Dorothy Dandridge w/ Harry Belafonte [ Classic Black Actress Appreciation NIght ]

Via Black History Album on Pinterest

1956- Gordon Parks documented the everyday lives of an extended black family living in rural Alabama under Jim Crow segregation for Life magazine’s photo-essay “The Restraints: Open and Hidden.” (via)

Incredibly pristine looking footage of infamous fixed World Series between White Sox and Reds


Black teens watching a high school football game. Chicago, 1946. By Wayne Miller via Bygone Americana

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Stunning medieval murals survive under twenty paint layers

The BBC reported today about an amazing find in a local church in Llancarfan, Wales. A thin red line was discovered some time ago and upon further investigation expert discovered numerous 15th-century wall paintings behind the 20 layers of lime wash that were added over the past five centuries. They have been restored over the past months and can now be enjoyed by everybody. It’s fascinating how these medieval paintings lay dormant - were able to survive, really - behind layers and layers of paint.

Read more about it here - including a short film. Here are many more examples. Both references via @ETreharne. My pic source here.

This happens a lot in 16th century Mexican convents



Thought this might be a little helpful, we hope it’s not wrong!!

And just for a little added context:

  • Elizabethan:  refers to Elizabeth I, who reigned from 1558 to 1603 (this is part of the Tudor era, as well)
  • Baroque:  an art movement that began around 1600 and lasted until the early 18th century.  
  • Rococo: an art movement created in a direct response to Baroque (sometimes called “Late Baroque”), which lasted from about the 1710s to around the time of the French Revolution (depending on the historian you ask).
  • Georgian:  refers to the rules of Georges I, II, III, and IV (1714 to 1830).  
  • Regency:  the time when George IV ascended the throne due to his father’s mental illness.  It technically lasted from 1811 to 1820, but some will use this term for all pre-Victorian 19th century.  
  • Victorian:  Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 to 1901 (but will sometimes be considered to start earlier due to the Reform Act of 1832)


Historical Accuracy of a Film: Anastasia


On the beach at Rockaway, N.Y., c. 1900.






War kitties in hammocks

I am so delighted by this. I cannot handle those tiny hammocks!!!

Holy shit that last one’s just a baby. Yes the tiny hammocks are adorbs. Carriers and other vessels got infested with rodents. So cats were not just moral boosters (which they very much were) they were also working members of the crew. Some have even been immortalized for surviving multiple attacks on their ships, etc. Military dogs have been recognized for the important roles they’ve played but I think cats kinda get lost in the shuffle of military animals sometimes.

Also, military working animals and military mascots can be given military rank. Most animals that belong to police departments and the military are considered materiel. Meaning—they’re property of whatever branch they  belong to. They do not get cushy retirements when they are too old to work. They can be abandoned in the field (they may leave no man behind, but animals are considered tools and can be left) and when they are too old or too ill to perform their duties, they can just be put down, instead of being retired out of service and sent to a forever-home. A lot of people who work with these animals will personally adopt them, but if their handler is killed in battle, or is deployed and not in a position to take care of them, they can have a grim fate.

Giving an animal rank as a mascot means they’re given, by the military (not sure how police handle this) a stipend for their care and well-being. It also means they are no longer materiel, but are actual staff members and therefore are treated better at the end of their service. When I worked at Fort Leavenworth, the on-fort veterinary care facility had Major Cinnamon, a ginger cat that outranked everyone that actually worked in the vet center. He “oversaw” the taking care of military horses, horses belonging to military members who stabled them on-post, the pets that belonged to people living on post, and the animals that needed to find new homes (they also ran a shelter out of the clinic).

So there’re your fun facts for the day. A salute to all the working navy cats, and a special thank you to all the working navy cats that provided comfort to the crew and those that went down with their ships.

Tammy you’re amazing.

This story is great. Also, TINY CAT HAMMOCKS.


c. 1770s


This dress made of a textile from Spitalfields in England demonstrates the high level of textile technology achieved in the 18th century. Both the Chinese- and ancient Greek-style motifs woven into this yellow fabric were popular in those days. Chinoiserie had stirred people’s yearning for foreign countries, and its exotic beauty seeded new creations in the West. Meanwhile, the excavation of the ancient Roman ruins of Herculaneum commenced in 1738 and triggered a popular yearning for the ancient Greek and Roman eras, resulting in widespread popularity of such motifs.

"When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar,” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. “My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.”
It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions? How often had I sped past them as I learned of male achievement and men’s place in the history books? Then I read Rosalind Miles’s book “The Women’s History of the World” (recently republished as “Who Cooked the Last Supper?”) and I knew I needed to look again. History is full of fabulous females who have been systematically ignored, forgotten or simply written out of the records. They’re not all saints, they’re not all geniuses, but they do deserve remembering."

Sandi Toksvig, ‘Top 10 unsung heroines’ (via ninestories)

(via melancholia-macabre)



Monument to the Children of Nicholas II Near Ekaterinburg 

A mounment to the children of Tsar Nicholas II was unveiled in 2011 on the grounds of the Ganina Yama monastery complex, where the remains of the last Russian Imperial family were found murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918. The consecration of the monument falls on the birthday of the Grand Duchess Olga Nicholayevna, who was born in 1895 [3 November Old Style).

The monument was consecrated by the Metropolitan Vincent of Tashkent and the Uzbek, who previously served as the Metropolitan of Ekaterinburg. He noted that the idea of creating a memorial to the children of Nicholas II came to him just weeks before he was transferred to a new place of ministry. The statue created by sculptor, Igor Akimov, said that his work was created based on photographs and portraits of the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and the Tsarevich Alexei.

The height of the monument, “Royal Children” - stands nearly 3 meters, its weight - 2 tons. According to the sculptor of the monument, the children of Nicholas II descend from heaven on the inclined stone plinth, with crosses in their hands. They are huddled together and looking cautiously around. The expression on their innocent faces relates the fear they must have endured at the hands of their murderers.

Oh man, this is stunning. Wonderful, wonderful work!


Men browsing a bombed-out library during WWII.

Exact date unknown.


V-E Day in London