A note on the back of this photo reads: "Party given by gentlemen to children."
Uploaded this one in June 2011, but I'm recycling it now because I have a very special request!
Next Wednesday 16th marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of Flickr Commons, when the Library of Congress unleashed their photographic collections on an unsuspecting world. I got a lovely email from Helena Zinkham, who's the chief of the LOC's photo division. She wants a celebration, and I think she's right.
I'm wondering if some of you would like to pick a favourite photo of yours (for whatever reason!) from our NLI photostream, write a paragraph about it, and send it to me with a link to the photo for posting to our NLI Blog. We can then have a celebratory blog post, with the photos in question on display too.
I'd been thinking about doing this for a while, but Helena's email just gave me the kick I needed. So, who's in?!
Date: Circa 1924
NLI Ref.: HOG221
The message in the picture is as follow:
"To the people of Haiti,
The loss of so many lives and the widespread destruction caused by the earthquake has deeply grieved everyone.
The sorrow of the people of Haiti has resonated deeply in the world.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your people."
No rights reserved. Please feel free to use this picture "RECOVERY", in any ways that it can create awareness and help the people of Haiti.
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And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. [New Test.]
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things.
Do not tell me of my obligation to put all poor men in good situations. Are they my poor? I tell thee, thou foolish philanthropist, that I grudge the dollar, the dime, the cent, I give to such men as do not belong to me and to whom I do not belong.
Sometimes when I'm swimming, I think that maybe someday I'll put my red Speedo up for auction. Or maybe I'll donate it to the Smithsonian. They can stuff it with two plums and a gherkin and put it on display.
Charity But how shall we expect charity towards others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves? Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world; yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner.
A man who sees another man on the street corner with only a stump for an arm will be so shocked the first time he'll give him sixpence. But the second time it'll only be a three penny bit. And if he sees him a third time, he'll have him cold-bloodedly handed over to the police.
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth. [Mathew 6:2-3]