Lost Splendor

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

Illustration via “The Woman with the Yellow Hair: a romance of good and bad society”, Published in London c. 1860 via the British Library on Flickr Commons
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The White Rabbit, The Nursery Alice by Lewis Carroll and Illustrated by Sir John Teniel, London c. 1890 via The British Library
"The Unification of London: The Need and the Remedy”by John Leighton, London c. 1895 via The British Library
Illustration by H. Stratton from Songs for Little People, Published London c. 1896 via The British Library on Flickr Commons
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.