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    Fridtjof Nansen, ca. 1897 Buffalo, NY National Library of Norway

    Fridtjof Nansen, 1897, age 36. Norwegian explorer, scientist, and Nobel laureate

    Fridtjof Nansen,Norwegian explorer  (1861-1930), photographed 1890 by L. Szacinski | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Sailor on break

    My Daguerreotype Boyfriend

    Sisters with dolls.

    Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) is one of three Norwegian authors to have received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Undset received the Prize in 1928, for her powerful description of life during the Middle Ages in her two extensive serial novels set against the background of medieval Norway in the 13th century, the 3-volume Kristin Lavransdatter, and the 4-volume Olav Audunssønn. New translations by Tiina Nunnally have given readers a fresh look at Undset's literary gift.


    Born to slave parents in 1838 in Paris, Texas, Bass Reeves would become the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi River and one of the greatest frontier heroes in our nation’s history.

    IlPost - L’esploratore Roald Amundsen nel 1926 (Nasjonalbiblioteket/National Library of Norway) - L'esploratore Roald Amundsen nel 1926 (Nasjonalbiblioteket/National Library of Norway)

    Here’s a photo of an extremely handsome young (18 years old or so) Henry James. The photo dates from 1860 or 1861 when his family was in Newport, RI, and the original is at the Houghton Library at Harvard University (pf MS AM 1094).

    Viking festival in Borg, Norway, as photographed by Danila Korzhonov

    I love when they have their dolls.

    Thin suspenders - the slimness of the suspenders accentuates the broadness if the shoulders. And, by all means, let the men be broad.

    PHOTOGRAPHY: Penny photo, ca. 1905. These inexpensive but formal photos were popular. New cameras, like the Kodak Brownie, made picture taking more than a fad.

    Amelia Earhart