Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

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Justice Souter's line was hardly original; some twenty years earlier, then-Chief Justice Warren Burger used nearly identical words to express his opposition to allowing cameras in the courtroom of the nation's highest court. Many years later, cameras remain banned from the federal courts. And only fairly recently have cameras been allowed in most state courts.

Trials capture the ethos, pathos, eros, and drama of life in America. To paraphrase de Tocqueville, there's hardly a human or social issue that doesn't become a legal one. How better than the art of photography to record and illustrate such issues than by capturing the personae dramatis on stage, so to speak, in the courtroom?


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wherever Children Are There's A Christmas Story


Advertising Ephemera Collection - Database #A0160
Emergence of Advertising On-Line Project
Ellis Collection of Kodakiana (1886 - 1923)
Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Camera Fiend

Twice Told Tuesday features a photography related article reprinted from
my collection of old photography books, magazines, and newspapers.

Paparazzi are nothing new, in 1910 they were giving the Royal family heartburn, only then they were called Camera fiends. And Brittney, you weren't the first either. Read on to find out about Marie Corelli, the writer, getting out of a four wheeler in 1907.

The Camera Fiends
Photographic Topics

We regret to see that complaints with regard to the misuse of the camera by the well-named "camera fiend" are once more becoming unpleasantly numerous.

At Cowes Regatta certain individuals seem to have made themselves an intolerable nuisance to the Royal family, who found their privacy interfered with at all times of the day by persons with cameras, who swarmed around the Royal yacht in launches.

Worse still, it appears that attempts were made to photograph the King and the Prince of Wales while bathing, in spite of the fact that the photographers had agreed among themselves that no such thing should be done.

Naturally, the type of person who would attempt prying of this nature would think nothing of breaking an agreement with his fellow-photographers, and no arrangement of this kind is of any avail with the true "camera fiend."

Some other outrageous instances of misconduct are given by Mr. Ernest Human in a letter to one of our contemporaries. Three particular instances are given in detail, and while two are bad enough, the third is almost beyond belief.

In this case a photographer, having obtained permission to photograph in a church, was eventually found perched with his camera and tripod on the top of the altar, from which he had cleared everything else. It appears that he was caught there by the rector who, we trust, was of the muscular persuasion. Behavior of this kind leads to the exclusion of photographers from churches and other buildings, while conduct such as that of the Paul Prys at Cowes produces regulations which bear severely on all photographers.

Two other types of fiends: the bicycle fiends, or the "Cads on Castors," and the motor fiends or "Road Hogs," are kept under, not only by the police, but by their own Associations; and we suggest that photographers might very well do something to suppress their own particular brand of fiend. Photographic societies would be quite justified in expelling any member who disgraced himself in this fashion, and they would do good if they made it their business to investigate all instances that occurred in their own districts, and to report the offender to his own society.

This might not lead to the punishment of the culprit, who very probably would not belong to any society at all, but it would at least serve to show the general public and those in authority that photographers as a body are not supporters of the camera fiend, and in no way tolerate his impertinences.

If, as is sometimes stated, the camera fiends are mainly press photographers, we suggest that press photographers as a body would be wise to combine and endeavour to cope with the matter before their privileges become further curtailed. In any case, they are the people who suffer most from the camera fiend's misdeeds, and the matter is one that concerns them intimately.

In all popular sports and photography is for the most part of the nature of one—regulations of a fairly severe and stringent type are necessary for the purpose of controlling the less ruly, and of punishing offenders, and the same thing holds good in professions.

In photography, however, which is to some extent both a sport and a profession, no such regulations exist, and no one seems to have any power to punish. This is a defect that should be remedied, if photographers generally are to escape being looked upon with suspicion and distrust, and from being excluded from all places where the ill- mannered can give offense.—British Journal.

Miss Corelli Makes Camera Fiends Promise
Not To Publish Pictures

"I am all for anonymity and everything that tends to the avoidance of advertisement. If people must ride in motors, let them have the decency to disguise themselves as effectually as possible, and shun all contact with their kind."

~ Marie Corelli, British Novelist ~
05/01/1855 - 04/21/1924

1907 By The New York Times

LONDON April 27. Time alone will tell how Marie Corelli will come out of her latest encounter with the camera fiends. She may have triumphed over them. On the other hand there presently may appear in the public prints some photographs of her that will set the world grinning as it grinned when it saw that bizarre picture labeled “Marie Corelli getting out of a four-wheeler.”

Miss Corelli and a friend were caught at Shakespeare’s tomb by a press photographer. (It was said by her critics that she moved to Stratford to associate herself with Shakespeare. So a photograph of her visiting his tomb would only fan the fire started by those critics. You can see why she wouldn't want the photograh taken.) When the novelist became aware that she had been snapshotted she turned a lobster color, but a moment later, recovering her self-possession, she approached the photographer, smiling, and demanded a pledge not to publish the photograph. The man hated to give the pledge, but finally yielded to Miss Corelli’s blandishments. Then she gave him her hand and smiled wider than ever.

While in the midst of the smile she heard the click of another camera. It appeared that another press photographer had made a group picture of the photographer, Mis Corelli’s friend, Miss Corelli herself, and the handshake and smile.

“Come here,” said Miss Corelli to the offender. He came, and Miss Corelli wheedled a promise out of him not to publish the group picture.

Miss Corelli thinks she may rely on the two pledges, but the chances seem to be the other way.

Notes On Marie Corelli

The Jacqueline Susann of her time, Marie Corelli is historically significant in that her novels participated in the Victorian machinery of the “bestseller” and the author/star system, and indeed Corelli's fame at the turn of the century was rivaled only by Queen Victoria. 100,000 of her books were sold each year. In comparison, H.G. Wells sold a mere 35,000.

The photograph of Miss Corelli getting out of a four-wheeler probably had more to do with "her image," than "the image," unlike Brittney. There are very few photographs of her, as she tightly controlled her public image. This same year she had written The Devil's Motor, a story in which the devil in smoked glasses drives a huge touring car around the world and is so shocked at human sin that he drives off the cliff with all humankind following his car to utter destruction. I'm sure you can imagine the inference.

"Marie Corelli gained the admiration of quite a few celebrities: the Prince of Wales asked her to dine, Gladstone came to call, Queen Victoria ordered that all of Corelli's books be sent to Balmoral, and there were fan letters from Queen Margherita of Italy and from the Empress of Austria. She desperately fought to gain legitimacy in the world of art and letters, and she achieved a measure of success despite the scorn of reviewers. Oscar Wilde invited her to write for Woman's World, she was introduced to Browning and Swinburne, Ellen Terry adored her, and Lily Langtry asked to perform in dramatizations of her novels."


The Camera Fiend, Photographic Topics, New York: Obrig Camera Company. 1910.

Unknown. "Novelist Is Snapshotted." New York Times, 27 April 1910. Online Archive. KCLS Database - Subscription: 2008.

Federico, Annette.
"Marie Corelli (1855-1924)." The Literary Encyclopedia. Online. KCLS Database - Subscription: 2007.


Marie Corelli. Portrait Photographs, 1900 - 1910.
Multiple Prints and Photographs Collections. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington,D.C.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

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The Christmas and Hanukkah holidays are right around the corner. This is a great time to plan your holiday digi-scrapping projects. The key to a great scrapbooking page is the photos and elements you use. So as you go through the holiday season, be sure to take lots of pictures and collect some ephemera when you can too. Here are some tips for you to keep in mind.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

One Of The Most Sensational Photographs Of Its Time

Twice Told Tuesday features a photography related article reprinted from
my collection of old photography books, magazines, and newspapers.

Photographs You Like to See in the Newspapers

Adventures men have in getting these pictures, and the kinds of pictures
which have the greatest appeal to the public
By Bert E. Underwood
Mr. Underwood is president of Underwood & Underwood, Inc.

Mayor Gaynor Seconds
After Being Shot

SOMETIMES a photographer is aided by a remarkable bit of luck. This was strikingly illustrated in the attempted assassination several years ago of the late Mayor Gaynor of New York, just as he was about to sail for Europe.

One camera man was late in reaching the pier. By the time he arrived there the boat was about to sail, and most of the other photographers had exhausted their plates. Just as he was leveling the camera the late comer noticed an odd fellow in the crowd take out a revolver and cock it. Supposing that it was a plain-clothes man about to fire a salute, he waited for the report. Suddenly he was horrified to see that the man was aiming at the mayor instead of into the air. Before he could even utter a warning shout the shot had sped on its way. But he had enough presence of mind to release the shutter of his camera. The print showed the mayor staggering back into a friend's arms, with the blood already beginning to run down his face.

More To The Story

The photographer was William Warnecke of the Evening World. The photographs were exclusive, but there was no mention of the name of the photographer.

Aug. 9, 1910, William Warnecke had been given the assignment to cover New York Mayor William J. Gaynor leaving for a European vacation on the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse.

At eight, Warnecke packed his camera and plates for the 9:00 a.m. assignment. It was only a few miles away in Hoboken, New Jersey. As he was leaving he met another staffer, Hughie O’Neill, who was having trouble with a feature assignment. Warnecke said he would make the shot on the way to the Gaynor assignment.

O’Neill’s assignment had been to take a photograph of a Fire Department horse laughing. New York City was replacing the animals with newly purchased, motor driven fire engines. Warnecke found a fire horse and tried everything he could think of to get a picture of the horse laughing. Time was running out. Finally he gave the horse caramels and in attempting to get rid of the gummy mess the horse wriggled his lips making it look as if he was laughing.

Warnecke was very late and all the photographers were gone or leaving. He took a test shot. He focused for the second shot when a squat, stout man approached Gaynor from behind. He fired, but it was a misfire. He fired again shooting Gaynor in the neck. Warnecke got a photograph of Gaynor being struck by the bullet. The gunman, a disgruntled unemployed sanitation worker was wrestled to the ground, hands bound, and dragged off the ship to a waiting car. Warnecke ran ahead and got this photograph. He then ran back and got the final photo – Gaynor being carried off the ship. (The Mayor did not die this day, but three years later from complications stemming from the shooting.)

As you can see in the photograph, blood gushed down the Mayor’s beard dripping onto the collar and front of his suit. It is said that the World’s city editor Charles E. Chapin exulted: “What a wonderful thing! Look! Blood all over him – and exclusive, too!


Underwood, Bert E. "Photographs We'd Like To See In The Newspapers. The American Magazine. November 1921.

Ellis, Robert. The Epic of New York City. New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2005.

Faber, John. Great News Photos and the Stories Behind Them. New York : Dover Publications, 1978.


Faber, John. Great News Photos and the Stories Behind Them. New York : Dover Publications, 1978.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Carnival's In Town


Smile For The Camera ~ A Carnival of Images

This was a "Joy To The World" sort of Carnival. One of the most thoughtful, kind, and generous Carnivals yet. Each of the participants thought long and hard about what they would share and who they would share it with. Their choices were what you would expect from this great group of GeneaBloggers. I try not to comment on the submissions until the Carnival's In Town, to keep my impressions fresh, but it was so hard not to comment this time.

So, open the cover and browse the 8th Edition of Smile For The Camera's album of Stocking Stuffers and Enjoy This Holiday Season!

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There could not be a more perfect start to this carnival than the "Stocking Stuffer" photograph that Donna Wendt posted at Another Day With Donna. When she said, "I've put a stocking stuffer photo on my blog," Donna meant it! So we start the Album with a photograph you just must see! Smile, you're at the carnival.

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Lidian of The Virtual Dime Museum stuffed her stocking with a surprise for the footnoteMaven. Yes, the stocking is mine and the stuffer is the footnoteMaven's obsession, a cabinet card photograph of a young woman wearing glasses. Aunt Lizzie Has a Pensive Moment is an amazing photograph with a hint of a tint, and a costume to die for. Thank you Lidian, you really know the way to the footnoteMaven's heart.

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With Christmas Past, Midge Frazel of Granite In My Blood tells us, "This stocking stuffer is for my daughter, who now owns the stocking that used to be mine. She has hung it up this year to be ready for her own baby next year." I'm sure you're getting ready as well, Grandma.

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Ruth Stephens presents A stocking stuffer for Dave Thomas posted at Bluebonnet Country Genealogy. A situation incomprehensible for two boys so young, but this sad story has a happy ending. Dave Thomas would have been so proud.

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Apple tells us "My mother's poor health keeps her from attending many family functions. Through pictures she can attend in abstentia." Apple, the queen of the slide show, has given us a A Peak into Mom's Stocking posted at Apple's Tree. We won't spoil the surprise for your mother, Apple, but her children are the best.

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Kathy Brady-Blake will give someone a most wonderful gift (Genea-Bloggers are the Best!). She has Baby Raymond's Photos posted at Kathy's Genealogy Blog. Baby Raymond was a patient at Shriners Childrens Hospital in the 1940s and this is all the information Kathy has about him. She wants to put these photographs of Baby Raymond in the stocking of his family. Please visit Kathy's blog and help send Baby Raymond home for Christmas.
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Smile for the Camera, Grandpa! goes in the stocking of a man Stephanie Lincecum describes this way, "I appreciate the attentive ear, interest, and support he gives me whenever I tell a tale of my travels through time. I love you, Grandpa! Merry Christmas!" Read about this wonderful man and the gift he gave Stephanie at Southern Graves .

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First Becky Wiseman must find the stockings she intends to stuff, in Old Friends and Fond Memories, posted at kinexxions. Her friends are captured in a moment in time and then sadly they lose touch. Here's to old friends who are lost, if anyone can find them Becky can.

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Julie Cahill Tarr implores a member of her family to Let Bygones be Bygones and put family first posted at GenBlog. A very personal posting and a story all too familiar to many families. For Christmas, we all hope Julie gets to stuff her chosen stocking. Family is precious, time is fragile.

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Randy Seaver says, "This is the most memorable Christmas event that I remember - Davy Crockett coonskin cap and BB guns in 1954." He's so darn cute! Don't miss "The King Of The Wild Frontier" at Davy, Davy Crockett ... the memories posted at Genea-Musings. Fess Parker would be proud.

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Miriam Robbins Midkiff beats a drum for a good cause in this 1968 Christmas Card photograph posted at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors. Miriam would like Her Genealogical Stocking Stuffer to show up in the Christmas stockings of her children; to show them she too once was a child (and an adorable one at that).

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A wonderful trip through Myrt's Thoughts on Christmas is a gift she has given to each of us, a stocking stuffer of our own in a way. I know from experience what a kind generous woman Pat is and how very lucky her family is to have her so close, even though all her Seattle friends miss her. Visit her life past and present posted at DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog. It may be a bit nippy out, but it's oh so warm at Myrt's.

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Aunt Donner, Donna Pointkouski of What's Past is Prologue, has a photograph of what must surely be one of Santa's little helpers resplendent in his ruby garland and fur trimmed red hat at My Stocking Stuffer. Donner has stuffed all our stockings with a smile. Stop by and get yours!

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Pam Taylor says her camera is an appendage, always at the ready. In a Christmas Stocking Stuffer posted at Taylorstales-Genealogy we see the first in a series of pictures where having a camera at the ready has captured or caused a son's signature look. Pam is stuffing his stocking with this wonderful memory. Perfect Pam!

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Judith Richards Schubert of Genealogy Traces tells us "My Stocking Stuffer would be Edna," a photograph of her grandmother placed in the stockings of each of her first cousins. But in Judy's story, if you listen, you will also hear what she would like in her own stocking. Judy, we wish it for you!

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Is an act punishable by eternal damnation analogous to slander; publish/commit and you are just as guilty? I pondered this question as I posted Sheri Fenley's submission "... The Stockings Were Hung By the Fire With Care" at The Educated Genealogist. And then I remembered my best defense, I'm Lutheran. Sheri you're on your own with this one.

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Jasia's Great Grandmother is the honoree of Stuffin' the Stockin' posted at Creative Gene. The charm of favorite photographs done as a digital scrapbook page as only Jasia can create them. Every carnival I think she just can't get any better, and with each carnival she proves me wrong. Read the note! Read the note!

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To the family of Miss Myrtle Klaseus Viscount, Sask. Canada, M. Diane Rogers of CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt,' would be very pleased to present the photographs posted at KLUCAS, KLASEUS, KLASUS - Viscount, Saskatchewan, Canada, to you this Christmas. Diane you are the best. I hope this brings someone Genea-Luck! Look at these photographs, help stuff this family's Christmas stocking.

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Thomas MacEntee presents Destination: Austin Family: A Family of 13 Stuffed In A Stocking posted at Destination: Austin Family. Thomas tells us, "I've always wanted to know more about my mother having grown up with 11 siblings. I'd gladly put this in my grandmother's stocking and hopefully hear her tell the tale of raising 12 children." We would all love to hear the tale.

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Bob Kramp presents The Father of Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer smiles for the Camera posted at Life's Journey. Bob says, "The Father of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer Smiles for the Camera. Stuffed in the stocking of all old time musicians." Gimme that old time music. Yes, I know who he is? Visit Bob to find out. And we'll keep throwing out those challenges and carnivals to keep you inspired to write about your family history, Bob.

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Doreen Paul of the Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay stuffs her stocking with remembrances of Paul R. Orshoski, Sr. Who during this Christmas season is still missed by friends and family. Welcome to the Carnival, Doreen.

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Janet Iles presents Stocking Stuffer posted at Janet the researcher. "A photo of my maternal grandmother as a young woman will stuff my siblings' stockings," Janet tells us. But is it a photographic mystery? Perhaps. And Janet, you forgot to mention she's wearing my favorite fashion accessory, glasses!

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And closing the cover on this Smile Album is Fill In The Face posted at footnoteMaven. Would that I could make all our "Stocking Stuffer" wishes come true. A very Happy Holiday to you all, and as always, my GeneaFriends are here to Smile For The Camera!

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With apologies to Wendy Littrell of All My Branches Genealogy! The Carnival missed her, she didn't miss the Carnival. Wendy would like to stuff the stocking of a Goul relative with the photograph posted at What's In Your Christmas Stocking? in the hope of finding out more information about her grandfather's cousin and another Branch of "All My Branches!"

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Mea culpa Terry Thornton of Hill Country of Monroe County. A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. This was one not to be missed at A Picture For A Special Christmas Stocking.

Thank You All!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this fantastic 8th Edition of Smile For The Camera and welcome to all the first-time contributors. It is evident from each and every article that a great deal of time, effort, love, fun and good humor went into each photographic contribution. As Randy would say, please take a moment to stop and comment and show your appreciation!

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Now The Call For Submissions!


Smile For The Camera
10 January 2009

The word prompt for the 9th Edition of Smile For The Camera is Who Are You - I Really Want To Know? Show us that picture that you found with your family collection or purchased, but have no idea who they might be.

Someone took the time to be photographed, someone took the time to send it to a loved one, someone didn't take the time to identify the photograph. And you really want to know who they are. Bring it to the carnival. Share! Maybe one of our readers can help. Admission is free with every photograph!

Your submission may include as many or as few words as you feel are necessary to describe your treasured photograph. Those words may be in the form of an expressive comment, a quote, a journal entry, a poem (your own or a favorite), a scrapbook page, or a heartfelt article. The choice is yours!

Deadline for submission is midnight (PT)
10 January, 2009


There are two options:

1. Send an email to the host, footnoteMaven. Include the title and permalink URL of the post you are submitting, your name, and the name of your blog. Put 'Smile For The Camera' clearly in the title of your email!

2. Use the handy submission form provided by Blog Carnival, or select the Bumper Sticker in the upper right hand corner.

See you at the Carnival!


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First, Happy Holidays!

Last month I showed some photographs that needed some digital TLC. Some more so than others. The goal is to get them in shape enough to be placed in albums, genealogy software programs and in online galleries. We want our ancestors looking as presentable as possible.

Let's get to the first one. The tin-type of my grandfather and his siblings is in bad shape. The emulsion has been somehow scraped and it is dark.

Clean the scanner plate with damp lint-free cloth. Avoid using chemical cleaning solvents (Windex, Pine Sol, Mr. Clean) and let dry before placing your photograph.


Sunday, December 7, 2008

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People grow up expressing opinions on just about every issue. Whether asked or not, most of us freely state our desires, our thoughts, our prejudices, our convictions, our suppositions, and our beliefs on all issues universal and personal. While we are living we are full of wanting to express our personality --- we are driven to express that aspect of our being. One issue, however, that many individuals ignore has to do with expressing their wishes about the final disposition of their body in death. This tendency has always been part of the human condition. Some individuals, however, make their burials wishes known so that their personality will actually live on after death.