Frances Willard: a chance encounter

Frances Willard, Rest Cottage, 1889

Jim had this old photogravure. Someone was a photograph collector like him. But look closer: a woman sits amid the clutter. Who? I followed up on the only clue: its caption The Den - Rest Cottage. Long story short, the woman is FRANCES WILLARD (1839-1898), feminist, suffragist, and president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union… Continue reading Frances Willard: a chance encounter

Nevada gold mining 1905

Cross-dressing on the old frontier As I was organizing shelves, this set of photos turned up in a box marked "miscellaneous." Some guy took his Kodak Brownie on a gold mining adventure near Goldfield, Nevada -- northwest of Las Vegas, about halfway to Reno. In December 1902 gold was discovered in the hills south of… Continue reading Nevada gold mining 1905

Advice from Katharine Hepburn…

Katherine Hepburn

or is it from Lee Israel? Thursday night, Jim and I watched "Can You Ever Forgive Me?," starring Melissa McCarthy. It told the true story of author-turned-con-artist Lee Israel. For a short period in the early nineties, she paid the rent by using her witty writing skills to forge typed and signed letters from famous… Continue reading Advice from Katharine Hepburn…

Dogs: not just for Instagram

tintype of dog with girl in striped dress and hat

The New York Times this week published "Dogs Before Instagram: Vintage photos from the New York Times archive show the enduring power of the pooch." I'm not really a dog person, but vintage I got! This photo of a darling young girl and her pup is from our late 19th-century tintype collection. I posted it… Continue reading Dogs: not just for Instagram