Monday, November 16, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 6, 1910

"Feb. 6 -

Went to church this morning. Nearly croaked with the cramps this after-noon. Tom came up about 4:00 and stayed until six."

found photographs

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 5, 1910

"February 5 -

Went to the skating rink this after noon. Didn't get to skate. They didn't have any to fit me. Tom was there. Talk about your fine skaters, he certainly is one. Went to the library to-night. Myra King and I went to the show and then I came home."

found photograph (ice skaters)

Sonja Henie in One in a Million (1936)

Eva Pawlik in Sonnige Jugend (Sunny Youth) Austria (1937)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 4, 1910

"Feb 4. -

Went down to Lelia's to-night. The girls were going to the dance. They coaxed me to go too and of course I gave in and went. Oh Heavens what makes me do such things! Why was I ever born with such a weak will?" (awww!)

found photographs (the girls)

The Pretenders - Talk Of The Town

Rab | MySpace Video

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 3, 1910

"Feb 3.

Went to the Presbyterian supper and then to the show."

found photograph (girl in confirmation dress)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wilfred Owen - Dulce Et Decorum Est

Wilfred Owen (English poet) was born on March 18, 1893 in Shropshire. On November 4, 1918, he was shot and killed in action as he tried to get his men across the Sambre Canal. Germany signed an armistice with the Allies on November 11, 1918 at 11:00 am, officially ending World War I.

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.

(* DULCE ET DECORUM EST - the first words of a Latin saying (taken from an ode by Horace). The words were widely understood and often quoted at the start of the First World War. They mean "It is sweet and right." The full saying ends the poem: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori - it is sweet and right to die for your country. In other words, it is a wonderful and great honour to fight and die for your country.)

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 2, 1910

"Wed Feb 2,

Lelia took me to the Show to night. Ma. and papa went to the lecture."

found photographs (The Grand Tour - souvenir photographs of Rome)
The photographs that are dated in this album are from c. 1907-8.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 1, 1910

"Feb. 1. -

Got a new blue dress this evening. Went down to the library and spent the evening with some of the girls."

found photograph

Monday, November 9, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 31, 1910

"January 31.

Stayed at home this evening."

found photograph

found photograph (hmmm...)

found photograph

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Victorian Hair Jewelry

Leila's Hair Museum was featured on the Travel Channel this afternoon! Unfortunately, I couldn't find a video clip of the segment, but I poked around on YouTube a bit. Here Kristina Dunn, Curator of History, talks about a Victorian hair necklace in the collection of the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

newspaper clipping from Reverend James H. DeVotie's (9/24/1813 - 4/4/1881) scrapbook, Griffin, GA

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 30, 1910

"January 30 -

Got up and went to church this morning. After dinner Tom called up and said Lelia wanted me to come down. He and Cecil C. came around at 3:00. We had a very enjoyable afternoon considering ---. He is mad at me. Wasn't his place to get angry, was mine. I was angry for a while but its all over now. Mama and papa are into Williamsons and I am alone. I have such a terrific cold I think I shall go to bed soon."

The Flaming Lips - God Walks Among Us Now

Friday, November 6, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 29, 1910

"Jan. 29 -

Stayed in all after noon. Shampooed my hair with orris root and went down street. I was in the library and Tom came up. We came up home and talked and sang until 9:30. Mama had such a headache she had to retire."

found photograph

from The Delineator, October 1908, page 532

from The Delineator, October 1908, page 533

(The Delineator was a women’s fashion magazine published by the Butterick Publishing Company from 1873 to 1937. It featured fashion illustrations and sewing patterns for women, children and dolls. The magazine also included articles on household management, recipes, etiquette, fiction, etc.)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 28, 1910

"January 28.

Had Algebra this morning. Flunked, I know. Didn't have to go to school this afternoon. Went down to see Lelia. Had some peanuts and a lot of fun. Saw Tom a good many times. Went to the Basket Ball game this evening. Marietta beat S.H.S. good game though."

Tom (a page from Richard Carlton Dumas' school composition book)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 27, 1910

"January 27 -

Had zoology this morning. American Lit. this afternoon. Lelia and I went up to the Tuberculosis display this evening and then to the nickelodeon with Tom. Tom went around to Aunt L. with me and Cecil C. was there. Mama came around after the lecture and we all came home."

found photograph

found photograph

(just pretend Tom Cruise isn't in this video)

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 26, 1910

"January 26 -

Exams to morrow! Zoology in the morning and Am. Lit. in the afternoon. Flunk in Am. Lit. sure. Saw Tom at noon. Went down street this evening. Down to Jones; then to Spencers; then to show, got some soda water and came home. Papa went to Middlebourne this morning."

found photograph

Joyce Carol Oates is one of my favorite authors. Right now I'm reading her novel, The Gravedigger's Daughter.

Here's an excerpt from the book to tempt and tease you:

"She was calling, "Ma? Ma--" childish and pleading.
Somehow she'd entered the stone house. Knowing perhaps she should not, there was danger here. A woman, a stranger, had called at her, to warn her. Rebecca had not listened, and Rebecca had not clearly seen the wounded man lying on the ground, in the cemetery.

She had not! She would claim she had not, afterward.

What she did remember was: laundry flapping on the clothesline.

Her belated realization, Ma would be mad as hell at her. For Rebecca should have helped with the laundry as always.

Yet: It can't happen, today is washday.

In the kitchen something blocked her way, and this was a wrong thing: a chair, sprawled on its back. Rebecca collided with the chair like a blind girl, wincing with pain.


Calling for her mother but her voice came so faint, Anna Schwart could not have heard had Anna Schwart been capable of hearing.

Then she called for her father--"Pa? Pa?"--reasoning even in this moment of terror He would want me to acknowledge him, to respect him.

She was in the kitchen of the old stone house, and hearing the sound of struggle in one of the back rooms. Her parents' bedroom?

She was panting, covered in a film of cold sweat. Her heart was beating erratically as a wounded bird beating its wings. All that she knew, she was forgetting. Laundry? Washday? She was forgetting. Already she'd forgotten the unknown woman crying Don't go in there!--stop her! She'd forgotten having heard gunshots; she could not have said how many shots she'd heard. And so she would not have thought He has reloaded. He is prepared. For it is an important distinction in such matters: if a man acts impulsively, or with premeditation."

In the video below, Oates talks about creating characters and the main character from The Gravedigger's Daughter, Rebecca Schwart.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 25, 1910

"January 25 -

Stayed at home this morning my side hurt so. Went to school this afternoon however."

found photograph

found photograph

found photograph

your ears should be burning

Monday, November 2, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 24, 1910

"January 24 - Went to school. My side hurt me so this afternoon I had to come home and take my corset off. We (orchestra) are going to have a concert the 18 of Feb. 10 cent admission. Hope it will be a success."

found photograph from my collection

I prefer to spend as much time as possible in pajamas and boxer shorts, however, Clara's diary mentioned corsets... I found these beautiful corsets and corset-related artworks below on Etsy. Please visit the shops by clicking on their links!