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!
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
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!(image via mymodernmet.com)Continue reading →
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.
Olive Oatman, tintype, 1857
Olive Oatman 1838–1903, by Benjamin F. Powelson (1823–1885), Albumen silver print, c. 1863, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Olive Oatman, carte de visite, circa 1863Carte de Visite of Olive Oatman 1838–1903, by Benjamin F. Powelson (1823–1885)
Woman from the Yavapai Tribe
Carte de visite portrait of Beti Karaitiana, taken, probably in the 1870s, by Samuel Carnell of Napier.
Portrait of Susan Jury (Te Aitu-o-te-rangi Wikitoria Jury, also known as Sue Materoa Jury), 1876-1880
Carte de visite portrait of a Maori woman from Hawkes Bay, taken, probably in the 1870s, by Samuel Carnell of Napier.
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 →
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/)