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Scene at Germanna Ford

Scene at Germanna Ford, 6th Corps returning from Mine Run, Nov-Dec. 1863. Sketch by Alfred Randolph Waud (1828-1891). Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LOC # LC-DIG-ppmsca-21056.

Tomorrow is Memorial Day in the United States, which was originally called ”Decoration Day”. It was celebrated originally on May 30 in the Northern states, while the Southern states had their own observances ranging from April to June. It was not officially called “Memorial Day” until 1967, when the date of its celebration was moved from the traditional May 30 to the last Monday in May (which, appropriately, happens to be May 30 this year).

Originally to commemorate those who died in the American Civil War, Memorial Day was changed after WWI to become a memorial of all American armed forces dead. [It’s Fall counterpart – Veterans’ Day – was originally called “Armistice Day” and fell on Nov. 11, the day the first World War ended. It became Veterans Day after the second World War.]

To honor those who serve, and those for whom this holiday was originally a memorial, this week I give you images of the Civil War.

Today’s image is a sketch by an artist by the name of Alfred Randolph Waud, who produced numerous sketches of events and people he witnessed during the Civil War. It shows soldiers marching, returning from battle. You can see their camp off to the right, behind the house, and a destroyed bridge in the left background.

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Peace,

Bekka

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Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet (Viola odorata) from Anne Pratt's _Wild Flowers Vol. 1_, 1852. From Google Books.

Another of my favorite flowers: violets (viola odorata). Though I must admit I never considered naming either of daughters “Violet”; perhaps because of unpleasant associations with the bossy girl in Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Though I must admit, the daughter in the movie The Incredibles was aptly named Violet.

In any case, here are some violets for you. Click on the image to see / download the image full-sized.

Peace,

Bekka

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Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle (Lonicera perictymmum) from Anne Pratt's _Wild Flowers Vol. 1_, 1852. From Google Books

I have always liked honey suckle. In addition to being an unusual and beautiful flower, it has the most delightful scent. (I think I’m going to have to go hunting for a perfume with honeysuckle as a main part of the scent.) Passing a honeysuckle bush when it is in bloom is very close to heaven on earth.

Sorry the picture has no scent, but click on it to see it / download it full-sized.

Download it, and make a card out of it, spraying it with some light scented perfume. Make the man at the other end long to see you and smell that scent on you…

Peace,

Bekka

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Furze

Furze (Ulex Europaeus), from _Wild Flowers Vol. 1_ by Anne Pratt, 1852. From Google Books.

I’m not familiar with furze (ulex europæus), but it appears to be a very pretty plant. It is possible that if this is a European native, I’ve never seen it transplanted here in America in anyone’s garden. That’s not to say it hasn’t jumped the ocean! I just haven’t seen any, or didn’t recognize it.

But it has a lovely, spiky stem and very pretty little flowers. Perhaps I will see if I can get some for my garden!

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Peace,

Bekka

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Common Purple Trefoil

Commons Purple Trefoil (Trefoilium pretense) from _Wild Flowers Vol. 1_ by Anne Pratt, 1852. From Google Books.

 

(Whoops, almost got off track with my “theme week”… nearly missed a day!)

The name given for this flower in the book I got it from (Anne Pratt’s Wild Flowers, Vol. 1, 1852) calls it “Common Purple Trefoil” but I always just called it “clover” as a child. In fact, I seem to remember Thumper calling it “clover” in Disney’s Bambi, and getting in trouble because all he wanted to eat were the flowers.

But since the Latin name given is Trefolium pretense, I guess I’ll have to start calling it “trefoil” now. *laugh*

Regardless, it is a pretty little flower. Click on the image to see it / download it full sized.

 

Peace,

Bekka

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Dog Rose

Dog Rose (Rosa Canina) from _Wild Flowers Vol. 1_ by Anne Pratt, 1852. Illustrated by Anne Pratt. Book found on Google Books.

One of the things I like about dog rose (rosa canina) is that not only is it a very pretty flower, but its botanical name is the same as its common name: rosa canina means ‘dog rose’ in Latin!

This is the second of the illustrations by Anne Pratt for her 1852 book on English wildflowers.

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Peace,

Bekka

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Scarlet Pimpernel

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), from _Wild Flowers Vol. 1_ by Anne Pratt, 1852. Illustrated by Anne Pratt. Book found on Google Books.

This week’s theme is wildflowers, to celebrate that I have figured out how to get images from public domain works found on Google Books. Among the gems I found on this resource was an 1852 text by Anne Pratt, entitled Wild Flowers, Vol. 1. This has clear descriptions of a number of flowers, but even more importantly, has lovely illustrations by Ms. Pratt.

The first of these that I am featuring is scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), for two reasons. The first is that it is a lovely flower and the illustration is very nice. The second is that The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of my favorite musicals.

Enjoy! Click on the illustration to see it / download it full-size.

Peace,

Bekka

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Hood's Sarsparilla Ad

Postcard ad for Hood's Sarsparilla (sic), 1888. From Wikimedia Commons.

Let’s face it. Cuteness and innocence sells! Here we have both in the form of four very cute kittens, posed on a postcard advertising Hood’s Sarsparilla (sic). Oddly enough, the product itself is not shown in the ad. They were, perhaps, relying on people to put the cute picture in their scrapbooks, and then see the name of the item over and over. None the less, the kittens are really really cute. Enjoy.

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Peace,

Bekka

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1898 Poster

Poster promoting British-American relations, 1898. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LOC # LC-USZC2-5745.

We are so used to the idea that Great Britain and America are friends – especially after the Second World War, that this ad might strike us as strange. It is a poster promoting British-American relations and listing all the reasons our countries should be friends: same language, mutual interest, etc.

This poster was created when the British Empire was at its height, and American was in the beginning of its brief ‘empire building phase’ with involvement in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other places in the Caribbean and the Pacific.

I just though it was interesting. Maybe you will too. Click on the image to see it / download it full-sized.

Remember that all Daily Public Domain images are either public domain in the United States and most other countries, or have no restrictions on use put on them by the copyright holder. So feel free to use them any way you wish – even in products for sale.

Peace,

Bekka

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17
May

Happy Birthday Ben!

   Posted by: Tidbit    in Images from other sites

Brookfield Zoo Poster, 1938

Poster for the Brookfield Zoo featuring a panda, 15 June 1938. Created by Greg Arlington as part of the Federal Arts Project (1936-1938). Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LOC #LC-USZC2-986.

Here you go- a bonus image in honor of my son’s 10th birthday. Ben adores pandas (though he likes all bears – even koalas which aren’t really bears). So this image was one produced by the Federal Arts Project – a WPA program during the depression that ran from 1936-1938. Because it was made for the government by someone in his or her ‘line of duty’ (a flexible definition perhaps), it is public domain. The artist was Greg Arlington.

This cute little bear was encouging people to visit the Brookfield Zoo, in a suburb of Chicago. I love the graphic – it looks like the panda is dancing. Click on it to see it / download it full-sized.

Today also I made panda themed cupcakes and a birthday cake for Ben. They turned out exceptionally cute.  Sorry about the poor quality of the cupcake photo!

Peace.

Bekka

 

 

 

 

Panda cake

Panda cake I made for Ben's 10th birthday. Photo by author.

 

Panda Cupcakes

Panda cupcakes for Ben's birthday.

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