6/22/10

Nazi's Enjoy Paris

Scrapbooks are often thought of as being receptacles for family photographs- images of domestic life and travel. Many do not realize that historic albums were also used in much broader terms. As a story telling device, albums recorded anything from the development of a mining town, the arts and crafts of exotic cultures, to the documentation of amputations from wartime injuries. The Burns Archive houses hundreds of albums. The main portion of The Archive’s album collection are of military affairs. These documents recite the experiences of being in service and in combat from a personal perspective.

Posted today is an album compiled by a Nazi soldier depicting the leisure time spent during his training for the German Army prior to World War II and his deployment to Paris after France was conquered in May, 1940. One of the topics under study by scholars today is the attitude of the German conquerors toward France. Some believe they behaved as ‘tourists,’ enjoying the country and respecting it’s treasures. This album appears to be one that supports that theory.

The immaculate care taken in the creation of this book shows the seriousness in which the author took in chronicling his travels. The thoroughness of his documentation of the ‘in-between moments’ reads cinematically as if stills from a film. The photographic composition and sense of light, along with the meticulousness of the inscriptions makes this piece an exemplary document. Another layer to this story is the unsettling juxtaposition created by imagining Nazi troops from a humanistic perspective. It is easier to justify the atrocities of the Holocaust as being carried out by staunch militants. Here we see how the funds accumulated by Hitler’s regime were spent on accommodations and recreation. The troops depicted appear to enjoy common activities- the simple joys of going to the zoo and seeing a play. It also shows the author as a creative individual.

Against general military rules of the conduct of war, Hitler’s confidence in victory allowed his soldiers to go into battle and in occupied areas with their personal cameras. The photographs, if captured, would identify the military units and their position, a much desired item of intelligence for the opposing side. The albums the combatants created are vivid documents of war, conquest, and also- leisure time. Some of the albums provide irrefutable evidence of the crimes of the Wehrmacht. Others show the human side of the German soldier.



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"In Sauleng. D. Klosterkirche" (Monestary)



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Waxing the Floor



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Troops in Naumburg


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Accommodations in Dinant


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School Hall


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Lieutenant Grassmann


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Class


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Heading Off to Paris


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"The two Müllers"

Below, note the author's reflection in the banquet hall mirror.

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"Our.... Speaks to His People"
The "High"



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In The Front Theater in Paris- Choir- The Faithless Widow


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The Zoo in Paris


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The Soldiers Home, Mantes


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The Dining Hall


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Eiffel Tower "In Mirror Image" "On the Roof of the Post"


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Arc de Triomphe- At Beginning of Champs Élysées


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German Soldiers at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Under Arc de Triomphe


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H. Müller, The Train to Mantes

6/18/10

Burns Archive Visual Treat Series- The Two Legged Colt


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The original photograph W.G. Ferguson took of his young colt in Cleveland, NY.


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On the back of the real photo postcard, Ferguson details the birth of the horse and the age when the photo was taken. Foaled May 19, 1914- Taken August 16, 1914.


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Ferguson gave the photo & information to a stationer who made this card.
W.G. he and his colt soon went into business.


(The Stamp at the bottom states
'The Allied Printer's Trade Council of Utica, NY' a typographical union.
)

Better than being part of this business...

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6/15/10

Announcement of New Series






















Along with this blog, The Burns Archive is introducing an affordable book series that will serve as photographic catalogs of various aspects of the collection. This series will make this private archive and collection more accessible to the general public. These small format texts (6 x 6 3/4 inches) will include over 100 high quality reproductions of rare and unusual vernacular images. The book will be priced at under $30. Our first title will be Sleeping Beauty III Memorial Photography: The Children, the third volume in the legacy of our memorial/postmortem photography books. Sleeping Beauty titles have become highly sought after. Signed copies of the first edition when offered are rarely sold for under $700. Copies of Sleeping Beauty II Grief, Bereavement and the Family in Memorial Photography... can be ordered for $85 plus shipping from www.burnspress.com.

Copies of the
Sleeping Beauty III Memorial Photography: The Children (available about November 2010) can be pre-ordered at this time for a special price of $25 which will include shipping and handling for addresses in the Continental United States. These pre-ordered books will be signed on request.
Checks can be sent to The Burns Archive, 140 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016 and email info@burnsarchive.com.


Preview Images From
Sleeping Beauty III Memorial Photography: The Children


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FATHER & DAUGHTER POSED WITH TOY RATTLE
DAGUERREOTYPE 1/6 PLATE, CIRCA 1848, SB3



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INFANT WITH PEKINGESE
EPLER & ARNOLD, SARATOGA, NY, CABINET CARD, CIRCA 1880
, SB3


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INFANT ON DISPLAY IN DOMESTIC LIBRARY
SILVER PRINT MOUNTED ON BOARD 10 BY 8 INCHES, CIRCA 1890
, SB3


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TWO WOMEN IN BLACK GRIEVE FOR NEWBORN
A. KESKUTT, WESENBERG, GERMANY, CABINET CARD, CIRCA 1900
, SB3


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LISTLESS BOY WITH SIBLING IN GLASS CASKET
REAL PHOTO POSTCARD, CIRCA 1915
, SB3

Postmortem Photography at The Burns Archive


Sleeping Beauty I: Memorial Photography in America, 1990 Twlevetrees Press

The Archive is the ultimate source for information on postmortem photography both visually and academically. Dr. Burns, as a physician and collector, has a unique view of this subject in terms of medical history and the grieving process as well as the artistic aspect. He discovered this phenomenon in his early collecting when he bought he first postmortem in 1976. Since that time he has amassed the greatest collection of postmortem photography in the world. The interest in this subject lagged – it took him 14 years to find a publisher for his first postmortem book Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America. It was quickly heralded as one of the best photography books of that decade and of all time. It was the first publication to focus on postmortem photography and its place in American history, culture and art.


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Included in Sleeping Beauty II, 2002 Burns Archive Press

Man Holding Dead Wife, 'Till Death Do Us Part,' Daguerreotype 1/6th Plate circa 1845



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Included in Sleeping Beauty II, 2002 Burns Archive Press

Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria, The Drowned Swan King, Cabinet Card 1886


In addition, Sleeping Beauty has influenced an eclectic array of fields, from bereavement counseling and education to cultural anthropology, history, medicine, philosophy, religion and spirituality and pop music. It has been cited in debates on the death penalty, euthanasia and abortion. Dozens of publications have revisited the topic of death and dying in the new context provided by the book, extracting images and stories from within its pages. Such titles include
Musée d’Orsay's Le Dernier Portrait and Die Tode Der Fotografie by Katharina Sykora.

Sleeping Beauty
has also served as inspiration and source material for artists and filmmakers including films such as The Others and A Haunting in Connecticut. It has been the subject of numerous popular articles and scholarly papers as well as seminars and exhibitions at notable institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The New Museum of Contemporary Art. These institutions as well as other major collections have begun to collect postmortem photography because of the world-wide popularity of Sleeping Beauty.


Other Texts Using Postmortem Photography From The Burns Archive


Le Dernier Portrait, 2002 Musée d’Orsay

With the popularity of Sleeping Beauty, the Archive published Sleeping Beauty II: Grief, Bereavement & The Family in Memorial Photography American & European Traditions a decade later in conjunction with an exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay. It too was met with critical acclaim and success. Sleeping Beauty III Memorial Photography: The Children is the third installment in this series. It will be printed in a smaller format (6 x 6 3/4 inches) with over 100 photographic reproductions as part of a new Burns Archive series that will explore various aspects of the collection and will serve as a photographic catalog the Archive to make it more accessible to the general public. We recieve emails and letters daily about our memorial collection from students completing their dissertation to curators organizing exhibitions. We have chosen this topic to be the first in the new series because of the continued interest in postmortem and bereavement photography.

Museum of Sex- Rubbers Exhibit Extended


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We have several great images of syphilis at The Museum of Sex in their exhibition
RUBBERS
: the Life, History & Struggle of the Condom
.

http://www.museumofsex.com/exhibit/rubbers

"The Museum of Sex, in partnership with the makers of Trojan Brand Condoms is making safe sex sexy again with the launch of RUBBERS: the Life, History & Struggle of the Condom, a new exhibition detailing the provocative life of the condom. Opening on February 4, 2010, this exhibition takes a fun, functional, and fundamental look at the history and progression of the condom from a single object to its role a multidisciplinary artifact. Influencing everything from science to art to politics and religion, the condom, which has remained at the epicenter of debate since its inception, rose from its humble beginnings to become a barometer of morality and a savior in the fight against HIV/AIDS."

6/10/10

Welcome


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Lewis Sayre & His Suspension Device for the Treatment of Scoliosis 1877

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