November 13, 2003

November 10, 2003

This is a photograph of the Capitol Theatre in Sarnia, Ontario. It was here that we saw our first movie at a theatre (Grizzly Adams). It was great. The photograph comes from a superb collection, entitled Stories from Ontario's Movie Theatres, recently put online by the Archives of Ontario. They have both interior and exterior shots of a few dozen old Ontario movie theatres. We particularly liked the shots of the luxurious, club-like lobbies and lounges. Two other theatres from this group that we're lucky enough to have visited include Toronto's University Theatre and Ottawa's Imperial Theatre (after it became Barrymore's Concert Hall).

November 03, 2003

This is a Weedy Sea Dragon as painted by the convict William Beulow Gould. Part of Gould's sketchbook of fishes.

November 01, 2003

Andy Warhol as drawn by J. Wyeth. Part of the extremely impressive new exhibition Eye Contact: Modern American Portrait Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery just released by the Smithsonian. Some very unusual portraits and loads and loads of great, original information on both the artists and the sitters. Wow. We were especially taken by this portrait of Beauford Delaney by Georgia O'Keefe (we didn't even know O'Keefe did portraits) and this portrait of Edna St. Vincenet Milay by William Zorach.

December 17 will mark the 100th anniversary of the first flight by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, South Carolina. To celebrate the Library of Congress has finally made avaliable online the fantastic Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers. Included in the collection are correspondence, diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, drawings and all kinds of documents relating to the attempts of the Wrights to fly. Most interestingly though is the inclusion of the Wrights' collection of glass-plate photographic negatives including the famous shot (shown above) of the "First Flight" at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903.

If you don't have time to browse the material yourself make sure to at least visit the excellently chosen and written Collection Highlights and also a special section on Photography and the Wright Brothers.

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