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Gold Seal Champagne For the Thanksgiving Dinner. 1912.

November 21, 2014 Leave a comment
Gold Seal Champagne For the Thanksgiving Dinner. 1912. [1]

Gold Seal Champagne For the Thanksgiving Dinner. 1912. [1]


[1] Theatre Magazine, Volumes 15-16. 1912. URL: http://books.google.com/books?id=NwBEAQAAIAAJ&pg=PR23#v=onepage&q&f=false

Experiment diagrams from the 1890s of John Svedberg’s vineyard at Sterling, Virginia.

November 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Diagram 1. - Arrangement of vines in Svedberg's vineyard at Sterling, Va. [2]

Diagram 1. – Arrangement of vines in Svedberg’s vineyard at Sterling, Va. [2]

John A. Svedberg was born in Sweden but came to the United States where he was both a mechanic and draughtsman for the Navy Department.  He was known for designing nearly all of the engines that propelled the Naval cruisers.  He was also a horticulturalist of high regard and cultivated the grapevine in his vineyard at his home in Sterling, Virginia.  When the Department of Agriculture set out to study the treatment of black rot in grapevines it picked vineyards in Geneva, New York, Ithaca, Wisconsin, and that of John A. Svedberg’s in Sterling, Virginia.  Most of the work was carried out at John A. Svedberg’s vineyard since it was only 30 miles southwest of Washington, DC.  The work involved studying the effectiveness of eight different fungicides.

Diagram 2. - Plan of experiment in Vineyard 1. [2]

Diagram 2. – Plan of experiment in Vineyard 1. [2]

John A. Svedberg’s vineyard was comprised of 6,944 vines with the main varieties being Concord, Clinton, Norton, Virginia, Elvira, Ives, and Missouri Riesling.  When the work started the vines were described as being “in first-class condition”.  For this post I am not interested in describing the experiments that concluded the Bordeaux mixture was the most effective.  Instead, I am interested in the stark, graphic nature of the diagrams.  There were subsequent experiments carried out at the vineyard but only the first one resulted in such interesting graphics.

Diagram 4. - Showing the total number of vines in the treated and untreated plats, and the per cent of vines affected with black rot. [2]

Diagram 4. – Showing the total number of vines in the treated and untreated plats, and the per cent of vines affected with black rot. [2]


[1] “Death of John A. Svedberg.” Date: Thursday, December 31, 1896 Paper: Evening Star (Washington (DC), DC) Page: 12. Genealogy Bank.
[2] U.S. Department of Agriculture, Division of Vegetable Pathology, Bulletin, Issues 1-4. 1891. URL: http://books.google.com/books?id=xSwWAQAAIAAJ&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false

The Catholic University of America used To-Kalon Wine for its altar wine in 1897

November 19, 2014 Leave a comment

In 1897, Vice-Rector Garrigan of the Catholic University of America certified that he used the To-Kalon White Pinot Wine as the altar wine for the past eight years.  Today the famous and historic To Kalon Vineyard is owned by Robert Mondavi, Andy Beckstoffer, UC Davis, and Opus One.  It is currently planted with such varieties as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Fume Blanc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah, and Semillon.

The American Ecclesiastical Review. 1898. [1]

The American Ecclesiastical Review. 1898. [1]


[1] Heuser, Herman Joseph. The American Ecclesiastical Review: A Monthly Publication for the Clergy, Volume 18. 1898. URL: http://books.google.com/books?id=uPjNAAAAMAAJ&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false

The contented fellow. 1807.

November 18, 2014 Leave a comment
The contented fellow. 1807. British Museum. [1]

The contented fellow. 1807. British Museum. [1]


[1] The contented fellow. Published by Laurie & Whittle. 1807. Museum number 1861,0518.1173. British Museum. URL: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details/collection_image_gallery.aspx?assetId=512084&objectId=3009025&partId=1

Plat map of Anaheim, California, showing the year vines became diseased. Circa 1880s

November 17, 2014 Leave a comment

This image shows a plat map of Anaheim, California from the 1880s.  For each plat it details what types of vines were planted, the year they were planted, and the year they became diseased.

Plat Map of Anaheim, California [graphic]. 1880s (?). Anaheim Public Library. [1]

Plat Map of Anaheim, California [graphic]. 1880s (?). Anaheim Public Library. [1]


[1] Plat Map of Anaheim, California [graphic]. 1880s (?). Accession number: P152. Anaheim Public Library. URL: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/kt5k40197q/?layout=metadata&brand=oac4

“Five, in the Afternoon”: A scene from the day of a young dandy’s life in 1795.

November 15, 2014 Leave a comment

This image is from a set depicting various times during the day.  This particular image shows a young dandy on a sofa with a young woman.  They both hold glasses filled from the two Madeira bottles on the table.  Below the title at the bottom appears the line, “With Women & Wine I defy ev’ry Care”.

"Five, in the Afternoon". 1795. [1]

“Five, in the Afternoon”. 1795. [1]


[1] Five, in the Afternoon. After Dighton, Robert. 1795. British Museum. 2010,7081.434

Vineyards in the 18th century Atlas de Trudaine

November 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Portion de route au départ de "Bordeaux", jusqu'à Becquet ("La-chappelle-du-Becquet") et le village de Villenave-d'Ornon ("Pillanne").  Atlas de Troudaine. [1]

Portion de route au départ de “Bordeaux”, jusqu’à Becquet (“La-chappelle-du-Becquet”) et le village de Villenave-d’Ornon (“Pillanne”). Atlas de Troudaine. [1]

The historic road atlas of France known as the Atlas de Trudaine was made between 1745 and 1780.  The creation of the atlas was ordered by Charles Daniel Trudaines, Director of Roads and Bridges.  This atlas details existing roads, those soon to be created at the time, and many bridge profiles.  Such breadth required some 62 volumes with over 3,000 watercolor images.  While that size is staggering, what brought the maps to my attention is that they detail the land surrounding the roads.  In certain areas this reveals not only rivers, forests, and fields but vineyards.  For this post I have picked two images, one centered on Bordeaux and the other on Barsac and Preignac.  I find these images are fantastic for their use of color, precision, and depiction of land use!

Portion de route à partir du pont aux "Moines", entre "Barsac" et "Preignac", en passant par "Martin" et "Garingue". Atlas de Troudaine. [2]

Portion de route à partir du pont aux “Moines”, entre “Barsac” et “Preignac”, en passant par “Martin” et “Garingue”. Atlas de Troudaine. [2]


[1] Atlas de Trudaine pour la “Généralité de Bordeaux n° 6. Grande route de Bordeaux à Bayonne. Les douze premières cartes du plan de cette route. Cy 15 cartes”. Portion de route au départ de “Bordeaux”, jusqu’à Becquet (“La-chappelle-du-Becquet”) et le village de Villenave-d’Ornon (“Pillanne”).
Chemins venant de Médoc (“Meduc”), de Saint-Médard-en-Jalles (“Saint-Médard”), de Bègles (“Béglé”), de “Mérignac”, de Pessac (“Passac”).
“Route des postes de Bordeaux à Bayonne”. CP/F/14/8458. ARCHIM. URL: http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/caran_fr?ACTION=RETROUVER&FIELD_2=Cote&VALUE_2=CP%2fF%2f14%2f8458&NUMBER=21&GRP=0&REQ=%28%28CP%2fF%2f14%2f8458%29%20%3aCOTE%20%29&USRNAME=nobody&USRPWD=4%24%2534P&SPEC=9&SYN=1&IMLY=&MAX1=1&MAX2=1&MAX3=100&DOM=All

[2] Atlas de Trudaine pour la “Généralité de Bordeaux n° 6. Grande route de Bordeaux à Bayonne. Les douze premières cartes du plan de cette route. Cy 15 cartes”.  Portion de route à partir du pont aux “Moines”, entre “Barsac” et “Preignac”, en passant par “Martin” et “Garingue”.  CP/F/14/8458. ARCHIM. URL: http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/caran_fr?ACTION=RETROUVER&FIELD_2=Cote&VALUE_2=CP%2fF%2f14%2f8458&NUMBER=27&GRP=0&REQ=%28%28CP%2fF%2f14%2f8458%29%20%3aCOTE%20%29&USRNAME=nobody&USRPWD=4%24%2534P&SPEC=9&SYN=1&IMLY=&MAX1=1&MAX2=1&MAX3=100&DOM=All

A geologic map of Burgundy published in 1937

November 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Close up between Beaune and Dijon from Carte Geologique de la Cote-D'Or. [1]

Close up between Beaune and Dijon from Carte Geologique de la Cote-D’Or. [1]

For today’s post I decided to continue the Cote-D’Or theme.  These two images are from the Carte Geologique de la Cote-D’Or which appeared in Statistique agricole de la France published in 1937.  While I am particularly drawn to the chosen colors, I picked this map because it illustrates the precious geologic transition that helped form some of the most famous vineyards in the world.  If you zoom into the cropped image you can make out such names as Vosne, Vougeot, and Chambertin.

Carte Geologique de la Cote-D'Or. [1]

Carte Geologique de la Cote-D’Or. [1]


[1] Ministère de l’agriculture. Statistique agricole de la France. Annexe à l’enquête de 1929. 1937. Gallica Bibliotheque Numerique. URL: http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb34187117f

Burgundy Classification Map of 1861

November 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Plan des Vignobles produisant Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne. 1861. [1]

Plan des Vignobles produisant Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne. 1861. [1]

This post features the map published by the Comite d’Agriculture de Beaune in the book Plan statistique des vignobles produisant les grands vins de Bourgogne (1861).  It is an important book because it represents one of the mid-nineteenth century efforts to classify the climats and lieux dits of Burgundy.  The majority of the book contains tables of classification so that for Vosne we learn that Aux Brulees and La Grande Rue are classified as first class and Les Chaumes as second class.  The map is colored coded to match the tables, with red representing first class, yellow representing second class, and green representing third class.  The first class encompasses vineyards that produces wine of triple rapport “du bouquet, de la finesse et de la conservation”.  You do not need to be knowledgeable about Burgundy to appreciate the entire map.  I downloaded higher resolution sections then stitched them together for full effect so be sure to zoom in all the way.  It is then that you may see the contours of the land and that individual vineyards were not always of singular quality.

Close up of Vosne from Plan des Vignobles produisant Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne. 1861. [1]

Close up of Vosne from Plan des Vignobles produisant Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne. 1861. [1]


[1] Batault-Morot, E. Plan statistique des vignobles produisant les grands vins de Bourgogne. 1861. Gallica Bibliotheque Numerique.  URL: http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb33540009k

A 15th century manuscript page decorated with grapevines

November 4, 2014 Leave a comment
A 15th century manuscript decorated with grapevines and clusters. [1]

A 15th century manuscript decorated with grapevines and clusters. [1]


[1] Expositio missae. f. 006v. Bourges – BM – ms. 0298. Copyright  Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes – CNRS. URL: http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/enlumine_fr?ACTION=CHERCHER&FIELD_1=REF&VALUE_1=D-020085