Category: HISTORY

Aug 21, 2014

Rediscovering the First Color Photographs of the United States

Rediscovering the First Color Photographs of the United States

An American Odyssey is a new 612 page book published by Taschen that revisits photochrom and photostint postcard images from the private collection of Marc Walter. Originally produced by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1888 and 1924, these images were created using a photolithographic process that predated the autochrome by nearly 20 years, offering…

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Aug 6, 2014

100 Years Ago this Telephone Tower in Stockholm Connected 5000 Telephone Lines

100 Years Ago this Telephone Tower in Stockholm Connected 5000 Telephone Lines

From 1887 – 1913 this incredible Telephone Tower served as one of the main telephone junctions in Stockholm, Sweden. About 5000 telephone lines were connected here. Even after the tower was decommissioned in 1913 the tower remained as landmark until 1953 when it was torn down as the result of a fire. In this…

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Aug 5, 2014

Tower of London’s 888,246 Ceramic Poppies Commemorate Every British Soldier Lost in WWI

Tower of London’s 888,246 Ceramic Poppies Commemorate Every British Soldier Lost in WWI

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is a progressive art installation currently on display at the Tower of London. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper, the installation commemorates the one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in World War I. 888,246 ceramic poppies will…

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Aug 3, 2014

Picture of the Day: The First Space Selfie, 1966

Picture of the Day: The First Space Selfie, 1966

Photograph by Buzz Aldrin In a tweet last month, astronaut Buzz Aldrin informed the world that he was responsible for taking the first ever selfie in space during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966. The mission took place from November 11-15 lasting 3 days, 22 hours and 34 minutes. The two-man crew included Aldrin…

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Jul 30, 2014

15 Banknotes that Show Queen Elizabeth Age from a Child to an Elderly Woman

15 Banknotes that Show Queen Elizabeth Age from a Child to an Elderly Woman

Born 21 April 1926, Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-lived and second longest-reigning British Monarch. Being the Queen of a number of commonwealth countries, republics, territories and realms comes with an interesting set of privileges, one of which includes appearing on various legal tender and currency. In the gallery below, we see Queen Elizabeth…

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Jul 20, 2014

Picture of the Day: This Was Taken Exactly 45 Years Ago

Picture of the Day: This Was Taken Exactly 45 Years Ago

Photograph by NASA [Taken 20 July 1969] Earth Rise as Seen From Lunar Surface: This incredible image of the Earth rise was taken during lunar orbit by the Apollo 11 mission crew in July of 1969. The first manned lunar mission, Apollo 11 launched aboard a Saturn V launch vehicle from the Kennedy Space…

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Jul 14, 2014

Picture of the Day: Coney Island in Color, circa 1905

Picture of the Day: Coney Island in Color, circa 1905

Colored by DANA KELLER | Prints available Original Photograph via Library of Congress In this fantastic image colorized by Dana Keller, we see the Luna Park Promenade at Coney Island, New York, taken some time between 1903 and 1910. Coney Island is a peninsular residential neighborhood, beach and attraction destination on the Atlantic Ocean…

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