The Ghost of Glamour Past: Turn of the Century at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New York City

Like everyone who will see this, I was born long after the Gilded Age ended. So how is it possible that I feel so nostalgic for these days of beauty and grace? I think I must be a ghost. Today, I have for you pictures of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City at…

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The Confidence Men of Paris, Circa 1900

The Met Museum has posted some images from a book called the Album of Paris Crime Scenes, collected between 1901 – 1908. Apparently, it belonged to Alphonse Bertillon, the fellow who invented modern mugshots. Actually, Bertillon’s mugshots are more detailed than a modern mugshot, with measurements of the body, evaluation of teeth, etc. This mugshot…

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Old Spirituals 2019 Retrospective

Greetings, everyone! I’m a bit of a data geek, and have been looking at Old Spirituals 2019 results. I think it’s interesting stuff so I’m sharing with you. First, thank you all, especially the regular readers, for helping to make 2019 the most successful year yet for Old Spirituals! Some years the growth has been slow,…

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