Archive for July, 2012

The men in top hats

Posted by Penny in Best of The Commons

If you watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympics last week, you saw a segment with men in top hats and muttonchop sideburns, representing the industrial revolution. Here’s actor Kenneth Branagh in costume as Isambard Kingdom Brunel that night. If you’re a Commons regular, maybe that all looked familiar, thanks to the National Maritime Museum:

Robert Howlett
John Scott Russell (on the left) and Isambard Brunel (second from right) during the launch of the ‘Great Eastern’, 3 November 1857
National Maritime Museum: A4557

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Olympic Torch Bearer, London, 1948

Posted by Penny in Best of The Commons

Daily Herald Archive at the National Media Museum
John Mark Olympic Torch Bearer, London, 1948
National Media Museum: [ID number]

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Part of the National Media Museum’s “The 1948 Olympics in 40 Photos” set on Flickr.

More about John Mark (1925-1991).

Oregon State College Greenhouses, 1954

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Oregon State College Greenhouses, 1954

creator: unknown
Oregon State College Greenhouses, 1954,
[1954]
OSU Special Collections & Archives: P082:40

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Second Floor, East Corridor. Mosaic of Minerva by Elihu Vedder, with restorer at work. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. (LOC)

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Second Floor, East Corridor. Mosaic of Minerva by Elihu Vedder, with restorer at work. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. (LOC)

Highsmith, Carol M.,, 1946-, photographer.
Second Floor, East Corridor. Mosaic of Minerva by Elihu Vedder, with restorer at work. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. (LOC),
[between 1980 and 2006]
Library of Congress: LC-HS503- 3593

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Shoreline scene in the Hilo area, November 1973

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Shoreline scene in the Hilo area, November 1973

creator: O’Rear, Charles, 1941-
Shoreline scene in the Hilo area, November 1973,
creation date: November 1973
U.S. National Archives: 412-DA-11650

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