Category: HISTORY

Feb 23, 2017

Picture of the Day: A Mug Shot of the Inventor of the Mug Shot (1912)

Picture of the Day: A Mug Shot of the Inventor of the Mug Shot (1912)

Alphonse Bertillon (24 April 1853 – 13 February 1914) was a French police officer, biometrics researcher, and inventor of the mug shot

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Feb 7, 2017

This Reading Room at the University of Oxford is One of the Oldest in Europe

This Reading Room at the University of Oxford is One of the Oldest in Europe

The Duke Humfrey’s Library contains rare titles such as a Shakespeare First Folio and 1 of 42 Gutenberg Bibles

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Feb 6, 2017

Picture of the Day: Early HDR Photo From 1856

Picture of the Day: Early HDR Photo From 1856

Early high-dynamic-range imaging sample created by exposing two monochromatic negative images (one for the sky, the other for the sea). The photo was taken by Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884), who has been called “the most important French photographer of the nineteenth century” because of his technical innovations

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Feb 6, 2017

Guy Takes Characters from Renaissance Paintings and Photoshops Them Into the Present

Guy Takes Characters from Renaissance Paintings and Photoshops Them Into the Present

In an ongoing series entitled, “Art History in Contemporary Life”, artist Alexey Kondakov skillfully photoshops characters from Renaissance paintings into present day photos he has taken around Europe. The juxtaposition between the two time periods in the digitally altered scenes creates for an interesting visual. You can find many more works from the ongoing…

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Jan 25, 2017

In 1977 Jimmy Carter Put This Note on the Voyager Spacecraft

In 1977 Jimmy Carter Put This Note on the Voyager Spacecraft

It remains the only letter in history to reach extrasolar space

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Jan 23, 2017

50 Amazing Signs from Women’s Marches Across the Globe

50 Amazing Signs from Women’s Marches Across the Globe

The right to peaceful assembly is a wonderful thing

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Jan 9, 2017

How Movie Effects Were Done in the Silent Film Era

How Movie Effects Were Done in the Silent Film Era

Back then, filmmakers had to be quite creative to pull off effects we might take for granted today

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