Two photos by British photographer “Sasha,” a.k.a. Alexander Stewart. Above, Myrna Loy reads the tea leaves in 1928. And below, Mimi Crawford (Forde-Pigott), Countess of Suffolk, gazes into my soul, with thanks to the Photographs Collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
Alphonse Bertillon was a French policeman and researcher who standardized the modern mug shot. This photograph, of a whimsical nature, is of his son, François Bertillon, who at the age of 23 months was caught nibbling pears from a basket and “booked” by his father.
My thanks for the history to the Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things.
Hand-tinted photo by William Henry Jackson, a pioneering photographer of the American West. There’s a wonderful piece about him here. He worked for the Detroit Publishing Company for many years; the photo below shows him in the company’s special train car as he traveled across the country taking pictures, a much grander way to go than in his early days when he traveled with all his equipment on horseback and/or wagon.
I have always enjoyed this 1908 portrait of Luisa Casati (1881-1957) by Giovanni Boldini, without knowing much about either individual, but today something prompted me to learn more about the amazing Marchesa Casati. What a woman. Anyone who goes for an evening walk, nude under her furs, with two pet cheetahs, is okay with me. It was said that when she entered a room, everyone else was reduced to a spectator.
She was painted and photographed by many artists, including Man Ray in 1924, shown above, and below, a contemporary illustration by Ted CoConis…
… who is another remarkable discovery. Do visit his website. I can’t believe I’ve gone so far in life without meeting either the Marchesa or Mr. CoConis.