Typical Figure Showing Tendency of Student Life

Student Life

Both text and image found on the interweb: “Typical figure, showing tendency of student life – stooping head, flat chest, and emaciated limbs” – from an 1894 book titled The United States of America.”
We, at Mimi Berlin, especially love the way the bodyparts are described!

typical figure student life

This is just one of over 1 million images just released by The British Library to Flickr: The Commons. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1c14JcN

19th Century Tatouages by Sutherland Macdonald

19th Century Tatouages by Sutherland Macdonald

This image is so pretty, and it comes with a story too: read that by clicking the ‘mymodernmet.com’ link below. But, in a nutshell, it says that Sutherland Macdonald was named the first professional tattoo artist in England, he was operating a tattoo parlour out of London’s Turkish Bath in 1889. We, at Mimi Berlin, think it looks very, very beautiful!19th Century Tattouages by Sutherland Macdonald(image via mymodernmet.com) Continue reading

Olive Oatman and Other Women with Chin Tattoos

Olive Oatman and Other Women with Chin Tattoos

Olive Oatman lived in the USA from 1838-1903, she had a tattoo on her chin which was probably one of the Yavapai tribe. (read the full story below). The interesting part, according to us at Mimi Berlin, is the fact that Olive is dressed in full Victorian attire, just like the Maori women are.

Read the interesting story about Olive Oatman here at https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffagr

(images via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_Oatman / http://flashbak.com/44-captivating-native-maori-portraits-fom-19th-century-new-zealand-32789/ https://civilwartalk.com/threads/not-civil-war-the-girl-with-the-tattooed-face.110104/)

Thahanks at Pierre Lernoud (Bertyl) for sharing the image of Ms Oatman on FB.

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Uranium Glass

Uranium Glass

Uranium Queen of 1956, Brook Robin (image via mentalfloss)

Believe it or not: People used to color glass with uranium (in oxide diuranate form).
Uranium was not seen as being particularly dangerous during the 19th century; so the development of various uses for the element, such as tableware and household items were quite normal. Continue reading

History: Self Portrait in the Mirror

History: Self Portrait in the MirrorHistory: Self Portrait in the Mirror

We saw this story on Petapixel.com and wanted to share it with y’all this fine morning.

“Staring into a mirror and taking a self-portrait with a camera is nothing new. People have been trying to find ways to take their photographs since the 19th century. As humans, we take an interest in ourselves – a curiosity with a dash of self-obsession. A photograph can acknowledge our existence and allow us to view ourselves from the standpoint of others around us. Here are a collection of mirror self-portraits from years passed.” (read the full story at http://petapixel.com/2015/06/02/mirror-self-portraits-from-the-early-days-of-photography/)