Agatha vs Evelyn, ca. 1955.
Agatha vs Evelyn, ca. 1955.
Angkor is one of the most important and the greatest archaeological sites in the world. This by the way the world’s largest (400 square kilometers) temple complex (almost a 1000 temples) was between IX and XV century the capital of the Khmer Empire. Probably, in the eleventh century, numbering one million inhabitants of Angkor was the largest city in the contemporary world.
I want to go to Cambodia so much.
We think this calls for a Timekey
A storm-scoured beach invites us to walk into the 6,000 year old Borth Forest. The skeletal trees that arise on the low tide shoreline of Cardigan Bay in Wales have been linked to the lost kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelodhttp.
this is my favorite thing.
Much too good not to share, despite being #HistoryAsStereotype
This peacock’s in a ruffle. All thanks to that scoundrel of a Sumerian trader…
A cache of coded letters documenting the 19th-century Meiji government’s reactions to the final samurai uprising have been found in an old storehouse in the ancient Japanese capital city of Kyoto.
Undercover agents used telegram technology and a circular coding table (pictured here) to report on the movements of the former warrior class across Japan.
Completed ca 1410, the Prague Astronomical Clock is legendary. It is said that city elders were so delighted with it that they blinded its creator, Master Hanuš, to ensure that nothing so splendid would ever grace another European city.
The clock is remarkable indeed. At the top of each daytime hour, doors swing open to reveal a parade of the twelve apostles, flanked to the sides by a skeleton who rings a bell, a Turk shaking his head, a miser with a purse full of money, and Vanity beholding herself in the mirror. The sequence ends with the crowing of a golden rooster and the ringing of the huge bell at the top of the clock tower. Legend holds that the first cock-crow of each morning drives all ghosts and devils from the ancient city of Prague.
Proof that congestion is nothing new in the city of London, the underground ”Mail Rail” was created by order of Parliament a century ago, and during its heyday its driverless trains carried 12 million postal items daily on the line stretching from East End’s Whitechapel to west London’s Paddington. Their top speed of 40 mph far surpassed the max of 6 mph reached by horse-drawn carriages in the early 20th century.
By 2003, rising costs and diminishing returns spelled the demise of the service. It was mothballed, with equipment abandoned in place. New plans promise to bring the light of the present day back to the world’s only electric underground railway dedicated to moving mail, but this time bearing tourists instead of packages.
Thundersnow swirled on the doorstep of the Keep that night. (at The Keep)
After 3,000 years, the case that had held the mummy of Hor, a vizier’s son who died in tenth-century B.C. Thebes, was in a slump. It had succumbed to years of storage in moist conditions in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, and was sagging badly at the chest and neck.
“We considered inflatable systems and struts radiating from a central pole,” Rowe explained. Then Knowles came up with the idea of using Lego bricks. He fashioned supports that include a threaded screw system from a commercially available Lego set, adding archival foam where the toy bricks touch the ancient cartonnage.
The Lego supports are “an elegant solution,” says Rowe, noting that the hole in Hor’s back is small, so having a system that can be adjusted by feel is a plus. Hor is now on permanent display for museum visitors.
Marthe de Florian was a French socialite and actress who fled to the south of France to escape war-torn Paris in 1942. She kept her apartment on the Right Bank near the Opéra Garnier, though, so that she might return when the war was over.
She failed to do so, and the apartment remained untouched until 2010, when an auctioneer entered it to appraise its contents. What he found was a time capsule, bursting with treasures.
The apartment was covered in dust, but its furnishings were perfectly preserved, including a fabulous taxidermied ostrich and vintage Mickey Mouse doll.
There even was a portrait of Madame de Florian herself, painted by Giovanni Boldini, and accompanied by a ribbon-bound stack of love letters from the artist to his subject. The portrait was sold for €2.1 million.
An entry in Boldini’s wife’s records confirm the identity of the portrait’s subject, dating it to 1898, when de Florian was just 24 years old.
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Past light: New York City’s Grand Central Station in 1929.
We’ll never see such light streaming through the windows again, owing to the taller buildings that now surround the station.
Carving miniature bas relief sculptures from coin art is a hobby that stretches back at least to the 18th century in the United States, but it really took off with the introduction of the Buffalo Nickel early in the 20th century.
The Buffalo Nickel was minted with unusually soft metals and imprinted with the profile of a Native American with bold features, making it easier to transform into different forms, with skulls being a particular favorite. Add to that the idle hands of unemployed Depression-era artists (hence, “hobo”) and soon these curious numismatic treasures proliferated.