Saturday, February 25, 2017

The dancer Enrica Soma (Anjelica Huston’s mother)


Enrica Soma (1929-1969) était un mannequin et une première danseuse américaine. Elle a également été l'épouse du réalisateur John Huston et la mère de l'actrice Anjelica Huston.

Enrica Soma (1929-1969) was an American socialite, model, and prima-ballerina. She was also the wife of director John Huston and mother of actress Anjelica Huston.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jose Collins as Dolores

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Jose Collins (1887-1958) est une actrice et chanteuse anglaise connue pour ses performances dans des comédies musicales ainsi qu'au cours des débuts du cinéma. 

Jose Collins sometimes styled José Collins (1887-1958) was an English actress and singer celebrated for her performances in musical comedies and early motion pictures.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Empress Elisabeth of Austria "Sissi"

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Élisabeth Amélie Eugénie de Wittelsbach (1837-1898), duchesse en Bavière puis, par son mariage, impératrice d'Autriche et reine de Hongrie est morte assassinée le 10 septembre 1898 à Genève, en Suisse. Elle fut en partie à l'origine du compromis austro-hongrois de 1867 mais, ne pouvant s'adapter à la vie de la cour, elle passa une grande partie de son existence à voyager.

Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898) was the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and thus Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Queen consort of Croatia and Bohemia.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Florette’s Painted Finger by Jacques Henri Lartigue 1940

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Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986), est un peintre, écrivain et célèbre photographe amateur français découvert en 1963 par les Américains.

Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) was a French photographer and painter, known for his photographs of automobile races, planes and Parisian fashion female models.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Cagots


 The last Cagots




Holy water font reserved for cagots




Un cagot, au féminin cagote, dans le Sud-Ouest de la France, était aussi appelé agote, sur le versant sud des Pyrénées, en Espagne. Il s'agissait de termes dépréciatifs qui désignaient des groupes d'habitants, exerçant des métiers du bois, ou du fer, frappés d'exclusion et de répulsion dans leurs villages surtout en Gascogne et de part et d'autre du Piémont pyrénéen, entre le XIIIe siècle et les temps modernes. La réputation des cagots est associée à la peur de la lèpre. 

The Cagots were a persecuted and despised minority found in the west of France and northern Spain: the Navarrese Pyrenees, Basque provinces, Béarn, Aragón, Gascony and Brittany. Evidence of the group exists back as far as AD 1000.

Cagots were shunned and hated. While restrictions varied by time and place, they were typically required to live in separate quarters in towns, called cagoteries, which were often on the far outskirts of the villages. Cagots were excluded from all political and social rights. They were not allowed to marry non-Cagots, enter taverns, hold cabarets, use public fountains, sell food or wine, touch food in the market, work with livestock, or enter the mill.
They were allowed to enter a church only by a special door, and during the service, a rail separated them from the other worshippers. Either they were altogether forbidden to partake of the sacrament, or the Eucharist was given to them on the end of a wooden spoon, while a holy water stoup was reserved for their exclusive use.

They were compelled to wear a distinctive dress, to which, in some places, was attached the foot of a goose or duck (whence they were sometimes called "Canards"). So pestilential was their touch considered that it was a crime for them to walk the common road barefooted or to drink from the same cup as non-Cagots. The Cagots were often restricted to the trades of carpenter, butcher, and rope-maker.

The Cagots were not an ethnic group, nor a religious group. They spoke the same language as the people in an area and generally kept the same religion as well. Their only distinguishing feature was their descent from families identified as Cagots. Few consistent reasons were given as to why they should be hated; accusations varied from Cagots being cretins, lepers, heretics, cannibals, to simply being intrinsically evil. The Cagots did have a culture of their own, but very little of it was written down or preserved; as a result, almost everything that is known about them relates to their persecution. Their cruel treatment lasted through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Industrial Revolution, with the prejudice fading only in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Carmen Dell'Orefice by Richard Avedon 1957

Carmen Dell'Orefice in a sensous long satin sheath dress by Balmain. Photo by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, October 1957.
Carmen Dell'Orefice in a sensous long satin sheath dress by Balmain.
Photo by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, October 1957.
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