Disappearing Acts: Marsha "Mudd" Ferber
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2d ago
Marsha “Mudd” Ferber (1941-unknown) was a hippie, a back-to-the-lander, a revolutionary, and an outlaw. She was also the owner of The Underground Railroad, an alternative music haven in Morgantown, West Virginia that hosted the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Grateful Dead. In 1988, she disappeared – and her whereabouts have remained a mystery to this day.  For Further Reading (and Listening!):  I Was Never There  Missing Marsha She Saw Herself as a Hippie ‘Outlaw.’ Then, She Disappeared Historically, women have been told to make themselves smaller, to diminish them ..read more
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Disappearing Acts: Fanny Eaton
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3d ago
Fanny Eaton (1835-1924) was a model and muse for dozens of iconic paintings from the pre-Raphaelite era. Her face can be found in museums around the world, and yet she remains unnamed and overlooked even today. For Further Reading: National Portrait Gallery: A Pre-Raphaelite Discovery  Art UK: Fanny Eaton: Jamaican Pre-Raphaelite muse  Tate Museum: Why were the Pre-Raphaelites so shocking?  Historically, women have been told to make themselves smaller, to diminish themselves. Some have used that idea to their advantage, disappearing into new identities. For others, a disappear ..read more
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Disappearing Acts: Jehanne D’Alcy
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4d ago
Jehanne D’Alcy (1865-1956) was the first French film actress. She was known for her work alongside illusionist and film director Georges Méliès. With the invention of the movie camera, she went on to star in his films - which included dozens of short, silent movies, across genres. The two are regarded as early pioneers of cinema, and remain inspirational to filmmakers even today.  For Further Reading: Jehanne d’Alcy The Vanishing Lady (Escamotage d'une dame chez Robert-Houdin, 1896) ㅡ Georges Méliès Cleopatra’s Tomb (1899) The Real Movies Behind the Magical Hugo Historically, women have ..read more
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Disappearing Acts: Ellen Craft
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5d ago
Ellen Craft (1826-1891) was an abolitionist and freedom seeker from Georgia. She disguised herself as a white enslaver to escape slavery with her husband, William. Their autobiography told the story of their relentless pursuit for freedom, and advocated against slavery. For Further Reading: The Remarkable True Story of the Couple Who Posed as Master and Slave to Escape Bondage "A Desperate Leap for Liberty": The Escape of William and Ellen Craft Running A Thousand Miles for Freedom Historically, women have been told to make themselves smaller, to diminish themselves. Some have used that idea ..read more
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Disappearing Acts: Connie Converse
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1w ago
Connie Converse (1924-unknown) was an American singer songwriter who was active in the 1950s New York music scene. Her recordings are some of the earliest known recordings of the singer songwriter genre but were lost after her 1974 disappearance.  For Further Reading: Connie Converse Was ‘the Female Bob Dylan.’ Then She Disappeared. The Art of Disappearing  Connie Converse’s Time Has Come  Connie Converse: The Enigma and Mystery of the Original Singer Songwriter  Historically, women have been told to make themselves smaller, to diminish themselves. Some have used that ide ..read more
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Disappearing Acts: Gayl Jones
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1w ago
Gayl Jones (1949 - present) is a prolific author celebrated for her writing about Black womanhood, slavery, and the African Diaspora. She disappeared from public life by choice until very recently, when she reappeared in words with her 2021 novel, “Palmares.”  For Further Reading: “The Best American Novelist Whose Name You May Not Know”  “She Changed Black Literature Forever. Then She Disappeared.”  “The Best American Novelist to Disappear (And Come Back) Twice” Historically, women have been told to make themselves smaller, to diminish themselves. Some have used that idea to t ..read more
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Disappearing Acts: Helga de la Brache
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1w ago
Helga de la Brache (c.1817-1885) was the secret daughter of exiled King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden. At least, that’s what she told people to earn their sympathies and money. But before there was Helga, there was Aurora Florentina Magnusson, a working class maid who transformed herself into a lost princess.  For Further Reading: Helga de la Brache: Heir to Sweden’s Throne? - Historic Mysteries Helga de la Brache - Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia Gustav IV Adolf | Biography, Sweden, & Facts | Britannica Bok av Ebbe Aspegren: Riksspöket Helga de la Brache  Historically, wom ..read more
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Disappearing Acts: Mary Carleton
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1w ago
Mary Carleton (c.1634-1673) was a fraudster who posed as a German princess to marry a man she thought was a lord. When his family discovered her true identity, she was put on trial for bigamy – a trial that catapulted her to fame.  For Further Reading:  The Mary Carleton narratives, 1663-1673, a missing chapter in the history of the English novel The German princess; or, Mary Carleton in fact and fiction The case of Madam Mary Carleton, lately stiled the German Princess, truely stated with an historical relation of her birth, education, and fortunes; in an appeal to his illustrious ..read more
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Women of Sound: Jean Ritchie
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2w ago
Jean Ritchie (1922-2015) was the mother of folk music. She was an instrumental voice in the American folk music revival of the 1940s and 60s, and introduced a traditional dulcimer sound to a wider audience.  For Further Reading: Jean Ritchie, Lyrical Voice of Appalachia, Dies at 92  Library of Congress: Jean Ritchie 1922-2015 Jean Ritchie Interviews Her Family, With Documentary Recordings Mountain Born: the Jean Ritchie Story by Kentucky Educational Television This month, we're talking about Women of Sound. These women dominated the airwaves: innovating, documenting, and crea ..read more
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Women of Sound: Margaret Watts Hughes
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2w ago
Margaret Watts Hughes (c.1847-1907) was a Welsh singer, songwriter and scientist. She invented the eidophone, which allowed her to observe and visualize the human voice. For Further Reading: The Century, 1891: Visible Sound Picturing a Voice: Margaret Watts Hughes and the Eidophone Divine agency Bringing to light the voice figures of Margaret Watts-Hughes (pdf) This month, we're talking about Women of Sound. These women dominated the airwaves: innovating, documenting, and creating the audio landscape we live in today. History classes can get a bad rap, and sometimes for good reason. When we ..read more
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