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Anonymous Ohio woman daguerreotype, 1850s

 I came across this photo on Reddit that was taken in the 1850s of a beautiful but unknown woman: When I initially looked at this image, I was immediately struck by how  modern  this lady looks, in spite of her clothing and hairstyle. So much so that I was at first convinced that this was a contemporary photo of a woman in costume doctored to make it look old. But it is legit -- taken by  James Presley Ball , a free black photographer based in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Something about the woman's face just doesn't look typical of what you usually see in daguerreotypes and photographs from this era. It almost looks like she's wearing modern makeup. Maybe she did cheat and darken her eyebrows and put some color on her lips -- pretty daring if so. She looks lively and intelligent, someone I would probably have liked to talk to. And the dress is gorgeous! The person who posted this, screen named ColorizeMan , colorized the photo himself: As cool as apps that colorize black and white

Menu Monday: New Rockingham at Narragansett Pier, RI, July 4, 1900

This weekend I wanted to feature an Independence Day menu, and because the holiday falls on Sunday this year, I'm posting it today instead of tomorrow (Monday) I love the New York Public Library's collection (which is where this and almost all of my other featured menus come from), but I do wish they had an option to search by exact date. Thankfully I managed to find one anyway, for the New Rockingham at the Rockingham Hotel in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The  Rockingham Hotel  neighbored The Towers , a casino in Narragansett, Rhode Island, dating back to the 1880s. The casino rivaled the Newport Casino in popularity with the wealthy of New York and Philadelphia until it burned down on September 12, 1900, just a couple of months after this menu's date.  Although the fire ended the days of the Pier being a watering hole of the wealthy, the area continues to attract visitors to this day.  So if you were at the Rockingham Hotel on July 4, 1900, what would you have been able to