Category: HISTORY

Nov 13, 2014

This Might Be the World’s First Book on Color Palettes

This Might Be the World’s First Book on Color Palettes

At Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France you will find an 894-page book from 1692 dedicated entirely to color. One A. Boogert is credited as the author to this fascinating manual written in Dutch. According to Erik Kwakkel, Boogert describes how to make watercolor paints; explaining how to mix colors and change their tone by…

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Nov 11, 2014

Picture of the Day: Never Forgotten

Picture of the Day: Never Forgotten

Photograph by Historic Royal Palaces / Richard Lea-Hair At the Tower of London 888,246 ceramic poppies were installed, each representing a British life lost in the First World War. The progressive art installation, entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper. Since…

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Nov 11, 2014

World War I Battlefields, 100 Years Later

World War I Battlefields, 100 Years Later

Fields of Battle—Lands of Peace 14-18 is the work of photojournalist Michael St Maur Sheil. Captured over a period of seven years, Michael’s photography combines a passion for history and landscape and presents a unique reflection on the transformation of the battlefields of the Great War into the landscape of modern Europe. Michael remarks:…

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Nov 11, 2014

Once a Year at 11:11 am the Sun Shines Perfectly on this Memorial

Once a Year at 11:11 am the Sun Shines Perfectly on this Memorial

At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States. Photograph by Mike Spinelli The Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in Anthem, Arizona, is…

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Nov 7, 2014

Picture of the Day: The Smartest People in the Room

Picture of the Day: The Smartest People in the Room

Back to front, left to right: Back: Auguste Piccard, Émile Henriot, Paul Ehrenfest, Édouard Herzen, Théophile de Donder, Erwin Schrödinger, JE Verschaffelt, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Ralph Fowler, Léon Brillouin Middle: Peter Debye, Martin Knudsen, William Lawrence Bragg, Hendrik Anthony Kramers, Paul Dirac, Arthur Compton, Louis de Broglie, Max Born, Niels Bohr Front: Irving Langmuir,…

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Nov 4, 2014

Rare Specimens from Earth and Space, Embedded into an Acrylic Block

Rare Specimens from Earth and Space, Embedded into an Acrylic Block

The Mini Museum by Hans Fex is a pocket-sized collection of rare specimens that are labelled and embedded into an acrylic block. Some of the 33 specimens include: lunar rock, dinosaur egg, coal from the Titanic, a piece of the Berlin Wall and the ‘oldest matter ever collected’ at over 4.5 billion years old!…

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Nov 3, 2014

5 Famous National Geographic Covers

5 Famous National Geographic Covers

Since 1888, National Geographic has introduced millions of readers to remarkable stories, scenes and discoveries from around the world. The magazine’s cover images have been an iconic element of that storytelling since September 1959, when a picture of a U.S. Navy fighter jet became the first cover photograph to appear. Since then, the cover…

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