President Theodore Roosevelt’s first wife died shortly after the birth of their only child, Alice. Roosevelt remarried and raised other children, but “Princess Alice” became a controversial figure during his presidency. She lived in the White House during her early twenties, inciting scandals for smoking cigarettes, driving cars, and keeping a pet snake named Emily Spinach. When confronted with the suggestion that he curb Alice’s excesses, President Roosevelt responded, “I can be president of the United States—or—I can attend to Alice. I cannot possibly do both!”
Today’s Gratuitous Photo of My Library: The University of Louisville photo archives curator & print manager found this lovely set while shelf reading. It is a stereo viewer with glass positives from WWI. You see something similar to this quite often but the images are printed on cards. The glass retains massive detail, which makes the viewing quite intense. You definitely feel like you’re there.
living in california is so weird its just tiny earthquakes every single week and its always bizarre and you always brace yourself for a few seconds like: is this it. do i need to put a cat under each arm and run outside