Monday’s Link Roundup.

On this Monday’s Link Roundup we have some terrific historical photography. Don’t miss Russia in color, a century ago. It’s riveting stuff. And on another photographic theme, I highly recommend Old family photos bring Polish history exhibit to life.

  • Old family photos bring Polish history exhibit to life. “…Eszter Andor and Dora Sardi, started Centropa, a Jewish historical institute that spent eight years training young historians in 15 European countries to create a different sort of oral history project.  Rather than interview Central Europe’s last living Holocaust survivors on video, Centropa has digitized more than 20,000 of their family photos (while also interviewing them).”
  • Russia in color, a century ago. “…photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images. The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time – when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun.”
  • 7 Ways Mobile Apps are Enriching Historical Tourism. “Some of the most famous historical sites would be just another old house or pile of rubble if you didn’t have any background information about their significance…Now, many programmers are also offering tourists the option to learn about these sites via their smartphones.”
  • Printing Heirloom Photo Negatives. “My grandfather gave me boxes of family research materials with hundreds of early (pre-35mm) black and white photo negatives. Many were taken at family reunions. I’d like to have prints made of some or all of the negatives, but I’ve been unable to find a company that can process them. Do you know where I might have my negatives made into prints?”
  • How To Give A Great Speech. “Forget fancy PowerPoint presentations and loads of data. Instead, keep your speech simple, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Focus on one theme, and eliminate everything else.”
  • VoiceTales. “… created with the idea that there is nothing more personal than your voice.  And knowing that we all have tales to tell, those two words together sparked an idea that we hope will support and encourage kids of all ages to enjoy VoiceTales recordings for generations to come.”

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