Thursday, December 31, 2015

Eugène Trutat

Eugène Trutat was a French photographer active in the late 19th-early 20th century.

At Benqué, Gourdon Maurice, 1885
[Benqué is a commune in the Haute-Garonne department in the "mid-Pyrenees region".]
Auto Béraldi, Luchon, August 1906
Auto Béraldi, Luchon, Vallée du Lys, 1906
Chalet de Berthe, Mme et Mr Blanc Léon, September 1901
Fairgrounds with cattle, Foix, 1905

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Stanley Polkinghorne Andrew

Mr. Andrew was a New Zealand photographer.

Clifton Terrace, Wellington, ca 1939
Crowd at Rotorua during the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1920
Group of children with books, at a kindergarten in Wellington, 1930s
Lady Victoria Alexandrina Plunket, wife 
of the Governor of New Zealand, ca 1905
Studio portrait of Anna Pavlova in costume, 1926
Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

Monday, December 28, 2015

Vintage Ireland

Broad Street in Adare, Co. Limerick, ca. 1900
Bundoran, Co. Donegal, 1890-1910
Caherdaniel, County Kerry, ca. 1890
Carroll's Shop assistants, Quay, City, 16 May 1909
Castle Gate, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
Castletownshend, Co. Cork, ca. 1910
Children of Mary
These Children of Mary Sodalities first embraced the pupils and orphans of the schools and institutions of the Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.....The badge adopted by the Children of Mary Immaculate is the miraculous medal, suspended from a blue ribbon.

The Children of Mary organization flourished in the mid 20th century. Young women went through a period of aspirancy of six months prior to acceptance as a fully fledged child of Mary, who had the right to wear the distinctive blue cape and carry the blue cape of a Child of Mary. When a Child of Mary married, she was embraced on arrival on the Church steps by other Children of Mary who removed the blue cape from over her wedding gown. [NLI]

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Frank Denton

 A group of girls, with their tutor, during a typing 
class at Wanganui Technical College, 1923

 Girls during a cookery class at Wanganui Technical College, 1923

 Motorcyclists and Raleigh motorcycles, ca. 1920s
Plants growing in the shallows of the Whanganui River, ca. 1920s

Trams travelling along Victoria Avenue, Wanganui, 1913

Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Oz at War

World War II photos from Australia.

A female from the crowd, carried away with excitement, kisses a member of the 9th Australian Division during the unit march through the city streets, 31 March 1943
 A section of the crowd in Martin Place, Sydney during 
the Victory Pacific celebrations, 15 August 1945
Air raid practice, Melbourne, 1942
Christmas on HMAS Benalla, 1944
 Craftsman A R Bennett, motor trimmer of the 110th Brigade 
Workshop, Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, using 
a heavy duty "Singer" sewing machine to stitch canvas bags, May 1944
 During celebrations in the city for VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, 
an enthusiastic digger is at the front of the crowd lining 
Swanston Street, waving flags amid streamers, 15 August 1945
 Labuan, North Borneo. Peace at last - airmen of First Tactical Air Force RAAF 
celebrate the end of the Pacific War with a campfire singsong. 11 August 1945
Members of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) give "eyes right" as they pass the saluting base during the Service Womens march through the city, 28 Sept 1942
Private Albert George Denovan, of Sydney NSW, 2/3 Pioneer Battalion, a former prisoner of war (POW) is reunited with relatives at the showground, 19 November 1944
 Six women sit around an aircraft tank sewing on the final cover by hand. 
They were involved in the manufacture of Beaufort and Beaufighter aircraft, 1944
Wewak Point, New Guinea. Some members of no. 8 platoon, A company, 2/8 infantry battalion, reading victory news and viewing the celebration pictures from home, 29 August 1945

Friday, December 25, 2015

Charles Elliott Gill

Charles Elliott Gill was one of the countless amateur photographers who emerged in the 1880s with the advent of more simplified cameras and manufactured glass plate negatives. No longer forced to drag their darkrooms and dangerous chemicals around with them, photographers could easily capture places and events in their own communities that had never been photographed before. Gill spent years documenting life in the upper Ozarks with his 1906 Seroco extended view camera.

Gill was born July 8, 1869 to Joseph and Martha Gill. The Gill family settled at the head of the Meramec River in Dent County where they raised wheat and cattle. When Gill was 18 years old, he received his first camera but did not actively document life in the Ozarks until he was in his forties. Prior to that time, he broke the monotony of farm life by traveling, and made frequent trips to both coasts. En route, he supported himself with whatever jobs the local economies could provide. He made his last trip west in 1947 at the age of 78.

Despite his love of travel, Gill always returned home to Dent County and farm life. He married Myrtle Hayes in 1917. The couple had a son, Edward Addison Gill, in 1918, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1921. Gill never remarried.

When not attending to the farm, Gill filled his life with reading, writing, and photography. For more than 30 years, Gill used the same camera. His photographs document his travels and illuminate how the Ozarks were affected by the passage of time. Charles Elliott Gill finally sold the family farm in 1943 and moved to Salem, Missouri. He died on July 15, 1962 at the age of 93.

A group of school children pose at the corner of a wood frame building holding songbooks. Their teacher, also holding a book, poses as if conducting the singing, December 17, 1908
Antioch School and community picture, 1915-1916
 Antioch School class picture, 1900-10
Antioch School class picture, 1900-20
 Apple picking in the Ozarks

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Vintage Alkmaar

 Bench in the forest, showing a German soldier flanked by two women, 1916
Corner of Zijdam and Achterdam
 Guesthouse lunchroom 'Juliana' on the Seaway, 1914
 Saloon boat of the Alkmaar Packet at the Kanaalkade in Alkmaar. Getaway from the Teetotaler Bond. At the ship hang banners with the inscriptions: "do not drink because of the children" and "alcohol brain poison". 1920
The artist J.M. Graadt van Roggen in his studio in Bergen. 
His daughter Toos plays the piano, 1920