The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
Members of District VII’s executive board, led by President Sosnowski, pose for a photograph in 1915. The “Mid-Pennsylvania District” was organized in September 1905 and early in its history, the district faced some controversy regarding its religious affiliation. Loyalties were divided between the Roman Catholic Church and the Polish National Catholic Church, a breakaway Catholic Church founded in Scranton, Pa., in 1897 by Fr. Franciszek Hodur. Fr. Hodur, like many Polish immigrants to America, was frustrated by the domination of the Catholic Church in America by German and Irish clergy who often spoke no Polish. After forming the breakaway church, Fr. Hodur was excommunicated, but he burned this excommunication papers and tossed them into a nearby river. The controversy between the two churches threatened to divide the mid-Pennsylvania district. However, after Stanislaw Osada, the Sokol Polski Newspaper Editor, visited the district to meet with leaders of both groups, the Falcons all agreed to set their differences aside and work together for the good of the organization.
To learn more about the role of Catholicism in the Polish Falcons of America, check out the photographs in our Cultural Collection!
In a scene that could have been pulled straight from H. G. Wells’ classic War in the Air, a mighty air and sea battle between German and British forces is imagined in this fanciful 1915 Japanese lithograph.
Japan, which had almost no experience with military aviation, had joined The Great War on the side of the Allies in August of 1914. Its citizens, curious about events in the West, avidly purchased lithographs like this because news photographs were difficult to obtain and to reproduce.