Sunday, March 09, 2008

Something different



For once I’m breaking my rules and not showing you a postcard. We received a catalogue
last week for an auction too far away for us to attend. This is the back cover. Two of the lots consist of photographs from the archives of the photographer and journalist Mr. Chusseau-Flaviens, he specialised in royalty.


First is The grand Duchess Irina Alexandrovna, then The Tzarevitch and The Grand Duchess Marie Nicolainna. Then there are two pictures of The Prince of Monaco; Prince Albert 1st, one in his laboratory on his yacht “Princess Alice and the other with his famous collection at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco. The German Emperor Guillaume III is at the keel of his yacht. The last is the most interesting; An operation is being performed by the professor Jonesco. The patient , anaesthetized, has his stomach open and is looking at the photographer while smoking a cigarette. (To calm his nerves perhaps?)

(My spellings are taken from the French, I’m afraid, as usual click on the image to see in more detail)

5 comments:

Worldman said...

Brrr....! I clicked on the picture to "open" it. The operation one made me shiver. I hope that the patient survived. It does not look as there was a lot of sterile environment. :-)

jen x said...

Ok, I kept my eyes toward the top of the page (a bit too early for open abdominal surgery here). Stunning postcards -- I wish *I* could attend this auction!

You alway shave the best images on the blogosphere :-)

Anji said...

Perter: We will never know if he survived...

Jen X: I'd love to be able to go too, but it's just too far away. they are auctioning posters on the same day which is always a pleasure to watch

Titania Starlight said...

Those were all very interesting. Imagine a patient doing that today or even the doctor? Yeow!!! :o)

Anji said...

Titania: I wonder if the students took popcorn in to nibble while they watched, lol