This article announces the visit of Alexander Friedrich Loth[a]r, Count von Faber-Castell to the United States in 1909. Of interest is some of the detailed history provided about the House of Castell, whose origins apparently date back to as early as the 8th century.
Too often, figures from the past (i.e. 100 years ago or more) don’t seem very real to us today; the photos and stories you might find in a profile or as part of a biography from their time period are usually just distant, stylized portrayals. That’s why a magazine article like this one interests me so much: it’s a reminder that historical figures were actual people who did day-to-day things—like taking trips to America and staying at the St. Regis Hotel.
I’m reminded of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s first journey to perform in the United States (also in 1909). During his voyage he was forced to practice on a
homemade cardboard silent keyboard (also called a “dumb piano”) because the ship he was on had no piano.