Archive for April, 2012

April 23: Shakespeare, Across the Commons

Posted by Penny in Across The Commons

Today marks the traditional birthday (and definite deathday) of William Shakespeare, who was baptized April 26, 1564, and died April 23, 1616. Any Shakespeare-related content in the Commons? Of course there is!

William Shakespeare watches over a rehearsal at the Futurist Play House, c1910s William Shakespeare watches over a rehearsal at the Futurist Play House, c1910s
Library of Congress
Shakespeare’s “Richard the Third” as a metaphor in an American political cartoon, 1834
Cornell University Library
Macbeth Drinking Scene at Oregon State University Macbeth Drinking Scene
OSU Special Collections & Archives
A group of Elizabethan Ladies, 11 August 1909, at the Builth Wells Historical Pageant A group of Elizabethan Ladies
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales
Deathbed Scene from “Othello,” played by two British men in France during WWI Deathbed scene from Othello
National Library of Scotland

Titanic 1912: Faces in the Commons

Posted by Penny in Across The Commons

On 15 April 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg and quickly sunk, with many lost lives. The event catches many of the Commons collections at their richest, so it’s no surprise that the Titanic can be found across the Commons (in fact, we’ve visited the topic before on indicommons). A few survivors and not-so-lucky souls from the Commons…

Estelle Stead’s father died in the Titanic disaster; she sought contact with her father’s spirit for many years after that, and wrote about her experiences in seances and with mediums.
Library of Congress
Francis David Millet (1846-1912) was an American artist, in charge of decorations at the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, 1893; he died on the Titanic.
Smithsonian Institution
Madeleine Force Astor (1893-1940) was a Titanic passenger; she survived, but her husband John Jacob Astor IV perished; soon after the disaster, she delivered her son, John Jacob Astor VI.
Library of Congress
R. Norris Williams (1891-1968) was an American tennis player who was traveling on the Titanic; he survived the sinking. This photo was taken the next year, while he was practicing for the Davis Cup.
Library of Congress
Young Michel and Edmond Navratil boarded the Titanic with their father, who died in the sinking; they survived, and are shown here in their mother’s arms.
Library of Congress

April 2: Eugen Sandow (1867-1925)

Posted by Penny in Today in the Commons
portraits of bodybuilder Eugen Sandow

B. J. Falk
Eugen Sandow, ca. 1895
George Eastman House: 1982:0816:0001

Eugen Sandow, “The Father of Modern Body Building,” was born 2 April 1867, as Friedrich Wilhelm Müller, in Königsberg, Prussia.