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Edmund Blair Leighton painted Stitching the Standard in 1911.

Stitching the Standard doesn’t have the literary specificity of many of Leighton’s artistic forbearers (the Pre-Raphaelites particularly). As Sotheby’s writes, it “does not depict a particular Guinevere, or Lily Maid of Astolat; she is a nameless damsel of the Middle Ages with no story to tell.”

I’d disagree, though, that she has no story to tell: as she sits, stitching her banner, she tells a story all her own.

Simply dressed, but wearing a delicate diadem, she prepares a standard—presumably for war. The calm of the painting belies the violence that implies.


Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary Pavlos and Marie-Chantal

In 1992, Crown Prince Pavlos went on a blind date arranged by his friend and son of a former aide to his grandfather, Alexander “Alecko” Papamarkou.

Prior to the date, Alecko – a New York investment banker – had told Pavlos of a girl, who was the daughter of a client and whom he thought would be the perfect match for the Crown Prince.

Crown Prince Pavlos agreed to meet the girl and when he finally did meet her — Marie-Chantal Miller — at a birthday party in New Orleans, where Alecko had arranged for the two to sit next to each other, it was love at first sight.

Alecko had asked Marie-Chantal to go to the bash as his companion and in an Interview with Vanity Fair, the Crown Princess later revealed that she had tried to get out of it because she knew it was a big match-up. Alecko however never returned her phone calls, so she ended up going after all — luckily.

Following two years of dating, the charming Crown Prince proposed to Marie-Chantal on a ski lift in Gstaad, Switzerland during their Christmas holidays.

Seven months later, on July 1st 1995, Pavlos and Marie-Chantal got married in a grand ceremony at St Sophia’s Cathedral in London.

The royal couple live in London with their five children Princess Maria-Olympia, 18, Prince Constantine Alexios, 16, Prince Achileas-Andreas, 14, Prince Odysseas-Kimon, 10, and Prince Aristides-Stavros, 7. (x)

Detail of lace from a cream corset with frilled suspenders, 1905

The lace at the top of this corset is has a loosely knotted net ground and additional ribbon added to it. The gathered ribbon mimics the pattern of the lace. All this decoration gives the rigid corset a light, gentle and luxurious feel.

This figured, white batiste, straight front corset was made in France in 1905. It is flared across the bust and over the hips. The corset is supported by triple whaleboning and flat side steels. The single busk has a “"dagger hook”“ attached to one side. This was used for securing the corset to the waistband of the skirt.

Part of the Symington Collection of corsetery and swimwear collection. Some of the collection is on display at Snibston Discovery Museum, Coalville or can be viewed by appointment at the Collections Resources Centre

It’s my birth month, and I’m welcoming July with a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle! The past month has been very wonderful, despite a few ups and downs (all part of life!), and I’ve received more blessings than I could count. Hopefully, this month would be the same, and if not then, bring on the challenges! 

That being said, here’s a list of things I’m grateful for that happened in June:

  • UST and Paci / Ledion dates
  • Impulsive sleepovers at Marikina
  • Keera (my pug) being healthy again
  • Food trips with the family
  • New videogames c/o of the mother
  • Night swimming with HS friends at Crowne 88
  • Sold my old books for extra income
  • Friendly catch-up dates with people I haven’t seen in a while 
  • Spontaneous outing with college friends at Bosay
  • My oldest brother getting a job in Qatar
  • Passed two interviews and the exam for a game journalist job
  • Adult responsibilities like voter’s ID and NBI clearance
  • Minions happy meals–
  • More freelance graphic artist work 
  • Movie dates, burger dates, hella-expensive dates
  • My first boyfriend (and hopefully the last~)

Hope I land myself a job soon so I could help with our household needs, and also for future gala with friends. I really need to earn my own money (because there are so many new games and books!) asap. It’s difficult being broke as hell; I’m practically losing my mind out of boredom at home! Side note: Ferris wheel image because I BADLY want to go to an amusement park for my 20th birthday–just to feel like a kid again for a day. Being an adult is hard. 

Have an amazing month ahead, guys! Let’s make every day count!

“Travel East to see the real West,” said Charles Lummis to Maynard Dixon. Dixon (1875-1946) was born on a ranch near Fresno, California. His friend and mentor Lummis was a journalist, photographer and poet who walked from Cincinnati to Los Angeles in 1884, a 2,200-mile journey that took him through New Mexico in the dead of winter. Despite the severe hardships of the journey, Lummis fell in love with the Southwest and became a staunch advocate for historic preservation projects and the rights of the Pueblo Indians.

Inspired by Lummis’ tales, Dixon set out on his own Southwestern adventure in 1900…

Read more.

Delaware’s Past in Postcards

Brandywine Springs Amusement Park – Part 3 of 4: 1891

Postmarked 1911 

1891 brought big additions to the park, including the installation of a grand entrance made of carved wood, which included the quote “Let All Who Enter Here, Leave Care Behind.”

ca. 1907 or later

Newly installed electricity allowed them to light the entrance sign (and the rest of the park)  at night!

Postmarked 1912

Trolley lines from Wilmington were installed by the Peoples Railway Company after Richard W. Crook, manager of Brandywine Springs Amusement Park (1886-1915) and a visionary, determined that the next step in expanding the park’s success was providing transportation to the park.

ca. 1907 or later

Crook entered an agreement with the Philadelphia section of the B & O Railroad allowing a pavilion to be built, its Faulkland Station was a three minute walk from the park (a portion of this line is now run as the Wilmington and Western R.R.). The pavilion was completed for the 1891 season.The pavilion offered shade and shelter to passengers waiting for their train home.

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Lawlon, Mark R. Brand;ywine Springs Amusement Park: Echoes of the Past 1886 – 1923. Wilmington, DE: M & M Publishing, 1996.

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.