Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Photograph Detectives


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Genealogy tip for the day: Photograph Detectives

We will be looking at different types of photographs and then eventually how to decide who is in a picture, based on time period of the photo, of fashions, studio mark, approximate age of the person etc.

I thought this would be a quick throw-it-up-on-the-post summary but even in a summarized form there is a lot of information. So we will be looking at this topic over the next several days.

We will discuss the following types of photos:
          Salt Prints
          Albumen Prints
          Tin Types
          Crayon Portraits
          Carbon prints
          Platinum Prints
Then as I mentioned earlier, we will look at how to identify who is in a picture:
          Type of photo
          Time period
          Studio stamp/possible location
          Style of clothes
          Age, approximately, of the subjects, etc.

This can help us to make highly probable identifications to unmarked pictures. One trick always works, in certain situations. I’ll give you a clue, partly so I’ll remember what it is - the ear.

“History – it’s who we are; Genealogy – it’s who I am” sg

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Frederick Barbarossa


Philip Augustus, Henry II of England and Frederick Barbarossa assemble the troops for the Third Crusade.

In Maryland, the first woman lawyer in the colonies, Margaret Brent, is denied a vote in the Maryland Assembly.

Chippewa, Delaware, Ottawa and Wyandot Indians sign the treaty of Fort McIntosh, ceding present-day Ohio to the United States.

Joseph Guillotine proposes a new, more humane method of execution: a machine designed to cut off the condemned person's head as painlessly as possible.

The French King Louis XVI is guillotined for treason.

Japan rejects the American proposal to neutralize ownership of the Manchurian Railway.

The German Krupp plant begins producing guns under the U.S. armistice terms.

J.D. Rockefeller pledges $1 million for the relief of Europe's destitute.

An international arms control meeting opens in London.

The League of Nations rejects Japanese terms for settlement with China.

The United States lifts the ban on arms to the Soviet Union.

In North Africa, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel launches a drive to push the British eastward. While the British benefited from radio-intercept-derived Ultra information, the Germans enjoyed an even speedier intelligence source.

A Nazi daylight air raid kills 34 in a London school. When the anticipated invasion of Britain failed to materialize in 1940, Londoners relaxed, but soon they faced a frightening new threat.

Communist troops force the UN army out of Inchon, Korea after a 12-hour attack.

The Soviet Union calls for a ban on nuclear arms in Baghdad Pact countries.

Carl T. Rowan is named the director of the United States Information Agency (USIA).

In Vietnam, the Siege of Khe Sanh begins as North Vietnamese units surround U.S. Marines based on the hilltop headquarters.

The U.S. Supreme Court decides that pregnant teachers can no longer be forced to take long leaves of absence.

Leonid Brezhnev and Henry Kissinger meet to discuss Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT).

President Carter urges 65 degrees as the maximum heat in homes to ease the energy crisis.

Congressman Mike Espy of Mississippi is confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
Born on January 21

Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary commander.

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Confederate General.

Benny Hill, British comedian.

Ethan Allen



noun: The art or study of bell-ringing or making bells.

From Latin campana (bell). From the Campania region in Italy, known for the bronze that was used to cast bells. Earliest documented use: 1847.

The term bell-ringing is preferred over campanology by people involved in it. In general, those in the know go with simpler terms. For example, caving over spelunking, coding over developing software, and so on. At any rate, here's an introductory video on campanology/bell-ringing that has managed to stuff as many puns as are legally permitted in a five-minute video. Did they miss any? Chime in.

"A woman who has helped secure the future of bell ringing across the east of England has been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours list for her services to campanology."
Norfolk bell ringer Betty Baines Appointed MBE; BBC News (London, UK); Dec 30, 2013.

"The call buttons were pressed so frequently that the passengers were in danger of getting a suntan from the lights, and the galley sounded like a campanology convention for the deaf."
Jack Leonard; Bad Altitude; AuthorHouse; 2005.

Quote for the Day
Remorse is a violent dyspepsia of the mind. -Ogden Nash, poet (1902-1971)

Today’s Recipe
Soups for Cold Winter Days

This soup, a longtime fixture on the prix fixe menu at Nick's Italian Café in McMinnville, Oregon, is served tableside from a tureen and topped with a generous spoonful of fragrant, freshly made pesto. "The heat," Nick explained, "makes the aroma rise." After the bowls are filled, the vessel is left on the table so that guests can help themselves to more, if they like.
3 carrots, peeled and trimmed
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and
   coarsely chopped
1 rib celery, coarsely chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded,
   and coarsely chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
Leaves of 1/4 bunch parsley
1/2 lb. lean salt pork
1  14 1/2-oz. can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup beef stock base
1/4 cup dried basil
1 tbsp. dried oregano
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 lb. string beans, trimmed and
   cut into 1" pieces
1 1/4 cups shelled fresh or frozen peas
Leaves of 1/2 bunch basil
Leaves of 1/2 bunch parsley
1/4 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano
1/4 cup freshly grated pecorino romano
1 tsp. pine nuts
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. For the soup: Coarsely chop 1 of the carrots and put into a food processor. Add onions, celery, peppers, and garlic, pulse until vegetables are finely chopped, then transfer to a large heavy-bottomed pot. Add parsley, salt pork, and 3 quarts water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 6 hours.
2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer salt pork to a food processor, then process until fat liquefies and meat turns into a paste, about 30 seconds. Pass salt pork through a sieve back into pot, using a rubber spatula to press as much paste through the sieve as possible. Skim off and discard fat from broth. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, beef stock base, basil, and oregano to pot. Season to taste with 1 tsp. pepper and simmer over medium-low heat, covered, for 2 hours.
3. Add 4 cups water to pot, increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, thinly slice remaining carrots crosswise, then add to pot. Add green beans and peas, reduce heat to medium, and simmer soup, partially covered, until carrots, beans, and peas are soft, about 30 minutes more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. For the pesto: Put basil, parsley, parmigiano-reggiano, pecorino romano, pine nuts, and oil into a food processor and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Put soup into a warm tureen, if you like, and spoon pesto into soup. Serve soup in warm bowls garnished with some freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano and pecorino romano, if you like.


Now You Know!