c. 1896

Mauser C96 ‘Broomhandle’ selfloading pistols

Manufactured by Mauser in Oberndorf, Germany c.1896-1920′s.
7,63x25mm Mauser 10-round internal box magazine reloaded with stripper clips, short recoil semi-automatic, cut for a removable sock that doubles as a holster.

Pretty pretty German handguns.

Sauce : Forgotten Weapons

Since people have been sending me photos of art nouveau buildings where they live/on their travels, I thought why not add a Submission feature to the blog!

So now you can submit photos of art nouveau buildings, pictures or other cool features through this link right here (or click the pencil icon at the top of the blog homepage). This way you can show the world the art nouveau buildings (or other cool things) that you come across and can share them with others. :)

I am also thinking about doing an Art Nouveau giveaway. I was going to do one in December but was a little busy. Now I can focus on doing a proper giveaway. I’ll let you all know when it goes live and how to enter! :) (I’m accumulating books and other goodies for it right now :D )

(Above art by J.C. Leyendecker, 1896.)



Scorpio: Tonalism 

Tonalism was art movement that existed in California from circa 1890 to 1920. Tonalist are usually intimate works, painted with a limited palette. Tonalist paintings are softly expressive, suggestive rather than detailed, often depicting the landscape at twilight or evening, when there is an absence of contrast. Tonalist paintings could also be figurative, but in them, the figure was usually out of doors or in an interior in a low-key setting with little detail.


Madsen light machine gun

Designed c.1896 by Julius A. Rasmussen and Theodor Schouboe, adopted for Danish military service c.1902 by Colonel Madsen, manufactured c.1902~1945 by Dansk Rekyl Riffel Syndikat A/S.
8x58mmR Krag 40-round removable box magazine, long recoil automatic, air cooled.

The first light machine gun to see mass production,



2-piece having boned back-lacing bodice with deep point, over the elbow puffled sleeve with slit side and tulle insertion, pleated chiffon neckline ruffle and bust ruching, trained skirt divided at center front and sides to reveal tulle layer with graduated rows of silk bands over taffeta underskirt with hem pleats, silk skirt panels having spear tip hem, stiffened train faced with buckram and lace pleats


New York. The Grange, 143rd Street and Convent Ave, 1893. 

When Alexander Hamilton was building his country home, The Grange, in 1802, he planted 13 Sweet Gum trees near the entrance to represent the original 13 Colonies. His home was moved in 1889 as the Manhattan street grid was extended north, leaving the trees in a lot next to Saint Luke’s Church, which then owned the property. All the trees were cut down in December, 1908, because PROGRESS.


Pistolet Browning Mle 1900

Designed by John M. Browning c.1896 for the Fabrique Nationale Herstal, manufactured c.1900-1912 - serial number 456355.
7,65x17mmSR seven-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic with a slide. You might think “well duh” but it was a new thing back then.
A very fun design, from the dawn of semi-automatic pistols.


Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849–1921, United States)

Figure paintings

Thayer was an American artist and naturalist. A painter of portraits, figures, animals and landscapes, he is best known for his paintings of angels and other mystical subjects. He enjoyed a certain prominence during his lifetime, and his paintings are represented in the major American art collections. He is also known for his work in the field of protective colouration in nature, showing how patterns on animals and insects provided a camouflaging effect.