Antique Vampire Hunter’s Kits
"Kits were typically purchased by wealthy Americans going overseas, particularly to Eastern European destinations. Content varies, some kits included: Silver-tipped Hawthorn Stakes, Mallet, Small Silver Crucifix, Large Wooden Crucifix, Pistol, Silver Bullets (engraved with a cross), Vial of Holy Water, Vial of Anointing Oil, Vial of Brimstone, Vial of Vampirism (cure), Vial of Holy Soil, Syringe, Holy Incense, Blessed Candles (inlaid with metal crosses), Rosary, Forceps/Pliers, Silver Knife, Prayer Book, Mirror."
Southern California Basketmakers
We are delighted to share some images of southern California basket makers and their baskets. These women were from the San Manuel Band of Serrano Indians and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. We are also sharing a page from a report describing different forms of Diegueño baskets. These documents were created in the mid-1930s as interest in Indian Arts & Crafts was increasing within the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we would like to share just some of the remarkable pieces of Native American history of tribes in southern California and Arizona. All of these records come from our holdings of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 75).
Aethelstan, the first king of England || 3/9 kings and queens, history meme
He ‘who fought against Anlaf and slaughtered his army and put him to flight, and afterwards with his people dwelt in peace,’ is perhaps best remembered for his famous victory over the combined forces of the kings of Dublin, Scots, and Strathclyde at ‘Brunanburh’ in 937. But Aethelstan, the favorite grandson of Alfred the Great, did much more for the land he ruled: he centralized his government, imposed coinage, and perhaps laid the foundation for its future parliament. For whatever the reason, Æthelstan’s importance as the first king of all England cannot be doubted. In the words of the 12th century poet whom William of Malmesbury quoted, this was indeed a great king, glory of his native land: ‘magnus Adelstanus, patriae decus.’ (x)
Teddy Roosevelt shot, insists on giving speech anyways (October 4, 1912)
3/10 moments, history meme
"While visiting an estate in Ontario’s Niagara Falls two years ago, a film enthusiast stumbled upon a rare World War I Richard Verascope stereo camera previously owned by the French Army. Here’s what he found inside."
history meme. six women: valeria messalina.
Valeria Messalina (c. 17/20 – 48 AD) was the wife of emperor Claudius, notorious for her promiscuity. Messalina once had a competition with a prostitute whereby the winner was the one who copulated with the most men. The competition lasted for 24 hours and Messalina won with a score of 25 partners. Roman sources even claim that she ran a brothel under an assumed name.
To improve her own security and ensure the future of her children, Messalina sought to eliminate anyone who was a potential threat. Due to Claudius’ devotion to her, Messalina was able to manipulate him into ordering the exile or execution of many of her enemies. Messalina’s influence is indicated by her appearance on the obverse of coins of Claudius’ reign, where one would expect the head of the emperor.
In 47 AD, Messalina fell in love with senator Gaius Silius. They became lovers and plotted the murder of Claudius, after which Silius would be the new emperor with Messalina as his empress. Upon discovery of the plot Messalina was offered the choice of suicide instead of execution, but she could not bring herself to end her own life.
moments: “Tank Man”
June 5th, the morning after the Tiananmen Square protests where the Chinese military forcibly removed protesters, an unknown man stopped a column of tanks on Chang’an Avenue, near the Tiananmen Square, from passing. The man, holding shopping bags in both of his hands, walked into the middle of the street, despite the tanks approaching, and placed himself into the way of the vehicles. When the first tank attempted to drive around the protester, the man kept walking into the vehicles way. When all of the tanks stopped, he climed onto the first tank and appeared to have a short conversation with the driver of the tank. After he climbed down, the tank drivers tried another attempt at moving on but the man again ran in their way, continuing his protest, gesturing with his hands and stopping the column again.
Shortly after, a person on a bike stopped by and two men dressed in blue dragged the protester now referred to as “Tank Man” from the street as the tanks started their engines and moved on.
1998, Time included the Tank Man in its list of the Top 100 Most Important People of the Century. [x]
literature meme | 1/5 poets | Robert Browning
His most famous poem is My Last Duchess, in which a sinister Renaissance Italian duke tells of his marriage to the duchess, and hints that out of jealousy he had her murdered, though she is clearly innocent. Unlike most of Browning’s monologues, this poem is written, very deftly, in rhyming couplets that are concealed by the sinuous movement of the lines.
The poem fascinated Henry James, who knew Browning socially, and was amazed at how bluff, bourgeois and ordinary he appeared socially, when he was such a seer in his imaginative life. James based a short story, The Private Life, on Browning’s paradoxical nature, which also fascinated Thomas Hardy, who said his public personality was that of a smug, dissenting grocer. Probably more famous for his Romance with and marriage to Elizabeth Barrett, Browning never remarried after her death. However he was linked romantically with Lady Ashburton who, when he proposed to her, said, “We entertain our artists, Mr Browning, but we do not marry them.” (via the Daily Mail)
A collection of 1920’s photographs, depicting some of the hairstyles of the time, like the kiss curl, the orchid bob, the charleston cut, coconut bob, earphones hairstyle, cottage loaf (bun) and popular styles you’ll probably never see in a period drama like extreme windblown style, the frizzy hairstyle and the Poodle cut.
Heloise d’Argenteuil & Pierre Abelard || 2/7 pairings, history meme
I will still love you with all the tenderness of my soul till the last moment of my life. If, formerly, my affection for you was not so pure, if in those days both mind and body loved you, I often told you even then that I was more pleased with possessing your heart than with any other happiness, and the man was the thing I least valued in you. You cannot but be entirely persuaded of this by the extreme unwillingness I showed to marry you, though I knew that the name of wife was honourable in the world and holy in religion; yet the name of your mistress had greater charms because it was more free. The bonds of matrimony, however honourable, still bear with them a necessary engagement, and I was very unwilling to be necessitated to love always a man who would perhaps not always love me.
history meme [2/2 natural disasters] »
San Francisco Earthquake| 1906
The San Francisco earthquake struck at 5:12 AM on Wednesday, April 18, 1906. Devastating fires broke out in the city and lasted for several days. As a result of the quakes and fires, about 3,000 people died and over 80% of San Francisco was destroyed. At the time, 375 deaths were reported; however, that figure was fabricated by government officials who felt that reporting the true death toll would hurt real estate prices and efforts to rebuild the city. Hundreds of fatalities in Chinatown went ignored or unrecorded; that number is still uncertain today, and is estimated to be roughly 3,000 at minimum. Most of the deaths occurred in San Francisco itself, but 189 were reported elsewhere in the Bay Area. [x]