Lovely and complex 18th century headstone from Forteviot, Perthshire, Scotland.
The skull and crossed bones (with the banner proclaiming “MEMNTO MORE [sic]”), as well as the running hourglass, recalls to the viewer that death is always imminent.
The winged head represents the soul of the deceased.
The two other figures, raising their hands to heaven, may represent other deceased family members.
Source: Tour Scotland Photographs (Sally Stevenson, photog.)
Silk Adelaide boots with beaded domino design to match a fancy dress outfit a woman would have worn to a costume ball (ca. mid-19th century).
Source: Bata Shoe Museum blog
Hello everyone! I’ve been away from my tumblr for a while to get the after-effects of a brain injury under control. I’m looking forward to beginning to post again.
Happy to be back!
Woman with shotgun and dog, Florida, early 1910s.Note her “Spanish Moss” camouflage.
Source: Florida Memory
Police Headquarters, The “Rogue’s Gallery,”
Jacob A. Riis, ca. 1890
A police officer flips through several boards of photographic mugshots (100 to a side, 200 to a board, at least five boards are visible) at the New York City Police Headquarters.
Source: Museum of the City of New York
The Kepplinger Holdout card cheating device, late 19th century,
J. D. Kepplinger was a master card cheat and con man in the late 19th century. In 1888 the brilliant Kepplinger invented his own card holdout device. The device attached to his arm, which was concealed by his sleeve, which was connected by a cable to a mechanism attached to his thighs. When he opened and closed his legs a metal claw would popup through his sleeve and snatch away a card for later. When Kepplinger needed that card later, he simply opened his legs again, and the device would conveniently insert the card back into his hand.
With his special Kepplinger holdout device, also known as the San Francisco holdout, J.D. Kepplinger was able to clean out many cardplayers throughout the Old West. That was until professional gamblers became suspicious.
One day during a pleasant game of poker three other gamblers seized him and dragged him to the back of the saloon. There they stripped off his clothes and discovered the ingenious device. They offered Kepplinger two options, either he construct devices for them or he face the consequences of being caught cheating at cards (which mean’t being shot or beaten up). Kepplinger made more devices for his new comrades, who formed a team of card cheats. For over a year the team grew rich cleaning out the table of the Barbary Coast and San Francisco. That was until they were caught by the police and sent to prison.
(Source: cards-expert.com, via ladykrampus)
Large (2.5” wide and 7” in diameter in the first slot) silver and brass dog collar from the mid-1800s (England). Decorated with stamped floral and running dog design.
"I am NERO The property of C. E. Matley. — WHO’S DOG ARE YOU. —"
One of Mr. Roger’s (Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, 1968-2001) iconic zipper-front sweaters has a permanent home at the National Museum of American history.
At the beginning of each of his television programs, Mr. Rogers sang “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” while trading his sport coat for a comfy sweater and his dress shoes for sneakers.
For generations of children, Mr Rogers was a figure of comfort and unconditional acceptance:
An ordained Presbyterian minister, Rogers dedicated his television career to promoting children’s emotional and moral well-being. His show, with its friendly conversational style and trips to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, encouraged young viewers to feel loved, respected, and special. (National Museum of American History)
This excellent blog post discusses the soothing sweater-and-sneaker opening to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and suggests that even in this simple ritual, Fred Rogers sought to teach his young audience.
1) National Museum of American History