Pola Negri, a Polish silent film star who was the first European actress invited to Hollywood.
She was as well known for her love affairs as for her screen roles. When Rudolph Valentino died suddenly in 1926, her histrionics at his funeral proved too much for the public and she was never taken seriously again. She died on August 1, 1987 aged 93. Or 90. Or maybe 88. A mystery.
I was introduced to this beer while living in Amsterdam and for some reason I saved a few (empty) bottles and brought them back as souvenirs. When I got home, I discovered our bottles were a different colour, so of course I had to collect them as well.
Captain John Meyers was a Loyalist spy during the American Revolution. After the war he came up to Ontario and started this gristmill as well as a distillery and an inn. The beginnings of the Town of Belleville.
I picked up this card because of the architecture but it's special now because I've been following the fun museum twitter account being run during lockdown by "Tim" #HashtagTheCowboy (yes, he was so new at it that he thought he had to write out the word 'hashtag'!)
Cypress trees in Flat Lake at sunset from a photograph by Louisiana wildlife photographer, C.C. Lockwood. Flat Lake is part of the one million acre river swamp of the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest contiguous river swamp in the US. Appropriately, Atchafalaya derives from Choctaw meaning "long river".
The stamp was issued for the 200th anniversary of statehood.
I like to support the local farmers as much as I can and the farmer's markets are the best place to do that. If you find yourself in Indonesia, here is what you would call tomatoes (tomat) and cabbage (kubis)
A sun cured tobacco making it more aromatic than smoke cured. (not that I would know — I've never smoked) Is that not one large carton of cigarettes?! In the early 1900s their ads were created by Rea Irvin who would later become the art editor of The New Yorker.
Life on St Kilda, a remote archipelago in the Outer Hebrides - 110 miles off the coast of Scotland and 40 miles from the next nearest island - in the rough Atlantic ocean, was never easy. The island had been occupied for millennia = though not by very many people - but by 1930 the last 36 inhabitants were finally evacuated. The National Trust for Scotland has recorded gales for 75 days a year with peak winds at 144 mph and peak waves at 52 feet.
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
the award is the Crystal Globe which has been given out since 1948
July 3 to July 11 ... but not this year :(
One of many thousands of events cancelled the world over
Officially known as Church of St Nicholas the Miracle Worker, the Russian Church was built on the site of a mosque which was destroyed in 1882 after the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottomans by the Russians. The five domes are coated in gold and the bells were donated by Emperor Nicholas II. No word if he ever worshiped there.