The Lives of Hamilton Fish

Two men named Hamilton Fish were pronounced dead on January 16, 1936. Hamilton "Albert" Fish and Hamilton Fish II. The Lives of Hamilton Fish is a Film Song by Rachel Mason.
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100 years ago today, Mt. Lassen eruption bears bizarre resemblance to the man it was named after.
Just one of the many treasures you’ll find in our photo catalog!
Photo by Benjamin Franklin Loomis.


Amazing

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100 years ago today, Mt. Lassen eruption bears bizarre resemblance to the man it was named after.

Just one of the many treasures you’ll find in our photo catalog!

Photo by Benjamin Franklin Loomis.

Amazing

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The Lives of Hamilton Fish reviewed by Adam McGovern

hamiltonfishmovie:

"In 1928, a serial killer named Hamilton “Albert” Fish took a little girl named Grace Budd into the woods of upstate New York and she was never heard from again — and this sick destroyer’s own anguish was perhaps never heard the first time. Today few people would recognize his name upon hearing it — but multi-artform practitioner Rachel Mason was there a century later to note the strange counterpoint between that name and that of statesman Hamilton Fish II, whose obituary appeared on the same front page of a New York newspaper as the notice of the other Hamilton’s execution in 1936. Mason’s mission, over eight years, became to unearth their stories, and those of the people around them; to pay attention to what was untold and spin a story or her own from the pulp of ancient chronicles and the forgotten girl who fell in the woods."

Some photos from my trip to Joe Coleman’s Odditorium to see Albert Fish’s letter with my own eyes. 

dolorama:

JOE COLEMAN “Albert Fish”

Publishing an interview with Coleman about Albert Fish shortly. 

dolorama:

JOE COLEMAN “Albert Fish”

Publishing an interview with Coleman about Albert Fish shortly. 

Getting ready to perform some scenes from #hamiltonfish. Watchout killers!!

Getting ready to perform some scenes from #hamiltonfish. Watchout killers!!

atavist:

In 1920s New York, children were mysteriously disappearing. Deborah Blum tells the haunting story of what happened to them in Angel Killer, a new enhanced ebook from The Atavist. 

atavist:

In 1920s New York, children were mysteriously disappearing. Deborah Blum tells the haunting story of what happened to them in Angel Killer, a new enhanced ebook from The Atavist

atavist:

Cannibal and serial killer Albert Fish was executed on this day in 1936. 
Read Deborah Blum’s account of Fish’s crimes in Angel Killer. 

atavist:

Cannibal and serial killer Albert Fish was executed on this day in 1936. 

Read Deborah Blum’s account of Fish’s crimes in Angel Killer

The Cannibal and the Statesman: Rachel Mason Performs Her Karaoke Rock-Opera Film

This is a rare view of the interior of Sing Sing prison’s former Death House. Behind the door on the right is the room which electrocuted Albert Fish, Ethyl and Julius Rosenberg among many others. This sad clown portrait hung on a nearby wall outside of the former Death Chamber. I was allowed in while researching to shoot scenes for The Lives of Hamilton Fish. 

flowers-death-rebirth:

Untermyer Park and Gardens, known as “America’s Greatest Forgotten Garden,” is an absolute must see. This is one of the best places in the Hudson Valley to spend a beautiful day. This park is still being restored to its former glory, but even while it is going through its transformation, it is magnificent. 

The Walled Garden is based on the Garden of Eden as described in the Bible and it certainly feels like you are in paradise upon entering. The description of the Walled Garden says “The criss-crossing canals symbolize the four ancient rivers and the four remaining quadrants represent the elements of the earth, air, fire, and water.” The garden has elements of Persian, Indian, Greek and Roman design. 

There is still so much more outside the walls of the garden. The grand staircase leading to the Vista Overlook offers incredible views of the Hudson River and the Palisades framed by imported ancient Roman columns. Color gardens once lined the staircase, but are now in ruin. There is a trail off the staircase that takes you through the woods and down to the Lion and Horse Gate which has sadly been vandalized. 

There’s another trail when you go back uphill that will take you to the Temple of Love. The waterfalls that once cascaded around it are now dry, but this temple still offers its beauty and more views of the Hudson River. 

Among the locals there are urban legends about satanic cult activities in the 1970s while the park was still in ruins. You can learn more about the folklore at Atlas Obscura

Untermyer has so much wonder and beauty to offer. There is something to discover in every direction. I will definitely visit again.

The Untermyer Park and Gardens are located at 945 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701. There is no admission fee, but consider contributing on their website. 

The Lives of Hamilton Fish was shot here- scenes representing the afterworld.

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Untermyer Park - location of the afterworld in The Lives of Hamilton Fish

Untermyer Park - location of the afterworld in The Lives of Hamilton Fish

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vsw:

Spirit Rapping Unveiled: An expose of the origin, history, theology and philosophy of certain alleged communications from the spiritworld, by means of “spirit rapping,” “medium writing,” “physical demonstrations,” etc. by Rev. Hiram Mattison, 1855

from the Visual Studies Workshop Books and Periodicals Archive

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atlasobscura:

How the Ouija Board Got Its Name

These days, the word “Ouija” conjures up shades of mysticism, Satanic panics, and teenage bedrooms. The origin of the term is supposedly lost in the sands of time, or created out of a compound of the German and French terms for “yes.” But ask Ouija board collector and historian Robert Murch for the real story of the board’s name, and he’ll tell you a different tale — one that connects the board to two intriguing women.

As one of the world’s most active Ouija board collectors and historians, Murch has been researching the history of the object since the early 1990s. Its origins are cloudy, he explains, rife with he-said-she-said squabbles and family feuds. But at least one part of the story seems clear. Two years ago, Murch discovered a 1919 article in the Baltimore American in which one of the board’s originators, Baltimore businessman Charles Kennard, states how the Ouija got its name.

“For 20 years I researched the fathers of the Ouija board,” Murch said. “Turns out, it had a mother.”

weirdvintage:

In the late 19th and early 20th century, the Spiritualism movement was all the rage, and people sought out mediums to communicate with spirits.  

One of the most famous mediums of the day was Marthe Beraud (also known as Eva C. and Eva Carrière).  She was especially known for excreting a spiritual substance called “ectoplasm” through her nose, mouth, or ears, during seances.   These photos were taken in 1910.  She was debunked in 1922, much to the dismay of her supporter Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and her mysterious ectoplasm was found to be chiffon, gauze, and other lightweight fabrics.  (via)

"Ghost Hunters" by Deborah Blum is a TRULY fascinating book about the subject !!