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Mrs. Fiske & Earlier Broadway

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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All the research that RT is doing on his acting granddad may have to do with more than family genealogy. Broadway before the Depression was an amazing place. Take, for instance, this picture of Minnie Maddern Fiske, famous actress and wife of one of the more important men on Broadway at the turn of the century, Harrison Grey Fiske. And what about the photographer? He was Fred Holland Day, a significant, if not very well known, photographer on Broadway. The connections go on and on…what a world!   RT

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Photos:

topActress Minnie Maddern Fiske (between 1895 and 1912). LOC. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

bottom: Fred Holland Day (1911).  From the Louise Imogen Guiney Collection (Library of Congress). WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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With Lionel Barrymore, No Less

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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well, RT is a bit impressed, he has to say. as it turns out, his grandfather the actor performed in a play that included Lionel Barrymore. the performance took place in the 1930s, rather close to the end of his grandfather’s career (he was 40 at the time).

well, well, way to go, granddad!  RT

PhotoAmerican actor Lionel Barrymore (1878-1954). George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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Osage Chief

February 5, 2014 2 comments

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Politics is the art of the possible. This old rubric takes on special intensity when we consider how to undo, to the extent possible, the damage to the native peoples done by the arrival and expansion of the European peoples in North America. Surely patience and goodwill (of the extraordinary kind) are required.

RT ran across this superb portrait of an Osage Indian Chief while doing research on the history and status of Indian reservations. He offers it here as a tribute to the pride, beauty, and native gift of America’s first inhabitants.

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Portrait: Chief of the Little Osages; bust-length, profile showing hair style. (c. 1807) Artist: Charles B.J. de Saint-Memin. WikiCmns; Library of Congress. Public Domain.

Lingering Dreams–Ferdinand of Bulgaria

October 3, 2013 6 comments

Dreams have a way of lingering. The last remnants of the Second Bulgarian Empire were absorbed by the expanding Ottoman Empire in 1396, at which point Bulgaria became one of the (many) nations ruled by the Ottoman Turks. But the heart of Bulgarian culture remained intact and reemerged when Bulgaria won de facto independence from Turkey in 1878. The second ruler of the newly reemerged state (and the first to take the title Tsar, or King) was Ferdinand I (1861-1948), whose portrait is at left.

Ferdinand was elected prince-regent in 1887, a romantic time; rapidly, however, things became more pragmatic and bellicose. He steered Bulgaria through the Balkan Wars (Bulgaria was on the winning side in the first war, but lost the second). He abdicated in favor of his son, Boris, in 1918, to save the Bulgarian throne. His sexual adventures had caused a long-running scandal. But, more importantly, after losing the the Second Balkan War, Bulgaria, as one of the Central Powers, was on the losing side in the First World War. Lest present-day readers think him frivolous, Ferdinand helped expand Bulgarian territory during the First Balkan War and lived to see the execution of his younger son, Kiril, by the newly proclaimed People’s Republic of Bulgaria in 1945.

The communist regime in Bulgaria collapsed in 1989, just five years after the death of Ferdinand’s elder daughter, Eudoxia. In 2001, Simeon II, Ferdinand’s grandson, who had reigned during his minority as Tsar from 1943-1946, was elected Prime Minister of a newly democratic Bulgaria. Simeon remained in office until 2005, during which time his country joined NATO and political and economic conditions visibly improved.

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Photo: Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria in his younger days; royal photographer. WikiCmns; Public Domain

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Charles Baudelaire–1862

September 27, 2013 2 comments

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Wow! It just doesn’t get more romantic (or gothic) than this…Charles Baudelaire, Mr. Fleurs du Mal, himself! The genius who did more to influence modern poetry than anyone else…    RT

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Photo: Charles Baudelaire (c. 1862); Etienne Carjat. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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Inupiat Family–Edward S. Curtis

August 23, 2013 6 comments

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What a sweet photo! Edward Curtis does it again!   RT

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Photo: Inupiat Family from Noatak, Alaska (1929); Edward S. Curtis. LOC restoration; Public Domain.

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Happy 4th of July!!!

July 4, 2013 2 comments

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simple, practical, beautifully made–early America at its best!   RT

Painting: Paul Revere (1768); J.S. Copley; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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