finally buckling down on requests aaahaha
this is for tamikasarmy, who asked for platonic dancing w/ cecil and dana!! also bffs totally go galaxy print shopping together
hey dragon. you’re not supposed to be here.
Conception of Alexander the Great, Les faize d’Alexandre (translation of Historiae Alexandri Magni of Quintus Curtius Rufus), Bruges ca. 1468-1475.
British Library, Burney 169, fol. 14r
pictured: me with your girl
Mary Bowser, former slave of the Van Lew family, infiltrated the Confederacy by working as a servant in the household of Jefferson Davis. Bowser was assumed to be illiterate, and as a black woman was below suspicion. Practically invisible, she was able to listen to conversations between Confederate officials and read sensitive documents, gathering information that she handed over to the Union.
This image is of a Black woman named Mary Bowser, however, it is not the Union spy Mary Bowser. There was a great piece about it in the Atlantic. The Spy Photo That Fooled NPR, the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, and Me
Bowser’s story evidences the wonderful truth that Americans of all backgrounds contributed to our history. But the enormous holes in what we have of her biography remind us that gender, race, and class also shaped how millions of Americans went unrecorded in what we rely on as the historical record, because they were restricted from holding property, voting, leaving wills, or being accurately recorded in censuses. Wanting to commemorate an African American woman who played such a dramatic part in the Civil War is laudable. Expecting to have a photograph of her was borderline ludicrous. (Consider that even what seems to most Americans today like basic information about the Civil War, the number of military deaths during the conflict, remains a matter of estimation and conjecture.)
The story of the mistaken Mary Bowser reveals how an interest in history, especially women’s history and black history, can blind us to how much about the past remains unknowable. The paradox of the information age is that our unprecedented access to information feeds an expectation that every search will yield plentiful — and accurate — results. But the type of evidence that our 21st-century sensibilities most desire may be the least likely to exist.
still doesn’t make up for the fact that it is two thousand and fourteen and i am still not a cyborg
feels like I havent drawn for ages
have some chubby raichu
No really. Watch this.
Ancient Chinese instrument, the sheng, which originated back in 1,100 BC, and it can perfectly replicate the music in Mario.
It even makes the coin noises.
Oil on canvas, previously attributed to Johann Zoffany, 1779;
Dido Elizabeth Belle is depicted here with her cousin Elizabeth Murray. This painting scandalised many of it’s 18th century audience due to its portrayal of Belle, a woman of colour, in a non-subservient position. Considered to be the first painting to do so, it was probably commissioned by Belle’s father Admiral Sir John Lindsay in the late 1770’s.
Photographer: Marc Dilley
Love’s Shadow (detail) vs Proud Maisie (detail) by Frederick Sandys (1829-1904)
oil on panel, 1867 and pencil and crayon on paper, 1868
are boys real
im always suspicious of anyone that finds me attractive