12/31/10

Bonne Année!

French New Years Greetings.
Real Photo Postcards from 1908 to 1918.






We wish all our friends a Happy New Year and present a series from a future book and exhibit of young girls and their canine friends. Like the first young lady, draped in a french flag pondering World War I, we are thinking about our upcoming book for the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

12/14/10

Turn of the Century Taxidermy- Remi H. Santens & the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Taxidermy in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, circa 1900
Santens Displaying Orangutan Scene
 Remi HSantens was the chief preparator at the taxidermic laboratory of the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh
Remi H. Santens & His Taxidermy Donkey, 1903
"Model Ready for the Skin by Remi H. Santens." 1903

Remi Santens was chief taxidermist at the Carnegie Museum from 1906 until his retirement in 1939. He worked with his brother Joseph Santens as a legendary team. Their specimens are still on display in the Hall of North American Wildlife.
"Through luck and circumstance, the Museum of Natural History created its first taxidermy collections with the help of some early masters of the craft. Rogers, who has traced the history of American taxidermy, points to three masters—Frederic Webster and Remi and Joseph Santens—who set world-class artistic standards at the museum at the turn of the 20th century." -Steve Rogers
An interesting 1915 report by Santens on taxidermy and museums display can be read online by clicking HERE. 

12/2/10

Crimes of Passion: Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

Love Triangle, 1915

This photographic postcard was a popular item in New York City. It visually told the time-honored tale of a love triangle. The distraught jilted lover found her man walking with his new girlfriend on the street. She shot and killed them both.

Nurse Farcie King Kills Patrolman Robert Evans & Shoots Herself, Photo-Composite & Clippings, 1928
A farewell to the world and lover’s note written in her own hand, on November 28, 1928, meant farewell to freedom for Farice King. The notes were damning evidence at the nurse’s trial for the murder of her ex-sweetheart. Farice murdered Denver patrolman Robert Evans, née John C. Bobzine, who had “jilted” her. The narrative photo-composite shows how events played out. (Miss King and the gun have been drawn in by an artist and glued on to the crime scene.) Miss King lay down in a bed after she killed Evans and shot herself in the left breast. She then threw the gun on the floor. King’s wound did not prove fatal. She was convicted of murder in February 1929 and sentenced to life in prison at Colorado’s Canon City penitentiary. She was also evaluated at the Colorado Psychiatric Hospital. Her case became a cause célèbre for the public, and thousands petitioned the governor to grant her clemency. That she tried to kill herself seemed, to the public, punishment enough. The petitions were successful. She was released from prison in the early 1930s and in 1933 married Earle C. McBurney. In February 1934, Governor Edward C. Johnson signed an unconditional pardon from her life sentence. Evans left a widow and a son by a prior marriage who was 18 years old at the time of Evans’ murder, and whom he had not seen since he was an infant, facts that caused a sympathetic public to rally behind King.



Lovers' Timeless Theme- Murder/Suicide, Crime Scene Photographs, 1942
Murder/suicide in the name of love is a timeless theme throughout history. Here a man clutches the pistol used to shoot his lover and then himself. Both are fully dressed; she lies sprawled over his body. The dinner table is set for two.

These Stories & More Can Be Found in 
Deadly Intent: Crime and Punishment, Photographs From the Burns Archive