I have long been a fan of Franklin Booth’s black & white art, but his evocation of autumn from 1911 captures my heart as well.
“The Casket” (1924) by Noel Denholm Davis, English portrait artist. One source notes that the model was either his wife or daughter, and characterizes her look as “enigmatic.” No kidding.
Carrie L. Hurley in the Mail Equipment Shop, Washington D.C. Every working day from 1898 to 1923, she sewed the seams of mailbags. From An American Postal Portrait (2000). Below, from the same book, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, postal clerk in 1907.
Charley Chase appeared in close to one hundred two-reel, silent comedies, but never starred in a feature-length film. This one was made in 1924, and shows how the dress code for lawn and garden care has slipped over the last 90 years.
Uncredited cover art for Jimmie Allen in the Air Mail Robbery (1936) by Capt. Willfred G. Moore and Lt. Robert M. Burtt
Art by Andrew Loomis (1892–1959), American illustrator and author, best known for his instructional art books.
In the late 19th century, the English oak tree, quercus robur (Latin, quercus for “oak” and robur “strength, hard timber”) gave its name to the villain in a Jules Verne novel, Robur the Conqueror, and to a tea company in Melbourne, Australia.
Jules Verne’s Robur was the conqueror of the air, having invented a heavier-than-air flying machine shown above in an 1886 illustration by Léon Benett.
Australia’s Robur, on the other hand, touted its strength with an elephant, shown here being seated for a big cuppa in a Robur tea room.
I’m fairly certain neither had anything to do with the other.