Vintage Miscellany – May 26, 2013

Picnic at beach below Magnolia Bluff, Seattle, Washington

H. Ambrose Kiehl Photograph Collection, University of Washington Libraries


Today’s photograph comes by way of my newest favorite resource, Flickr.  I do realize Flickr is far from new, but recently they have really changed things up, and so I did some poking around the site last week and discovered a great feature, The Commons.  The Commons is a collective of photos from institutions who have agreed to post items from their collections on  flickr.  These items have  “no known copyright restrictions” and so are released for use by the public.

As with any use, the photos should be properly identified and linked to Flickr.  The photo I used is from the University of Washington, and was made by amateur photographer, Ambroise Kiehl, and is labeled Picnic at beach below Magnolia Bluff, Seattle, Washington, ca. 1915.  What makes the Flickr feature so great is that if a user were to recognize any of the persons in any of the photos, that user can leave a comment, and thus add to the information available about each item.  It’s another way the internet is helping increase the body of historical research.  thanks to Beth for putting me on to Flickr

And now for the news:

*   Photographer Jaime C. Moore styled her little girl as women from history for her 5th birthday portraits.

*   Who knew that one of the fringe benefits of working at a museum was the dandy home decorating service?

*   Some museums are starting to loosen up on the “No Photos” policies.   I could have used that last week when I got my hand slapped for taking a photo in a special exhibition at the National Gallery.  (Purely by accident.  Really.)

*   There are great difficulties in cleaning a sari.

*  From 1924 to 1926 photographer  Claude Friese-Greene filmed life in London in color.  Watch the film and be amazed at all the bus traffic!  thanks to Christina for the link

*   Watch the making of a Chanel cashmere cardigan.

*  Fashionista decided to give its readers a fashion history lesson.  Entitled “10 Influential Fashion Designers You’ve Probably Never Heard Of” it’s a reminder that even in our fashion-crazed world there is still a real need for fashion history education.

*   Dior and More: For the Love of Fashion, now through spring 2014,  at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio.

*  Anna Piaggi was long known for her eclectic fashion style, but no one knew the extent of the contents of her closets until after she died last year.  Now, what does one do with it all?

*  And finally from Metal Flowers Media:

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4 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – May 26, 2013

  1. Teresa

    Museums and galleries can be so random with their allowance for photography. I will always respect the sign and if there’s no sign ask someone if I can. I remember when I first visited the Louvre people were taking photos everywhere and I was gobsmacked they were allowed!


  2. I came across that London film the other day and was fascinated by the free-for-all nature of the vehicular and pedestrian traffic. And how similar it is to what I witness here in London every day. Enjoyed looking at the clothes too.
    As a former decorative arts curator, I often felt like the collections I worked with were ‘mine’ but got enough satisfaction working with them each day and didn’t feel the urge to take them home!
    I’ve often wondered how saris and other intricately decorated Indian textiles got cleaned, so thanks for that link.
    I assume museums are still forbidding flash photography as the high light levels of repeated flash can damage some artwork. While I appreciate being able to take photos in exhibitions, I am often dismayed at the museum-goers who just take photos in lieu of actually looking at a work of art. In the National Gallery, I was spending 15-20 minutes standing in front a very complex and detailed painting (sometimes I sketch clothing designs or textile patterns from Medieval or Renaissance works). A young woman cruised by and asked me to move so she could take a photo as she had to write a paper on the painting. I moved, she took the photo and walked away — never even looking at the painting! (Sorry for the rant).


    • No apology needed!

      Yes, I assume that flashes will never be allowed. Almost all the museums I know of that do allow photography specify that flashes cannot be used.

      Unfortunately the problem of replacing eyes with a camera is a common one, and not just in museums. I’ve traveled with people who took photos of everything, but in the end knew nothing about all the pretty pictures they took.


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