On this day: a Victorian Dinner

This is the menu from the High Sheriff’s Dinner at the Royal Station Hotel in York, England. The dinner took place 160 years ago, on the 8th of March, 1858.

From the collection of the National Railway Museum.

National Railway Museum item 1998-10584 High Sheriff's Dinner Menu Royal Station Hotel York 8 March 1858 Victorian era.


On this day…

The railway station in the eastern English village of Bures is photographed here on the 28th of October, 1966.

Situated on the Essex/Suffolk border, the community’s railway station opened in 1849.

EPSON scanner image

A concert in London

World-famous German composer Richard Strauss is seen here in London in June, 1914. The photograph was taken on the 20th; he stands in front of a poster advertising his concert on the 26th.

Strauss1914London Richard Strauss by poster for his concert on 26th June. 20th June 1914.


On this day: the death of a prima ballerina

Maya_Plisetskaya_-_1974Plisetskaya performing in Carmen (1974)

As Carmen in 1974.

Soviet ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, one of only a handful of dancers in history to hold the title of Prima Ballerina Assoluta, died on the 2nd of May, 2015.

Born into a prominent family of Lithuanian Jews, Plisetskaya completed her ballet training in Moscow, first performing at the Bolshoi Theatre at the age of eleven.

Maya Plisetskaya Grand Jete Ballet Vintage

Despite being one of the most respected dancers in history, she was treated badly by the anti-Semitic Russian authorities. For the first sixteen years of her career she was banned from leaving the country.

Her father was executed during the Stalinist purges, and her mother, a famous Lithuanian film actress, spent several years in a gulag in Kazakhstan.

Maya Plisetskaya Ballet Vintage

Plisetskaya followed in the footsteps of another great Soviet ballerina: Galina Ulanova, and took over her position as the Bolshoi’s star dancer upon Ulanova’s retirement. Plisetskaya was a member of the Theatre until 1990.

Succumbing to a heart attack, she was eighty-nine at the time of her death.


On this day: Easter in Queensland

This issue of The Queenslander, a now-discontinued illustrated weekly magazine in Australia, is from the 5th of April, 1928.

This edition is Easter-themed; in 1928 Good Friday fell the following day, on the 6th of the month.

Illustrated_front_cover_from_The_Queenslander,_April_5,_1928_(6167336341) Illustrated Weekly Easter 5th April 1928


On this day: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto premières

On the 13th of March 1845 Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto premièred in Leipzig, Germany.

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Felix Mendelssohn in 1839

German virtuoso violinist and composer Ferdinand David was the soloist.

480px-Ferdinand_davidFerdinand David

Ferdinand David