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.
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…
…on these rather fine woodcut views of London by Robert Gibbings, coming up for auction later this month. Above, ‘Chelsea Bridge & Power Station’, below, ‘London Bridge Today’ and ‘New Southwark Bridge’.
Brandywine Springs Amusement Park – Part 3 of 4: 1891
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!
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.