Library of Ninteenth Century Photograpy
"houses are like sentinels in the plain, old keepers of the weather watch." 

"houses are like sentinels in the plain, old keepers of the weather watch." 

detail of site of the murder of george colvocoresses, 1872. connecticut historical society. 

detail of site of the murder of george colvocoresses, 1872. connecticut historical society. 

"to many of these people, articulate as they were, the great loss was the loss of language—that they could not say what was in them to say. you have some subtle thought and it comes out like a piece of broken bottle. they could of course, manage to communicate, but just to communicate was frustrating. as karl otto alp, the ex-film star who became a buyer for macy’s, put it years later, ‘i felt like a child, or worse, often like a moron. i am left with myself unexpressed. what i know, indeed, what i am, becomes to me a burden. my tongue hangs useless.’ the same with oskar it figures. there was a terrible sense of useless tongue, and i think the reason for his trouble with his other tutors was that to keep from drowning in things unsaid he wanted to swallow the ocean in a gulp: today he would learn english and tomorrow wow them with an impeccable fourth of july speech, followed by a successful lecture at the institute for public studies."

"to many of these people, articulate as they were, the great loss was the loss of language—that they could not say what was in them to say. you have some subtle thought and it comes out like a piece of broken bottle. they could of course, manage to communicate, but just to communicate was frustrating. as karl otto alp, the ex-film star who became a buyer for macy’s, put it years later, ‘i felt like a child, or worse, often like a moron. i am left with myself unexpressed. what i know, indeed, what i am, becomes to me a burden. my tongue hangs useless.’ the same with oskar it figures. there was a terrible sense of useless tongue, and i think the reason for his trouble with his other tutors was that to keep from drowning in things unsaid he wanted to swallow the ocean in a gulp: today he would learn english and tomorrow wow them with an impeccable fourth of july speech, followed by a successful lecture at the institute for public studies."

the very talented yainks (of: http://jamesbernal.com/) does it again.  as usual: peep my combined 3-second cameo.  

"that was why he drank too much; to get a temporary illusion of freedom and wide horizons." 

"that was why he drank too much; to get a temporary illusion of freedom and wide horizons." 

but the strange journey with locomotive and steamship bewildered him dreadfully; and the clamor of the metropolis, into which he was flung pell-mell, altogether stupefied him.
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Picking up debris of trains after Pope’s retreat. Second Battle of Bull Run., ca. 1860 - ca. 1865
From the series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes

The Second Battle of Bull Run ended in defeat for Union forces under Major General John Pope by Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia on August 30, 1862, a little over a year after the first Battle of Bull Run in the same area.

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Picking up debris of trains after Pope’s retreat. Second Battle of Bull Run., ca. 1860 - ca. 1865

From the series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes

The Second Battle of Bull Run ended in defeat for Union forces under Major General John Pope by Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia on August 30, 1862, a little over a year after the first Battle of Bull Run in the same area.

reekie, john.  [cold harbor, va. african americans collecting bones of soldiers killed in the battle]. [1864]

reekie, john.  [cold harbor, va. african americans collecting bones of soldiers killed in the battle]. [1864]

"he could forgive nothing in this evening.  but it was too like other evening, this town was too like other town, for him to move out of this lying undressed on the bed, even into comfort or despair.  even the rain—there was often rain, there was often a party, and there had been other violence not of his doing—other fights, not quite so pointless, but fights in his car; fights, unheralded confessions, sudden lovemaking—none of any of this his, not his to keep, but belonging to the people of these towns he passed through, coming out of their rooted pasts, out of their remaining in one place, coming out of their time.  he himself had no time.  he was free: helpless." 

"he could forgive nothing in this evening.  but it was too like other evening, this town was too like other town, for him to move out of this lying undressed on the bed, even into comfort or despair.  even the rain—there was often rain, there was often a party, and there had been other violence not of his doing—other fights, not quite so pointless, but fights in his car; fights, unheralded confessions, sudden lovemaking—none of any of this his, not his to keep, but belonging to the people of these towns he passed through, coming out of their rooted pasts, out of their remaining in one place, coming out of their time.  he himself had no time.  he was free: helpless." 

WWI Waterfront Passes
“a woman had to choose her own particular unhappiness carefully.” 

“a woman had to choose her own particular unhappiness carefully.”