Donnelly was among the first surgeons to prepare pathology slides from his Civil War patients. Full leather binding, shows scuffing, but retains gilt decoration and functional brass clasps. CDVs examined are overall very good and are by numerous photographers. A few examined have rounded top corners and minor cosmetic defects. This group consists of two Civil War officer swords and a post-war photograph and copies of letters Libby wrote home from the war.
First sword is a beautiful US staff and field officers sword with an eagle head quillon and a high grade spiral fluted metal grip. Captain James Libby Libby by Co. The other sword is an imported non regulation iron hilted officers sword. Both swords as other articles originally came from the descendants of Captain Libby.
Carl Libby which tells of his birth in in Leeds, Maine, his life on the farm, his schooling in one room schoolhouse and his later education at Monmouth Academy. When the war began in James Libby was entering his final year at Monmouth Academy. Several family letters tell of his life in the 7th. At the battle of Antietam over half of the 7th Maine men engaged where killed, wounded or missing. The unit was so reduced in numbers it was sent home in October of to recoup.
Company K of which Libby was a part rejoined the war in January and were engaged at the Battle of Fredricksburg May 3, with a loss of 12 killed, 49 wounded and 39 missing. At Gettysburg the 7th Maine and Libby had position on Wolf Hill where the 7th Maine monument stands between two rock walls today. Only two men of the 7th Maine died from wounds from the battle of Gettysburg and are buried at the National Cemetery at Gettysburg along with other men from Maine regiments.
He would become a second lieutenant in November in the 1st Maine Sharp Shooters and then be promoted to Captain in Company K in the 14th Maine infantry in his last command. Brass hilt retains about half its orig gold plating and brass scabbard mounts retain traces of gold in protected areas. Presentation is easily read as can be seen in photos and brass overall has a yellow patina.
Iron scabbard body is sound and solid with traces of blue finish with scattered staining, rust and pitting. There are several small dents in scabbard mounts especially in drag as can be seen in photos. Non regulation sword is sound and solid overall. Circa , American. This well-defined carved example designed for mounting on a wall. A gilt ring suspended from its talons, the purpose of which was to hang patriotic bunting through the ring in a series of similar eagles for political celebration. Features are well carved and with original gilding. In use abrasions and small losses at wing tips and tip of tail.
Otherwise all original and intact. Good to very good overall. Carving is offered with a piece of early bunting. Accompanying these medals was a custom medal case for a round silver medal that is mentioned in an accompanying partial obituary. This case has long housed the bronze medal explaining its fine condition. Obituary mentions some of his history serving under Col. Soldered top pin is loose at one solder joint, unaffecting aesthetics. Bronze is well patinaed with some toning. Gold medal has seen more use with some wear, but with good discernible markings and inscription.
Major George A. Putnam was a California pioneer. George was a farm boy where he grew up in Fitchburg, Mass. After working in Boston for almost ten years, the news of the gold strike in California reached his ears, and his course was set. He was one of the minority of gold miners who were quite successful in panning for gold on the Yuba River. He worked as a Deputy Sheriff in Sacramento He became a family man when he married Phoebe Sylvester in ; they became the parents of two sons, George and Charles.
He mustered out upon the close of the war in June of The two original documents are good to very good overall. Framed commission was not studied outside of frame, has light fading with better than average Lincoln signature. Document is overall discernible, with several small bends and folds. This is an iconic and well known identified Confederate slouch with a long collection history.
Mildred Remsburg was an early collector of Civil War memorabilia and had a small museum in Sharpsburg, MD behind her general line antique shop. Ranson Co. B, 12th Va. Hat is classic imported slouch hat with a indiscernible makers mark which is now only seen with black light see photo. Slouch hats were among the most popular of headgear during the Civil War. These hats which could be easily folded and carried, saw continued use after the war and few identified ones are known, especially Confederate.
Blood is evident with UV light where pooled in sweatband beneath saber mark. Ranson was captured following his wounding, but was exchanged 3 weeks later where he rejoined his unit and was finally paroled April 21, Briscoe B. When Briscoe entered service he was in school. After the war, he returned to school as a student in the medical department at the University of Virginia and later at the University of Maryland where he graduated with a degree of Doctor of Medicine in Sweatband has been re-sewn in areas and original silk lining is detached but in place.
There are several holes and reductions as typically seen on this pattern from the frequent folding when used. Hat band is complete as is the original brown sewn edging. Hat is soiled overall. The original sign used in museum with penciled inscription is soiled but otherwise solid and all text is discernible. Ten days later Custer would fall with a concussion, and would be given 20 days leave where he and Libbie would visit Abraham Lincoln.
Document is archivally mounted with an original Civil War eagle breastplate and a fine colored steel engraving of Custer with facsimile signature. Also included is a loose dated Custer photograph. Document was not removed, but appears very good with light soiling. Paper has yellowed slightly, but ink is dark and well discerned. The breastplate also appears very good with a dark mustard colored patina. General Nathaniel P. Lot Banks was a Massachusetts Congressman and Governor prior to the Civil Way and had the unique distinction of having no previous military service and being appointed Major General in the United States Army by President Lincoln in Banks was in charge of the 19th Army Corps and was most noted for being in charge of the Union troops during the siege of Port Hudson and then the later disastrous Red River Campaign where he was routed at the Battle of Mansfield.
After the war, Banks returned to Massachusetts, re-entering Congress. Military maps for field use are quite rare, especially those belonging to such prominent and high ranking officers. Noticeable scuffing to emulsion to top right edge. Image is housed in a fine brown gutta percha case with panoply of arms on both sides. Gun is blue and case colored with checkered pistol grip stock, elevating tang sight, shrouded front sight and German silver Scheutzen-style buttplate.
Good markings, bore and functional action. Traces of original finish. Deluxe burled stock is broken and repaired at wrist could be repaired much better by a competent gunsmith. This lot consists of three 6th plates and one 9th plate of lawmen wearing various badges.
All are housed in gutta percha cases; two with fine American patriotic motifs. The three 6th plates are all tintypes and the 9th plate is a ruby ambrotype by S. Cases are all very good to fine. There are light scratches and creases to two of the tintypes, all with fair contrast and clarity. Hammer has old braised repair.
Hole drilled in frame, rear of hammer that probably once held a tang sight.
According to pinfire expert and author Chris Curtis, and his definitive text Systeme LeFaucheux: Continuing the Study of Pinfire Cartridge Arms, these guns were made in small quantities and were issued to Spanish officers. This is one of the highest serial numbers noted. Carter, East Blue Hill, Maine.
Stocks are sound as is inset brass plaque which has a mustard colored patina. Mechanically, gun functions well with clean crisp bore. Markings worn and indiscernible. Honest Revolutionary War era 69 cal. Appears complete and functional with good patina. Decorated brass trigger guard. Large club buttstock made without buttplate.
Brass has dark mustard color. Barrel proof and lock marks are partially discernible. No discernible lock markings. Barrel proofs not discernible. Appears to be a composite of parts, possibly American stocked in early 19th century. Metal dark with pitting. Wood ramrod with iron worm appears original to time of use. Lock is functional. Good color with reductions, especially at fly edge and top edge of canton. This flag retains part of its original stick, displaying 13 stars in an interesting configuration not seen in Collins. Red has patinaed to a dark orange.
Lock is also marked by this renown maker. Brass mounted with two iron sling swivels and attached swivel ramrod. Gun appears original and complete. Stock is sound with hand worn patina and scattered cosmetic defects and worm holes. Iron is dark with crisp markings, rust and pitting. Mechanically functional with pitted bore.
This is a very rare and fine condition salt print photograph of Stephen Mallory when he was a Senator from Florida, circa Salted paper photographs were the earliest form of paper photography and were obsolete about the time of the Civil War, being supplanted by cheaper production albumin mediums. This rare image has excellent detail and contrast. We can find no others offered. Stephen R. Mallory had a long and illustrious record of political service, most famously known as the Confederate Secretary of the Navy under President Jefferson Davis March 4, — May 2, Mallory served in many posts prior to and after the Confederacy.
He was elected Senator from the state of Florida in Edge wear, corners rounded and hinges on verso. Large file of archival material including service records and trial transcripts included with lot. Necktie sample shows insect damage and some reductions and is held by tacking stitches onto canvas backing in shadow box. It is not known how it is mounted, but ink is dark. The framed broadside has numerous reductions, especially at bottom and right side, effecting some text.
We could find no other examples noted of this rare advertising broadside. Carved mouldings, brass mountings. Lock has engraved decoration and partially discernible makers mark under frizzen spring, possibly Italian. Cock has raised relief design and lock screw relief carved masked. Repaired crack at wrist and inset wood around lock. Long crack on right side of forestock.
Metal is grey overall with staining, rust and pitting. Gun appears original and complete with crack on cock. Buttplate and trigger guard are both unusually engraved with an American panoply of arms with American flags. John Moore utilized these parts when making this most interesting gun. John Moore is listed as a gun maker in Albany and at least one other flintlock fowler by him is known. Gun is in need of restoration, but markings are beautiful. Brass mounted. Gun has seen honest use with hand worn patina to wood.
Lock is not functional and missing bolster, lock and tang screw. No doubt gun was longer when originally made and has been shortened. Most likely, this gun had an additional ramrod pipe, but stock has been shortened for a long time. Decorative engraving on brass and iron all crisp and discernible. Stock has significant damage, including several cracks, inset wood above lock and large area of insect damage at muzzle.
Metal overall is grey with pitting. Mechanically functional with clear 60 caliber smooth bore. Thumbplate is old replacement. Markings are pitted and hard to read. Functional with well defined multi-groove 44 caliber rifling. Starter is frozen in place and was not removed. There is a large inset repair to buttstock on right side. Depicting an American ship on one side and great seal of the United States on verso within a border of interlocking rings each with a name of a state.
Stephen, whose mother is too poor to feed him, is bound to work as an apprentice until he is twenty-one years old. He is to behave himself and be good and faithful to his new family. Document is witnessed by two citizens of Pomfret and signed and sealed by Oliver Grosvenor. Grosvenor was born in Sturbridge in and was a Minuteman during the Revolutionary War. Document was not studied out of frame and type of mounting is unknown, laid paper has cracks starting at folds, but text is all discernible.
Soiling and slight reductions on right edge. This large grouping is a lifelong collection and should be viewed by prospective bidders. Images show a variety of Western scenes, some staged and some in the field, such as two cowboys and pack animals dated , several Indians, colored engraving of Nelson Miles. There is a copy tintype of Annie Oakley with two of her rifles and miscellaneous military cadets and soldiers. Several of the paper images have scratches, soiling and other defects that should be viewed prior to bidding. Gun is missing hammer.
No more than a total of were thought to be made. This gun has rare 7-shot cylinder. Collier may lay claim to being the first revolving rifle produced that was sold substantial quantities. Stock is solid with much wear to checkering. Metal overall is brown with staining and pitting. Lock markings are discernible. Small silver thumbplate is intact. Detachable stock is missing. This group consists of three flintlock pistols; two that are converted to percussion and two flintlock tinder lighters with pistol grips. Stock mouldings and raised relief figural motifs on butt, trigger guard, thumbplate and barrel.
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Guns are all fair to good overall. Tinder lighter is rusted overall, but still functions. Gun is totally iron mounted and mounted on a beautiful piece of striped maple. The bore mics. This gun is well made and appears functional. Iron is overall brown with scattered rust and pitting. Set trigger is not functioning and hammer will not hold at full-cock.
Hunting bag is scuffed and has broken strap. This miniature rifle, hunting horn and hunting bag with knife are all displayed in a very good condition glass topped oak shadow box. One all iron example is engraved with a panoply of arms and Spanish markings. Two brass bodied examples have engraved panels, one with soldier as can be seen in photos. The larger of the two brass bodied lighters has restored main spring and candle holder.
The other lighters all appear original and complete. All appear to function. Brass mounted German silver and iron patchbox and inset iron hunters star. British proofed. Percussion conversion from flint, probably a trade gun with simple sheet brass buttplate, iron trigger guard. Stock has several cracks in forend. Numerous scuffs and cosmetic defects. Tang is broken and contemporarily repaired with a nail.
Frizzen has a recent break, piece missing, breech area rusted and pitted. Metal has rust and pitting. Stock is cracked with several old nailed repairs. Metal overall is dark with pitting and rust. Trigger guard is missing a screw and has crack and is bent. Gun has numerous silver inlays including lock escutcheon made in shape of an eagle.
Five small ivory insets are also found. Gun is checkered at the wrist and has relief carving on buttstock and behind tang. Bill Ivey in his exemplary text North Carolina School of Long Rifles on page 68 attributes a gun to Craft Jackson which has a most unusual and unique side-hinged patchbox lid also seen here.
Cataloger has no idea what this inscription means, regardless this is a very interesting gun that was originally longer and probably full stock but now shortened stubbed as plaque suggests? Bore appears reamed to 44 cal.
Mechanics are fine. Brass mounted with patchbox and brass and silver inlays. Brass mounted with pierced patchbox and some incised carving opposite patchbox. Old brass wood repair under lock and large iron escutcheon opposite lock to help continued use of this gun. Lock has large iron nail at back to hold in place. Cock and frizzen are replacements. Brass has mixed mustard colored patinas. Contemporary wrist repair utilizing large piece of flat pinned brass at wrist. Patchbox hinge has old repair. Metal is overall brown with rust and pitting, especially at breech. Stock has several long slivers of missing wood and old repair at toe.
Oil on canvas scene shows the steam sidewheeler on calm water flying American flag off back flagpole. A tent encampment is seen off the bow and military men are seen talking at the stern. The U. Housed in a gesso decorated gilt antique frame. You will see lots of identified miners and some Confederate soldiers wearing very similar shirts.
Too bad this gentleman is unidentified as we are sure he would have a story to tell. Case has repaired hinge and paper seal to image has been broken. Included in this grouping is a nice dated military manual by D. Mahan Treatise on Field Fortification, complete with fold-out plates and pages. Included are 4 brothers: William, Pearson, James and John. A quick search of a Civil War database shows Pierson H.
William and Pierson are shown in uniform; John and James are in civilian dress. Spine chipping and loose front board on British. One case is missing top and two cases have loose tops. No images were removed and there are ink inscriptions under all images, identifying them. Interesting album starting with family matriarch, all the way to grandchildren and at least 3 Civil War soldiers.
This is a difficult sword to find government purchased, as most Civil War officers were volunteers and provided their own swords. This sword was regulation for company grade officers. Brass retains strong traces of original gilt, sharkskin grip is intact and twisted wire wrap appears complete though broken. Scabbard has several breaks in leather and missing small section near drag. Scabbard missing drag and bottom portion of leather scabbard. German silver patchbox terminates in shape of a stag and there is also a stag inlay opposite lock. Paper inside patchbox has Confederate soldier listed in the 9th VA Cavalry.
Brass mounted with large brass patchbox, pewter nosecap. Tiger stripe maple. Brass mounted with pierced patchbox. Brass mounted, pewter nosecap. Weighs in at over lbs. Brass mounted with pewter nosecap. Striped maple stock. Stock has hairline opposite lock. Iron overall brown, stained and pitted. German silver mounts polished. Stock is sound, several cracks and erosion around lock and repair at toe. Metal dark and pitted. Inset wood above and forward of lock. Functional with pitted rifled bore. Stock has wood repair just forward of hammer. Replaced cock. Functional with pitted bore.
Missing key, metal dark. Set trigger functional, but sloppy. Fairly solid. Dark metal. Functional lock. Archive includes: two circa photographs of the Jonathan Pottle house in Norway, Maine with inked details on verso. Also included are two early 19th century ledgers with newspaper articles telling of the over page manuscript arithmetic book. Numerous arithmetic problems in text show how to convert measures and money, so this was a practical arithmetic book.
The other stick has a fancy monogram. Telescope is all brass with original leather cover. Ledgers are complete though shaken with yellowing and reductions at edges. The book appears complete, but full leather cover is heavily scuffed and heavily worn at edges. Telescope is very good overall with light mustard to chocolate covered patina. Both lens covers are complete and functional. Leather body shows light shrinkage, most of its original polish, though numerous scuffs and other cosmetic defects, including large dark area where apparently burned.
Attached spring bayonet is functional. Brass has old cleaning with mixed light mustard patinas. Iron is dark grey overall. Other brass hardware matches color of barrel. Wood ramrod appears to be an old replacement. Mechanically functional. Stock is sound and solid with staining and weathered areas on buttstock with loss of finish. This lot consists of numerous small objects housed in about 20 butterfly cases. Missing loops for attachment, Smith Patent 2nd Lt.
This particular mirror is quite commonly excavated in Federal camps, but this is the first example this cataloger has ever seen of a fine non-excavated specimen. Also included are several tagged relics, miscellaneous small excavated items, several pieces of insignia and Lot partial lot buttons, many of which do not appear to be war time, but a few are.
There are two folk art carvings including a well used pipe. Prospective bidders should examine. Late 18th century, Hebron, ME. Chest retains its original red wash. The rectangular single pine board lid opening to a storage compartment with till and with reinforcing iron rod joined at the exterior to original iron strapping fastened by rosehead nails. Lid is mounted with two wrought iron hasps mounted to iron rings on the lid and front face of storage chest.
The fastenings are reinforced with pine and hewn blocks secured by hand cut nails. Chest retains its original hand cut iron hinges of exceptional length again fastened with original rosehead nails. Each end of the chest is bound on all four edges by a continuous iron band nailed to the case and joined at the mid point of the front edge.scapaptoolphozu.cf/map13.php
Hebron Center Very good overall. Gun is in standard configuration complete with original sling swivels and numbered ramrod. Markings in metal all discernible. Brass has light mustard patina overall. Gun appears completely original and authentic with exception of one lock screw. Lot includes; two eagles and three round targets. Each target having a suspended metal plate behind which rings when bulls-eye is hit.
The upraised winged eagle has three posts which were welded to Lot the back of the arcade game. The round targets also have three rods.. One back hanging plate has cracked and support holder has been broken, otherwise all remain intact. This archive is a lifelong collection of the consignor who has a publishing company and had hoped to publish photo history books utilizing images from this incredible archive. This dream never came to fruition and a change in life has instead led to the consignment of this treasured photo archive. Archive consists of about 33, vintage and first generation photographic prints and 18, negatives, over slides.
Also included are five 8mm newsreel films, one 16mm newsreel film original German newsreel footage of Fallshirmjager troops parachuting into Holland , 25 stereocards and miscellaneous ephemera belonging to photographers whose work is now preserved in this photo archive including letters, correspondence and military service records. Many of the groupings are from professional American military photographers, German military photographers and soldiers in the field. Benning and many portraits and landscapes of 19teenss that would be perfect for publishers as well as movie costume and movie set designers.
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Many negatives included in this archive are large format and glass plates. Virtually all of the archive has been researched for the historical content, placed in acid free archival sleeves and boxes and labeled. All the 8x10 custom-made, wetprocess prints were made by the consignor who has had fifty years of experience working in photo darkrooms. Over 1, sample images and a brief description of the contents are shown in our on-line catalog.
Prospective bidders should examine this archive in person.
There are images that have damage, though vast majority are fine. Interested parties should examine lot in person. Louis and troop ship St. Paul all on review in New York harbor. Other images include photos of Spanish-American troops, railroad stations, railroad cars and engines, view of work on Panama Canal from the French effort era, Maryland 3rd AC War Games 9 different views , miscellaneous portraiture, landscapes and more.
James Calhoun. Several have reductions to emulsions, but all appear to have been stored well, two of the glass plates are broken, but these are both portraiture and can still be easily printed. Small fold in bottom right hand corner of albumin and mounting board is chipped with rounded corners. Indian War cards are average overall with some scratching, soiling and damage to cards. The three US 7th Cavalry officers appear to be photographs of photographs, all on heavier cardstock, mounted to period cards, and do not appear original to era.
Glass plate negatives of the White House and Teddy Roosevelt are mostly quite fine. The view of Roosevelt is quite unusual, showing him sitting at his desk with scattered paper trash about his desk; his walls have seven framed prints, apparently of American naval battle scenes. His desk has panoply of arms carved along with relief carved gunboat on the visible edge. Large gelatin image of Illinois National Guard has several large cracks including upper right hand corner being broken off and repaired, scuffed and rounded corners.
Visits are impossible. No contact with anyone - isolated I get some from people who want to save my soul - people who want my autograph -! To ask other readers questions about Travellers in the Third Reich , please sign up. Me gustaria leer este libro, pero es caro. Antes quiero tener mas informacion? Interesante conocer las opiniones. See 1 question about Travellers in the Third Reich…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order.
Julia Boyd weaves together stories and anecdotes with such skill and fluidity, reading her account seemingly takes no effort whatsoever. Hers is an anthology highlighting the proximity between Britain and Germany and the relative ease with which people of middle class means could travel in the twenties and thirties.
Many contemporary readers might be shocked with the number of prominent British citizens who were not only sympathetic to Nazi rule, but actively supportive, even up to the start of WWII. The latter chapters about the time during the war were less about travelers than they were about people who had either married into German families, Chinese students who were stuck, or true believers who stayed. And as depressing or baffling as some of the stories are, it is really worth reading the page on the exploits of the British spinster sisters Ida and Louise Cook to save the valuables of Jews.
It made me cheer and put a smile on my face. Over and over again I read passages that seemed eerily contemporary. The feeling of history repeating never left me as I was reading. And I feel that readers of that book may well have similar feelings and views that I had reading Travelers in the Third Reich.
But it certainly causes corresponding moments of reflection and contemplation. Man, this is one damn good read! Feb 27, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: books-read There are countless books on World War 2, from serious and weighty tomes, stories of daring do and detailed explanations of pivotal moments that changed the course of a continent. Whilst there has been lots of analysis about the failings of the post-World War 1 reparations and oppression by the victors led to the problems that Germany found itself in, there has been very little written about the way it was rapidly changing from the perceptive of holidaymakers and visitors to the country.
In Trave There are countless books on World War 2, from serious and weighty tomes, stories of daring do and detailed explanations of pivotal moments that changed the course of a continent. In Travellers in the Third Reich, Julia Boyd has documented the turmoil that Germany was in as seen through the eyes of the people that visited the country in the interwar period.
Collecting together their stories and accounts we learn how the particular set of circumstances led to the political rise of an obscure Austrian, who had once been tried for treason. As Hitler gained in popularity, the twisted message that he was broadcasting became a cult movement. This fervent following he had at the huge rallies to hear his vitriolic speeches, scared some visitors and yet others from the British establishment were embracing this dystopia. After gaining political power, it didn't take long for him to seize total control and begin to roll out the nationalist policies across the country.
The people that were drawn to Germany at this time came from all walks of life and saw the way that it was changing, but there were glimpses of the persecution that was starting to happen across the country as the vision of the Aryan ideal was implemented. The Olympics were the point where the Third Reich could showcase itself on the world stage and athletes and visitors where shown a sanitised country.
Those that managed to peer behind the scenes though, were startled and horrified by what they saw. This book has stories from a diverse range of people, schoolchildren, musicians, tourist and the political classes that were in and travelling through Germany in the 's. At the time there was a certain amount of complacency as to what was happening there, but with hindsight it is easy to see the way things were going, the secret war preparations, buses that could be converted into armed troop carriers, arrests and the terrifying events that were unfolding if they had taken a few moments to look beyond the veneer.
It is the human angle that makes this such a fascinating book, the family from Bournemouth on holiday who bump into Hitler whilst on a walk and take a snap, the couple who are moved to take the disabled child of a Jewish mother out of the country to give her a chance of life and two lads realising that they were cycling very close to the concentration camp of Dachau by accident. It is a fascinating book, full of detail on a country that stepped into the abyss and almost took the whole of Europe with it. There are echoes in here that have a resonance today and we would be wise to remember.
View 2 comments. Aug 29, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: history. Travellers in the Third Reich — Germany Invites You Julia Boyd has written what has to be one of the most fascinating books of the using new material for private collections and archives around the world.
Clearly not an easy question to answer, but one Julia Boyd sets out to do with Travellers in the Third Reich. Looking back as we do, it is hard for people today to und Travellers in the Third Reich — Germany Invites You Julia Boyd has written what has to be one of the most fascinating books of the using new material for private collections and archives around the world. Looking back as we do, it is hard for people today to understand why anyone would want to visit Germany, the Great War was over, the perception was Germany was to blame, the economy was weak and had collapsed, yet people still visited.
During the s Germany was a popular destination for British and American tourists, which also inspired people such as WH Auden and Christopher Isherwood. What this book does do is describe what happened in Germany between the wars, and is based entirely on first-hand accounts written by foreign visitors to the country. There is also a sense of what it was actually like to visit the country, both physically and emotionally.
Add to this war veterans, academics, journalists, artists, Olympic athletes and the England football team. From the poverty that the Germans were living in, and this includes a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Margaret of Prussia to the ordinary German. With witnesses to how the pain for the Germans got worse especially with the riots and revolutionary behaviour. It must also be remembered that Rupert Brooke wrote Grantchester in Berlin at this time. What does come through the book is that if the British and Americans were relatively popular visitors to Germany, especially in the Weimar years, the French were not.
There are also descriptions of President Hindenburg, who was half hidden by a curtain after he had inaugurated Hitler as Chancellor, as he received the plaudits from below while saluting the crowd. There are some wonderful descriptions of that day. Weeks after an English journalist notes that they were confronted everywhere by election propaganda.
Throughout the book there are excellent portraits of Germany pained by the travellers including the old soldiers, the literary set and those from academia. There are some interesting descriptions in the chapter that deals with Germany as it became an Academic Wasteland, with the exclusions and the lack of rights for the Jews.
This really is an interesting book, looking at Germany without the use of hindsight is a challenge, and sometimes makes you want to scream about not being able to see what is right in front of you, to many of the visitors. This will fascinate readers and is well written and well researched and oddly a great read, in spite of the subject matter. The author of this book has really done the legwork of trawling through the letters and diaries of many visitors to Germany in the s, ranging from English aristocrats on tour to American high schoolers to a Chinese PhD student and W.
She doesn't succeed in truly reconciling what these visitors thought, because there are so many personalities and experiences involved, and she doesn't follow through to the obvious if possibly unavailable conclusion of what all these people though The author of this book has really done the legwork of trawling through the letters and diaries of many visitors to Germany in the s, ranging from English aristocrats on tour to American high schoolers to a Chinese PhD student and W. She doesn't succeed in truly reconciling what these visitors thought, because there are so many personalities and experiences involved, and she doesn't follow through to the obvious if possibly unavailable conclusion of what all these people thought later, in hindsight.
But the book is studded with glints of the travelers' interesting observations and it portrays many facets of the s, a period I am increasingly convinced most Americans know nothing about. I had never really thought about what would have made Germany an attractive place to travel in this period. Certainly tourists today would flock to such a place. Much as I love medieval towns, I confess I'd never really paused to reflect on how beautiful Germany must have been before the war, mainly because regret over this feels like a third rail in Germany today. But I think it can be acknowledged as long as we place the blame in the right place, on the Nazis rather than the Allies who were driven to bomb them.
The travelers in this book were students bumming around on bicycles, or middle-class professionals on bus tours, or aristocrats visiting the fine homes of acquaintances. Though they had different aims in visiting, they all seem to start with a sense of enchantment. What did they make of the mistreatment of the Jews in the s?
Their own anti-Semitism contributed to an underwhelming response. Many thought that the Germans were justified in wanting less Jewish influence in their society and bought into mainstreamed lies about Jewish citizens' disproportionate or malevolent role. The regime was not successful in hiding their actions from either the local or tourists, but the tourists were more easily fooled. One group was taken to tour Dachau, where "the criminals paraded before them were in fact camp guards in disguise.
There are a few genuinely hair-raising stories here. One young American woman, studying music in Munich and staying with a family, sneaked with her host brother into a speech by Julius Streicher, the Nazi propagandist. They'd arrive on Friday in plain attire, see an opera, and go back on Sunday, wearing furs and dripping with jewels. Unfortunately this author does not report on whether any of the original owners were able to escape.
I think this is a more worthwhile read than In the Garden of Beasts , because that is about only one family and an idiosyncratic one at that. This gives a much broader overview. Most of the travelers introduced here depart with the same impression, favorable or suspicious, that they started with. The author doesn't take the psychology head-on but I think there were several things in the mix: moral laziness, yes, but also aversion to war, and a lack of exposure to the kind of insidious propaganda that we, in at least, should be able to recognize.
Review copy received from Edelweiss. View 1 comment. Jul 17, Chele Hipp rated it it was amazing. Utterly fascinating and terrifying. But, yes, I do believe he is attempting to lead us to fascism. And that he aspires to be a dictator. Pr Utterly fascinating and terrifying. Pre-existing racism and fear. Anti-semitism was rampant in Germany and throughout the world. Just like anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant feelings are plaguing our world now.
Personal economic circumstances. In the short term, Hitler took Germany from desperation to prosperity and people were feeling much better. Sounds a lot like the k Trumpers. Personal comfort. People were having a good time. Social life was fun and full. Food, drink, entertainment, travel, festivals. Just like our lives are when we choose to look away from the hardships others are enduring. The Nazi propaganda machine convinced many people that Hitler was a peace loving man who only wanted the best for his country and was leading the country back to its pre-WWI greatness.
This is the place where we differ the most. We have an informed citizenry and an extraordinary press. We must hold these things dear. It is what will protect us from fascism and maintain our American principles. That and voting. Apr 05, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: germany-austria , travel , wwii , tbr-reduction , read , germany-versailles-ve. Highly readable account based on mostly new sources.
I guess we couldn't skip Unity altogether. Fascinating and rather depressing; people won't see what they don't want to see, and Germany was so pleasant and cheap! Nothing groundbreaking here, but a worthy addition to the literature about the interwar period. Jun 25, Richard Durrans rated it it was amazing. Absorbing book Fast moving and fascinating glimpse into the s in Germany - original accounts.
Reflects day to day life and feelings from foreigners in Germany. Conflicting views of the third reich - the beauty of the german countryside and cities, the vibrancy and friendliness of the people, the discipline and purposefulness of life particular for the young people , the prospering of the economy and the richness of the music, art and culture seemed to dominate people Absorbing book Conflicting views of the third reich - the beauty of the german countryside and cities, the vibrancy and friendliness of the people, the discipline and purposefulness of life particular for the young people , the prospering of the economy and the richness of the music, art and culture seemed to dominate peoples thoughts and "excuse" the nasty things going on.
It is said to have sold a half-million copies on its first day ; that would be the rough equivalent of 4 million copies in the U. They worked out the logic of this or that scenario, and delivered verdicts or advice accordingly. It took a while before actual love songs with recognizable people and situations in them would be in the offing.
The new six-disc mega rerelease of Sgt. Pepper includes a reproduction of the actual poster. The Beatles set themselves up as Sgt. So why were Sgt. The result is a decent novelty song that provides ammunition for those, like me, who contend that, track for novelty track, the song quality on Sgt. A flaw in their contracts allowed them to record outside songs for movies, a financial windfall for the studio lucky enough to make the film. What no one expected was that a young, canny director named Richard Lester would make the resulting movie an unexpected classic, with any number of comic set pieces, ranging from the slapstick to the satirical, that remain invigorating and pointed to this day.
In one scene, George is taken in to be quizzed by an amoral adman on what British youth were thinking. The anvil sound is hilarious. Wait — Maxwell kills people? In the wan Let It Be movie, you can see John Lennon looking pensive as the band runs through this piffle, wondering how his life has come to this. Docked 50 notches for the verse in which Maxwell kills the pataphysical scientist. She seemed cool. Much later, McCartney would allow that he was guilty of laziness for putting nontracks like this on his albums. An anticlimax to the last uninteresting album the band would release for several years.
They broke up for a lot of reasons. Then Lennon started using heroin. Fun times, fun times. Later he tried to paint the other Beatles as the bad guys. The result is just that — show-offy. This first turned up on an American release, Beatles VI. The vulnerability is charming, though. One of the least interesting songs on the otherwise sparkling Rubber Soul.
Ringo Starr grew up Ritchie Starkey — without a father and in the slums. He nearly died from an infection at 6 — remaining in a hospital for a full year. He then contracted tuberculosis, which gave him an extended stay in a sanitarium and no chance at all of regaining his footing in school. The dismal future that awaited him was thwarted by chance. His natural likability and gifted affinity for the drums changed everything. He came alive on stage — sporting a streak in his hair and flashy rings.
That put his life on its unlikely trajectory, and ultimately made him a worldwide household name for some 55 years now. That likability, his reliable steady beat, and his flair for a tasteful fill made him an important part of the Beatles, which is saying something. He sang lead on 11 songs. The good songs went to the movies and toward the grueling single-release schedule that Martin and Epstein enforced. Beatles for Sale, which came out between the two soundtracks, was another unprecedented smash, spending months at No.
Great groovy fuzzed-out bass line, though. Supposedly recorded in one take. One assumes this was a live crowd-pleaser, because its charms are elusive on disc. American records were rare in Britain, and the band picked up what songs they could from the eccentric assortment that presented itself; this was originally done in a distaff version by an obscure Detroit girl group called the Donays, written by one Ricky Dee. Of the four Beatles, Harrison was the only one who grew up in a nuclear family; like the others, though, he also grew up with an outhouse, and playing in rubbled lots, the detritus of a terrible war that had given undue attention to Liverpool, a major port.
Lennon could of course be much crueler about it. Harrison responded by leaving Lennon out of his autobiography. This is routinely referred to as a Beatles oddity, but the song itself is from The Music Man , one of the best American musicals of the era. The song about the meter maid, fine. But we draw the line at animal songs, particularly when the story, pointless to begin with, goes nowhere. Much later, Lennon would play it with the Plastic Ono Band. He, too, grew up marginally in a damaged city; he lost his mother at More than any of the Beatles, and indeed more than just about anyone you can think of, he has radiated happiness and contentment and not in a self-satisfied way for most of his life.
He was in the biggest-selling band of the s, and was probably the biggest-selling artist of the s as well. He was also — how to put this? He smoked marijuana heroically most of his life, and lived a great love story with his wife, Linda Eastman, until her too-early death in If Paul McCartney has a dark side, it is the voice inside him demanding that he dominate every genre of pop music with his cosmically pleasurable, almost ridiculously facile skills.
Here, a number for toddlers. And some people say he was a humorless moralist. But there was a way in which he was always on parole, and over the years his resentment grew. Docked another five notches for having basically the same title as another, even worse, song on the same album. This one, by Roy Lee Johnson, is a genuine oddity, partly crooned, party wailed.
He has an amazing voice. In addition to the lulling arrangement and production — novel and relaxing, spectacular and subtle — we have Paul mulling things over, a step up from grinning platitudes about nothing. The argument against it is that it is in the end an argument for the status quo. Given his place in the universe, of course Paul McCartney liked things the way they were. You might think the song is directed at rich, complacent hippies — but the rich, complacent hippies in the Beatles would never write a song about that, would they?
The very antithesis of a moon-spoon-June love song. Lennon grew up a striking artistic personality, living, it needs hardly be said, at a time and in a place where this was barely recognized. Without getting too psychological about it, you can say this left him with lingering anger and displacement issues, manifesting in lots of drinking and random acts of cruelty many never forgot. As the Decade of the Beatles wore on, a growing realization of some of these issues put his sensibility on a collision course with the unprecedented circus of a professional life he had inadvertently found himself in.
The result in the latter years of the s was a lot of growing up, and out, in public, via this or that very personal, and sometimes not very attractive, artistic statement on the matter. This is a takeoff on Animal Farm , and anything but subtle. Funny voices, too. This is a slow grinder, sung earnestly by Lennon. Way too much echo on the track, though.
Painfully plain, this is one of the first complete songs McCartney and Lennon wrote together.
Simple is not the word; there are exactly 17 different words in the song, three of which manage to extend to two syllables. If you grew up with Abbey Road you probably still love it. This is a less interesting, blaring track. The animation film Yellow Submarine was built around it years later. The film was not written by the Beatles, and does not feature their voices either, but their inspiration made it a highly enjoyable cinematic experience, then and now. And no one could reproduce the inherent manic feel of the Beatles.
I respect that Lennon is trying to strip down his work to elements, lose his ego, profess his love for Ono, and disappear to be reborn, all that shit. The outro is interminable, undergirded with a roar of white noise, a nice effect. It finally ends, abruptly, with a sharp cut, mid-note. Later, Emerick came to feel Lennon was right. What came to be called the Get Back sessions featured songs like this — a guitar or two, bass drums, maybe a keyboard, with natural voices on top.
You want to like songs like this — and particularly this song, with two of the most familiar voices in the world winding around each other with obvious pleasure. The documentary made of these sessions, Let It Be , is an engrossing, wan, sometimes joyous, but ultimately troubled look at four friends who could no longer get it together to record earth-shattering music.
The band shelved the material and eventually re-formed to record and release Abbey Road. The Get Back session tracks, by this point a red-headed stepchild, were later refashioned to varying degrees by Phil Spector and put out under the name Let It Be , which inadvertently became, in the eyes of the public, the Beatles sad swan song. This is one of them. With a sober nod to the past, they played it during the recording of Let It Be.
Its official name is merely The Beatles. Side one:. Side two:. Despite the conceptual problems, there are striking moments in the first half, not least the cutaway to the credits, and of course the conceit of the foursome going home to a row of townhomes, all of which were connected inside. The Help! There are various stories about whom or what this song is really about, but in the end the critical undertones seem sophomoric; after all, the Beatles had been surviving on amphetamines for nearly a decade.
The intro is one of their drabbest. Too many of his songs consist of the title words repeated over and over in the chorus. The band played it on the famous rooftop concert in Let It Be , but it was left off the album. The song, famously written as he waited for some friends on Blue Jay Way in the L. Some nice sounds though. Those who shelled out money for them at the time could take comfort only in the fact that they must have been more tedious to make than they were to consume.
Indeed, Harrison has three songs on the album. Sound and music and meaning came together for the band here in a way that it never would again. They were adults with an ever-changing, ever-more-pointed way of looking at the world; at the same time, the extraordinary tastefulness of the production techniques instilled by George Martin gave them powerful tools to capture those impressions. This has a hummable melody, a decent bridge, a rambling bass track by McCartney, and really not much else. I guess this is a minor Beatles song, from the period just before things started to get really interesting, but the melody and the arrangement mix, here, as in so many other songs in their oeuvre, in a lovely and highly likable way.
Note the waltz time in the middle eight, with the melancholy insert from Lennon. The band barrels through the verses at top speed, not noticing they are supposed to done herky-jerky style. As recorded, three minutes of pop glory set to a melancholy, aching melody, wrapped up in whistles, flutes, vocals, production swirls, and McCartney ululations. We take it all for granted now, but the sound spaces created on the track are exquisite. The result is lulling and stately, a dream in audio Technicolor.
Too much of the lyrics are clumsy. Is Paul himself the Fool on the Hill? Pepper to compare with the three or four landmark tracks he delivered on Revolver. This song took its inspiration from a Corn Flakes commercial. There are a lot of groovy sound effects, but the story it tries to purvey is a little confused, and it clashes conceptually with the far more visionary treatment of the same subject in the last track on the album. Here we have JoJo andSweet Loretta, with other whimsical words strung together as if they mean something, which they most assuredly do not.
The Lennon-McCartney songwriting sessions were supposed to take care of vapid lyric conceptions like this. McCartney is barely even processing what he is saying. I sing along every time it comes out of a speaker within earshot, just as you do. The real star here is the sound. The vocals, with a ghostly aura around them, fill most of the recording; way in the back, a bass and a subtle drum track seem to exist on an entirely different plane.
The trouble with too many of his compositions is that they turn in on themselves; they have no meaning outside of the actual song, and neither do the funny guitar noises he comes up with here. The result? It never appeared on a normal band album in the U. LP release that vacuumed up a number of uncollected hits.
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