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Monthly Archives: August 2010
links for 2010-08-28
(the tip of another iceberg spotted, bearing down upon us)
(from NewGeography) "…The old elite of aristocratic parasites, Church of England drones, and their snobbish retainers like elite lawyers and professors despised upwardly mobile arrivistes, although their children and grand-children might become socially acceptable if they abandoned “trade” for the lifestyle of genteel rentiers and were laundered through public schools like Eton and Oxbridge… As British industry shrank under American and German competition, the City of London became even more important. Finance was a clean business, untainted by the grime and odor of the factory, and could be practiced by gentlemen…"
links for 2010-08-27
ownership is just sooooo cool
links for 2010-08-26
"An Annotated Bibliography of the Folk Songs of the English-Speaking World." OMG. 9 MB.
links for 2010-08-25
This is what my father's generation found ummmmm alluring (I strongly recommend killing the sound)
links for 2010-08-24
What a great story, and a Cautionary Tale about Education too. And I love the painting. Looking forward to others in the series.
links for 2010-08-23
A fascinating time-sink. I dare you…
links for 2010-08-20
what a great story from Jonathan Haeber
The Saga of Poor Alice G.
My life has been entangled with things Nova Scotian for more than 40 years, ever since I realized that I wouldn’t be going back to Sarawak for PhD fieldwork. The choice of Nova Scotia was both fortuitous and serendipitous (the tale is sketched elsewhere). In 1972, soon after we arrived in the Annapolis Valley, I started visiting antique stores (well, many of them were basically junk stores…) and buying tintypes, portraits, photo albums, boxes of snapshots. Thousands of them. I’ve been working on that trove ever since, and many are now resident on Flickr, where they await the Next Step.
A giant step occurred today as I fiddled with one of the images in Aperture:
(on the back, in spidery handwriting: “the last snap Ernest took of poor Alice G.”)
This one has been a challenge and a puzzle since I bought it in 1973 or so. Here’s today’s rumination on the image:
Snapshots have tales to tell, though we can rarely know the truth in all its detail. Sometimes we have only fragments of testimony, thanks to an informant’s evoked memories, or to notations on the photographs themselves. Is it remotely possible that we could discover what happened to Poor Alice G.? We have some information to work with: the locale is probably one of the harbors of Nova Scotia’s Fundy Coast, and the date is probably sometime in the 1920s or 1930s. Alice G. is perhaps in her early to mid-20s. Would Annapolis Valley newspapers of the time have carried obituaries?
…so I did a quick Google search for ‘annapolis valley newspapers’ and found the Annapolis Valley Newspaper Extracts Project, run as a labour of love by Phil Vogler.
I started looking through the ‘Vital Statistics’ there summarized, looking for possible conjunctions of fact…
How about THIS, from the Berwick Register
Grevatt, Alice Maud d/o Arthur Grevatt, died at Berwick, 26 June, 22 years. [30 June 1926 obit].
Bingo. And just by chance I’ll be in the Annapolis Valley next week, and can go to visit the Berwick Register office and see the obit.
links for 2010-08-05
amazingly vibrant detail