Archive for November, 2010

Bust of Karl Knaths (1891-1971)

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Bust of Karl Knaths (1891-1971)

creator: Gross, Chaim (1901-1991)
Bust of Karl Knaths (1891-1971),
creation date: 1967
Center for Jewish History, NYC: 2010.017

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Articles

Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers, Commons-style … with old traditions, some lost …

Thanksgiving Maskers scramble for pennies (LOC)

Thanksgiving Maskers scramble for pennies (LOC)

… and some still enjoyed today.



President Truman receiving a Thanksgiving turkey (U.S. Nat. Arch.)


Turkey presentation for Thanksgiving, 11/18/1969 (U.S. Nat. Arch.)

… except, perhaps, by turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!

Derangement and Description

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Remix
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We’re always interested in seeing what people are doing with Commons photos. And we are, obviously, big fans of archivists of all kinds. So what could be better than a note drawing our attention to Commons-based comics for archivists?

If you don’t already know Rebecca Goldman’s Derangement and Description, head over and check it out! And start with those photocomics, for which Rebecca uses Commons material much of the time.

Calypsonians in the Commons

Posted by Penny in Articles

The Library of Congress uploads from the Gottlieb Jazz Photos collection are great to look at — and to listen to, with a little assist from Amazon or YouTube. Here’s an example:

Portrait of Calypso, between 1938 and 1948

Portrait of Calypso, between 1938 and 1948

The “Portrait of Calypso” series is actually a portrait of calypso’s biggest names in the 1940s, all performing together in New York City. It appears to be from the event that Alan Lomax recorded at New York City Town Hall in 1946, which is available as Calypso at Midnight and Calypso after Midnight from Rounder Select. Those recordings also feature Gerald Clark and his Caribbean Serenaders (visible in the backgrounds of the calypso photos in the Gottlieb set), including the distinctive calypso clarinet of Gregory Felix.

Turning to YouTube for individual performances: Second from the left in the photo above is Patrick MacDonald, aka “MacBeth the Great”; here he is performing “Buy Me a Zeppelin.” In the middle, that’s “The Duke of Iron,” Cecil Anderson (1906-1968); he was noted for his crisp diction, as evident in this recording of “Man Smart, Woman Smarter.” Next to the Duke of Iron, in a cummerbund of looping braid, is Wilmoth Houdini (born Frederick Wilmoth Hendricks, 1896-1973); here’s a 1931 recording of him singing “Black but Sweet.” And on the far right, that’s “Lord Invader,” Rupert Westmore Grant (1915-1961); now hear him singing his best-known composition, “Rum and Coca-Cola.”

I haven’t worked out who the man on the far left is. But the event was well  documented, in audio and visuals, so his identity shouldn’t remain a mystery for long.

Recent Uploads to the Commons

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Recent Uploads
From the National Library of Scotland, two major new collections: Construction of the Forth Bridge illustrations 1886-87 and Photographs from the Tay Bridge Enquiry. The Tay Bridge “collapsed because of high winds on 28 December 1879.”

Fallen girders, Tay Bridge
Both the U.S. National Archives and the Center for Jewish History, NYC uploaded photographs for Veterans’ Day.

Photograph of Marine Wives at Camp Pendleton, California Waiting for the Return of Prisoners of War, 02/12/1973
The Library of Congress’s Bain Collection Friday update was part baseball, part processions and public events, part portrait, and one damaged ship.

Linc. Steffens 1/2 length, hanging on balcony (LOC)
The Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian adds to its commercial-location photography, witha focus on pousadas.

Pousada de Serém, Portugal
And for those of you who don’t follow us on Twitter, the State Library of Queensland, Australia, has More Moustaches.

Head and shoulders portrait of an unidentified man, 1870-1880

Personal Connections: A Childhood Home

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Personal Connections
Wyembar in Cambell Street, Toowoomba, ca. 1905

Wyembar in Cambell Street, Toowoomba, ca. 1905

rudegar22 writes:

I grew up in this house! From when I was a baby in 1977 to about 5 years ago. It’s one of the most beautiful houses in all Toowoomba …

Thanks to Pixel Wrangler for noticing this one, and bringing it to the Flickr Commons group’s Personal Connections thread!

More Money, More Fun

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
More Money, More Fun

creator: unknown
More Money, More Fun,
creation date: circa 1966
National Archives UK: INF 13/254

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Lest We Forget

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Across The Commons

Fine day but cold and dull. General Haigs diary entry for Armistice Day 1918. (National Library of Scotland)

Fine day but cold and dull. General Haig's diary entry for Armistice Day 1918. (National Library of Scotland)

From Flickr Commons group members’ suggestions and recent uploads, images for Armistice Day/Remembrance Day: November 11, commemorating the Armistice of 1918 ever since.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, / We will remember them.
— Lawrence Binyon, “For the Fallen” (1914)

Soldiers in a trench, Gallipoli, Turkey, 1915.

National Library NZ
No Mans Land, Flanders Field, France, 1919.

Library of Congress
A surgical operation, 1918.

Library of Virginia
World War I Army Biplane, first published February 1919.

UA Archives / Upper Arlington History
Rudolf Menzel with group of soldiers, 1915.

Center for Jewish History, NYC
The announcing of the armistice on November 11, 1918, was the occasion for a monster celebration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania…on Broad Street.

U.S. National Archives
Armistice Day ceremony at the Cenotaph, Sydney, 11 November 1938 / photograph by Sam Hood

State Library of New South Wales
Four mates about to embark for service in Korea.

The description for this image tells who each man is, and who did not return.



Australian War Memorial
Soldiers carry a wounded comrade through a swampy area, 1969.

U.S. National Archives

Follow an Archive, November 12

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News

Friday, November 12 is “Follow an Archive” day on Twitter. Many archives from all over the world actively use Twitter to spread word of new acquisitions, ways of accessing their collections, and other developments. On Friday, search the hashtag #followanarchive to discover archives you didn’t know where there.

For more, see the Follow an Archive blog.

Recent Uploads to the Commons

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Recent Uploads
Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos has uploaded a wealth of color photographs of residences and businesses.

Crystal Restaurant in Keene New Hampshire
The State Library of Queensland, Australia, has added a postcard from the First World War to its photographic postcard collections. Watch for more new Armistice Day photographs from Commons institutions this week.

Taking a break from the battlefield, chatting around the campfire, ca. 1917
Oregon State University Archives has begun to post photographs from the teaching collection of landscape architect Arthur Peck.

Car parked in front of house
The Library of Congress expands its Commons collection of jazz photos.

Portrait of Buddy Weed, ABC studio, New York, N.Y.(?), ca. May 1947
The Bibliothèque de Toulouse posts portraits by Eugène Trutat.

Caroline en costume masculin, Cornusson
From SMU Central Libraries, some stunning mounted images of geysers by William Henry Jackson from the 1870s.

Crater of Old Faithful
The Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian adds to its images of mid-20th-century industrial interiors on Flickr.

Laboratório Normal, Mem Martins, Portugal