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My Daguerreotype Boyfriend

Where early photography meets extreme hotness

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Alexander Blok, age 23, 1903. Russian Symbolist poet married the daughter of Dimitri Mendeleev (creator of the periodic table), joined the Revolution, and later became disillusioned by it.

Night, street and streetlight, drugstore,The purposeless, half-dim, drab light.For all the use live on a quarter century—Nothing will change. There’s no way out.You’ll die—and start all over, live twice,Everything repeats itself, just as it was:Night, the canal’s rippled icy surface,The drugstore, the street, and streetlight.

Submitted by polinapol

Alexander Blok, age 23, 1903. Russian Symbolist poet married the daughter of Dimitri Mendeleev (creator of the periodic table), joined the Revolution, and later became disillusioned by it.

Night, street and streetlight, drugstore,
The purposeless, half-dim, drab light.
For all the use live on a quarter century—
Nothing will change. There’s no way out.

You’ll die—and start all over, live twice,
Everything repeats itself, just as it was:
Night, the canal’s rippled icy surface,
The drugstore, the street, and streetlight.

Submitted by polinapol

We’re going to take a brief pause from daguerreotype boyfriends to consider a classic portrait of a daguerreotype girlfriend.
What do you think about this newly-discovered portrait of a supposed Emily Dickinson? Does the likeness hold?
laphamsquarterly:

Teenage Emily Dickinson, meet adult Emily Dickinson….maybe.
A new photograph has surfaced in Amherst that reportedly shows Emily Dickinson in her mid-twenties. Her dress is apparently out of fashion for the time,1859, but that’s in keeping with her personality: “I’m so old fashioned, Darling, that all your friends would stare.”
“Emily Dickinson gets a new look in recovered photograph” [The Guardian]

We’re going to take a brief pause from daguerreotype boyfriends to consider a classic portrait of a daguerreotype girlfriend.

What do you think about this newly-discovered portrait of a supposed Emily Dickinson? Does the likeness hold?

laphamsquarterly:

Teenage Emily Dickinson, meet adult Emily Dickinson….maybe.

A new photograph has surfaced in Amherst that reportedly shows Emily Dickinson in her mid-twenties. Her dress is apparently out of fashion for the time,1859, but that’s in keeping with her personality: “I’m so old fashioned, Darling, that all your friends would stare.”

“Emily Dickinson gets a new look in recovered photograph” [The Guardian]

Albert Ball, decorated British flying ace during World War I. Died at the age of 20 while pursuing the brother of the infamous (and also dashing) Red Baron through a cloudbank.
Submitted by agreeablecar

Albert Ball, decorated British flying ace during World War I. Died at the age of 20 while pursuing the brother of the infamous (and also dashing) Red Baron through a cloudbank.

Submitted by agreeablecar

wahnwitzig:

Young Paul von Hindenburg, from 1865 to 1870

Duke Kahanamoku, age 22, won the gold in 100m freestyle at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. During subsequent Olympics, he would win gold for the freestyle and the relay, and was a member of the men’s water polo team. 
Oh yes, this Hawaiian native also popularized surfing. 
Submitted by Zach

Duke Kahanamoku, age 22, won the gold in 100m freestyle at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. During subsequent Olympics, he would win gold for the freestyle and the relay, and was a member of the men’s water polo team. 

Oh yes, this Hawaiian native also popularized surfing. 

Submitted by Zach

From submitter Hillary:
Alvin C. Kraenzlein, age 24, competed in the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. 
He won four medals, in the 200-meter and 100-meter hurdles as well as the 60-meter dash and the broad jump. He’s credited with inventing the modern straight-leg hurdling style.  

From submitter Hillary:

Alvin C. Kraenzlein, age 24, competed in the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. 

He won four medals, in the 200-meter and 100-meter hurdles as well as the 60-meter dash and the broad jump. He’s credited with inventing the modern straight-leg hurdling style.  

Jim Thorpe, age 24, at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.
Born on Indian territory to parents of mixed ancestry, Thorpe won gold in the pentathlon and the decathlon, dominating eight of the fifteen events. 
He was later was stripped of both medals when it was revealed that he had played professional baseball before the Olympics. After the games, he played professional football, baseball, and basketball until the age of 41, when the Great Depression ended his athletic career. 
boepple writes: 
"Someone had stolen his shoes just before he won his gold. He found a mismatched pair in a trash bin and wore extra socks because one shoe was too big."
Submitted by boepple

Jim Thorpe, age 24, at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.

Born on Indian territory to parents of mixed ancestry, Thorpe won gold in the pentathlon and the decathlon, dominating eight of the fifteen events. 

He was later was stripped of both medals when it was revealed that he had played professional baseball before the Olympics. After the games, he played professional football, baseball, and basketball until the age of 41, when the Great Depression ended his athletic career. 

boepple writes: 

"Someone had stolen his shoes just before he won his gold. He found a mismatched pair in a trash bin and wore extra socks because one shoe was too big."

Submitted by boepple

We’re obsessed with the Olympics here at MDB, especially the Olympics of days gone by. This post on the 1912 Olympics has reminded us just how much we enjoy the athletes of yesteryear, which is why we’re asking you, for the next two weeks, to submit your favorite boyfriends from the 1896-1936 Olympics.

Don’t forget to tell us who they are, the sport they played, and just how glorious they are!

Josef Waitzer, age 28. German track-and-field athlete competing in the 1912 Olympics. (via Slate)

Josef Waitzer, age 28. German track-and-field athlete competing in the 1912 Olympics. (via Slate)

tuesday-johnson:

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of three shop workers wearing aprons]
via the Daguerreian Society, Matthew R. Isenburg Collection

tuesday-johnson:

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of three shop workers wearing aprons]

via the Daguerreian Society, Matthew R. Isenburg Collection

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