The Two Old Lady Theory of History

Group (Myself with others, Murman) by Prokudin-Gorskii

Group (Myself with others, Murman) by Prokudin-Gorskii

From a really fascinating article on Pajiba- “The first color photographs and the two old lady theory of history”:

 

“…we see on paper that the Civil War was 150 years ago, and our mind boggles at that span of time. …  But find yourself the right great-grandmother, the sort who likes to tell stories of the alien worlds of a long time ago to the patient kids who prefer to hear strong-voiced tales to running amuck in the yard. Find the right one, and she might just tell you about a time when she was a little girl listening to tales at the feet of her great-grandmother, pass on to you the firsthand words of someone who saw slaves and masters with her own two eyes. Slavery was an eternity ago when you think of 150 years, but it was the day before yesterday if you remember that it was just two old ladies ago.”

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