Mary Anning and the flying dragon. | Letters from Gondwana.

The holotype specimen of Dimorphodon macronyx found by Mary Anning in 1828 (From Wikimedia Commons)

The nineteen century was the “golden age” of Geology. The Industrial Revolution ushered a period of canal digging and major quarrying operations for building stone. These activities exposed sedimen…

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Quiet portraits amid one of Japan’s biggest eras of change

Images of tradition and change at the end of the Meiji Period

These photographs, taken by photographer Arnold Genthe during a six-month visit to Japan in 1908, offer a record of life in the last years of the Meiji period, which lasted from 1868 to 1912.

Born and educated in Germany, Genthe moved to…

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GROUP PHOTO OF FRENCH SOLDIERS IN NORTH AFRICA (WORLD WAR I ERA) | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

This vintage real photo postcard features a group of uniformed French soldiers in Northern Africa. The sign they are holding,”Honneur Aux Bleus” reveals some interesting information. Th…

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20 Rare Color Photos Of Paris Taken 100 Years Ago.

In the era of black and white photos, French banker Albert Kahn wanted to capture the great cities of the world in color. So in 1909, he commissioned four photographers to take their cameras around the world, documenting what they saw in color.

One of those cities was Paris, and these photos taken in 1914 capture…

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There Are Hundreds of Secret Underground WWII Bases Hidden in British Forests | Atlas Obscura

The exit of an escape tunnel. JIM126/WWW.28DAYSLATER.COM

It’s almost impossible to find one of Britain’s secret, underground military bases unless you know what to look for. In the years since they were built, starting in 1940, many of them have collapsed or fallen into disrepair. While the bunkers are no longer camouflaged today, they still…

Source: There Are Hundreds of Secret Underground WWII Bases Hidden in British Forests | Atlas Obscura

Nazi Child Soldiers: Dead Devoted.

Hitler on his last public appearance awarding the Iron Cross to members of the Hitler Youth, April 20th, 1945.

When looking at Hitler’s use of children in the WW2 a pattern eventually emerges. As Hitler became more desperate, the Hitler Youth became more involved. By the end of the war boys as young a…

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Théroigne de Méricourt, Heroine of the French Revolution

Théroigne de Méricourt was considered a heroine of the French Revolution, but she was also a polarizing figure lauded by some people and hated by others…

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The enduring fascination of relics, from Becket’s elbow to Elvis’s Graceland | Lindsey Fitzharris | Opinion | The Guardian

Holy items – such as the fragment of Becket’s bone returned to England – attract thousands. But ‘secular relics’ carry as much weight for the devotees of science and the arts…

Source: The enduring fascination of relics, from Becket’s elbow to Elvis’s Graceland | Lindsey Fitzharris | Opinion | The Guardian

Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Scandal – History… the interesting bits!

Tombs of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster, and her daughter Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland. Lincoln Cathedral

Tombs of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster, and her daughter Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland. Lincoln Cathedral

Katherine Swynford is, arguably, the most famous – or infamous – of English ladies  to have risen so high as to become the first lady of the kingdom, without ever being queen. Born Kath…

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Susette La Flesche; Native American Activist

Born in Nebraska in 1854, Susette, also called Inshata Theumba (Bright Eyes), had French and Native American ancestry. That year the United States government promised the Omaha tribe would keep 300…

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Cutting and pasting Chinese pictures | Treasure Hunt

Detail of the Chinese wallpaper in the Chinese Bedroom which dates from the construction of the room c.1760.This overmantel section differs much in colour and design from the paper on the other walls.

Detail of the Chinese wallpaper in the Chinese Bedroom which dates from the construction of the room c.1760.This overmantel section differs much in colour and design from the paper on the other walls.

This picture, showing Chinese figures in a landscape, hangs above the chimneypiece in the Chinese Bedroom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. The outlines of the imagery were printed with carved woodblocks…

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Censorship ~ Did you ever wonder who blacked out those letters? | Pacific Paratrooper

There was some censoring in the Civil War because letters sometimes had to cross enemy lines. Most of the censoring came from the prisoner-of-war camps. For example, if someone was writing a letter…

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The History Girls: Women Against Nazism: Elisabeth Abegg and her family, by Leslie Wilson.

Nazi-ruled Berlin, 1942: Jews were being ‘deported’ daily and taken off to the East, whence they never returned. Some went, if not obediently, at least hoping for the best, though their experience of what Germany under Nazism had become must have filled them with fear. Others were suspicious; perhaps they believed rumours they’d…

Source: The History Girls: Women Against Nazism: Elisabeth Abegg and her family, by Leslie Wilson.

Life Below Stairs: Increase in the White-Slave Traffic | ReginaJeffers’s Blog

Back in March, I spoke of the Fallen Female Servant, those young (often innocent) girls who were seduced or conquered by their masters. Today, I wish to speak of what the future held if the mistres…

Source: Life Below Stairs: Increase in the White-Slave Traffic | ReginaJeffers’s Blog

We Can’t Go Back – To The Left – Medium – George Takei

What Donald Trump needs to understand about Japanese internment.

My mother was born in Sacramento, the daughter of Japanese immigrants, and my father grew up in San Francisco. They met and married in Los Angeles, where I was born in 1937, and where we lived happily until December 7, 1941.

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, life changed for our family and thousands of other families like us. Suddenly we were presumed to be the enemy. We were…

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