Blotting Time, Soaking History

Nothing evokes the gaslit era more readily than a fountain pen and an ink-well. But while these more celebrated denizens of the Victorian office desk are today well-remembered icons of the past, their humbler accessories have not been as well remembered. Indeed, tapping away on our keyboards and staring into the fluorescent glare of a … [Read more…]

Jolchhobi, or Transfer Pictures

Opaque, murky and shadowy are some of the metaphors one frequently has to invoke to describe the bygone era of gaslights. Yet, some of that past was also lucid and transparent. At least at first glimpse. Nothing exemplified that transparency and lucidity of the past than the diaphanous little images dubbed “transfer pictures” by the … [Read more…]