Archive for March, 2012

Adelina Hagerup Knits, and Knits, and… Knits?

Posted by Penny in Articles

Adelina Werligh Hagerup was a celebrated Danish actress, and a relative of the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (his aunt, and also his mother-in-law; it was a complicated family). The Edvard Grieg photos in the Bergen Public Library uploads to Flickr Commons are full of family photos, portraits of colleagues, musicians and singers. So there are several images of Adelina Hagerup. Here’s one portrait:

Portrait of Adelina Hagerup, knitting
Bergen Public Library

She’s clearly holding her knitting, which is not so unusual in portraits of the time. Here’s another portrait of Adelina Hagerup:

Portrait of Adelina Hagerup, holding knitting
Bergen Public Library

It’s more subtle this time, but she’s definitely holding a piece of knitting in progress; the trailing wool down her gown is the giveaway. Now here, Adelina Hagerup appears in a group photo, from an 1896 gathering of Grieg family and friends to celebrate the composer’s birthday:

Edvard Grieg birthday at Lofthus
Bergen Public Library

Do you see her? Click through for a closer look. She’s sitting next to Edvard, and her hands are visible next to the head of the woman in front. And her hands are in the telltale position of… a knitter. I don’t see the needles or the wool, and maybe that was just her resting hand position, from habit; but from the other photographs, we know that Adelina Hagerup wasn’t one to put down a row for the sake of a photo.

100 Years of Girl Scouting

Posted by Penny in Across The Commons

On 12 March 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop, in Savannah, Georgia, with eighteen girls attending. In a century of fun, learning, and service, of course the Girl Scouts have tromped through the Commons collections, so come back through time with the Girl Scouts, and Flickr Commons:

Keep America Beautiful Day, 05/1972 Keep America Beautiful Day, 05/1972
The U.S. National Archives
Julie Nixon Eisenhower with a group of Girl Scouts, 06/26/1969 Julie Nixon Eisenhower with a group of Girl Scouts, 06/26/1969
The U.S. National Archives
Girl Scouts, 1958 Girl Scouts, 1958
Library of Virginia
Eighth Methodist Oswestry Girl Guides Company, 1956 Eighth Methodist Oswestry Girl Guides Company, 1956
LlGC ~ NLW
Emanuel Cohen Girl Scout Troop 140 Emanuel Cohen Girl Scout Troop 140, 1944
Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
North High School Girl Scout troop, 1928 North High School Girl Scout troop, 1928
Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest