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Home School: Identifying People in Old Film – 1911 A Trip Through New York City (VLOG #41) via GeneaVlogger on YouTube [Video]

September 7th, 2020 Comments off

A great story on how old films, now uploaded to YouTube and elsewhere can hold genealogical resources for those researching families or general history. Also, just a great example of how to approach any research project. — Douglas

Home School: Identifying People in Old Film - 1911 A Trip Through New York City (VLOG #41) via GeneaVlogger on YouTube [Video]

Also Check out the Update Video, where I interview a living descendant of the Lochowicz family

In this video I discuss how I was able to identify people in the film 1911 A Trip Through New York City. In one scene of the video there is a well to do looking family being driven around by a chauffeur. The license plate on the car can be clearly seen as 65465, so I wondered if I could identify them through this little piece of information.

I learned through the Federal Highway Administration that there were 81,370 auto-mobiles registered in NY by 1911. I also learned registration was published publicly and quickly found a listing for license plate 65465 in the Brooklyn Life Magazine showing a June 12th, 1911 registration E.M.F. – Mrs. Lochwicz 548 Eighth Street. The car in the video definitely looked like a 1911 E.M.F. Model 30 Touring Car, so I tried to find the family in the 1910 census and was able to find them living at 548 Eighth Street. The household consisted of six people; Head of house Florian Lochowicz, his wife Antoinette Lochowicz (listed as Antonie in the census), their children Francis, Emily, and Elsie, and a servant named Mary Moriarty.

Florian Lochowicz was born in Posen in 1871 and immigrated to America in 1890. His wife Antoinette was a distant cousin of his and she was the daughter of Konstantyn Cornelius Lochowicz and Julia Hectus. Konstantyn had immigrated in 1864, possibly due to the January Uprising in Poland. Florian worked as a barber and became very prominent because J.P. Morgan was patron of Florian’s. Florian died unexpectedly in 1918 but was worth $70,000 at the time of his death. His wife continued running the Barbershops into the 1950s and still lived at their Brownstone home in NYC at 548 Eighth Street.



Learn Something New: Nature journaling and conservation via MetaFilter

August 30th, 2020 Comments off
Nature journaling and conservation via MetaFilter
 
Nature journaling and conservation via MetaFilter
 

The John Muir Laws blog features lots of educational resources about nature journaling and sketching in a variety of mediums, intermixed with conservation information. Also offers resources for educators.

Some of the good stuff (a sample, there’s too much to link, the whole blog archive is a treasure trove)

5 minute landscape in watercolor pencil

How to draw: birds mammals plants

Step by step: watercolor iris in colored pencilnorthern parula with watercolor

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A Time for Making via Kanopy [Video]

August 22nd, 2020 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipter Cooper) in my back garden today [Video] [Photos]

August 15th, 2020 Comments off

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Home School: [942] Decoded by Sight: Master Lock Personal “Safe” (Model 5900D) via Lock Picking Lawyer on YouTube

August 12th, 2020 Comments off

Home School: The History of the World in Four Maps via Google Maps Mania

August 11th, 2020 Comments off
The History of the World in Four Maps via Google Maps Mania

The animated map above shows the changing borders of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa during the Twentieth Century. It is a a pretty good illustration of how geo-political developments demand frequently updated maps.

I created this animated map using Mundipedia. Munipedia is an interactive map which shows country borders for different dates in history. Enter a date into Munipedia and you can view how the world looked in that year. For example enter the year 1984 and you will see a divided Germany, split into East and West Germany. Skip forward a few years and in 1990 the map shows just the one Germany.

Read The History of the World in Four Maps via Google Maps Mania




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Home School: How ‘Wild’ was the Wild West via History Matters on YouTube

August 2nd, 2020 Comments off
We’ve all heard the stories of the Wild West. Saloon Brawls, duels at high noon, ladies being tied to Train Tracks by moustachioed gentlemen, Cowboys fighting Indians. But how true is any of this? To put it bluntly. Just how ‘Wild’ was the Wild West. Find out in this short animated simple history documentary.
Watch How ‘Wild’ was the Wild West via History Matters on YouTube


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Home School: Photography Ideas & Inspiration -Simple techniques to help you create striking & dynamic photographs via Andrew Brooks On YouTube [Video]

July 22nd, 2020 Comments off

Home School: Photography Ideas & Inspiration -Simple techniques to help you create striking & dynamic photographs via Andrew Brooks On YouTube [Video]

In this film we look at some simple ideas to help you build on your creative photography skills. Looking at how to make the most out interesting locations and also how you can explore the world using photography.

00:08 – Overview of how I work through photography ideas while shooting
04:17 – Order, form and symmetry
09:25 – Low angle perspective
12:24 – Frame within a frame
15:20 – Close-up details
19:12 – Unexpected details, patterns and textures
22:47 – Historical recording, research using photographs
24:53 – Delicate and subtle light
27:53 – Painterly landscapes
29:24 – Colours
31:12 – Minimal photography
32:26 – Low light
36:12 – Strange and playful ideas

 

‎99% Invisible: 403- Return of the Yokai via Apple Podcasts

July 8th, 2020 Comments off
In the US, mascots are used to pump up crowds at sporting events, or for traumatizing generations of children at Chuck E. Cheese, but in Japan it’s different. There are mascots for towns, aquariums, dentists’ offices, even prisons. There are mascots in cities that tell people not to litter, or remind them to be quiet on the train. Everything has a mascot and anything can be a mascot. The reason why mascots and character culture flourish in Japan is connected with the nation’s fascinating history with mythical monsters known as Yokai.

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Home School: Did Ancient Rome and China Know About Each Other? via History Matters on YouTube [Video]

July 1st, 2020 Comments off