The main floor at Marshall Field’s, 1956, Chicago.
Curators at the National Museum of London have discovered what they believe to be the first ever recordings of a family Christmas. They were made 110 years ago by the Wall family who lived in New Southgate in North London. There are 24 clear recordings on wax cylinders which were made using a phonograph machine between 1902 and 1917. Music curators say the sound quality of the music recorded is outstanding.
Click through to hear some of the recordings! They’re sweet.
Coming soon: A show from the creators of Downton Abbey about the Gilded Age in New York City. Spectacular.
I’d like to say I’m excited, but you know how I feel about Downton Abbey. Let’s just say I’m intrigued.
But the practice does reflect something that’s bugged me for a while about BuzzFeed and the Reddit-Tumblr-4chan matrix from which its list-compiling side springs: The explosion of people happily sharing images and text completely void of context. There’s a stupid disinterest in the story behind whatever shiny internet thing has gone viral now, as if knowing more would ruin the mysterious viralness of the thing. BuzzFeed has, either knowingly or accidentally, capitalized on this by obscuring the origins of its lists—both facts taken from old-school journalistic sources, and ideas found among newfangled meme-creators.
Yeah. I continue to be infuriated about the extreme lack of context that the vast majority of Tumblr reblogs seem to be totally cool with. Give me INFORMATION! Give me BACKGROUND! Give me a SOURCE! I don’t understand how we got so fucking lazy and uninterested about this.
[…] these fossils now offer an illuminating look at one of the most crucial transitions in the history of life. Without it, we’d still be fish in the sea.
Who’s the greatest mudskipper of them all?
Who can skip through the mud with the greatest of ease?
What kind of wonderful guy?
Who can crawl like a dog without scraping his knees?
Who’s got segmented eyes?
It’s Muddy Mudskipper, it’s Muddy Mudskipper
It’s the Muddy Mudskipper show
There is no history of racism in this country that chalked ‘up only to race.’ You can’t really talk about stereotypes of, say, black laziness unless you understand stereotypes of the poor stretching back to 17th century Great Britain. You can’t really talk about the Southern slave society without grappling with the relationship between the demand for arable land and the demand for labor. You can’t understand the racial pogroms at the turn of the century without understanding the increasing mobility of American women.
And this works the other way too. If you’re trying to understand the nature of American patriotism without thinking about anti-black racism, you will miss a lot. If you’re trying to understand the New Deal, without thinking about Southern segregationist senators you will miss a lot. If you’re trying to understand the very nature of American democracy itself, and not grappling with black you, you will miss almost all of it.