Archive for December, 2009
… this? The Library of Congress would like to know! In fact, the LOC has 22 photographs from its Photochrom collection for which it can’t identify locations. Your help is requested … “Guess Where” Commons-style.
|The Smithsonian Institution has uploaded 58 prints — the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s entire collection — by Washington DC painter Gene Davis (1920-85)||
|You might not thing “sports” when you think “London School of Economics”, but these new LSE Library archival uploads will change that.||
LSE Sports Day, Malden Sports Ground, c1920s
|More in the LIGC ~ NLW collection of early photographs in their cases and frames||
Man in bowler hat photographed in front of a carriage
|The Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian celebrates cycling in Portugal||
Prova de Ciclismo, Portugal
|The National Maritime Museum is very maritime indeed, with a series of Alan Villiers’ photographs of the Parma and its crew||
One of the crew using a sailmaker’s palm
|The State Library of Queensland, Australia is wrapping for Christmas!||
Red Cross workers packing Christmas presents for the Fighting Forces during World War II,
|The Swedish National Heritage Board continues to add to its sets of churches and antiquities||
Viken Church, Skåne, Sweden
|The Library of Congress’s December 11 Bain Collection uploads include New York City schoolchildren, athletes, and the funeral of Timothy D. Sullivan||
Sullivan funeral – Bowery
|Even as the Shuttle program winds down, the State Library and Archives of Florida celebrates Florida’s aviation history||
Miami-Dade Junior College student pilot training in a DC-3 at the school of aviation
|And please do join the Galt Museum & Archives at a tea!||
Southminster United Church Men’s Club Tea
A warm midwinter welcome to the Commons to Norway’s second biggest public library, the Bergen Public Library. The Bergen Public Library’s music-related archives form the core of its first uploads to the Commons on Flickr, featuring composer Edvard Grieg, violinist Ole Bull — and their friends and family:
Perhaps it’s natural, while looking at old photos, to wonder, “What ever happened to that person?” Every once in a while, through comments, tags, and notes in the Flickr Commons, we learn the answer. Score one for crowdsourcing!
One such mystery was solved recently. This lovely image of a girl using a sextant to calculate latitude is from the Library of Congress uploads. The photographer was Alfred T. Palmer; it was taken in Los Angeles on a cloudless day in September 1942. “Learning how to determine latitude by using a sextant is Senta Osoling, student at Polytechnic High School, Los Angeles, Calif. Navigation classes are part of the school’s program for training its students for specific contributions to the war effort” is the descriptive caption.
So, who was Senta Osoling, and whatever happened to her?
Almost two years ago, I tracked down a scientific paper that she co-authored in 1949 — presumably, from the context, when she was a chemistry student (her co-author, Alfred Deutsch, was a graduate student in the department of chemistry at UCLA). The citation is:
Alfred Deutsch and Senta Osoling, “Conductimetric and Potentiometric Studies of the Stoichiometry and Equilibria of Boric Acid-Mannitol Complexes,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 71(5)( May 1949): 1637-1940.
So it’s not exactly a source for personal details. This week, a much better answer came from Flickr user robertvaldivia:
Lovely Senta is now Senta A. Raizen and she is the Director at The National Center for Improving Science Education in Washington, DC.
Raizen earned an MA at Bryn Mawr in 1945, and was a chemist at Sun Oil before moving into policy work. The link robertvaldivia left with this note shows a recent photo of Senta A. Raizen, and gives a summary of her impressive career in science education. And that impressive career apparently started with hands-on science learning when she was a high school student in Los Angeles during World War II.
|The Brooklyn Museum has increased its Italian architecture collection – keep checking these sets for more!||
Scala Minelli, Venice, Italy
|From the LSE Library, more London School of Economic visitors — and photos from the school radio station, which opened in 1999.||
Judge Jules at Pulse FM, 12 December 2003