titusnowl: (new york city)
I am distressingly often struck by the realization of these things gone by I will never see, these places in time I will never visit.  Today's hopeless longing:  the World's Columbian Exposition.  The approach of a new century, full of cheer and glory and optimism!  The future was on its way, and it was going to be good!  The present was already here, and even it was good!  The world was a wide and wonderful place; we were learning from history and building a bright new future; there were electric lights and a Ferris wheel and ice cream cones, and as long as H. H. Holmes didn't bump you off, the beauty of the White City would help you greet all that was to come.

I think what I really wish I could experience is the optimism.  You don't get a whole lot of that these days.

Sufjan Stephens - Come On!  Feel the Illinoise!
titusnowl: (such a lot of guns around)
Books I want:

New York Noir
Scene of the Crime
Sleeping Beauty

The first three are crime photography - Evidence is NYC in the 1910s, Noir NYC from the '20s through the '50s, Scene is LA in a similar time period; Sleeping Beauty is Victorian "memento mori" - post-mortem photography. 

I'll eventually have to buy 'em new; they're not the kinds of things that show up at Half Price Books very often.

It makes me feel kind of like I'm creepy, that I have an interest in this sort of thing.
titusnowl: (dallas 1937)
These are all clickable to show the gihugic versions, scanned at 300 dpi from the originals.

Louisiana, and I could probably find the date by looking up the style of the license plate.  I think it's the 1930s.  Yay braces!

Two dudes in a hammock.

My second photo of an oil rig crew. That means it's officially a collection, right? A REQUEST: If any of the rest of you just happen to find somewhere a group photo of a drilling crew, let me know? I intend to scour the stores down in Kilgore next weekend if I can; there ought to be some down there, given that's where they were actually drilling, you'd assume.

titusnowl: (1790s naval reading)
Candace's Collections:  Romance author Candace Hearn is a collector of Georgian and Regency period antiques, with a few Victorian examples thrown in.  (Read: 18th and early 19th century, for those of you who aren't up on the dating of the British monarchy.)  Her selections include fashion prints, jewelry, purses, quizzing glasses (quoz!), and more.  It's an interesting look at the minutiae that was once part of daily life, and now not even heard of (had you any prior knowledge of étuis, or of "lover's eyes" or vinaigrettes?  I had not).

Démodé is a seamstress' blog.  Of particular interest is her Extant Women's Clothing directory, which she has made by searching the catalogs of museums around the world so you don't have to!  The directory is divided up by era, then further subdivided by decade and type of clothing (underpinnings, day dresses, evening gowns, so forth).  It covers the years 1750-1919. 

Similarly, the Real Regency Clothing site offers a glimpse at extant clothing, this one limited to the 1790-1830 period and therefore rather smaller in quantity of images shown.  However, it includes men's clothing in addition to women's.

It is part of a larger site, simply known as the Regency Fashion Page, which despite its garish magenta background has good information on it, including fashion plates and detailed explanations of all the different sorts of clothing worn by the ton in Regency times, such as the difference between undress, half dress, and full dress, and when it is appropriate to wear a promenade dress as opposed to a walking dress.

Going back in time a few decades to the height of the Age of Enlightenment, the mid- to late-18th century, you can visit the exquisite, though exquisitely slow-loading due to its all-Flash content, Chenilles et Papillons.  A troupe of French costumers and artists have contrived to create the most detailed recreations of period clothing, and to photograph them in the most artistic way, that I have ever been priveleged to look upon.

The Georgian Index is a work in progress featuring articles on many subjects topical to the period, including a discussion of the different sorts of carriages.

The more military among us may be interested in reading this BBC article on Life at Sea in the 18th Century Royal Navy.  It reinforces some stereotypes (scurvy was indeed a problem) while challenging others (hard as life on the wave was, it could still compare favorable to life on land!). 

Isle of Tortuga
features articles on piracy, but is hosted on Geocities, so your experience may vary.

I used to have more daily life and piracy links, but I seem to have lost them in migrating between web browsers. :-(


May. 5th, 2006 04:46 pm
titusnowl: (little jeffie homemaker)
When I go home, Mom's going to take me on a tour of her mom's house.  It was built in the mid 19th century and has been expanded several times since then.  She'll show me where the additions were built, when (if she knows), and illustrate the changes that were made in her own memory.  It's a very interesting house, with a dugout cellar and a secret door in the living room that leads to an upstairs apartment. 

The gas station on the interstate, up by McDonald's, used to be a Lustron service station.  The enamelled-steel tiles have been painted cream, but they still make the telltale metallic ring when you tap them, and the corners of the building are dented where cars have run into it over the past fifty years.  When you take a step back and look at the shape of the building, ignoring its current layout, you can see where the service bays were and what it looked like once upon a time.

If you take a drive up Harry Hines Boulevard in Dallas, you can see a lot of old neon signs - ditto on I-35E in that area, where you'll spot 1950s steak house after 1950s steak house.  In one spot there's a motel with a new backlit plastic sign with its name on it, but the actual word "motel" is in a distinctive font in turquoise and orange, and the building is roughly A-framed.  It was a Howard Johnson motel, and the original HoJo restaurant is still standing next door as a separate business (a tire shop or something - no longer a diner).  At least one of the buildings - I forget which, and it may have been both - was still painted with orange trim, as well.

There are three sorts of places I would choose from for a permanent address:  a large 1910-20s home, in the bungalow-inspired style that was popular in this area - brick construction, massive columned porch, Prairie aesthetic; a low-slung 1950s ranch that was ultra-modern and trendy at the time of its construction, with innovative built-ins and streamlined architectural detailing;  or a Victorian-era former general store in a historic downtown, with its period detailing weathered but intact, the bottom floor converted to a photography studio for Justin and the upstairs made into a stripped-down, open-plan home space.  There are multiple examples of each to be found in towns all around here.  Each has its own particular charm.

It's really hard to find postcards of Greenville, because apparently the town has always sucked - there are 1950s businesses and motel buildings in town, but I've found very few postcards for any of them.  Usually the only postcards eBay turns up for this town are of a lynching in town square in the teens and a '40s-era linen print displaying the BLACKEST LAND - WHITEST PEOPLE sign that used to hang across Lee Street.  The white people who run the town often express their concern and confusion as to why the rest of the country, when they think of Greenville at all, think of it as a racist wonderland.


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