Category Archives: European History

Queen Victoria at Work

Queen Victoria going through her red dispatch boxes, while her secretary Hafiz Abdul Karim stands by. Taken in 1893 in the gardens at Frogmore House near Windsor Castle, by photography studio Hills & Saunders. Source: [National Portrait Gallery, London NPG P51] Advertisements

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Looks Like Fun, pt. 2: A Historical Garden Meal

In this undated photo, French artist Francis Picabia shares a table and some wine with 4 others. Even though they are all sharing a table together, they kind of all look distracted.  I guess ‘staring at your phone’ is an … Continue reading

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This Medieval Mermaid is Making Me a Bit Uncomfortable

A two-tailed mermaid from a German parchment codex of the Sefer ha-Terumah by Baruch ben Isaac.  Written in Ashkenazi Hebrew, c.1253-1254. Source: [British Library Harley MS 5648 f. 134v]

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January living, circa 1540

From a Book of Hours made in Bruges in 1540: a calendar containing a full-page illumination for each month.  This is the illustration which accompanied the calendar page for January. Here’s a description from the British Museum’s Medieval manuscripts blog: “In … Continue reading

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Home for the Holidays, 1944

From December 1944, the young boy of a soldier holds onto his father’s leg, while his parents are reunited for Christmas. From the World Digital Library:  “This photograph, from Christmas 1944, was produced by the Office of War Information, a … Continue reading

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Ernest Hemingway, a bobsled, and a great mustache

From c.January 1923, Ernest Hemingway rides a bobsled in Montreux, Switzerland. He’s the last one on the sled to the far right, with the amazing mustache. The accompanying caption reads: “Ernest Hemingway (far right) and four unidentified men ride a … Continue reading

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Armchair History Tourist #3: Virtual Tour of Versailles

No time to travel to France?  Enjoy the Palace of Versailles from the comfort of Google Street view! From a joint project between the Chateau Versailles and Google Art Project: a tour of the Palace of Versailles using Google Street … Continue reading

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