Tag Archives: 1910’s

1914: Honour Has Come Back, as a King, to Earth

Harry Clarke: “Honour has come back, as a king, to earth,” illustration for Rupert Brooke’s poem “The Dead” in The Year’s at the Spring; an Anthology of Recent Poetry (1920). The poem was first published in 1914, in the autumn … Continue reading

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1918: Mysterious Island

N. C. Wyeth: Endpapers for a 1918 edition of Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island (1874). The book, a sequel to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, recounts the adventures of five Union soldiers who escape their Confederate captors in a hot … Continue reading

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1910: Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a woman by an unknown photographer; Senegal, c. 1910. Her hair style is called nguuka. “Created using black wool to produce two symmetrical voluminous spheres held by a textile on top of the head, this hairdo became popular … Continue reading

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1918: No Bigger than a Bumble-Bee

There are some curious old stories told in the Scotch Highlands about dreams. It was believed that when asleep the mind or soul of the sleeper leaves his body and goes far afield, and when he awakes he recalls his … Continue reading

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1918: It Is Well that No Protection Be Afforded the Bird

The Common Crow (corvus brachyrhynchos); frontispiece of The Crow and Its Relation to Man (E. R. Kalmbach, 1918). When feeding on injurious insects, crustaceans, rodents, and carrion, and when dispersing seeds of beneficial plants, the crow is working largely for … Continue reading

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1913: Whitlock’s Folly

Once located on the southeastern tip of the Bronx, this mansion was built by Benjamin Morris Whitlock in 1859. Sitting on a fifty-acre estate, the structure boasted a hundred rooms and was said to have cost $350,000 (about $$9.5 million … Continue reading

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1919: Buffer Girls

William Rothenstein: Buffer Girls (1919) “Buffer girls” were women workers in the Sheffield metal industries who polished cutlery and silverware.

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