Tuesday, January 31, 2012

B.F. Tracy (LOC)

Via Wikipedia
Benjamin Franklin Tracy (April 26, 1830 – August 6, 1915) was a United States political figure who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1889 through 1893, during the administration of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison.

Via Flickr:
Bain News Service,, publisher.

B.F. Tracy

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Notes: Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.18204

Call Number: LC-B2- 3357-10

Monday, January 30, 2012

Beeman's Pepsin Gum

Beeman's Gum by Winnebago71
Beeman's Gum, a photo by Winnebago71 on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
Picture of an old advertising sign in a old drugstore in St. Augustine Florida

The perfection of chewing gum.
A delicious remedy for all forms of indigestion.

Caution- See that the name Beeman is on each wrapper.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

An Overpainted Solar Enlargement Fragment

Via Flickr:
A small solar enlargement. The mount board is brittle and the edges have crumbled into a ragged, freeform shape. It speaks about the process of painting solar enlargements. When a small negative, likely a cdv, is projected onto photographic paper using sunlight and an enlarging camera, the resulting print will probably be rather soft and lack detail. The photographic retoucher will then, with varying degrees of skill, retouch and paint the print to add back detail. In some cases the result shows little or none of the underlying photograph. If the quality of the negative and the skill of the enlarging are good enough there may still show photographic detail. Close examination of this print shows some of the original photograph in the beard but everything else is overpainted. A faint oval around the portrait shows that it was in a mat for a long period of time.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

W.T. Delihant, President of the Standard Washed Coal Company

From the 1904 Vanity Cartoon Book, Illinoisans As We See ‘Em, comes a smoking gun in the form of the self-paid caricature of Chicagoan W.T. Delihant, President of the Standard Washed Coal Company. Delihant, holding a piece of coal and a magician’s wand, with a goldfish bowl of water nearby, proudly fancied himself as a “Sleight of Hand Performer”, just like today’s coal companies distract the public from the dangers of Climate Destabilization, with their own sleight-of-hand promises involving uninvented & mythological Clean Coal Technology.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sultan of Egypt -- Hussein Kamel Pasha (LOC)

Sultan Hussein Kamel (Arabic: السلطان حسين كامل‎; 21 November 1853 – 9 October 1917) was the Sultan of Egypt from 19 December 1914 to 9 October 1917, during the British protectorate over Egypt.

Hussein Kamel was the son of Khedive Isma'il Pasha, who ruled Egypt from 1863 to 1879. Hussein Kamel was declared Sultan of Egypt on 19 December 1914, after the occupying British forces had deposed his nephew, Khedive Abbas Hilmi II, on 5 November 1914. The newly created Sultanate of Egypt was declared a British protectorate. This brought to an end the de jure Ottoman sovereignty over Egypt, which had been largely nominal since Muhammad Ali's seizure of power in 1805.

Upon Hussein Kamel's death, his only son, Prince Kamal al-Din Husayn, declined the succession, and Hussein Kamel's brother Ahmed Fuad ascended the throne as Fuad I. At the beginning of Naguib Mahfouz's novel Palace Walk, Ahmad Abd al-Jawwad says "What a fine man Prince Kamal al-Din Husayn is! Do you know what he did? He refused to ascend the throne of his late father so long as the British are in charge." via Wikipedia.org

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

T. Elwood Newlin, 1850-1932

T. Elwood Newlin, 1850-1932 by ozfan22
T. Elwood Newlin, 1850-1932, a photo by ozfan22 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Secretary, Pickering Land Co. in Whittier, California. A street in Whittier is named after him.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

James Dawson, You Naughty Boy!

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Pinched from the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums flickr page:


Question: What were you doing on 9 June 1902?

I think I was home reading.