Solstice Full Moon Over Sounion - Greece (by Anthony Ayiomamitis)


Shirley Chisholm on how she wants to be remembered [x]

John, Jacqueline and Caroline Kennedy on the beach in Hyannis Port, 1959. Photos by Mark Shaw


Dagger with Sheath

  • Dated: 18th century
  • Culture: Indian
  • Medium: steel, shark skin, jade, gold, ruby, emerald, sapphire, silver
  • Measurements: L. with sheath 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm); L. without sheath 10 11/16 in. (27.1 cm); L. of blade 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm); Wt. 3.5 oz. (99.2 g); Wt. of sheath 2.8 oz. (79.4 g)

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Petra Monastery from inside a typical cave in the area, Jordan (by guillenperez).


The Great Sphinx still partially covered - Egypt, 1860


Pharmacy cabinet, 1400-1850. Over a metre high, cedar wood overlaid with brass, engraved and embossed. The inside is decorated with mother-of-pearl. Middle East.

Islamic medicine saw the opening of the first pharmacies in the 1200s. Islamic pharmacy drew partly on Greek knowledge of herbal medicine and also contributed new information about previously unknown plants and herbs. Via sciencemuseum


While travelling by rail through North Carolina and the Virginiasphotographer Hugh Mangum took beautiful portraits of a variety of people. 

These portraits were taken between the 1880s and early 1920s. The above photos are a very small sampling of his work. The full collection can be found at Duke Libraries Digital Collection

Laura McPhee- Banyan Tree and16th Century Terracotta Temple, Attpur, West Bengal, India, (via)

Annie Jones- The Esau Woman

Shortly after she was born in Virginia on July 14, 1865, the hirsute Annie Jones began her career in exhibition. Purportedly born with a chin covered in fine hair, Annie’s average parents were originally horrified by her appearance. It wasn’t long, however, before the monetary benefits of their prodigious daughter dawn on the Jones family and word of her unique appearance came to the attention of elite showman P. T. Barnum.

When she was little more than a year in age, Annie was brought to New York City to be featured in Barnum’s museum as ‘The Infant Esau’. The name ‘Esau’ was often applied to hirsute wonders and was in reference to the biblical grandson of Abraham, brother of Jacob. Esau’s name in Hebrew means ‘hairy’, and, according to Genesis 25:25, it is a reference to his hairiness at birth.

After an initial short but highly successful run, Barnum offered Annie’s mother a three year contract, allotting Annie a weekly salary of $150 a week. Mrs. Jones accepted the offer, which was exorbitant for the era, and took up permanent residence with her daughter in New York. However, within the first year of the contract, a family emergency called Mrs. Jones back to Virginia and she left Annie in the care of a Barnum appointed Nanny. During this time, Annie was kidnapped by a local phrenologist who attempted to exhibit Anne privately. Luckily Annie was soon located in upstate New York, the kidnapper dealt with and Annie was quickly back in the custody of Mrs. Jones – who forevermore stayed in close proximity to her daughter during her career.

Annie’s career spanned thirty-six years.

During her long career Jones traveled not only with Barnum’s Greatest Show on Earth, but also worked numerous dime museums. Annie’s stage name changed to reflect her age during her career. She was known as the Esau Child and later the Esau Lady and visually not only did Annie sport a full and long beard, she also grew out the hair on her head to over six feet in length. Annie also expanded her talents as well, as she was not content to simply be stared at. She came to be known for her musical skills and gracious etiquette as much as her facial hair.

At sixteen, Jones married Richard Elliot – a professional sideshow bally talker. The marriage lasted fifteen years before the couple divorced. Jones then married another talker, William Donovan. Together, the newlyweds struck out on their own and toured Europe with Annie as an independent feature attraction and William as a vocal agent. Unfortunately the marriage was short as William died without warning. Annie, not knowing what else to do, quickly rejoined Barnum’s Greatest Show on Earth.

In 1902, Annie fell ill and while visiting her mother in Brooklyn and on October 22 she passed away at age thirty-seven.

Annie Jones was the most celebrated Bearded Lady of her era.


Soldier’s goodbye & Bobbie the cat, c.1939-1945 by Sam Hood (via)

Gordon Parks - Black Muslim Protest, 1963 (via)


Wakizashi Sword

  • Dated: 17th century (Edo Period: 1603-1867)
  • Medium: steel, gold, copper and gold alloy, ray skin, silk, lacquered wood, polished horn.
  • Measurements: overall length: 45 cm

The wakizashi was used on close quarters combat and also to commit ritual suicide (hara-kiri or seppuku); it was the shortest sword used by the samurai warrior class. Its one edged blade measures usually between 30 and 60 cm with a long and complex manufacturing process.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Caravana Collection


Jeweled Medici Dagger

  • Dated: circa 1840
  • Measurements: overall length 11 3/8”, weight 176.5 grams

This one-of-a-kind ceremonial dagger is constructed entirely of fine silver with a pierced filigree hilt of exceptional quality and detail. The obverse is studded with 4 large emeralds (approx. 17.6 total carats), 133 smaller diamonds, ranging in size from approx. 1.5mm to 3.5mm (120 original rose-cut and 13 later full-cut), and mounted with a 7.5mm pearl on the pommel. The solid silver 6 3/8” blade features acanthus decoration at the forte and an inscribed name (illegible).

The central feature is a gold Medici Family crest, surmounted by a band of diamonds with gold border and crowned with a diamond-studded fleur de lis. The reverse is gilded and mounted with 5 cabochon-cut turquoise, 3.5mm to 5mm in diameter. One stone appears to be absent, but close examination of the setting shows it to be different than those holding the turquoise, indicating it was possibly a different gem. 

Source & Copyright: Antique Weapon Store


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Black London: Life Before Emancipation by Gretchen Gerzina (1995)
A glimpse into the lives of the thousands of Africans living in eighteenth century London. 

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