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Archive for December 22, 2013

“An Arctic Village – Eskimos among their topeks (tents) and snow-igloo (right)”, World’s Fair, St. Louis, U.S.A.. 1904


Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Reproduction Number: LC-USZC4-7092

I can’t tell from the photograph but it could well be Nancy Columbia in the centre of the image.

The unbroken seal on Tutankhamun’s tomb, 1922. (3,245 years untouched.)



The whole story of how most of the tomb was saved from grave robbers is nothing short a miracle. The tomb was robbed of small items several times shortly after burial, but then, because of its lower position in the Valley of the Kings, the tomb’s entrance was sealed by rocks and mud from flooding and the location was lost until Carter’s discovery. Every other discovered royal tomb there had been basically cleaned out. (… until 1922.)

Pep the Dog Mug Shot. August 12, 1924

Origin of dog shaming.

Origin of dog shaming.

“Pep, The Cat-Murdering Dog” was a black Labrador Retriever admitted to Eastern State Penitentiary on August 12, 1924. Prison folklore tells us that Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot used his executive powers to sentence Pep to Life Without Parole for killing his wife’s cherished cat. Prison records support this story: Pep’s inmate number (C-2559) is skipped in prison intake logs and inmate records. The Governor told a different story. He said Pep had been sent to Eastern to act as a mascot for the prisoners. He and the Warden, Herbert “Hard-Boiled” Smith, were friends. Pep was much loved, and lived among the inmates at Eastern State for about a decade. While the truth may never be known, in photographs Pep—with his head down and ears back–looks GUILTY.
Source: Eastern State Penitentiary

Lobster Tea Party, August 1938 .


“Anne and her family lived alone on an island. She enjoyed having tea time with her friends the spiny lobster and baby hawk.”

– National Geographic, August 1938

Source: National Geographic

“Bostock’s trained lions”, ca.1903

He even trained the lions to look in the camera.

I can’t even get my dog to sit still for a picture

Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-15898


Lofoten, Norway

I do believe that I have found my future home.




Lofoten is an archipelago and a traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. Though lying within the Arctic Circle, the archipelago experiences one of the world’s largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude.

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