Category: HISTORY

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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Jun 18, 2014

Picture of the Day: Constructing an Icon

Picture of the Day: Constructing an Icon

Photograph by Louis-Emile Durandelle The Centennial Exposition of 1889 was organized by the French government to commemorate the French Revolution. Bridge engineer Gustave Eiffel’s 984-foot (300-meter) tower of open-lattice wrought iron was selected in a competition to erect a memorial at the exposition. Twice as high as the dome of St. Peter’s in Rome…

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Jun 10, 2014

The Met Just Released 400,000 Hi-Res Images of their Collection

The Met Just Released 400,000 Hi-Res Images of their Collection

Here are 40 outstanding highlights from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recently released collection of 400,000 high-resolution digital images. On 16 May 2014, Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced that more than 400,000 images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly…

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Jun 9, 2014

Picture of the Day: The World’s Oldest Pants

Picture of the Day: The World’s Oldest Pants

THE WORLD’S OLDEST PANTS Photograph by Mayke Wagner / German Archaeological Institute Pictured here are the oldest known pants in history at 3000 – 3300 years of age. The ancient trousers were excavated from tombs in western China along with the remains of two men. The team of scientists was led by…

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Jun 5, 2014

Acid-Etched Metal Art from the Renaissance

Acid-Etched Metal Art from the Renaissance

Information below from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London Etching, derived from an ancient Germanic word for ‘eat’, uses corrosive acids to bite designs into hard surfaces like metal. The background can either be eaten away so the design stands out in relief, or the design itself can be bitten into the surface. The…

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Jun 4, 2014

This Stadium Was Home to 3 Sports Teams. Zeppelin, Elvis, Floyd and The Who Played Here

This Stadium Was Home to 3 Sports Teams.  Zeppelin, Elvis, Floyd and The Who Played Here

On 23 August 1975 the Pontiac Silverdome officially opened its doors. For 22 years it was the largest stadium in the National Football League (NFL). The stadium complex, which sat on 127 acres (51 ha) of land, had a capacity of 80,000+. The Silverdome hosted the Detroit Lions of the NFL (1975–2001), the Detroit…

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