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Christen Købke, The View of the Plaster Cast Collection at Charlottenborg Palace, 1830

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Clemente Michelangelo Susini

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The cleansing action of the apocalypse, as pictured in ‘Amazing Stories’ from 1920.

"New York City holds such high destruction appeal… because New York, with its glorious skyscrapers and perfect grid, simply looks better than any other city while being destroyed."

(via A Visual History of New York City’s Destruction in 200 Years of Fiction | Brain Pickings)


Divers not equipped with any kind of apparatus at all become uncomfortable and run considerable danger if they go beyond 50 feet. Diving to such depths for a living is extremely trying. It shortens life, causes various diseases of the heart and blood, and may result in sudden and painful death. In an ordinary diving suit depths of 150 feet may be reached, but beyond that there is a danger that pressure upon the body would result in injury and death. In the ‘Tritonia’ all-metal suit, twenty times this depth is quite feasible.

(via Age of Power and Wonder: Vintage Science Infographics from 1930s Cigarette Cards | Brain Pickings)


Rosendo Ribeiro, the first doctor in Nairobi, Kenya, bought a zebra in 1907, and visited his patients on zebra-back. He was a familiar sight in the straggling township. He later sold it to Bombay Zoo for 800 Rupees.

(via MESSYBEAST HISTORICAL PHOTOS: Draught and Riding Animals other than Horses)

A Sure and Convenient Machine for Drawing Silhouettes by Thomas Holloway, 1792

From Johann Caspar Lavater, Essays on Physiognomy: Designed to Promote the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind


In 1928, astrologers predicted that 1929 would be a year of prosperity for all. The Great Depression would sadly prove them wrong.

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In 1920 two English cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright, produced a series of photos that seemed to show them cavorting with fairies and gnomes.

The images were published in The Strand and convinced Arthur Conan Doyle, among others. In The Coming of the Fairies (1922), he wrote: “It is hard for the mind to grasp what the ultimate results may be if we have actually proved the existence upon the surface of this planet of a population which may be as numerous as the human race, which pursues its own strange life in its own strange way, and which is only separated from ourselves by some difference of vibrations.”


Visited a temple in Egypt and found these cats going around posing for tourists.

This is amazing!!

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