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.
Jack suddenly realized that he’d forgotten the sandwiches.
Photograph by Samuel Hood (Australia), date unknown.
High noon in the Thuringian forest and not a sheriff in sight.
Photochrome view of the Wartburg, Germany. (1890s?)
Another ounce of precious ignorance vaporized.
The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Conny’s lampshade hat lit up orange whenever he had a bright idea.
Conrad of Bavaria, ca.1910-1915. Library of Congress.
“The pigeons, of course, never suspected what they were eating.”
Feeding the birds. Boston, 1915.
“He said that a leper passing through it with a gold coin in his mouth would be turned into a king.”
The Gateway to Hoosainabad, Lucknow. Photograph by Samuel Bourne, 1866.