Saturday, July 12, 2014

8 Kids, 7 Pups, 6 Smiles - Alaska!

Sometime between 1900 to 1930 -Eskimo children and puppies at the Moravian Mission Station

LINK:  A PDF of a chapter from some book that I can't find out what the title is!  It is online, chapter by chapter, and this one is called  The Moravian Missionaries Arrive in Nushagak Bay in 1884, and the Dawn of the Bristol Bay Canned Salmon Industry

If you like the book, just change the chapter number in the URL to get other chapters!!

The Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection consists of photographs produced and gathered by Frank G. Carpenter (1855-1924) and his daughter Frances (1890-1972) to illustrate his writings on travel and world geography.

 Carpenter's works helped popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the early years of the twentieth century. 

The portion of the collection that is cataloged online represents photographs for which copy negatives or digital files exist. This represents a small cross-section of the collection, which consists of an estimated 5,400 photographs in albums; 10,400 photographs not in albums; and 7,000 glass and film negatives.

Friday, July 11, 2014

1904 - A Silent Movie: The Dog Tranformator!

These dogs are just so very pleased to be  
participating in some silly human activity.  

They made me smile, so here they are!       
Enjoy :-)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

1928 - Movies & More on Alaskan Pupmobiles!

Look what I bumped into!  
This is the same team of dogs I posted earlier when they were riding on the car. They have so much personality!  

I loved the first photo but it didn't occur to me to research it...until I bumped into this second photo in the Library of Congress archives.  While there isn't a lot out there on the pupmobile, what the University of Alaska has is great stuff.  The team below isn't as interesting, but how could I not add another pupmobile photo?

And they have movies at the University of Alaska Archive.

Pupmobile on the Seward Peninsula, 1928-1932

On YouTube another one of these movies is here.  It is misfiled in the archive and you just get the above film again when you download.
The University of Alaska has a big collection of movies with many of dog teams doing normal snow work.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

1905: Grover Cleveland and friend...

Library of Congress

It's a wonderful gift that a dog brings people; the chance to forget about yourself.  

Here is another photo of this lovely dog, found on Vanished Americana. If you have a stereo viewer you can get the full sized image there.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Snow in Summer!

It was so hot today gardening, I couldn't resist this photo when I came in!  

What could be better than snow for this dog?
Snow and going for a ride!! Oh boy!!
I have a feeling the dressed up lady is trying to break the disappointing news.

This is a 1929 DeSoto Roadster I think.

And, as your treat, a relaxing and oh-so-true dog in winter poem :-)
Thank you,  Poetry Foundation, for placing this on the web.

Snow Day

Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,   
its white flag waving over everything,
the landscape vanished,
not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness,   
and beyond these windows

the government buildings smothered,
schools and libraries buried, the post office lost   
under the noiseless drift,
the paths of trains softly blocked,
the world fallen under this falling.

In a while, I will put on some boots
and step out like someone walking in water,   
and the dog will porpoise through the drifts,   
and I will shake a laden branch
sending a cold shower down on us both.

But for now I am a willing prisoner in this house,   
a sympathizer with the anarchic cause of snow.   
I will make a pot of tea
and listen to the plastic radio on the counter,   
as glad as anyone to hear the news

that the Kiddie Corner School is closed,   
the Ding-Dong School, closed.
the All Aboard Children’s School, closed,   
the Hi-Ho Nursery School, closed,
along with—some will be delighted to hear—

the Toadstool School, the Little School,
Little Sparrows Nursery School,
Little Stars Pre-School, Peas-and-Carrots Day School   
the Tom Thumb Child Center, all closed,
and—clap your hands—the Peanuts Play School.

So this is where the children hide all day,
These are the nests where they letter and draw,   
where they put on their bright miniature jackets,   
all darting and climbing and sliding,
all but the few girls whispering by the fence.

And now I am listening hard
in the grandiose silence of the snow,
trying to hear what those three girls are plotting,   
what riot is afoot,
which small queen is about to be brought down.
Billy Collins, “Snow Day” from Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (New York: Random House, 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Billy Collins. Reprinted with the permission of Sll/Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.

Source: Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (Random House Inc., 2001)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Wonderful, Loving Smile

George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress)

Dogs are wonderful love sponges :-)