The Rest Is History

Kitschy miniature mountains, listening to books, and a famous carp.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, March 19, 2021

Women listening to the radio, 1928. Photograph by Harris & Ewing. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

• “In April 1918 subscribers to Aquatic Life opened the latest issue to find a large illustration of ‘The Liberty Bond Fish,’ the ‘famous red, white, and blue carp’ owned by Philadelphia goldfish breeder Franklin Barrett.” (The Public Domain Review)

• On the “long, racist American history around Asian women and sex work.” (GQ)

• “Napoleon Isn’t a Hero to Celebrate.” (New York Times)

• Meet Momus: “Incredible. Even Zeus had an irritating Reply Guy to deal with.” (Mel)

• Found: the world’s oldest basket. (The Guardian)

• Read an interview with Robin D.G. Kelley. (Image)

• A history of corned beef. (Marker)

• And a history of listening to books. (Cabinet)

• The legacy of Sylvia Hunt. (Food & Wine)

• “The Statue of Liberty symbolizes white freedom in several respects…Although France gave the statue to America to commemorate the abolition of slavery in the United States, Americans soon ignored that perspective and instead turned the statue into a symbol of white immigration.” (The Nation)

• “The Princes of Saxony Collected These Kitschy Miniature Mountains.” (JSTOR Daily)

• This week in obituaries: Yaphet Kotto, James Levine, Leon Gast, John Mallard, Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, Marvin Hagler, Jessica McClintock, John Magufuli, Murray Walker, Sabine Schmitz, Steven Spurrier, Barbara Rickles, and Sally Grossman.