The cabinet in yesterday's post is still in use. I was in the Ottawa Room yesterday, and spoke with one of the librarians for awhile. The cabinet stores index card information, mostly for genealogy records. I also spent time looking at fire insurance maps from the late 19th century and early 20th century, something related to tomorrow's post.
You might have noticed a bust on this cabinet. This is Queen Victoria as we often think of her- the grandmother in the late stages of her reign. It's a contrast to the statue of the Queen inside the Library of Parliament, a statue that shows her at a younger age.
Your hobby is made familiar with this library for you?ReplyDelete
Have a great weekend, William.
If you start to tell stories, I like to know them, we already know the winterlude.ReplyDelete
Have a good one, William.
That is sweet of you to have spoken with the librarians about the cabinet and explain it to us. The bust I hadn't noticed but Queen Victoria will certainly keep a keen eye at all the books in the room.ReplyDelete
I always find it interesting that Canadians think a lot of Queen Victoria and even celebrate her birthday with Victoria Day in May. She doesn't get the same recognition in Britain.ReplyDelete
That sure is a stern looking bust. It looks as if Queen Victoria is guarding the cabinet :-)ReplyDelete
Queen Vic is seldom smiling, isn't she?ReplyDelete
I wonder if she was a stern as she often appears!ReplyDelete
her eyes stare right into you!ReplyDelete
@Jen: quite lifelike.ReplyDelete
@Orvokki: yes, I'm in that branch on a regular basis.
@Marianne: I figured it was a good idea to follow up.
@Gill: I think it's because she was Queen at the time of Confederation. For the city, it's also because she chose Ottawa as the capital.
@Tamago: it does!
@Ciel: not in any of the likenesses I've seen, but then again, considering she lost her husband relatively early on, that's to be expected.
@EG: it's possible she might have had some humour at some time in her life.
@Tex: they do!
Ah yes... dear Albert...:-)Delete
She does not look amusedReplyDelete
I don't believe there is a single statue of her with a smile on her face.ReplyDelete
I like her older look and a few more lines.ReplyDelete
Your archives have actually done something with the information. Our archives does a very good job of sharing and publicizing what's stored.ReplyDelete
I'm told that until recent times, smiling in photos and busts was unheard of.ReplyDelete
That Aimee.. She pinched my line again :)ReplyDelete
This is how I have seen her more often...ReplyDelete
Nice! I think I had a teacher in grade school that looked like that.ReplyDelete
William You are the best. I like Your stories.ReplyDelete
I agree with some commenteers... Spending some time with Queen V. would be anything but fun! :-)ReplyDelete
She still doesn't look very happy ...ReplyDelete
@Aimee: it seems a rare thing to see royalty amused.ReplyDelete
@Sharon: smiles might have been frowned on during Victorian times. Really, how many smiles can we see in photos or paintings from the latter half of the 19th century anywhere?
@Birdman: I was chatting with the librarian yesterday about how most of the images we have of Victoria are at this stage of her life, whereas in contrast, with Elizabeth, we've got a wealth of photographs from her younger years through to the present day, so we don't really associate her as the Grandmother in the way we do with Victoria.
@Red: I can't help but notice as I enlarged the photo that there are volumes of Karsh on the shelves.
@Norma: that doesn't surprise me.
@Grace: daughters will do that.
@VP: it's the standard look for her.
@Judy: I had a teacher back in the day who could have taught cruelty lessons to the Nazis... and she was old enough to have done so!
@Inna: thank you!
@Jose: you'd have to watch your every step.
@Jan: it takes a lot of energy to run an empire.
Tomorrows blog already sounds interesting. Waiting.......ReplyDelete
I have seen many statues of Queen Victoria over the years. This one has that very familiar expression.ReplyDelete
She had a very stern expression, but I must say that I love the clothing, etc. from the Victorian era. :)ReplyDelete
She looks as if her skin was painted gold and that she will speak any moment.ReplyDelete
I know they took liberties with the story but I appreciated how the movie "Young Victoria" brought her to life.ReplyDelete
@MB: it certainly is different looking at those kind of maps.ReplyDelete
@Denise: she looks like quite the authority.
@Linda: yes, very classical.
@Shelly: she does!
@Kay: I love that film. Admittedly, I can freely say that I do find Emily Blunt extremely attractive!
They could make a movie here. Nite in the Ottawa Room!ReplyDelete
Quite a woman, interested in what tomorrow's post will bring..ReplyDelete
She indeed framed a time and world. Also a medical cannabis user!ReplyDelete
ALOHA from Honolulu
We do not look pleased.ReplyDelete
@Jennifer: I think it was part of the job.ReplyDelete
@Janis: that's a different idea.
@Geoff: I'm doing the write up for it now.
@Cloudia: she certainly defined the era.
@Mari: she does not!
She looks mean, and golden.ReplyDelete
It's so often the image we have of her.Delete
She was so influential.ReplyDelete
Very much so.Delete