Today marks ninety years since the death of Thomas Hardy, famed English novelist of the Victorian era.
His famous works include
(1874), Far from the Madding Crowd (1886), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1891), and Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1895). Jude the Obscure
However, when Dorset-born Hardy first came to London, he was not making money as a writer.
One of his jobs was to clear graves to make way for the massive new
St Pancras railway station, which opened in 1868.
Headstones were moved for the build, and stacked together. Today, there is a famous spot called the “
Hardy Tree“, where – for the past 1.5 centuries – a tree has grown around them.
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Mormon man Ira Eldredge is seen here with his three wives: Nancy Black Eldredge, Hannah Mariah Savage Eldredge, and Helvig Marie Andersen Eldredge. The photograph is dated the 2nd of January, 1864.
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Bethlehem, the alleged birthplace of Jesus Christ, at Christmastime in the late 1800s.
Daguerre in 1844
Louis Daguerre was born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, Val-d’Oise, France on the 18th of November, 1797. He became known as a father of photography after inventing the daguerreotype photography process.
Daguerre’s 1837 photograph recreating a still life is the earliest daguerreotype with a reliable date.
Above is Daguerre’s circa 1838 image of Paris. It is
the first known candid photograph of a person. A man having his boots polished stood still long enough to be captured.
Also a painter and the inventor of the
diorama theatre, Daguerre died in Paris in July of 1851, at the age of sixty-three.
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from the Boston Public Library is dated the 19th of October, 1867, and shows people laying tracks for the Union Pacific Railway 300 miles west of the Missouri River in the United States.
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Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style by April Calahan (Editor), Karen Trivette Cannell (Editor), Anna Sui (Foreword).
I saw this book in Barcelona just over a month ago, and decided there was no way I was lugging something this big and heavy all the way home! I was glad to find it on The Book Depository, both in paperback and hardcover. Of course, if you buy from there you get the book with free shipping (I shudder to think how much it would be to Australia otherwise!).
This is one of those books that will appeal to history nerds, historical fiction and romance readers, etc.
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