Friday, December 13, 2019

Fairies—Truly Fairies, Midst the Trees (1908)

Maude Morse Robin, “At the End of the Moonlight Way,” Illustration by A.M. Upjohn, Good Housekeeping 47 (August 1908): 159.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Monday, December 9, 2019

A Game of Croquet without Rules (1885)

Peter Newell. “A Game of Croquet without Rules,” Harper’s Young People VI (June 30, 1885): 552.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Up, Up, My Hounds, ’Tis Lillie Comes (1865)

Harold King, “The Golden Wedding in the Workhouse,” Once a Week, an Illustrated Miscellany of Literature, Art, Science & Popular Information 1 (December 1, 1865):  34.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

University of Virginia Yearbook, Clubs and Organizations (1922)

Corks and Curls 35 (1922): 359.

This image, or any like series, was not in my plans to post to Abaculi, but after I discovered the image Wednesday night in a 1922 UVA yearbook, it seemed an apt moment to publish. How do we begin to talk openly and honestly about a culture that normalized images of terror to the point that one could be used so lightly as an illustration for the club section of a (then all white male university) yearbook. How do the images and attitudes normalized in earlier decades allow for, or influence, what happens sixty, eighty, or nearly one hundred years later?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A Bouquet of Snow Blossoms (1866)

“Snow Flowers,”  Once a Week, an Illustrated Miscellany of Literature, Art, Science I (Jan-June 1866): 12. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

There Is No Occupation in the Kinder Garten Which Affords so Wide a Field for the Gratification of the Imagination and the Exercise of the Artistic Faculties (1879)

Johann and Bertha Ronge, A Practical Guide to the English Kinder-Garten (Children's Garden): For the Use of Mothers, Governesses, and Infant Teachers : Being an Exposition of Froebel's System of Infant Training : Accompanied by a Variety of Instructive and Amusing Games, and Industrial and Gymnastic Exercises, Also Numerous Songs Set to Music, and Arranged for the Exercises (London: A.N. Myers & Co., 1879), 41.

Monday, January 14, 2019