Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year, from Indicommons and the State Library of New South Wales!

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Best of The Commons

Sam Hood
Nina Raievska (left) and Valentina Blinova with Arnold Haskell; Russian Ballet at JC Williamson New Year Party, Sydney, 31 December 1936
State Library of New South Wales: 15668

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Where in the World Is …

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News

… 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.

Winter scene with church in background, unidentified location

Winter scene with church in background, unidentified location

Happy Christmas, 1905 style!

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Best of The Commons

New-York Tribune
An hour before the Christmas dinner. Problem: Can he wait?, December 24, 1905
Library of Congress: lccn.loc.gov/2007618519

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Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge

Posted by zyrcster in Best of The Commons
Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge

George Henderson
Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge, 1943
Oregon State University Archives: WilliamsG_CCC Timberline Lodge
… are you ready for winter, Oregon?

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Alfred Stieglitz, by Alfred Langdon Coburn

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Alfred Stieglitz

Alvin Langdon Coburn
Alfred Stieglitz, creation date:c. 1907
Smithsonian Institution: aaa_miscphot_5498

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Recent Uploads to the Commons

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Recent Uploads
The Smithsonian Institution has uploaded 58 prints — the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s entire collection — by Washington DC painter Gene Davis (1920-85)
Untitled, n.d.
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,

1942

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

Nankeen and white cranes

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Nankeen and white cranes

creator: unknown
Nankeen and white cranes, creation date: unknown
Powerhouse Museum: Tyrrell Photographic Collection

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New to the Commons: Bergen Public Library, Norway

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News

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:

The Bergen Music fest, group picture with Edvard Grieg

The Bergen Music fest, group picture with Edvard Grieg

Then and Now: Senta Osoling and Senta Raizen

Posted by Penny in Articles, Then and Now

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.

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 schools program for training its students for specific contributions to the war effort (LOC)

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 (LOC)

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.

Recent Uploads to the Commons

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Recent Uploads
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

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