Whilst perusing the internets for visual inspiration, I tripped up over My Daguerrotype Boyfriend -- an absolute motherlode of historical hotties from (mostly) the 19th century, when photography was brand spanking new and portraiture was all the rage.
Having a boyfriend from history isn't anything new for me. I'm always flipping through a history book and crushing on someone -- and with websites like Historically Handsome Men, Fuck Yeah Historical Hotties, Bangable Dudes in History (a personal fave for the pie charts alone) and more, there's plenty to support my strange habit. My eye usually latches onto stuff like this because I genuinely love history. After awhile, I started to wonder what the people I would read of actually looked like. And then I started to wonder about everyone else. I began to dig through old photos, researching, looking for a glimpse of a real face. And all at once, I would find them. Most of the time, they seemed just as startled to see me.
It doesn't matter if I'm mending a day dress, rereading a biography or singing at a 1920s tea social. Peering into the past illuminates the present. A lot of what seems convoluted nowadays -- especially in politics -- is much more easily understood in historical context.
And besides, all of this is great fodder for spinning yarns into songs that make you want to sing along with them. If I'm nothing else, I'm a storyteller. And all of this feeling and inspiration has to go somewhere.
Peter "Black Prince" Jackson, c. 1900. From Jamaica by way of the Virgin Islands. Not surprisingly, he was also known as Peter the Great. His claim to fame? He won the Australian heavyweight title in 1886 with a knock out -- after 30 rounds. (ka-BOOM.) I can feel fearlessness emanating from him in waves, from all the way over here. According to the website: This boxer boyfriend found his calling after putting down a
ship’s mutiny using his powerful fists. (He pulled that off as a teenager, folks.) A fine specimen of physical
His tombstone says, This was a man. Now that's an epitaph.
here.) Who knew he was this gorgeous?
I know this sounds hokey, but I can't believe how real he looks.