vasa, next in line for the throne of Sweden…next in line because the king of Denmark has the rest of Sweden’s royalty executed in what is known as the Stolkholm Bloodbath. Gustaf had skiied to Dalarna to try and raise an army, but the locals were hesitant. The Danish army was close behind, so Gustaf left without a positive answer, headed for the safety of Norway. The residents of Dalarna soon changed their minds to conspire with Gustaf, and sent out two swift skiiers to catch the future king of Sweden to let him know they would support his rebellion. That wilderness meeting, marked by the ‘Vasastanen’ above, is also the premise for the Vasaloppet, a cross-country skiing event held in Dalarna, whose 2009 events begin today. The photo appears to have been taken in the 1910s, possibly earlier.

Standing In The Field, February 1912.

Monday, February 23rd, 2009


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Two men, one in a buggy, one standing. From a photo postcard, dated 23 February 1912.

Prize Composition Studies, 1917.

Friday, February 20th, 2009


Student-submitted photos, from The Rotary, February 1917.

Prince of Persia, 1909.

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Portraits from Persia, early 1900s, around 1910. The images are somewhat related to an entry in The Book of History describing Persia (also called Iran in the article) up until the exile of the Shah and the division of their land between England and Russia. The article ends with the ominous claim that the treaty resulted in the end of an independent nation of Persia. Iran, however, grew from the remains; however, their more rural and less progressive residents have not changed much from these pictures a century ago. The article does not explain what the ‘political prisoners’ were in chains for, although it vaguely hints at ‘reformers’ who were instrumental in deposing of the Shah.

ND Songbird Rebus, 1917.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009


Try your hand at these: rebuses depicting native North Dakota songbirds, circa 1917 (click for larger view). The illustration is by Walter Wellman, a popular illustrator of the time, known for doing naughty postcards as well. From Uncle Will’s Magazine for Children, “The Rotary”, February 1917.

St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1914.

Monday, January 12th, 2009


St Moritz remains a “cradle of winter tourism,” as it was nearly a century ago. According to the caption, St Moritz “is one of several swiss towns that make a business of furnishing every sort of winter diversion for the tourists who come from far and near to skate, ski, sled, and then enjoy steaming meals and evenings by the crackling fire.” From the encyclopedia “Our Wonderful World”.

Helene, Ruthie, and Mother Dear, 1916.

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Helene, Ruthie Barton, and “Mother Dear,” 1916. According to the back of the photo, Ruthie Barton is from Des Moines, Iowa.