Verneuil-le-Chétif, France

“Procession at the cemetery of Verneuil-le-Chétif” (Sarthe, Pays de la Loire), France, November 2, 1920, by Roger Dumas, via Archives of the Planet Collection – Albert Kahn Museum /Département des Hauts-de-Seine.

The image is labeled “2 novembre,” but I wonder if it was actually taken the day before, on All Saints’ Day, a day for visiting family graves and leaving chrysanthemums.

This autochrome is one of about seventy-two thousand that were commissioned and then archived by Albert Kahn, a wealthy French banker and pacifist, between 1909 and 1931. Kahn sent thirteen photographers and filmmakers to fifty countries “to fix, once and for all, aspects, practices, and modes of human activity whose fatal disappearance is no longer ‘a matter of time.'”* The resulting collection is called Archives de la Planète and now resides in its own museum at Kahn’s old suburban estate at Boulogne-Billancourt, just west of Paris. Since June 2016, the archive has also been available for viewing online here.

*words of Albert Kahn, 1912. Also, the above photo (A 24 573 X) is © Collection Archives de la Planète – Musée Albert-Kahn and used under its terms, here.

Verdun, France

Verdun grave, university of caen, flickrSoldiers’ graves in the region of Verdun, France, ca. 1914 to ca. 1918, photographer unknown, via Université de Caen Normandie Commons on flickr.

“A gravesite decorated and trellised by the soldiers of the X. . . regiment of infantry.”

The photo is one of over 1,800 donated to the archives of Seine-Maritime in Rouen and the Université de Caen by the founder of Lafond Printing in Rouen. The sepia photographs have been digitized in their original condition: glued on bristol board with handwritten captions identifying places and scenes. Most of the pictures concern World War I.

You can click on the image to enlarge it.

Vintage landscape: Hartsdale

1 Hartsdale Pet Cemetary, Bain New Service, Library of Congress“Dog cemetery, Hartsdale,” New York, between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915, by Bain News Service, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

3 Hartsdale Pet Cemetary, Bain New Service, Library of Congress

The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery is the oldest operating pet cemetery in the world and the only one listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to its website. It was founded in 1896, in the apple orchard of a New York City veterinarian.

4 Hartsdale Pet Cemetary, Bain New Service, Library of Congress

Today, it holds the graves of over 80,000 animals, including the pets of Diana Ross, Irene Castle, and Mariah Carey.

2 Hartsdale Pet Cemetary, Bain New Service, Library of Congress