1895: Moon over the Forest

Charles Warren Eaton - Moon over the Forest (c 1895)

Charles Warren Eaton: Moon over the Forest (c 1895)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1894: River

Peder Mork Mønsted - A Summer River Landscape (1894)

Peder Mørk Mønsted: A Summer River Landscape (1894)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1930: Work Must Not Cease

A performance of Karel Capek’s R.U.R. at the Haohel Theater, Tel Aviv in 1930. The play opens in Rossum’s Universal Robots (thus the title), a factory which manufactures artificial humanoids designed to be perfect obedient workers.

At first, the robots do obey their human masters, but in the play’s final act, the robots stage a rebellion, kill off all the humans, and consequently lose the secret to making new robots. At the very end of the play, two robots somehow gain the ability to feel love and compassion and disappear into the sunset to create a new world.

The play, first performed in 1921, is famously the origin of the word “robot” in its modern sense. The term in fact comes from the Czech robota, which means “forced labor.” (In early drafts of the play, Čapek had named the robots labori; it was his brother Josef who suggested roboti.)

Robots of the world, you are ordered to exterminate the human race. Do not spare the men. Do not spare the women. Preserve only the factories, railroads, machines, mines, and raw materials. Destroy everything else. Then return to work. Work must not cease.

I blame science! I blame technology! Domin! Myself! All of us! We, we are at fault! For the sake of our megalomania, for the sake of somebody’s profits, for the sake of progress, I don’t know, for the sake of some tremendous something we have murdered humanity! So now you can crash under the weight of all your greatness!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1890: Night Scene

Levi Wells Prentice: Untitled [Night Scene, Smith’s Lake]; I guessed at the date.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2018: New City

Haerim Lee - New City (2018)Rim Lee: New City (2018); from a series.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1927: Festival

Maruja Mallo - La Verbena [The Festival] (1927)

Maruja Mallo: La Verbena [The Festival] (1927)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1861: Most Photographed American of the 19th Century

The most photographed American of the 19th century was Frederick Douglass.

Frederick Douglass (c. 1841) Frederick Douglass (c. 1841-45) Frederick Douglass (May 1848) Frederick Douglass - Sixth-plate daguerreotype (c 1850 after c 1847) Samuel J. Miller - Frederick Douglass (1847-52) 2001.756 Ambrotype of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass - carte de visite (c 1876) C. M. Battey - Portrait of Frederick Douglass (c 1895)

In an 1861 lecture, Douglass said that with the advent of photography,

Men of all conditions may see themselves as others see them. What was once the exclusive luxury of the rich and great is now within reach of all. The humblest servant girl, whose income is but a few shillings per week, may now possess a more perfect likeness of herself than noble ladies and even royalty, with all its precious treasures, could purchase fifty years ago.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment