Category: HISTORY

May 25, 2013

Picture of the Day: Observing Mars in 1926

Picture of the Day: Observing Mars in 1926

OBSERVING MARS IN 1926 Photograph via Smithsonian Institution In this photo from 1926, we see George A. Van Biesbroeck (1880-1974), an astronomer at Yerkes Observatory, observing Mars when it approached close to the Earth that year. Van Biesbroeck is shown using the observatory’s 40 inch refracting telescope, the largest of its kind…

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May 22, 2013

Rare Photos of the Statue of Liberty Being Built in 1883

Rare Photos of the Statue of Liberty Being Built in 1883

Drawing of the Statue of Liberty in Upper New York Bay Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi in collaboration with the French engineer Gustave Eiffel (who was responsible for its frame) and dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty is a large neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The statue was…

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May 21, 2013

Picture of the Day: Strahov Monastery’s Theological Hall

Picture of the Day: Strahov Monastery’s Theological Hall

Strahov Monastery’s Theological Hall Photograph by RUDI (RUDOLF) MOERKL Strahov Monastery is a Premonstratensian abbey founded in 1143 by Bishop Jindřich Zdík, Bishop John of Prague, and Duke Vladislav II. It is located in Strahov, Prague, Czech Republic. In 1670 Jeroným Hirnheim, a philosopher and theologian became the abbot of Strahov. His…

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May 16, 2013

How France Hid the Louvre’s Masterpieces During WWII

How France Hid the Louvre’s Masterpieces During WWII

Photograph by Pierre Jahan/Archives des museés nationaux Beginning in 1938, the threat of war prompted a large-scale evacuation of France’s public art collections. The storage sites chosen for works of art were châteaux, tranquil locations in the heart of the French countryside, far from strategic targets, and thus escaping the imminent danger of bombing.…

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May 9, 2013

Revealing the Contents of a 100-year-old Time Capsule

Revealing the Contents of a 100-year-old Time Capsule

On April 22, 2013, the Oklahoma Historical Society in partnership with the First Lutheran Church unearthed a 6-ft x 3-ft x 3-ft (1.83m x 0.91m x 0.91m) chest, buried in the church’s basement exactly 100 years prior. Dubbed the ‘Century Chest‘, the project was created in 1913 by Virginia Sohlberg of the Ladies Aid…

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Apr 22, 2013

40 Gargoyles and Grotesques Around the World

40 Gargoyles and Grotesques Around the World

In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque, usually made of granite, with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building thereby preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls and eroding the mortar between. Architects often used multiple gargoyles on buildings to divide the…

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Apr 18, 2013

Picture of the Day: Forest on Shipwreck Island

Picture of the Day: Forest on Shipwreck Island

FOREST ON SHIPWRECK ISLAND Photograph by Bruce Hood | brucehoodphotography.com In this reflective beauty by Bruce Hood, we see the shipwrecked SS Ayrfield in Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia. The photograph was taken from Wentworth point, and what I find truly remarkable are all of the trees growing on the abandoned ship! Nature…

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