All posts tagged World War I

A Fascination with Historic Color Photos

Historic color photos, old photographs, 1900s,photographer to the Russian tsar, WWI, reaction to historic color photos, what was life like 120 years ago?

“Historic color photos from Tsarist times,” read the Seattle Post-Intelligencer headline. I read the article with interest. I’d always been a Russophile. An art museum in Seattle held an exhibit many years ago of work by “the photographer to the Tsar,”   Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. It featured several dozen color photos from the early 1900s. I’d never […]

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Happy Birthday, Biddy Chambers!

It’s birthday week for Biddy Chambers as I write this post. Born July 13, 1883 in Woolwich, Kent, England, Gertrude Annie Hobbs grew up to become Biddy Chambers. Henry and Emily Gardner Hobbs gave their third of three children a popular and conventional first name and a family name for the middle. Coming in at […]

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Oswald Chambers, Job and Baffled to Fight Better

Baffled to Fight

Baffled to Fight Better, comments on the Book of Job, is one of the few books Oswald Chambers worked on in his lifetime. Even at that, Baffled to Fight Better did not appear in book form until after his death. The book was based on talks Oswald gave at Zeitoun YMCA camp in Egypt during the early […]

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Mud and Trenches: WWI

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Mud and trenches often are the first things that come to mind when picturing World War I. We remember the bloody horrors of gas and the unbelievable casualties, but the photos always remind us of trenches full of mud. It started in Belgium in the first days of August 1914. Germany surprised the world when […]

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Finding Winnie: the Pooh Bear’s True History

Finding Winnie

This year’s Caldecott award went to a picture book that tells the true story behind a novel: Finding Winnie. A charming story about the author’s great-grandfather. Finding Winnie describes how he adopted a bear while traveling by troop train from Winnepeg, Canada, to  a port from which they sailed to England in the early days of […]

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