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Archive for January 30, 2014

B-54 Special Atomic Demolition Munition (SADM) – The Backpack Nuke

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In 1914, German soldiers burned down the university library of Louvain, as a punishment for a shooting in the city destroying over 300.000 books, 800 incunables and 1000 manuscripts

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The Germans leveled almost the entire city of Leuven (Louvain in French) just to punish the Belgians for their resistance….


1950’s automated hot dog machine in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Swedish text translates as "grilled sausage in 22 seconds".

The Swedish text translates as “grilled sausage in 22 seconds”.


A kid with an Indian headdress emerges from a coal hole, 1954

Today this kid would be labeled culturally insensitive and charged with terroristic threats.

Today this kid would be labeled culturally insensitive and charged with terroristic threats.

If you were wondering. ..

A coal hole is a hatch in the pavement (sidewalk, in US usage) above an underground coal bunker. They are sometimes found outside houses that existed during the period when coal was widely used for domestic heating from the early 19th century to the middle 20th century.


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“The Burial of The Dead at The Battle of Wounded Knee, South Dakota” January 17, 1891

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Thaddeus Lowe and members of the Union Army Balloon Corps with a balloon named Intrepid, Gaines’ Mill, Virginia, 1862. The man sitting at the table in front of it is operating a telegraph machine.

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88-year-old Mrs. Sally Fickland, a former slave, looking at the Emancipation Proclamation in 1947.

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She would have been 3 years old when Lincoln signed the proclamation in 1862.

Due to its fragile condition—it was printed on both sides of poor-quality 19th-century paper, unlike the Constitution, which is written on more durable parchment—the Emancipation Proclamation can only be displayed for 30 hours each year.


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Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885

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