It gives me more Pleasure than I can express to learn that you sustain with so much Fortitude, the Shocks and Terrors of the Times. You are really brave, my dear, you are an Heroine. And you have Reason to be. For the worst that can happen, can do you no Harm. A soul, as pure, as benevolent, as virtuous and pious as yours has nothing to fear, but every Thing to hope and expect from the last of human Evils.
John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 7, 1775
Late Victorian mountaineers, including a lady fully dressed and corseted, cross a crevasse in the Alps, 1900 (from Getty Images’ book "Decades of the 20th Century—1900s" by Nick Yapp, scanned by WeirdVintage)
The very definition of YOU GO GIRL. Holy. Crap.
Some historic hunks from our holdings, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Who should we add to our Pinterest board?
Well this is just right up my proverbial alley.
The Dye is cast: The People have passed the River and cutt away the Bridge: last Night Three Cargoes of Tea, were emptied into the Harbour. This is the grandest, Event, which has ever yet happened Since, the Controversy, with Britain, opened!
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963
The JFK Library is observing the 50th anniversary of the death of President Kennedy both online and through a special program, “A Nation Remembers: A Tribute to President John F. Kennedy.”
Image: President Kennedy reaches out to the crowd gathered at the Hotel Texas Parking Lot Rally in Fort Worth, Texas. November 22, 1963. Cecil Stoughton, White House Photographs.
-from the JFK Library
November 19, 1863: Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address.
150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous 2-minute-long, 260 word speech at the dedication of a soldiers’ cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - where, in July of the same year, Union and Confederate forces fought the bloodiest battle of the entire war. In his speech, Lincoln affirmed the value of the Union’s struggle in the context of the United States’ founding principles of liberty and equality. Since its delivery, the Gettysburg Address has been absorbed into American culture as a national symbol and as an iconic, defining moment in its history.
Text of the speech (of which several versions exist):
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
The Waltz (1800s)
In 1816,The Times of London alerted parents about an “indecent foreign dance” called the waltz, which featured “the voluptuous intertwining of the limbs” and “close compressure of the bodies.” This “obscene display” sparked a panic that caused the Times to “warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion” that previously remained the territory of “prostitutes and adulteresses.” Yes, this was written about the waltz.
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"This—THIS is the generation that will destroy our future with their debauchery!!" — Every older generation since the beginning of time.
I was surprised to find out young society ladies used to have to get permission before being allowed to waltz.
Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, watches the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War, 11/13/1982
Remembering the sacrifices made by veterans of all generations on Veterans Day.
Lost country houses of Britain, part II.
All of these historic houses were demolished or otherwise destroyed during the course of the 20th century. We have thrown away so much.
In rows from top:
Hardwick House, Suffolk.
Dilhorne Hall, Staffordshire.
Hadlow Castle, Kent.
Douglas Castle, Lanarkshire, & Duxbury Hall, Lancashire.
Elmhurst Hall, Staffordshire, & Eaton Hall, Cheshire.
Falcon Hall, Edinburgh.
Henham Park, Suffolk.
Hamilton Palace, Lanarkshire.
Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies (photographed-Camille Silvy,1862) born into a royal West African dynasty, and orphaned in 1848, when five years old, when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria, a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the “Queen’s Goddaughter” and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence. She spent her life between the British royal household and in Africa until her death in 1880.
Maureen Corrigan reviews Book of Ages by Jill Lepore, a gripping biography about Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister Jane who lived her life in poverty with 12 children:
Book of Ages is the name of Lepore’s extraordinary new book about Jane Franklin, but to call it simply a biography would be like calling Ben’s experiments with electricity mere kite flying. Lepore says that, in addition to telling Jane’s story, she’s also meditating here on the limits of traditional genres like biography and history, which, by necessity, still favor the lives of public figures. Jane Franklin’s life was mostly lived in the shadows; so to read its traces, Lepore augments her own training as a historian with literary criticism, archeology, sociology, and even some of the techniques of fiction.
Read the full review here
I’m so excited to read this! I’m in the middle of re-reading 1776, but this will make for a great companion.
I love that I have a brother who will text me at 2 AM to discuss the historical accuracy of Hessian soldiers being present during the 1773 Boston Tea Party. (They were officially incorporated into the British army in 1776, fighting in the Battle of Long Island/Battle of Brooklyn/Battle of Brooklyn Heights.) Obviously the show is trying to do something and make the Hessians supernatural and cult-y, and they could maybe get away with saying some Hessians stayed behind after the French and Indian/Seven Years War. (And the Headless Horseman in the original Sleepy Hollow is a Hessian, so they were trying to stay true to that tradition, I suppose.) I mean, if you’re going to get super technical, there wouldn’t have been any witch hunts in this period, either, and, also, the Four Horsemen work for God, not a demon, yes? So with shows like this you just have to give it up and enjoy it for what it is. (But don’t, you know, cite it for your history tests.)
The new coat of arms of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, approved by the Queen
DID YOU KNOW… that the reason the unicorn (reppin’ Scotland) appears chained is because free unicorns were considered extremely dangerous beats in legend? The red escallops on the labels around its neck and the lion’s neck are a reference to Diana. Speaking of labels, usually a grandchild of the queen would have a five-point label, but he’s entitled to use three as the first son of the Prince of Wales. The wording is the motto of the Order of the Garter and means shame upon him who thinks evil of it
YEEEAAAH four years of history education in Colonial Williamsburg plying me with useless knowledge about Royal Coats of Arms!
P.S. Prince Phillip’s is ridiculous. And by that I mean ridiculously amazing.
9,000 Fallen Soldiers Stenciled into Sand at Normandy Beach
To commemorate “Peace Day”, British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss, in combination with many volunteers, went to Normandy Beach and stenciled the silhouettes of the 9,000 soldiers who lost their lives on D-Day during World War II. With rakes and stencils pads shaped like bodies in hand, the group completed the temporary art installation titled The Fallen 9000.
The work is meant to serve as a stark visual reminder of the civilians, allied forces and Germans who died during the beach landings at Arromanches on D-Day: June 6th, 1944. The initial team began with 60 volunteers, but as word spread to nearby residents, an additional 500 people came to help with the temporary installation. Although the stenciled body impressions in the sand only lasted a few hours before the tide washed them away, the photographs serve as a reminder of the horrors of war and of the cherished lives lost.