The secret, he said, was to hold a ten-pound weight behind your back to keep from falling forward.
Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian Skater, 1915-1920; Library of Congress.
The life of an infantryman had been safer when war was conducted exclusively in black and white.
French soldiers, 1916; true-color photograph.
It was the end of a brilliant career when, straining for a low note, Gloria accidentally summoned the ghost of last night’s cabbage soup.
Opera singers rehearsing at Lewisohn Stadium, NYC, 1916. Library of Congress.
Though blind, he spent all day in the gallery eating ginger candies and whistling snippets of birdsong.
Unknown museum, presumably in Sydney, Aus. (date unknown).
Everyone loves the Fourth of July, or else no ice cream.
Photo circa 1915, from The Library of Congress. Sunshine Jarmann (Jarmon) – the only kid who seems to be enjoying herself – later performed on Broadway in the Music Box Revue, 1922-23. Marcus M. Marks was Manhattan Borough President from 1913-17. He died in ’34.
P.T. Barnum’s preliminary sketches for zero-gravity circus acts were more fanciful than plausible.
Zoopraxiscope of horseback somersault by Eadweard Muybridge, 1893.
There’s always one that turns aside when the others laugh.
College girls. Hoboken, New Jersey. 1910s.
Some days the only thing that helps is to close your eyes and think about Julie Andrews.
Print by Rokuro Taniuchi 1921-1981.