Francis C. Fuerst

October 25, 2011 Comments Off on Francis C. Fuerst

Sources LIFE, Feb 3, 1947 p. 14f
via letslookupandsmile/Flickr
and Mrs. Deane

Spirit Photography

August 28, 2011 Comments Off on Spirit Photography

These photographs of ‘spirits’ are taken from an album of photographs unearthed in a Lancashire second-hand and antiquarian bookshop by one of the curators of the National Media Museum in the UK. They were taken by a controversial medium called William Hope (1863-1933), ca. 1920.

Source: Flickr Commons

Animals on Boats

March 30, 2011 Comments Off on Animals on Boats

Dog on board HMS 'Laforey', 1915-16

Seaman on 'Pommern' enticing the ship's cat up on of the shrouds, date unknown

Second mate, the Master, the First Mate and the ship's dog, on board the 'Grace Harwar', 1929

Poodle on board an unknown yacht, date unkown

Princess Victoria with Mac on board the 'Victoria and Albert III', 1909

Wallaby on board HMS 'Renown', 1920's

A quarterdeck scene on board HMS 'Trafalgar' at Malta, 1897

'Garth Castle' mascot Jacko at Boat Drill, about 1914

The mascot of HMS 'Renown', about 1941

The ship's cats, HMS 'Hawkins', 1919-21

Trotsky the bear being transferred to HMS 'Ajax' from the 'Emperor of India', 1921

Goat mascot of HMS 'Irresistible', date unknown

Scot at his bath attended by his faithful servant 'Lamps', date unknown

Black cat and spaniel, HMS 'Barham', about 1916

Mr P.M Anderson and Russ on the 'Scotia', about 1902

National Maritime Museum

Vintage National Geographic Scans

January 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

(Caption missing, unfortunately)

Megasoma beetle

Prince of Bhutan and his bride, 1952

Screech owls

Egyptian students, 1954

Spoonbills in Florida, 1954

Annual Lobster Festival, Maine 1952

Inuit boy, Alaska 1959

Kazakh nomand woman brewing tea, 1954

King of Bunyaro on a throne of 60 leopard skins, 1960

Massai men

Sorcerer in New Guinea, 1955

Viking Festival, Shetland Islands 1954

A tumblr well worth following: Vintage National Geographic Scans (mainly from the 1950s to early 60s)

Madam Satan

December 10, 2010 Comments Off on Madam Satan

Fridtjof Nansen

October 25, 2010 Comments Off on Fridtjof Nansen

1,000 Days in the Ice – National Geographic has an amazing set of pictures from Fridtjof Nansen’s polar expedition online. Nansen has always been my favourite arctic explorer. Originally a zoologist, he became the first person to cross the Greenlandic inland ice, and after that, received funding for his expedition to the North Pole on board the MS Fram. Read about his expedition here or here (or here). Returning home to Norway, he became a philantropist and diplomat, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922.

He never reached the North Pole, turning South at 86°13.6’N. His first wife was called Eva. She enjoyed skiing. (Sources 1 2)

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