Thursday

Poisson d'Avril!


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In 1509, a French poet referred to a
poisson d’avril (April fool, literally 'April fish'),
a possible reference to the holiday - April 1st
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French cards from the beginning of the
20th century. These 'fish cards' were sent
to friends and loved ones on April 1st.
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Why fish? There are several theories...
Try to read here


French postcard celebrating April Fool's Day, ca. 1907-191.
The post card reads: 'Pretty April Fool's Day Fish,
messenger so discreet / Of he who sends this to
you, guard well the secret'.

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French postcard, celebrating April Fool's Day as it was
done in France - not with pranks but with reminders
featuring fish, which are supposed to be good for one's
memory. The somewhat surprised-looking fish is saying:
'Si vous devinez qui l'envoie,/Votre coeur sera dans la joie'.
This loosely translates as: 'If you guess the sender,
your heart will be joyous'. Postmarked in 1908
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XL embossed April Fools Day die-cut of a Newfoundland Dog
carrying a fish with a babies bonnet, partially mounted on
card with April 1st message attached
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dooo-bi-dooouuuuuuh!

Aprill - April from 'The Shepheardes Calender'


'The Shepheardes Calender' was English poet
Edmund Spenser's first major poetic work,
published in 1579. It was written to honour
Queen Elizabeth I


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Read here to learn more and read the April poem.

April - detail

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

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Still Life with a Basket of Crocuses, March-April 1887
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Pine Trees and Dandelions in the
Garden of Saint Paul Hospital, April - May, 1890
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Basket of Sprouting Bulbs, March-April 1887
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April hyacinths...


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'April' by Hannah Firmin
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April Vogue


Vogue April, 1919
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George Wolf Plank: Vogue Cover, April 1915
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April!


Charles Burchfield: 'An April Mood', 1946–55
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Charles Burchfield: 'Dawn of Spring', ca. 1960


New Monthly Magazine, New York, for April 1899
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Maurice Denis (1870-1943): 'April' (Les anémones)
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X-mas or not...we need typewriters!



Underwood Typewriters ad, 1922
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Typewriter wood brooch


In pink or light blue...or as stickers..

CraftyFOLK, Etsy


In yellow, black or red...

Woodstock Electrite typewriter ads, 1926


...and wriiiiite...


Unknown woman with typewriter
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Unknown typewriter, n.d.
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Lillian Sholes, the daughter of the typewriter
inventor
Christopher Latham Sholes (1819-1890)
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Have you ever seen anything like it??
Me neither!
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Smith Premier No 4!
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woman at typewriter
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French postcard, ca. 1910
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Thaaanks!


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I'm glad so many of you took your time to do it!!
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Have a great day!

Cuno Amiet (1868-1961)


Girl in the Flowers, 1896
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Garden in Spring, 1928
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Feasting Animals
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Henri Lebasque (1865-1937)


Spring Landscape, 1913


A Girl Playing a Harp
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The Garden in Spring, 1914


Interior with Harp


Children with Spring Flowers

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Wednesday

Aino Sibelius (née Järnefelt)


Portrait taken in 1888
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Aino Sibelius (née Järnefelt) (1871-1969) was the wife of
Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. They lived most of their
65 years of married life at their home Ainola near Lake
Tuusula, Järvenpää, Finland. They had six daughters
together and since Sibelius could not afford schooling for
the children, Aino taught them at home. She spent a
period in 1907 convalescing in Hyvinkää Sanatorium

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Aino Järnefelt was six years younger than
Jean Sibelius. This photo is taken in the early
years of her marriage, ca. 1891
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Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
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Portrait made by her brother Eero Järnefelt
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Portrait 1922
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