Lost Splendor

Past and present by an aspiring archivist and new Bostonian.

As some of you may know, I’m finishing up my second semester as a graduate student in the field of archives - mostly focusing on the digital side of things. While this blog has played a pretty significant role in my personal development, and as I continue to utilize many of the skills I originally learned by managing this blog in exciting real-life professional ways, I want to share bits and pieces of that with you guys.

While this would incorporate more personal elements into this blog, it has always been and will continue to remain a personal blog.

Long story short, what parts of my life as a grad student in the field of archives/history things would you be interested in learning more about or seeing more of?

New York Antiquarian Book Fair, April 2014.

Roentgen Objects, or Devices Larger Than The Rooms That Contain Them: "An extraordinary exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year featured mechanical furniture designed by the father and son team of Abraham and David Roentgen: elaborate 18th-century technical devices disguised as desks and tables.”

Historical significance and craftsmanship aside, pretty much a baroque transformer.

Gloria Swanson, ca. 1920s via mattsko.wordpress.com

"Rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève" Paris, France c. 1924 by Eugéne Atget via Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Café, Avenue de la Grande-Armée" Paris, France c. 1924/25 by Eugéne Atget via Metropolitan Museum of Art



Amazing manuscript in the shape of the fleur-de-lis. It is a Book of Hours for the use of Rome, made circa 1555.

(Amiens, Bibliothèque municipale, fonds L’Escalopier 022)

Not your everyday medieval book. I have never seen one like this before. Wonderful display of craftsmanship.

(via frenchhistory)

Mia Slavenska, undated via croatia.org

Lean In: Mia Slavenska, undated via mattsko.wordpress.com

Interwoven Socks: The Saturday Evening Post, 1921 by J.C. Leyendecker via mattsko.wordpress.com


Simmons College, an all-female institution, had a tradition of “Freshman-Junior Weddings”, in which the Freshman class president dressed as the bride, and the Junior class president dressed as the groom.  Here are other Junior classmates dressed in drag, c. 1930s (via)

Attempting to contain my overflowing grad institution pride over here. Work those monocles.

The Red and Marble Miles: New York, New York. April 5th, 2014. Unedited.

Lazy Days of Summer: Arlington, Virgina. June, 1943. (via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)


Easter Walk by J.C Leyendecker, April 6th, 1912 (via The Saturday Evening Post)

Crimson staircases this past Saturday.