Category Archives: 19th Century

La Liberte Guidant Le Peuple

Shortly after the July revolution of 1830 Eugene Delacroix painted LA LIBERTE GUIDANT LE PEUPLE commemorating the overthrow of the Bourbon king Charles X. The new king Louis Philippe bought the painting, but never hung it in the Palais de Luxembourg, as its subject matter was too revolutionary even for the ‘Citizen King’. According to […]

BRING THE TROOPS HOME. END THE LONG WAR

Horse Action Saddles

According to Wikipedia female hysteria was once diagnosed by Victorian doctors as a widespread affliction with symptoms of faintness, nervousness, sexual desire, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness in the abdomen, muscle spasm, shortness of breath, irritability, loss of appetite for food or sex, and “a tendency to cause trouble”. Women always caused trouble in the minds […]

THE ROAD TO KABUL by Peter Nolan Smith

Afghanistan was a two-day drive from Italy in the summer of 1972. At the end of the school year my friend Gianni bought a school bus in Milano and told his parents that he was going on vacation. Kabul was his destination. His parents offered to pay the gas, viewing the venture as a mind-expanding […]

Wounded Knee

The Wounded Knee Massacre, South Dakota, 29 December 1890 Lest we forget whence we came to be who we are.