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Ghosts of silent films

Not that I am necessarily a great believer in the metaphor of the ghosts of the silent screen, but

a) there is enough evidence to make the links between spiritism and silent cinema (see Valentino’s séances for one) quite intriguing — how much reality was/is there, then, in images of silent films? 100 more words


100 years ago: Matthew Brant enlisted

On this day in 1915, Matthew Brant signed up in Kingston. He had been born in Deseronto on March 25th, 1891, the son of Cornelius Brant and Catherine (née Maracle), members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. 131 more words


On this day: the last passenger pigeon

On the 1st of September, 1914, the world’s last passenger pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States.

Martha circa 1912

A female, named Martha, the pigeon was part of a species that was native to North America, and once one of the most populous in the world. 62 more words


Akard Street Looking South, 1887-2015

Akard Street from Pacific, ca. 1898, via Cook Collection, SMU

by Paula Bosse

I realized the other day that I have an inordinate number of photographs and postcards showing Akard Street looking south — usually taken from Pacific or Elm, so I thought I’d collect them all together. 861 more words

Historic Dallas


From Old Norse, meaning “victorious guardian”.

Siguror, Sigurour, Sigvard, Sjurd, etc.

Sigurd Nelson, a neighbor from “our toward Old Grandville”, who joins in the watch over the Creighton farm when it’s threatened by Guy Wortman and his gang, in  135 more words


The mystery of the Fetter Lane hoard

Amelia Dowler, Curator of Greek and Roman Provincial Coins, British Museum

In 1908 workmen excavating foundations for a house in Fetter Lane (City of London) found 46 coins in a pot. 1,093 more words