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Posts tagged “Historical Photos

Nazi’s celebrating their empire on the ‘Reichserntedankfest’; ca. 1937

Worst bathroom line ever.

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Wehrmacht soldiers having a snowball fight in France during World War Two.

Pictures like this make me think of this quote from Lord of the Rings:

You wonder what his name is, where he comes from, and if he really was evil at heart. What lies or threats led him on this long march from home, and would he not rather have stayed there… in peace?


Otto Lilienthal, pioneer of aviation, died in 1896 of injuries sustained when his glider stalled and he was unable to regain control; falling from about 15 m (50 ft) – fractured his neck.

He died for our planes?

“Since the days of Copernicus, man has dreamed of flight…”


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Ice covered and burnt out shell of the Equitable Life Assurance Building of New York City, ca. 1912

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Men observe the giant statues of Easter Island in Polynesia, ca. December 1922

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Capital Dome restoration c. 1960

 

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In late 1959 through 1960, the Capitol Dome underwent a significant repair and restoration effort and at the end of 1959 the exterior of the Dome was surrounded by scaffold.

During the work, workmen using special pneumatic hammers removed paint from the iron, which was then sandblasted. Since bare iron rusts quickly it had to be treated with a red protective rust inhibiting coating within five hours of paint removal. Corroded and cracked metal was repaired or replaced where necessary, loose bolts were tightened, and missing bolts replaced. New bronze window frames were installed in the tholus and the interior bracing in the Statue of Freedom was reinforced. Repairs were made to the drainage system and flashing, and the Dome was completely inspected and repaired using stainless tell wherever extra strength was needed. The work also put in additional lightning and bird protection.

More: www.aoc.gov/capitol-buildings/capitol-dome

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