August 4, 2012 in Links

Here’s some fantastic restorations from  The work on this site is simply amazing.  I’m linking the ‘compare’ section, truly some of the finest restoration work I have ever seen on these old stereos.  Be sure to take a look around elsewhere!

Civil War in 3D


Link: New clue to Roanoke colony

May 4, 2012 in Links

Via AP:

Researchers say they have new clue to Lost Colony

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A new look at a 425-year-old map has yielded a tantalizing clue about the fate of the Lost Colony, the settlers who disappeared from North Carolina’s Roanoke Island in the late 16th century.

Experts from the First Colony Foundation and the British Museum in London discussed their findings Thursday at a scholarly meeting on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their focus: the “Virginea Pars” map of Virginia and North Carolina created by explorer John White in the 1580s and owned by the British Museum since 1866.

“We believe that this evidence provides conclusive proof that they moved westward up the Albemarle Sound to the confluence of the Chowan and Roanoke rivers,” said James Horn, vice president of research and historical interpretation at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and author of a 2010 book about the Lost Colony.

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Video: A War Of Color

March 10, 2012 in Links, Wiggle Animations

Via Julian, fantastic work my friend!

Link: ‘White’ slaves used for 1860s fundraiser propaganda

March 1, 2012 in Links

I think I have “Rebecca” floating around somewhere on this website… Click here to view a Yahoo! slideshow showing some of the old post-war propaganda cards.

Link: To My Old Slave Master

February 1, 2012 in Links

Below is a link to a letter from a slave to his old slave master.  The site looks pretty cool, collections of old letters… sounds like something I’ll be digging through very soon!  Letters of Note:  To my Old Master

UFO in 1800s Stereoscopic Photo?

December 23, 2011 in Links

I found this pretty interesting and thought you might too.  It’s an old stereo showing what the uploader suspects is a UFO.

I found it interesting but I’m skeptical.  Notice the clouds?  See how they’re really wavy and unnatural?  It’s as if the clouds moved by during exposure.  I find it more likely that a bird flew past while the photo was being taken, and because the exposure likely took a second or two, it appeared as this elongated ‘UFO’.

Most of us can get a similar effect by setting a slower exposure time on our cameras and aiming at an area with birds -  a tripod helps, and maybe a rock to get em to fly.  I find it unlikely that it was a smudge on the camera lens or plate, as the smudge would have to be identical on both lenses or both plates. I can’t see the second image very well… no opinion there.

Still, pretty cool. What do you think?

Looking at pictures differently

November 25, 2011 in Links, photoshop, Still photographs

Here is a page I wanted to point out because the writer has taken an ordinary, every day event and looked at it differently.  It’s a picture of lightning, the bottom is a composite of several images that’s been made interactive by moving your mouse across the image.

It’s different, it’s cool, and props to the creator for sharing:  Click here to see it.

Link: Free family history

June 22, 2011 in Links

I haven’t checked out genealogy online much in the last few years, but times are changing and you can actually get family documents online for free.  You don’t even have to sign up.

Searching for my great grandfather, I got just a little worried when I found out his sister has the same name as his… wife!  But then I tracked down the documents for his wife, thank goodness that one was a coincidence. Apparently Maudie/Maud was a common name back then.  Phew!

There is plenty of census information on the site, and in some cases the actual documents are scanned in at high resolution.  There are also marriage and death records, and probably a whole lot more.


Slaves, freedmen spied on South during Civil War

June 21, 2011 in Links

AP story:

WASHINGTON – In the Confederate circles he navigated, John Scobell was considered just another Mississippi slave: singing, shuffling, illiterate and completely ignorant of the Civil War going on around him.

Confederate officers thought nothing of leaving important documents where Scobell could see them, or discussing troop movements in front of him. Whom would he tell? Scobell was only the butler, or the deckhand on a rebel sympathizer’s steamboat, or the field hand belting out Negro spirituals in a powerful baritone.

In reality, Scobell was not a slave at all.

He was a spy sent by the Union army, one of a few black operatives who quietly gathered information in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse with Confederate spy-catchers and slave masters who could kill them on the spot. These unsung Civil War heroes were often successful, to the chagrin of Confederate leaders who never thought their disregard for blacks living among them would become a major tactical weakness.

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LINK- Pit bulls’ surprising past: Nanny dogs

June 3, 2011 in Links

Try to quickly summon an image of good-with-small-children dog, and chances are you’ll picture something adorably Benji-shaggy. Or maybe a sweetie-pie golden retriever, or a loveball of a lab. It’s not likely, at least not in today’s perception of the breed, that an American pit bull terrier leaps to mind.

But not so long ago, pit bulls were brought in as “nanny dogs,” the trusted caretaker pups to watch over kids.

Vintage photographs recently posted on a personal blog show off the breed as babysitter.

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