It's October 5th and that means it's my day to blog at the Heroes, Heroines and History blog. Stereograph, glass lantern slide, greeting card, magazine cover, and photographs from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Simple images to show that not much has changed when it comes to growing and showing those treasures of autumn, the lowly and fantastic pumpkin.
And here I thought water wings was a modern invention. Nope. Try 100 yrs ago.
Join me today at Heroes, Heroines and History as I delve into the origin of those colorful swim aids we call water wings.
Following my last HHH post featuring the fashion of male life savers at the turn of the century, this month we're looking at female life saver fashion and its progress over a few short years. That is, once the 20th century came about and people put the practicality of saving lives above the modesty required in the passing Victorian age.
So join me over at the Heroes, Heroines and History blog for Early Life Saver Fashion Part 2 and let me know what you think.
Following my posts on sea bathing and the beginnings of life saving societies and swimming lessons, I'm over at Heroes, Heroines and History posting images of the fashion changes in the world of lifesavers, or the people we know today as life guards.
In this instance, fashion changed to allow freedom of movement for limbs while running and swimming without the hassle of heavy clothing dragging the rescuer down underwater and putting his/her own life in danger.
So my post, Early Life Saver Fashion Part 1, shows the male lifesavers since they posed for photos first, and my next post, on July 5th,will show the women.
What is a beach machine? That's what I wondered when I worked on a recent post about a seaside bandstand and found several photographs and postcards about these cute little houses on wheels. I dove into the research which led me to structures as you see above that were used in the past few centuries to allow people - royals and commoners - to bathe in privacy.
Join me at Heroes, Heroines and History as I venture into the adventurous world I've entitled, Rise of the Bathing Machines Part 1.
I'm over at Heroes, Heroines and History talking about horses wearing snowshoes, and if you think the woodcut above is just a novelty, come over and see the rest of the photos I found to show it was more common than you might think.
I also found several newspaper clippings that mention horses wearing snowshoes and although I've only included the links on the HHH blog, here's one for you to read in case you can't get to the links.
If you enjoy this post, please let me know as it inspires me to search out more historical treasures.
I'm ending my series on Historic Bandstands with Christmas lights, greenery and wintery snow over on the Heroes, Heroines and History blog.
I've enjoyed the research that went into this series, although it was frustrating when I found wonderful images but couldn't post them due to copyright. Yes, the bane and protection for every author.
I've especially liked discovering that many historic bandstands are still in use for concerts throughout the summer, and for Christmas festivals at this time of year.
So come over and visit me at HHH for Snow Bandstand Gazebos. Yes, that's actually the title. A bit mouthy, but it covers the images I've chosen for this final Bandstand post.
On November 5th, I'm finishing up my bandstand series on the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog with an odds 'n ends post on structures that could be filled with musicians, but are also called gazebos and pavilions depending on the community and its needs.
This will be followed by the last bandstand post on Dec 5th where I hope to inspire the Christmas season with bandstands decked out with lights and greenery.
I hope you'll drop in for a visit and share any thoughts or memories on these historic structures.