Lost Splendor

Past and present by an aspiring archivist and new Bostonian.
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Paxton’s Crystal Palace, Sydenham c. 1851 via Wikimedia Commons

Female Rebellion by Will R. Barnes, To Date Cover Illustration c. November, 1895 via The New York Public Library

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge how incredibly suave the woman depicted in this illustration is. Between the hussar uniform and head-tilt sword wielding feminist imagery, she knows what it’s all about. 

Additionally, why are there no digitized editions of this magazine - why can’t we read their late nineteenth century opinions.

Observation: Kate Beaton - were you a late nineteenth century magazine illustrator? 

Self Portrait with Camera by Walter Bentley Woodbury, 1887 (by National Media Museum)

Feathered Hat, Missouri c. 1890s (by MissouriStateArchives)

Armored Diving Suit, France c. 1878 (via Xerposa)

Two Unidentified Women Fencing, 1885 (by George Eastman House)

Dear Companions: “Snowdrop the Cat, a gift to Prince Leopold in July 1856.” (via Royal Collection)

Carriage Ride, 1888: Kodak No. 1 Circular Snapshots (by National Media Museum)

Miss Sanderson’s Parasol Self-Defense, 1908:

"Then Miss Sanderson came to the attack, and the demonstration showed her to be as capable with the stick as the sword. She passed it from hand to hand so quickly that the eye could scarcely follow the movements, and all the while her blows fell thick and fast. Down slashes, upper cuts, side swings, jabs and thrusts followed in quick succession, and the thought arose, how would a ruffian come off if he attacked this accomplished lady, supposing she had either walking-stick, umbrella, or parasol at the time? " 

- J. St. A. Jewell, “The Gymnasiums of London: Part X. — Pierre Vigny’s” Health and Strength, May 1904, pages 173-177. (via » Miss Sanderson and the womanly art of parasol self defence)

Selection: Harpers Bazaar, 1890s

Reading Her Fate: Harper’s Bazaar, 1890s.

October Elections of 1876, New York City via The New York Public Library

"The Author in Fancy Dress as a Side of Bacon, designed by himself, which took the First Prize of Forty Guineas at the Covent Garden Fancy Dress Ball, April 1894."

(via Flavorwire)

Costumed Cigarette Card Dames, c. 1880s via The New York Public Library

Make Haste: “Three boys walking near an elephant from the Barnes Circus which is walking down the middle of Atlantic St. near Nevins, Brooklyn, June 1891” (via Retronaut)