Category: HISTORY

Apr 29, 2015

30 Rare Color Photos of the Russian Empire from 100+ Years Ago

30 Rare Color Photos of the Russian Empire from 100+ Years Ago

Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky (August 30, 1863 – September 27, 1944) was a Russian chemist and photographer best known for his pioneering work in color photography of early 20th-century Russia. Around 1905, Prokudin-Gorsky envisioned and formulated a plan to use the emerging technological advances that had been made in color photography to document the Russian…

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Apr 23, 2015

This Book from 1908 is Dedicated to Blackboard Art and it’s Amazing

This Book from 1908 is Dedicated to Blackboard Art and it’s Amazing

In 1908, Frederick Whitney, an artist and teacher in Salem, Massachusetts published Blackboard Sketching, a book dedicated to the art of blackboard chalk drawings. As the book’s forward states: Ability to draw easily and well on the blackboard is a power which every teacher of children covets. Such drawing is a language which never…

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Apr 7, 2015

The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2015

The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2015

At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 “Pictures of the Day“, culminating in an epic Top 100 at the end of the year (check out the Top 100 POTDs for 2014!). It’s hard to believe we’re already 1/4 of the way through 2015. I can’t wait to see what…

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Mar 31, 2015

The Lonely Castle in the Middle of the Desert

The Lonely Castle in the Middle of the Desert

In the desert landscape of northeastern Saudia Arabia you will find Qasr al-Farid aka “The Lonely Castle”. Built in the first century A.D. the Lonely Castle rises four stories; an unfinished tomb carved out of a solitary sandstone outcrop. Because the tomb was never completed, we can see how the façade was chiseled from…

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Mar 21, 2015

Guy Finds WWII Photos of his Hometown and Reshoots What it Looks Like Today

Guy Finds WWII Photos of his Hometown and Reshoots What it Looks Like Today

Last summer, reddit user MisterBrick found a collection of photos from WWII of his hometown of Dijon, France. As a photo project, he decided to reshoot the pictures to show what the places look like today, 70 years later. If you’re digging this series, you can find many more “then and now” projects featured…

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Feb 22, 2015

CT Scan Reveals Buddha Statue is Actually a Tomb for a Mummified Monk

CT Scan Reveals Buddha Statue is Actually a Tomb for a Mummified Monk

A CT scan has recently revealed that a Buddha statue is actually a tomb, containing the mummified remains of what scholars believe is the body of Buddhist master Liuquan, a monk who lived in the 1100’s. The statue is currently on display at Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands (exhibit info here). The exhibit marks…

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Feb 17, 2015

Picture of the Day: Times Square, D-Day, 1944

Picture of the Day: Times Square, D-Day, 1944

Photograph by Howard Hollem, Edward Meyer or MacLaugharie In this poignant photograph, people at Times Square in New York City are seen reading a news ticker about D-Day (Normandy landings), the largest seaborne invasion in history. D-Day occurred on 6 June 1944 when Allied forces targeted a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of Normandy, France…

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