Lost Splendor

Past and present by an aspiring archivist and new Bostonian.
@freifraufitz

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New York, 1955.

by Vivian Maier

(via fishstickmonkey)

"The New Woman Barber", c. 1897 via The Library Company of Philadelphia - Flickr Commons

Cover of Joseph Gander’s “The glory of Her Sacred Majesty Queen Anne”, c. 1703.

This fine binding of red goatskin onlaid in black and gold tooled, was bound by the Geometrical Compartment Binder about 1703, probably at the request of the author as a presentation copy.” via The National Library of New Zealand on Flickr Commons

Eight Street, Philadelphia ca. 19th Century via Library Company of Philadelphia - Flickr Commons

"Students in Harvard Radcliffe Program in Business Administration lecture, 1953-1954" via Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America - Flickr Commons

Coco Chanel, c. 1929 via History in Pictures on Twitter

Coco Chanel, c. 1929 via History in Pictures on Twitter

Leslie Howard, Pygmalion, 1938

Last week of the semester - let’s do this

PĂ„skekort, Easter Card c. 1916 via The National Library of Norway on Flickr Commons

Ornamental dogs are surprised that you’ve chosen to wear that.

How do cats work.

Without question, the family cat is a decadent marshmallow goddess.

Hussar Uniform, England, 1870s. Private Collection.
Another because why not.

Hussar Uniform, England, 1870s. Private Collection.

As previously mentioned, an appreciation for history-things is something that runs in the family. Specifically, an appreciation for the design of historical militaria. This late nineteenth century hussar uniform is a longtime favorite fondly revisited with every return home. Favorite is a clear understatement - best described through the lens of a specific anime; if I were to bond consciousness with a garment to rise to greatness or defeat powers that be through a gratuitous transformation sequence - this would be that garment.

Spoilers; there’s also an incredible cap with a plume that couldn’t be fit in the picture. Plumes, yo.

All Steel: London Shop Window, c. 1946 via Stockholm Transport Museum

Alright, I know, there have been a high volume of old books on here recently. Upon arriving home for a short vacation, guess what - more old books.
But really, you should see the entire bookshelf of Napoleon swag my parents have come to accumulate over the years. As it turns out, history nerdom is hereditary.

New York Antiquarian Book Fair, April 2014.
Arguably the highest level of book want.