Tuesday, December 20, 2011

From the Newspapers - Dead mermaid washes ashore...

The dead ‘mermaid’, recently cast up by the sea near Lewes,ought to be preserved in the interest of science.

A Mermaid Found in Delaware.

Date: January 20 1880
Newspaper published in: St. Louis, Mo.
(From the Breakwater (Del.) Light)

On Tuesday of this week Capt. RAYMOND, keeper of Life-Saving Station No. 3, found on the beach what he supposed to be a mermaid which had been washed up from the sea. Capt. RAYMOND describes it as being about the size of a six year old boy, and to the middle or waist of the body resembling a boy in every particular. He says that its face, head, neck, arms and bust, as well as its hair, were similar in appearance to those of a human being. There were no fingers on the hands, but a coarse, moppy hair like the frizzled end of a whalebone, supplied their place. The lower portion of the body, from the middle or waist downward, resembles that of a shark, the tail being covered with a hairy substance similar to that of the hands. Capt. FOWLER says that the “tarnal critter” came there for no good, and it betokens a terrible shipwreck and fearful loss of life, which is soon to happen on that part of the coast.
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From the Newspapers - Men need chaperones...

A Chicago woman has been arrested for highway robbery. No proper young man now ventures to appear on Chicago streets without a chaperone.

-from The Newton Press, Jasper County, Illinois, February 15, 1888
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From the Newspapers - Spider in ear...

Mrs. N. H. Waller had a spider taken out of her ear the other day which crawled in while she was asleep.

-from the Clinton Public, Clinton, Illinois, Feb 23, 1883
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

From the Newspapers - 1888

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A Chicago woman has been arrested for highway robbery. No proper young man now ventures to appear on Chicago streets without a chaperone.-from The Newton Press, Jasper County, Illinois, February 15, 1888
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Painting His Mother - Massachusetts Artist David Waite Bowdoin (c 1819-c 1872)

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In 1840, David Waite Bowdoin (ca. 1819-ca. 1872), an obscure portraitist (only 2 paintings are known & the other is of his father) from New Braintree, Massachusetts, painted an intense portrait of his mother wearing an unusual brown dress and bonnet with yellow ribbons.

David Waite Bowdoin (ca. 1819-ca. 1872), The Artist's Mother Tirzah Waite Bowdoin, New Braintree, Mass., 1840
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

From the Newspapers - Female Farmer

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A young woman in Dakota who works 160-acres, says she could work twice that if marriage-minded men would stop bothering her.

-from the Vernon Courier, Vernon, Alabama, 1887

From Tweets of Old
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

From the Newspapers - The Hair on the Back of Their Heads...

.The Atlanta Constitution says: “In Russia the girls carry dynamite in their back hair. In Georgia they carry it in their dear little eyes.”
-from the Richmond Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia, August 8, 1884, quoting the Atlanta Constitution.

note: Back then, “back hair” referred to the hair worn on the back side of the head.

From Tweets of Old.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ohio Portrait and Genre Painter Allen Smith Jr (1810–1890)

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Allen Smith Jr (American artist, 1810–1890) The Artist's Mother

New York-trained artist, Allen Smith, Jr. settled in Cleveland, Ohio in 1841, having been in New York City from 1930, and swiftly rose to prominence there as a portrait & genre painter.

Allen Smith Jr (American artist, 1810–1890) The Young Mechanic

Like all artists, Smith suffered greatly during the Panic of 1857, forcing him to take a job in James F. Ryder’s studio where, according to his employer’s advertisements, he produced the “best oil painted photographs in Ohio.”

Allen Smith Jr (American artist, 1810–1890) A Lady

With 8 children to support, Smith collaborated with other photographers in times of need, both in Cleveland & Cincinnati, but ended his days happily in Ohio's Lake County, painting landscapes in the Big Creek Valley.
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Monday, December 5, 2011

From the Newspapers - A Curious Case of Kidnapping in June 1857

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Unknown American Artist Baby in a Red Chair 1825

A German girl named Bertha Bushkill, “was arrested on Sunday last, in New York, for kidnapping a child. Her purpose was that she might induce a young man who had been courting her to marry her.

She had told him that he was the father of a child which she pretended was being taken care of by some of her friends.

Her lover consented to marry her, provided she would produce the child. She accordingly, stole a child; took it home, and her lover being pleased with the appearance of the child agreed to fulfill his part of the contract.

Preparations were going forward for the marriage at the time of the arrest.”

From the Semi-Weekly Western Sun, June 30, 1857
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Children with Books - Folk Art

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Attributed to George Hartwell (Americian artist, 1815-1901) Little Girl in Pink with Book and Rose, ca. 1840.

Attributed to Jacob Eicholtz (American artist, 1776-1842), Two Girls, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Attributed to William Matthew Prior (American artist, 1806-1873) Girl Seated on Bench 1840 (Prior-Hamblin School)

Attributed to William Matthew Prior (American artist, 1806-1873) or Sturtevant J. Hamblin (American artist, 1817-1884) Mary Cary and Susan Elizabeth Johnson, 1848 (Prior-Hamblin School)

Attributed to William Matthew Prior (American artist, 1806-1873) Laura Ann Wood, age 9; Mary Ellen Wood, age 7

Attributed to William Matthew Prior (American artist, 1806-1873)Three Sisters of the Copeland Family 1854 (Prior-Hamblin School)

Attributed to William Matthew Prior (American artist, 1806-1873)Young Girl in Blue Dress 1852 (Prior-Hamblin School)

Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805–1900) Ellen Tuttle Bangs

Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805–1900) Margaret Gilmore

George Linen (Amreican artist, 1802 - 1888 ) Portrait of the Balentine Children of New Jersey c 1873 detail

John Brewster Jr. (American Painter, 1766-1854) Boy With a Book 1810

John Brewster Jr. (American Painter, 1766-1854) Mary Warren Bryant c 1815

John Brewster Jr. (American painter, 1766-1854) Boy with Book 1800

John Brewster, Jr (American painter, 1766-1854) Boy with Red Book

Joseph Whiting Stock (American artist, 1815–1855) Blue-Eyed Boy in Brown

Joseph Whiting Stock (American artist, 1815–1855) Boy and Girl with Book

Joseph Whiting Stock (American artist, 1815–1855) Daniel Plumb, Jr

Joseph Whiting Stock (American artist, 1815–1855) Henry Ward

Joseph Whiting Stock (American artist, 1815–1855) John and Louisa Stock, 1845

Joseph Whiting Stock (American artist, 1815–1855) James Eugene Judd

Joseph Whiting Stock (American artist, 1815–1855) Mary Abba Woodworth 1837

Joseph Whiting Stock (American artist, 1815–1855) Master Henry Field 1844

Joseph Whiting Stock (American artist, 1815–1855) The Blaksley Boys

Joseph Whiting Stock (American artist, 1815–1855) William Howard Smith 1838

Joshua Johnson (American artist, 1763–1824) Adelina Morton

Lewis Thomas Ives (American artist, 1833-1894) The Storybook

Mary B. Tucker (American artist, 1784-1853) Learning the ABCs c 1840

Samuel Miller (American painter, 1807-1853) Emily Moulton

Unknown American artist, Girl with a Book and a Cat 1840s

Unknown American artist, James M Mitchell Amesbury, Massachusetts 1835

Unknown American artist, Little Boy With Book, Basket, And Hammer

Unknown American artist, Mary Briggs 1840

Unknown American artist, Philip

Unknown American artist, Rachel
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Bonnets, Books, & Color - A Few More Liberated Female Readers

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Jonas Holman (American artist, 1805-1873) Woman with Pink Neck Ribbon c 1830-35

John Brewster Jr. (American Painter, 1766-1854) Ann Batell Loomis 1822

Ammi Phillips (American artist, 1788-1865) c 1814-19 Mrs. Crane

John Usher Parsons (American artist, 1813-1851) Woman in Pink 1835-40

Ammi Phillips (American artist, 1788-1865) Woman with Books

Deborah Goldsmith (American artist, 1808-1836) Permilia Forbes Sweet of New York 1832

Ammi Phillips (American artist, 1788-1865) 1825 A Lady with a Book

Oliver Tarbell Eddy ( 1799-1868 ) Abbe Greiger Chavallier 1835

Ammi Phillips (American artist, 1788-1865) c 1815-19 Mrs. Stoddard Holding Bible

Joshua Johnson (American artist, 1763–1824) A Young Lady Holding a Book

Ammi Phillips (American artist, 1788-1865) Catherine Stoutenburgh

Unknown American Artist, Woman Seated 1840s

Ammi Phillips (American artist, 1788-1865) 1820 Jane Ann Campbell

Joshua Johnson (American artist, 1763–1824) Sarah Ogden Gustin

Ammi Phillips (American artist, 1788-1865) 1820 Rebecca Rouse (Mrs. Jonathan Eddy)

Joseph Whiting Stock (American artist, 1815–1855) Miss Thayer

James Brown (American artist, fl 1800-1835) Laura Hall 1808

Unknown American Artist, Martha 1810

Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Mrs Sackett 1839

Joshua Johnson (American artist, 1763–1824) Portrait of a Woman

Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Mrs Edward Kellogg 1831

Deborah Goldsmith (American artist, 1808-1836) Lady with Book

Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Lady of the Buloid Family?

Joshua Johnson (American artist, 1763–1824) Young Lady on a Red Sofa with a Book

Deborah Goldsmith (American artist, 1808-1836) Woman in Blue

Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805–1900) Clarissa Gallond Cook

Thomas Eakins (American Realist Painter, 1844-1916) The Artist's Wife Susan Macdowel Eakins and their Setter Dog
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