To begin the Christmas season, here is an amazing holly-themed muslin gown from the 1820s.
It is in the Met collection, and I discovered it via Dr Kate Stradin‘s amazing fashion history Twitter account.
1st December 1940: The Blitz, the German air raid campaign against the United Kingdom, was in full force in December of 1940.
Britain’s Home Guard, made up of 1.5 million volunteers ineligible for regular military service (due to circumstances such as age), operated from 1940 to 1944, guarding their homeland during the Second World War.
The caption of this photograph reads:
A veteran sergeant in the Dorking Home Guard cleans his Tommy gun at the dining room table, before going on parade, 1 December 1940.
I wasn’t aware a new movie adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma had been made! Here’s the trailer – the film is out early next year.
The photograph was taken during the First Battle of Cambrai in France.
The Sherwood Foresters were an infantry regiment of the British Army from 1881 to 1970.
Today is Universal Children’s Day. The 20th of November is also the date when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. Additionally, the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on this date in 1989.
In an age where Russia had whitewashed Stalin’s image and the nation now reveres him almost as a God, and at a time when young people – ignorant, or perhaps wilfully ignorant of recent history – embrace communism (if I see one more “social justice warrior” with a hammer and sickle avatar…), I’d like to share some pictures.
These aren’t children in a Nazi concentration camp; they’re Soviet children in communist gulags during Stalin’s reign.
The problem with 20th century history taught in schools is that it stops with Hitler. Few seem aware that Stalin had the deaths of tens of millions on his hands.
The communist utopia teens and twenty-somethings in the West seem to dream of these days? This was the reality of it.
20th November 1917: A British tank ditched in a German trench. British soldiers stand nearby. The photograph was taken just outside Ribecourt, France. First World War.