Archive for the ‘Across The Commons’ Category

Posted by Penny in Across The Commons

One of my favorite times of year in Flickr Commons is March, when the Smithsonian rolls out more wonderful images from the collection of portraits of women scientists. This is their fifth year running, and there are still plenty of photos to share. Check their stream every Friday in March for more treasures, but these are from the first batch this year:

Ethel Grace Stiffler (c.1900-1995) was an American trained botanist, taught biology at several universities, and was married to astronomer Edwin Carpenter. woman seated in a classroom, 1920s
Smithsonian Institution
Biochemist Lina Solomonova Stern (1878-1968) was born in present-day Latvia, and studied the blood-brain barrier in the Soviet Union. woman with curly hair, standing outdoors, ribbon pinned to her bodice
Smithsonian Institution
Gertrude Van Wagenen (1893-1978) was an American research anatomist at Yale University. young woman seated at desk in coat and tie
Smithsonian Institution

Year of the Snake, Commons-style

Posted by Penny in Across The Commons

Some serious snakes slithering through the Commons…

Reptilian Fabric, 1887 stylized snakes printed on fabric
National Archives UK
Harmless Bull Snake, 1972 coiled snake in a desert setting
US National Archives
Sideshow Attraction, State Fair of Texas, 1985 snake curled on lap of woman in short dress, fishnet tights
SMU Central University Libraries

More here.

Eponyms: Names, Faces, Menus

Posted by Penny in Across The Commons

Ever wonder why food is named the way it is? The Commons has some answers…

Queen Margherita turned up in this week’s Library of Congress uploads to Flickr Commons. She’s the eponym of the “margherita pizza,” a standard combination of toppings (mozzarella, tomato, basil). Margherita pizza was served to the Queen Consort in 1889, in Naples, as an edible representation of the Italian flag (red/white/green). The name stuck. Margherita of Savoy
Library of Congress
Another famous Italian woman of the late 19th/early 20th century, coloratura soprano Luisa Tetrazzini, inspired a San Francisco chef to create “tetrazzini,” a dish with pasta, almonds, mushrooms, and parmesan sauce. Mme. Tetrazzini
Library of Congress
Staying in the music world, we find Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer, who was honored with several namesake dishes, including Peach Melba (ice cream with peaches and raspberry sauce), and melba toast (a dry flat cracker). Dame Nellie Melba
State Library of New South Wales
Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova had a meringue dessert named for her, because it was said to be as “light as Pavlova.” Anna Pavlova
State Library of New South Wales

Want more? Wikipedia has a List of Foods Names after People, and a List of Foods and Drinks Named for Places, for your all edible history needs.

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

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

August 26: Women’s Equality Day

Posted by Penny in Across The Commons

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, recognizing the right of women to vote. In 1971, Congress passed a resolution declaring August 26 “Women’s Equality Day.” Flickr Commons collections are full of photographs of the American suffrage movement. Here are just a few for the day…

Susan B. Anthony with seven other women, ca. 1903 Susan B. Anthony with seven other women, ca. 1903
DC Public Library Commons
Suffragettes Bonfire and Poster at the White House (1917-18) Suffragettes Bonfire and Poster at the White House
US National Archives
Suffragists in Parade Suffragists in Parade
Library of Congress
“Votes for Women” Canvas Bag, ca. 1920
Cornell University Library

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

At the State Fair, across the Commons

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Across The Commons

While there’s still a bit of summer left in the United States, there’s still time to visit a state or county fair.

The Vermont State Fair, 1941

Library of Congress
The New York State Fair, 1918

Cornell University Library
The Oregon State Fair, 1912

Oregon State University Archives
The Florida State Fair, 1947

State Library and Archives of Florida
Garfield County Fair, Colorado, 1973

U.S. National Archives
Cheshire County Grange Fair, New Hamphire, 1892

Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos

Lady Eastlake, by Hill and Adamson

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Across The Commons

… as found by Penny in two different Commons collections. David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson photographed Lady Eastlake in 1845, seemingly on different days.


George Eastman House

National Galleries of Scotland