Lost Splendor

Past and present by an archives student and new Bostonian. @freifraufitz

Leslie Howard, Pygmalion, 1938

Last week of the semester - let’s do this

(Source: loveholic198)

Påskekort, 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.
Kenyan woman and chevrotain, Mombassa c. 1909 via imgur.com


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