Was Queen Elizabeth I bald? She is said to have reddish-gold hair like her father, King Henry VIII. The Virgin Queen definitely wore wigs, and may have sported and influenced some of the fabulous styles depicted below that were popular with wealthy ladies on the 16th century.
Auguste Racinet, Le costume historique, 1888, Europe XVI Siecle.
It seems that Elizabeth may have, at times, used wigs not just for fashion but to conceal her hair going gray. But she did not lose her hair, at least, not until much later in life, in her mid-sixties. She died at the age of 69.
Whether her hair beauty secret was due to nature or wigs, the indelible image of Elizabeth I is of an elaborately coiffed redhead. And an incredible, powerful, ruler.
The Libraries has countless images in its Galaxy of Images website and online exhibitions and collections featuring people from all eras working hard to make a living.
Here are a few highlights:
William Gilbert, De Magnete, Magneticisque Corporibus, et de Magno Magnete Tellure; Physiologia Nova [On the magnet, magnetic bodies, and the great magnet of the Earth . . .], 1600, Man at work at a forge.
American Button-Hole, Overseaming, and Sewing Machine Company, [Flier featuring a picture
of a woman in formal dress sitting at a sewing machine], 1874, from Sewing Machines.
Portrait of Robert William Holley, biochemist, Scientific Identity: Portraits from the
Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, 2003, , from Scientific Identity.
Painted drawings by Rhodesian school children in the Smithsonian Institution [graphic]., 1961-1967, Women's work.
Lithographic printing shop of Wagner & McGuigan, Philadelphia: about 1850. Courtesy of the Harry T. Peters Collection, Division of Home and Community Life, National Museum of American History, from Picturing Words.
Today is National Watermelon Day. Here are some virtual melons for you to savor until you can get the real thing …
Alneer Brothers, Alneer Brothers Illustrated Catalogue of Everything for the Flower and Vegetable Garden, 1896.
John A. Salzer Seed Co., Spring 1897, 1897
Even more tasty images can be found on the Libraries' Galaxy of Images.
"You ought to have seen what I saw on my way
To the village, through Mortenson's pasture to-day:
Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,
Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum
In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!
And all ripe together, not some of them green
And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!"
—Robert Frost, Blueberries
Maria Sibylla Merian, Raupen wunderbare Verwandelung und sonderbare Blumennahrung, 1730.
Enjoy National Blueberry Month!
Some count it as the 15th, some as today, the 18th, but shouldn't every day be cow appreciation day?
This item from the Libraries' trade literature collection in the National Museum of American History Library seemed appropriate, no matter when you want to celebrate.
You can read a more detailed post on cream separators here.
De Laval Separator Co., De Laval Cream Separators, Farm and Dairy Sizes, 1913.