Category: HISTORY

Dec 18, 2014

Picture of the Day: Delivering a Computer in 1957

Picture of the Day: Delivering a Computer in 1957

Photograph via Norfolk Record Office Seen here is the Norwich City Council’s first computer, being delivered to the City Treasurer’s Department in Bethel Street, Norwich in 1957. The City of Norwich, and its forward-thinking Treasurer, Mr A.J. Barnard, were pioneers in the application of computer technology to the work of UK local authorities and…

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Dec 11, 2014

60 Rare Cars Worth Millions Found in French Countryside, Untouched for 50 Years

60 Rare Cars Worth Millions Found in French Countryside, Untouched for 50 Years

© Artcurial Pictured above is a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder and a 1956 Maserati A6G 2000. The Ferrari is expected to fetch between $11.7 and $14.8 million while the Maserati A6G 2000 is expected to fetch north of a million. There are some 58 more cars going up for auction on…

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Dec 10, 2014

Picture of the Day: This Director is Possum

Picture of the Day: This Director is Possum

Photograph via Australian War Memorial In this awesome vintage photo from 1943, a ringtail possum examines an Australian Department of Information movie camera somewhere in north Australia. The curious critter even assumes the operators’ stance! What a candid and perfectly timed capture. That’s what I call an awesome possum! (Louis C.K. reference anyone?) …

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Dec 9, 2014

Before Filmmaking, Stanley Kubrick was a Photojournalist. This is 1949 Chicago

Before Filmmaking, Stanley Kubrick was a Photojournalist. This is 1949 Chicago

Before he became one of America’s most celebrated filmmakers, Stanley Kubrick was a photojournalist for Look magazine from 1940 – 1950. The decade was widely considered to be formative for Kubrick’s iconic filmmaking style and narrative. After selling one of his photographs to Look of a broken-hearted news vendor reacting to the death of…

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Dec 4, 2014

There’s a 225 ft Gas Crater in Turkmenistan That’s Been Burning Since 1971

There’s a 225 ft Gas Crater in Turkmenistan That’s Been Burning Since 1971

© Tormod Sandtorv / Darvasa gas crater panorama / CC BY-SA 2.0 Nicknamed the ‘door to hell’, the Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan has been burning for over 40 years. The 225 ft wide (69 meters) and 98 ft deep (30 meters) crater is located in the middle of the Karakum Desert which occupies…

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Dec 3, 2014

Picture of the Day: The Vaulted Ceilings of St Aubin

Picture of the Day: The Vaulted Ceilings of St Aubin

Photograph by Luc Viatour | http://www.Lucnix.be Seen here are the amazing vaulted ceilings and dome of St Aubin’s Cathedral in Namur, Wallonia, Belgium. St Aubin’s is the only cathedral in Belgium in the Late Baroque style and was built between 1751 and 1767. Inside, all colour is avoided, replaced by architectural enrichments and the…

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Dec 2, 2014

Picture of the Day: The Oldest Tree in Estonia

Picture of the Day: The Oldest Tree in Estonia

Photograph by Abrget47j on Wikimedia Comoons Seen here is the famous Tamme-Lauri oak, the thickest and oldest tree in Estonia, located in Urvaste Parish, Võru County. The height of the tree is 17 metres (56 ft) with a circumference of 831 centimetres (327 in). According to researchers the tree was planted around 1326. [source]…

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