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Apr 15, 2012 Skyscrapers 
 
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English: skyscraper
French: gratte-ciel
German: wolkenkratzer
Italian: grattacielo
Portuguese: arranha-céu
Spanish: rascacielos
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Exhibition: Architecture: Skyscrapers 
  
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Apr 15, 2012 Still-life: Glassware 
 
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Cleaning Glass
 
THERE is an account, in one of Hugh Conway's novels, of two bachelor brothers whose glassware was the envy and despair of every woman who was admitted into their home. However careful and experienced a housekeeper she might be, none of their visitors had ever been able to get her servants to attain the brilliancy shown by the glass on the table of the bachelors. At last the secret was confessed by the brothers: "We always do the glass ourselves."
 
Since it is the fashion to use a great deal of glass on the table, this secret is valuable at present. But it is by no means necessary for a housekeeper to do the glass herself; she will find that a satisfactory degree of success can be more easily secured if she will take the trouble to train her servants to clean the table glassware in the right way. A small wooden tub should be used in order to avoid scratching the glass. Make a strong suds, having the water no hotter than you can put your hand into comfortably, and wash each piece of glass carefully with a soft cloth if plain, and with a soft brush if the glass be cut or imitation of cut. Then rinse the glass in clear water of about the same temperature, drain, and while the glass is still warm, wipe with a dry linen towel, rubbing rather hard to give a polish. The naked hands should not be allowed to touch the glass. The brilliancy given to the glassware by this process will be ample repayment of the extra labor involved.
 
The Illustrated American, October 4, 1890, Vol.IV, No.33, p.58
(Accessed: Google Books, 15 April 2012)
 
 
  
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Apr 14, 2012 Nature: Cattle, bulls, cows and oxen 
 
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Early account of Daguerreotypes of a bull and a cow...
 

Unidentified Daguerreotype/ Artist
Durham Bull, Henry Clay, Two years old, bred and owned by A. Bolmar, West Chester, Pa.
1853, March (published)
Magazine illustration, from a Daguerreotype
 
The portraits of bull and cow on opposite page, engraved from daguerreotype likenesses, are specimens of what may be attained by scientific and judicious crosses of choice native stock, with selected thorough bred Durham bulls. They are grade animals, the bull being 15-16, and the cow 7/8 Durham, and are fully equal in some points to thorough breds. They were bred and are now owned by A. Bolmar, of West Chester, proprietor of the celebrated boarding school Institution, which bears his name, and whose herd of cows and heifers, 41 in number, all of his own raising, and more or less mixed with Durham blood, have been pronounced by good judges superior as a whole to any dairy of the same number in this section of country.
 
"Improved Stock", The Pennsylvania Farm Journal, March 1853, Vol.2, No.12, p.379
(Accessed: Google Books, 15 April 2012)
 
 
  
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Exhibition: Nature: Cattle, bulls, cows and oxen 
  
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Apr 8, 2012 Newsletter 6.03 - April 9, 2012 has been emailed 
 The Luminous-Lint Newsletter 6.03 - April 9, 2012 has been emailed to all those on our mailing list and you can subscribe to these free newsletters if you haven't already done so.
 
Past issues of the newsletter are in the library on the Luminous-Lint website. Best, Alan 
  
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Apr 8, 2012 Landscape: Rural pathways, tracks, trails and lanes 
 
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A reflective walk along a leafy track...
 
Lane a narrow road, especially in the countryside
Path a road or way, especially a narrow trodden track
Pathway another word for path
Track a path or road with a rough surface
Trail a path through the countryside, especially one designed for walking for pleasure 
  
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Exhibition: Landscape: Rural pathways, tracks, trails and lanes 
  
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Apr 8, 2012 Landscape: Mountains 
 
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Mark Twain A Tramp Abroad, Vol.II, Third edition, (London: Chatto & Windus, 1880), p.100
 
But lonely, conspicuous, and superb rose that wonderful upright wedge, the Matterhorn. Its precipitous sides were powdered over with snow, and the upper half hidden in thick clouds which now and then dissolved to cobweb films and gave brief glimpses of the imposing tower as through a veil. A little later the Matterhorn took to himself the semblance of a volcano; he was stripped naked to his apex around this circled vast wreaths of white cloud which strung slowly out and streamed away slantwise toward the sun, a twenty-mile stretch of rolling and tumbling vapour, and looking just as if it were pouring out of a crater.
 
1 Note. I had the very unusual luck to catch one little momentary glimpse of the Matterhorn wholly unencumbered by clouds. I levelled my photographic apparatus at it without the loss of an instant, and should have got an elegant picture if my donkey had not interfered. It was my purpose to draw this photograph all by myself for my book, but was obliged to put the mountain part of it into the hands of the professional artist because I found I could not do landscape well. 
  
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Apr 8, 2012 Landscape: A 19th Century Perspective 
 
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A short introductory exhibition on how landscapes were photographed in the 19th century. Further exhibitions will be added on each of the diverse types of landscapes as we proceed. 
  
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Exhibition: Landscape: A 19th Century Perspective 
  
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Apr 8, 2012 Changes in the sizes of cameras and equipment 
 
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Cameras have declined in size over the years.
 
This is the kind of phrase often repeated but here is a selection of images that demonstrate the changes. 
  
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Exhibition: Changes in the sizes of cameras and equipment 
  
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Apr 1, 2012 Photojournalism - Rise of the Picture Magazine 
 
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Illustrated magazines and the rise of photojournalism had an immense impact of photographic styles and the sequencing of images to create photo-essays. This exbition brings together some examples from the most important illustrated magazines of the twentieth century.
 
Does anybody have scans of the front covers of The African Drum and Drum
  
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Exhibition: Photojournalism - Rise of the Picture Magazine 
  
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Apr 1, 2012 Transportation: Cars 
 
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From studio props, car construction, racing and accidents each part of our addiction to the automobile is covered in this online exhibition. Here we see early images from a vast variety of public and private collections - enjoy. 
  
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Exhibition: Transportation: Cars 
  
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