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Omenoni (Big Men), Milan via My Instagram

June 18th, 2019 No comments

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Omenoni (Big Men), Milan

Omenoni (Big Men), Milan via My Instagram

Spotted one of our many strolls about Milano. This home is quite near La Scala Opera House. Yet another of the amazing scenes from our September 2018 visit. 

Casa degli Omenoni is a historic palace of Milan, northern Italy, located in the eponymous street of Via degli Omenoni (number 3).[1] It was designed by sculptor Leone Leoni for himself; he both lived and worked there. It owes its name to the eight atlantes decorating its facade, termed “omenoni” (“big men” in Milanese), which were sculpted by Antonio Abondio,[1] most probably on a design by Leoni.[2] Lions (a reference to the “Leoni” family)[3] are a recurring theme of its decorations; in particular, a large relief placed under the cornice depicts two lions tearing a satyr into pieces. The overall style of the palace and the decorations have been noted to include several references to the art of Michelangelo.[4] The internal courtyard, modified in 1929 by Piero Portaluppi, has a colonnade with metopes and triglyphs. — Wikipedia

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Continuing my photographic fixation with doorways 😀 via Instagram

June 18th, 2019 No comments

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Continuing my photographic fixation with doorways 😀

Continuing my photographic fixation with doorways 😀 via Instagram

Colorado State Capitol, Denver

We took a moment to do some sightseeing while in Denver for @denverpopculturecon and looked in every corner of this statehouse. More photos to come. 

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“A river of new language which has its tide and ebb” via Metafilter

June 18th, 2019 No comments
Language is an amazing thing and sometimes words disappear that should be resurrected into modern society. — Douglas
 
 
“A river of new language which has its tide and ebb”
 
Passing English of the Victorian Era: A Dictionary of Heterodox English, Slang and Phrase is James Redding Ware’s cheerful, informal, and often fascinating 1909 attempt to capture some of the then-vanishing vernacular language of the 19th century.

Historical Cooking Books: Cooking for two; a handbook for young housekeepers (1906) by Janet McKenzie Hill – 28 in a series

June 17th, 2019 No comments

Archive.org has a host of old cookery books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas


Historical Cooking Books: Cooking for two; a handbook for young housekeepers (1906) by Janet McKenzie Hill – 28 in a series

What might you find in these old cookbooks? What special recipes have been handed down to you? Share in the Comments!

Historical Cooking Books: Cooking for two; a handbook for young housekeepers (1906) by Janet McKenzie Hill- 28 in a seriesHistorical Cooking Books: Cooking for two; a handbook for young housekeepers (1906) by Janet McKenzie Hill- 28 in a series

Historical Cooking Books: Cooking for two; a handbook for young housekeepers (1906) by Janet McKenzie Hill- 28 in a seriesHistorical Cooking Books: Cooking for two; a handbook for young housekeepers (1906) by Janet McKenzie Hill- 28 in a series

Available in PDF, Text, JPG formats, and more


Cooking for Two

CHAPTER I

A TALK ON FOOD

In the morning you work about the house, putting it in order, or you work in the garden with your flowers, or you go to market. Your husband attends to his work out-of-doors or in the office, and when mid-day is reached neither of you feel willing to do any more work, until you have eaten your mid-day meal. Your energy and motive power are gone. The movements you have made, not only those you have made of your own accord in working about the house, but also those made involuntarily by your heart in beating, your lungs in breathing, and your brain in thinking, have wasted your stock of energy and worn away tissues of flesh, blood and bones. This waste must be renewed at once, or you will remain faint and inactive; or, if the renewal be deferred for days, you will cease to live. More than this, if you have not attained your full normal growth, there must be a constant supply of material for this purpose. The material to renew energy and tissues and supply new growth comes from the food that is eaten. Not all the articles that we use as food contain elements for growth and repair of tissues ; from this fact you can see that, if those whom you send from your tables each day have not been supplied with the proper articles of food, you can not expect them to retain health or have the energy and courage to do their work in the world. An old saying expresses this in concise form, which you can easily remember; it is: ” The stomach is the seat of courage.”



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Birthplace of poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Milano, Italia via My Instagram

June 15th, 2019 No comments

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Birthplace of poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Milano, Italia

Birthplace of poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Milano, Italia via My Instagram

Spotted one of our many strolls about Milano. This home is quite near La Scala Opera House. Yet another of the amazing scene from our September 2018 visit. 

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Birthplace and Statue of poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Milano, Italia via Instagram

June 13th, 2019 No comments

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Birthplace and Statue of poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Milano, Italia

Birthplace and Statue of poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Milano, Italia via Instagram

Spotted one of our many strolls about Milano. This home and sculpture is quite near La Scala Opera House. Yet another of the amazing scenes from our September 2018 visit. 

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Little Free Library at Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

June 11th, 2019 No comments

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Little Free Library at Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado

Little Free Library at Center for Colorado Women's History at Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

Wandering about Denver, we happened upon this historical home which also serves as an important women’s history center. 

This @littlefreelibrary is a miniature version of the historic home. I love Little Free Libraries and echoing the design of the house is wonderful. 

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Il Duomo In The Morning via Instagram

June 11th, 2019 No comments

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Il Duomo In The Morning

Il Duomo In The Morning via Instagram

The Duomo in Milan and it’s piazza are the living room of old town Milan. 

We saw it in nearly every time of day. Walking by for lunch. Strolling in the evening during Passeggiata and in this case, in the morning as the sun rises over it’s at spires. 

It looks different throughout the day and nearly every photo is different because of the way light plays On its ornate facade. I often liken it To a grand wedding cake created out of stone instead of frosting.

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Remember London with these Stickers, Pillows, Mugs, Phone Cases, Totes, Notebooks and More! [For Sale]

June 10th, 2019 No comments

Hundreds of Japanese Firework Illustrations Now Available for Free Download via Colossal

June 10th, 2019 No comments
I love fireworks and I love vintage books and catalogs, so this is near-perfect find and yet another amazing collection to delve into. — Douglas
 
In the early 20th-century English fireworks company C.R. Brock and Company (now known as Brocks Fireworks) published colorful catalogs displaying designs from Japanese companies such as Hirayama Fireworks and Yokoi Fireworks. Six catalogs of diverse pyrotechnic diagrams have been digitized and made available for download thanks to the city of Yokohama’s public library. If you don’t read Japanese, you can download each publication’s PDF by visiting their website, clicking one of the book’s English titles near the bottom of the page, and then clicking “本体PDF画像” link below the image. Each catalog is a tremendous and varied selection of the firework shapes and colors of the time, with several designs you might recognize no matter where you view contemporary fireworks displays. (via Open Culture)
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