The ‘mirror with a memory’

first_imgThe Harvard University Archives resemble a time machine. Get behind a desk, fill out a form, dial back to the year you want, and there you are: transported by means of collected books, manuscripts, diaries, and more.Then there is “Mirror With a Memory,” a Pusey Library exhibit of photographs and other artifacts from the years when Harvard and the nation were anticipating the Civil War, then fighting in it (or, in some cases, avoiding the fight), and later remembering it. In four glass cases, the display serves a dual role. It distills what Harvard was like 150 years ago, and it showcases the photography of the day. Writing in the Atlantic Monthly in 1859, Harvard poet and medical professor Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., A.B. 1829, called the new medium, barely 20 years old, “the mirror with a memory.”The Civil War was not the first conflict to be captured in that mirror, said exhibit curator Juliana Kuipers, a special materials cataloger and processing archivist. But it was the most extensively photographed to then, and the portable images — on glass, copper, iron, and paper — changed the American perspective on war. Photography brought the front home. “You had these battlefield images,” Kuipers said, and soldiers could keep them in pockets and knapsacks, or send them to their families. The photos also served as resonant artifacts of lives lost to war.The show’s biggest images show the College at that time: dusty Harvard Square, with one horse poised to pull a rail trolley; Harvard Yard, with undergraduates in top hats loitering outside Hollis Hall; and the muddy shore line of the tidal Charles River along Mt. Auburn Street. Memorial Hall is visible on the far northern horizon.Over the exhibit’s cases, a timeline recounts the history of photography, from the 18th century photograms of Thomas Wedgwood to the 2010 Apple iPhone. (Emily Tordo, a staff assistant at the archives, did the layout.) In between are the photo technologies typical of the Civil War era: the daguerreotype and the tintype, both metal artifacts that were framed and fragile; the ambrotype, made of glass; and the albumen print, the first type of photo printed on paper from a negative. It was the albumen print, reproduced on a substrate of cotton paper, which made photos robust and portable enough to be carried by soldiers or mailed home.The College’s first class album, in 1852, was simply 83 daguerreotypes stored in a wooden case. The images were the work of Boston photographer John Adams Whipple, the official class photographer until the eve of the war, and inventor of the crystalotype, paper prints created from daguerreotypes.In the realm of minor photographic inventions with a Harvard provenance, “Mirror With a Memory” includes a mention of the quotable Holmes. He developed a handheld stereoscope for viewing dual photographs so that the images appeared to have depth.These technologies seem exotically archaic. But the images they created bring the viewer back to the duality of the time machine/archive. The exhibit shows simultaneously what has changed and what has stayed the same. The best example is the striking currency of young men posing for posterity on the eve of war. Robert Gould Shaw, A.B. 1860, whose uniformed image appears twice in the show, looks as impossibly youthful and handsome now, in an albumen print image, as he surely did then. He died in battle in 1863, but we can see him still.Robert Gould Shaw (A.B. 1860) photographed by John Adams Whipple. Whipple was Harvard class photographer from 1852, the year the class album tradition began, until 1859. Shaw was killed at Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863 and was buried in a mass grave with his slain black troopers. The exploits of Shaw’s infantry were recounted in the 1989 film “Glory.”Other faces in the exhibit look roughly contemporary. Longtime Harvard librarian John Langdon Sibley, A.B. 1825, whose 1846-1882 diary records life at Harvard, looks well-fed and professorial. A teenage Robert Todd Lincoln, A.B. 1864, captured in an 1860 ambrotype, was President Abraham Lincoln’s eldest son, and he rode out most of the fighting as an undergraduate. Bearded, tough-looking William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, Confederate general and the second son of Gen. Robert E. Lee, enrolled at Harvard in 1854 and left in his junior year. (His picture is seen in part of one exhibit case nearly given over to Harvard’s Confederate veterans.)These indoor portraits look like they could have been taken yesterday. But in photos taken outdoors, we return to an irretrievably vanished world. At the juncture of Garden Street and Concord Avenue is a long line of heavy cannon piled in front of the Cambridge Arsenal. In another image, a few uniformed men of the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry — named “the Harvard regiment” for the origin of its officers — stand in front of a log cabin at Fort Benton, Md., in the fall of 1861. They had just survived the 20th’s first battle, at Ball’s Bluff, Va.; 88 of their fellows had been killed or wounded (including future Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.), and 113 captured.Colonel’s headquarters, 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Camp Benton, Maryland, 1861. To the far left is Capt. William Francis Bartlett (A.B. 1862), who served through the whole war, was wounded three times, and became a major general. He was considered Harvard’s greatest war hero. The photo was taken just after the 20th’s first battle at Ball’s Bluff, Va.Other exhibit artifacts root us just as firmly in the past. To illustrate the early days of the war, there is a copy of the May 1861 issue of Harvard Magazine, then an undergraduate publication. It is open to an angry letter from Confederate sympathizers in Kentucky, which invites Harvard boys to “smell the powder and feel the steel of Southern gentlemen.”To illustrate the end of the war, the exhibit looks at Harvard’s efforts at commemoration. There is a list of the Union dead published for Commencement in 1865, an album of images of the slain (there is Shaw again), and documents about Memorial Hall.The exhibit includes an 1864 letter from Harvard senior Frank Waldo Wildes, A.B. 1864, to classmate John Owen, A.B. 1864. Wildes was getting ready for Class Day. Owen was at the front, an officer with the 36th U.S. Colored Troops.“You say you are very busy,” said Wildes, showing a touch of heat. “Well, so am I.”“Mirror With a Memory” is on view at the Harvard University Archives, Pusey Library, through June 5. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Robert Todd Lincoln (A.B. 1864), President Lincoln’s eldest son, in the summer of 1860. He enlisted in February 1865 as an aide to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and two months later was present at Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House.last_img read more

Lady Day , Starring Audra McDonald, Will Release Live Cast Album

first_img View Comments The live album will feature signature Holiday numbers performed by McDonald in the play, including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness” and “God Bless the Child.” Directed by Lonny Price, the play by Lanie Robertson tells the life story of the legendary jazz singer through the songs that made her famous. Set in 1959, in an intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday (McDonald) puts on a show that, unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witness to one of the last performances of her lifetime. The Broadway production officially opened on April 13 and McDonald has been nominated for a Tony for her performance in the show. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Related Shows From a Philly bar to your own living room! PS Classics will record a live performance of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, starring five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, during the week ending May 31. The two-disc set will be released on July 15.last_img read more

The time is now for contactless card strategies

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic has not only impacted the international economy, but it has also affected all of our daily lives. Among the various ramifications to our industry, COVID-19 is changing the way that consumers transact, meaning credit unions must be prepared for what the “new normal” might look like moving forward.Before the onset of COVID-19, cash accounted for half of low-dollar-value transactions at the point of sale. With the heightened concerns around physical contact and the use of cash arising from the pandemic, contactless cards are now receiving more interest from consumers. Credit unions can no longer take a wait-and-see approach to contactless. Rather than a phased, natural approach to reissuing contactless cards to members, now may be the time for credit unions to work with their payments processor to determine the best strategy to maintain top-of-wallet position.Contactless is Safe, Quick and SecureAs members shift away from cash and look to other methods of payment that limit human contact, tap-and-go, contactless options are experiencing increased usage. A recent survey by Mastercard showed that 51% of U.S. consumers are now using some form of contactless payment, and that perceptions of safety and convenience have led nearly a third of respondents in the U.S. to change their top-of-wallet card for a card that offers contactless. It also seems that contactless is here to stay in the post-COVID-19 world. A recent survey by PaymentsJournal reports that 70% of consumers who are new to contactless payments plan to continue using this payment method even after the pandemic.In addition to less human contact, point-of-sale transactions conducted with contactless cards are faster than those conducted by inserting a chip card, making the purchase process at checkout quicker and more efficient. More and more merchants are also accepting tap-and-go payment methods for in-store transactions, with most of the biggest retailers having already enabled their near-field communication technology, including Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Whole Foods and Walgreens. In fact, Visa reports that 95.5% of all point-of-sale devices being shipped are contactless-enabled. There are also multiple layers of security built into the traditional credit and debit payments systems that make contactless transactions just as secure as traditional card transactions.The speed and convenience of contactless cards has also been proven to help increase card spend, which could lead to new streams of revenue for credit unions as the impacts from COVID-19 continue to be realized. In other countries that have been issuing contactless cards for several years, most saw an increase of three to five transactions per card in the first year of contactless rollout. In the third year, they experienced between 15 and 30 incremental transactions, or an average of 10% to 30% lift per card. Overall, in markets where contactless cards were launched, countries with economies similar to the U.S. experienced between a 20% and 30% lift in the number of transactions per card.Another key component of the contactless equation is mobile payments, as contactless card adoption tends to lead to increased use of mobile wallets. An additional tap-and-go option, mobile wallets offer credit unions a chance to provide their members with the flexibility of paying for purchases when and how they want – whether through mobile phones, smart watches or other wearables – which is leading to top-of-wallet status.Making the SwitchEducating credit union members is a critical part of any contactless rollout plan. Given the COVID-19 environment, careful messaging is important – credit unions should position contactless cards and mobile wallets as safe and secure ways to help, avoiding any unintended perceptions of upselling their members during these difficult times.For some credit unions, tapping into the knowledge, expertise, scale, and value of a CUSO partner like PSCU might be a first step in establishing a contactless offering. One of PSCU’s key initiatives is enabling contactless moves for many of its credit unions over the next 18 months. In 2019, PSCU distributed more than 500,000 contactless cards to its owner credit unions. This year, the CUSO expects to produce over 3 million new contactless plastics and deliver them to more than 100 credit unions to support natural and mass reissuance strategies. PSCU also supports and enables tokenization for digital wallet payment including Apple Pay, Google Pay, and others.While many credit unions may have viewed contactless as a potential payment option for members in the past, it has now become a necessary offering. As consumers become comfortable using contactless cards and mobile wallets and shift their behaviors in a post-COVID market to less physical contact, they are likely to remain with the financial institution that offers them this opportunity. If their credit union fails to do so, consumers’ top-of-wallet choice is likely to shift to another financial institution. The time is now for credit unions to prioritize contactless offerings. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeremiah Lotz Jeremiah Lotz directs PSCU’s initiatives to empower the company’s Owner credit unions with innovative and engaging payment solutions. 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Temple Quay chance

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BH Young Basketball Players Lost From Serbia

first_imgThe junior basketball representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina lost a match played against Serbia with the result of 77:71. The match was played as a part of second phase of the European Championships in Konya (Turkey) (Source: Fena) Edin Atić was the most efficient with 19 points and two rebounds, while Nedim Đedović added 18 points and two rebounds.The elected players of  Dragan Bajić will play match against Montenegro tomorrow , while the match against Spain is  scheduled for 30th July.last_img read more