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In the Palazzo Barbaro, Venice, 1882

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 Posted in Magic Lantern | No Comments »

"William went to lunch at the home of his wealthy friends Daniel Sargent Curtis and Ariana Randolph Wormeley Curtis at the Palazzo Barbaro--in one of two adjacent palaces that shared this name, one medieval and one baroque, fronting the wide, ...

William James on the Great Eastern, 1867

Monday, June 30th, 2008 Posted in Magic Lantern | No Comments »

"The Great Eastern outclassed everything that had come before it, even in a century that lived to crack champagne bottles on the bows of maritime superlatives.  A 'Triton among minnows,' as the newspapers called it, the British-built ship measured five ...

Seeing London from a “Growler” Cab, 1855

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 Posted in Magic Lantern | No Comments »

  In July of 1855, the James family arrived in London, and William James and Henry James, just entering their teens, saw the city from the driving seat of this kind of contraption. "When the Jameses forged out into the city, they ...