Over the last 4,000 years, advertising has evolved from people carving public notices in steel to posting viral videos online.
[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/kokoloveguam/4143333854/”] He goes by many names — St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas — but Santa’s likeness is always the same: a big man in a red coat, fat and jolly, riding a sleigh through the night to deliver gifts to the good children of the world.Just like […]
[credit provider=”Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University” url=”http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke/index.html”] The Romanovs, descendents of Peter The Great, were the last imperial dynasty to rule over Russia.Nicholas II – the last Emperor of Russian – and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks on orders from Lenin in the summer of […]
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/”] We came across some vintage photos of life in St. Petersburg during the 1960s.This former Russian capital built by Peter The Great was back then named Leningrad.
[credit provider=”thefixer via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/fixersphotos/5208288899/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] For decades, De Beers has been the preeminent name in diamonds.Thanks to a stockpile of the world’s rough diamond supply, indelible marketing schemes and even negotiations with foreign governments for their diamonds, De Beers — owned by the Oppenheimer family since the 1920s — has […]
The word “hacking” can inspire a dramatic image of a guy hunched over his computer at all hours of the night, cracking a password, and stealing a million dollars for himself.
[credit provider=”Hapsburger.net” url=”http://www.habsburger.net/”] The current economic slump won’t end any time soon, says Matthew Lynn in MarketWatch. The current crisis eerily resembles one that brought the financial world to its knees in the 1870s.A new industrial power — back then it was Germany, now it’s China — had rocketed to […]
[credit provider=”Flip Schulke / EPA (via archives.gov)” url=”http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ShowArchivalDescriptions?%24searchId=4&%24showFullDescriptionTabs.selectedPaneId=&%24digiDetailPageModel.currentPage=0&%24resultsPartitionPageModel.targetModel=true&%24resultsSummaryPageModel.pageSize=10&%24partitionIndex=0&%24digiSummaryPageModel.targetModel=true&%24submitId=1&%24resultsDetailPageModel.search=true&%24digiDetailPageModel.resultPageModel=true&%24resultsDetailPageModel.currentPage=0&%24showArchivalDescriptionsTabs.selectedPaneId=&%24resultsDetailPageModel.pageSize=1&%24resultsSummaryPageModel.targetModel=true&%24sort=RELEVANCE_ASC&%24resultsPartitionPageModel.search=true&%24highlight=false”] In the 1970s, thousands of retirees from the North East started migrating to Florida for warmer weather and stress-free living.Developers quickly realised the opportunity and started building retirement communities such as Century Village in Palm Beach.
One hundred and 50 years ago, for the first and only time, the United States of America collapsed and became two warring nations: The Confederate States and The Union.
[credit provider=”U.S. Navy” url=”http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/pearlhbr/pearlhbr.htm”] Today marks the 70-year anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that pushed the U.S. into officially entering World War II by declaring war on Japan.On the morning of December 7, 1941 over 350 Japanese planes attacked the American navy base in Hawaii killing 2,402 […]
[credit provider=”Getty Images”] Let’s start off with the obvious, not all Iranians hate the UK.But it does seem like for conservative Iranians, such as the students who yesterday tore through the British Embassy in Tehran, the UK is the true enemy of Iran, perhaps even more so than the dreaded […]
[credit provider=”Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division”] The nation’s capital city has been immortalised in millions of photographs since it was founded in 1791. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the National Photo Company documented life in Washington D.C. as a daily service to its readers.
[credit provider=”Library of Congress” url=”http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/det.4a25603/”] New York, like most older American cities, has changed plenty over the centuries.But one ever-present trait is the city’s photogenic nature: it’s the backdrop of many a tourist photo, Hollywood movie, and music video.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons”] British researchers are about to spend 10 years and millions of dollars to build a pretty crappy computer, reports the New York Times.The device is slow and humongous — the opposite of we would look for in a computer today.
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/2255718951″] Largely thanks to the movie “V for Vendetta” a failed British rebel from over 400 years ago has become the face of international anti-capitalist protests.Maybe it’s a romantic thought that Guy Fawkes was a plucky man standing up to the establishment that has captivated the […]
[credit provider=”L. Marie via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenore-m/4052125926/”] A Russian historian has been taken into custody by police when it was discovered he had over 20 female corpses in his home, reports the Telegraph.Anatoly Moskvin, a local historian in the Russian town of Nizhny Novgorod, has said he was writing a book […]
[credit provider=”AP”] Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who we should remember used to be one of the most powerful men in the world before he became the embodiment of the term “sex scandal,” is apparently descended from the owner of a French brothel.The Local reports that a new book, written by author Jean-Louis […]
[credit provider=”simonov via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonov/2559138574/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] As Rome runs out of places to bury its trash, one Italian prince is protesting against the idea of opening an emergency landfill site less than a mile away from some historic Roman ruins, reports the Telegraph.The ruins of Hadrian’s Villa, the “out-of-town” retreat of […]
[credit provider=”Flickr – Nicki Ishmael” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickired/2280520709/”] The New York City restaurant scene is brutal. Only 20% survive after five years.So how do bars manage to stay around for decades — even centuries?
[credit provider=”jemingway via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jemingway3/6239102533/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] The vampires, goblins, and ghouls all come out on Halloween, and so do the slutty costumes.For decades, women have seized the holiday to show off more skin than is normally socially appropriate.
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[credit provider=”doioutsidethebox via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/doioutsidethebox/1819895704/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] It’s one of the most universal traditions in the world. But, it’s celebrated differently by everyone.Each culture has its own ways of making someone’s special day extra special.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cc/Mummy_at_British_Museum.jpg/640px-Mummy_at_British_Museum.jpg”] A British man who died at the age of 61-years-old has become the first person in over 3,000 years to be mummified in the style of the ancient Egyptians.SBS reports that former taxi driver Alan Billis, who passed away from lung cancer in January, had volunteered […]
[credit provider=”Adeptis” url=”http://www.adeptis.ru/vinci/m_part6_2.html”] It’s only just come to public attention that Dennis Ritchie, creator of the C programming language and co-creator of the Unix operating system, died at his home this weekend at the age of 71.We do not have any more information at this time.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Acoma_Pueblo_New_Mexico_12-27-2006_11-01-45_AM_0065.jpg”] Every year the World Monuments Fund releases lists of endangered buildings around the world.While many are in foreign countries, others are right outside your local subway stop.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons”] Historic monuments often don’t have a long shelf life in today’s culture. The Taliban destroyed 1500-year-old Buddhas in 2001 and historically-significant buildings are frequently razed. In recognition of this, the World Monuments Fund has released its 2012 Watch list of sites facing “current preservation issues.”
[credit provider=”Flickr – ZagatBuzz” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/zagatbuzz/3670554513/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] When a pizza parlor has been around for decades, you know it’s got to be good.New York City is a tough market for restaurants — there’s an 80% fail rate — so even more props to these guys.
[credit provider=”wikipedia commons”] Throughout history much of the world has been ruled by empires.To be considered an empire an expanse of land must be politically led by either a monarch, an emperor, or be an oligarchy.
Buying a home within a local, state or national historic district most likely means you’re buying into a fascinating neighbourhood with important history behind it.
[credit provider=”Business Insider”] These eateries have weathered some of America’s most tumultuous times and lived to tell the tale.They’ve witnessed the changes wrought by the Revolutionary War and survived the bleak days of Prohibition.
[credit provider=”Library of Congress”] Employees have been fighting for their rights for centuries. Here’s a brief look the history of U.S. labour law.This post originally appeared at Inc.
[credit provider=”Flickr Gage Skidmore” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/5854805421/”] Texas Governor and Republican presidential front-runner Rick Perry’s college transcript was leaked to The Huffington Post. It’s ugly; with lots of C’s and D’s. Perry graduated from Texas A&M University in 1972 with a degree in Animal Science, but he probably should have put more effort […]
It’s a question almost as old as New York City pizza itself. “Which is the real Ray’s Pizza?”
[credit provider=”wikipedia commons”] Freemasons have over six-million members worldwide, and despite being in its fifth-century the group remains shrouded in mystery.The one thing that is public about the masons is their member list — and some of the most powerful people in the world were at one time part of […]
[credit provider=”AP”] Most of us have seen these photos before, and we remember the sequence of events on the morning of September 11, 2001 by the minute.At the same time they are painful images, and even after 10 years they are hard to view.
[credit provider=”WithFriendship.com” url=”http://withfriendship.com/user/cyborg/bulletin-board-system.php”] When the Internet was in its fledgling stages, numerous technologies sprang up to make it more useful.Almost all of them revolved around communication with other people or finding information you wanted.
Back in September 2001 people still read print.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Betsy-Ross-Flag.jpg”] We hold these truths to be self-evident: when it comes to history, the stories we learn in history books are factual and accurate. But that’s not always the case.American history is rife with half-truths, embellishments, and outright myths. What’s worse, many of these myths are taught to […]
[credit provider=”Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection” url=”http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8a19000/8a19000/8a19092r.jpg”] It isn’t difficult to see shades of the Great Depression in the Great Recession, and in today’s volatile economy. High unemployment, staggering debt, and stocks that, well, see the August 10th cover of The New York Post, who put […]
[credit provider=”Intuit” url=”http://quickbase.intuit.com/blog/2010/07/06/take-ownership-of-mistakes/”] There’s a certain serendipitous element to creating things.A mistake might lead to a breakthrough, which is why we have the term “happy accident.”
History makes for great movies. This is a given.
[credit provider=”orangebrompton via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/orangebrompton/224649987/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] With the Middle East in flames and news coming faster than governments can react, nothing is more important than to step back from the fray, take a deep breath and get some perspective. Historical perspective.That is particularly true when looking at what historians may consider […]
Medical science has come a long way in the 20th and 21st centuries and a few of the most important innovations have paved the way for a future of medical discoveries. Smallpox alone killed more than 500,000,000 people. In the 18th century, nearly half a million people succumbed to the […]
[credit provider=”AP”] To be an inventor, you need a pile of junk, some imagination, and the ability to take a leap of faith.Some inventions change the course of human history — and some backfire terribly — relegating their creators to the Wikipedia pages and Darwin Awards of our time.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ibm_pc_5150.jpg”] 30 years ago today, IBM released the 5150, marking the birth of the personal computer as we know it today.Modern computing exploded and suddenly there was a rush to see who could improve on the idea of a “personal computer.”
[credit provider=”PRI’s Studio 360 via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/studio360/1150744368/”] Stock markets matter, and Americans should be concerned about severe market downturns. If you disagree, consider this: There have been eight major bear markets since the start of the Great Depression. All but one contributed to the ensuing — or concurrent — economic weakness, affecting […]
[credit provider=”Knullen” url=”http://www.knullen.com/gallery3/index.php/Rarely-Available-Pics/Ken-Thompson-L-and-Dennis-Ritchie-R-creators-of-UNIX”] When you look at the modern laptop, it’s pretty easy to forget how far computing has come. Being skilled with a computer is entirely mainstream and almost essential for our daily lives.But imagine what it was like 50 years ago. Computing was a fledgling branch of technology […]
[credit provider=”AP”] Few people have made as much of an impact on the computing world as Steve Jobs.He helped make the idea of personal computers into a viable business, and to this day he seems to want to make last year’s products obsolete with this year’s releases.
[credit provider=”Flickr Gage Skidmore” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/5854805421/”] Texas Governor and likely 2012 presidential candidate Rick Perry’s college transcript was leaked to The Huffington Post. It’s ugly; with lots of C’s and D’s. Perry graduated from Texas A&M University in 1972 with a degree in Animal Science, but he probably should have put more […]
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hoover_Kennedys_1961_by_Abbie_Rowe.jpg”] Complex man that he was, J. Edgar Hoover left nothing to chance.The director shrewdly recognised that building what became known as the world’s greatest law enforcement agency would not necessarily keep him in office.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons”] It was August 1981 when IBM released the Personal Computer Model 5150. Costing $1,265, it didn’t have a monitor, parallel ports or even a hard disk. To the casual observer, it was more of a box than a computer.But it sold like crazy, even after the wild […]
[credit provider=”Ronnestam” url=”http://www.ronnestam.com/brand-and-communication-predictions-for-2009-by-johan-ronnestam/”] In an issue of Ladies’ Home Journal circa 1900, John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. wrote up a list of predictions that people could expect to see 100 years later.This wild document has been scanned and shared by How To Be A Retronaut.
Someone had to send the first email. Someone had to create the first computer virus. And obviously, someone had to register the first internet domain.
[credit provider=”Erik Calonius / EPA” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/sets/72157621885102730/with/3769855820/”] The New York City subway is a remarkable place where tension and temperatures often run high.Although brawls are known to erupt on the train and amenities such as air conditioning and regular schedule are unreliable, the city’s subway system is regarded to be the […]
[credit provider=”Jason E. Powell” url=”http://jasonepowell.com/”] Photographer Jason E. Powell is reviving historic photos by going back to the actual place where they have been taken and then inserting that old image in the landscape of a new photo.The results are spectacular — some sites have the same building facades as […]
[credit provider=”Flickr Tim Bounds” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tabounds/3253512894/”] They may not have the sleek styling of Pinnerfarina, but with their raw, powerful presence and fascinating military heritage, the hardy Jeep is a motoring classic in its own right.Even Le Mans actor Steve McQueen fell for its charms: He owned a unique Chevy V-8-powered Jeep CJ […]
[credit provider=”Tom Reavis (Futternut via Flickr)” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/futternut/sets/72157600541599722/”] Daytona Beach, Florida has been a mecca for off-road, beach driving, hosting car and motorcycle competitions for over 50 years.The local beach strip with its hard packed sand allows for vehicles to race around beach-goers.
[credit provider=”Jalopnik” url=”http://jalopnik.com/”] A set of Japan Airlines PR photos from 1954 taken aboard a Douglas DC-6 shows the nascent airline’s First Class only (!) trans-Pacific route in decadent detail.One gets the sense that no shoes were removed, no bosoms were felt up, and no tubes of toothpaste were transferred […]
Today is the biggest national holiday in France, which occurs each year on July 14th.
[credit provider=”Charles W. Cushman Photography Collection / Indiana University Archives ” url=”http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/cushman/results/result.do?query=city:%22New%20York%22&page=1&pagesize=20&display=thumbcap”] Amateur photographer Charles W. Cushman traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad capturing daily life from 1938 to 1969.His works have been donated to and maintained by Cushman’s alma mater Indiana University, which has kindly given us permission […]
As you recover from the long holiday weekend, let’s take a look back at the news that took over headlines this week in history.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SirBarton-Johnny_Loftus-1919Preakness.jpg”] Sir Barton would have never became America’s first Triple Crown winning horse if it hadn’t been for a bet between the horse’s owner and mobster Arnold Rothstein.In an LA Times blog post today, Brian Cronin reveals that before the 1919 Kentucky Derby, Rothstein bet JKL Ross […]
“Everyone’s under the impression that the election’s in 2013.”
“Tom Jefferson was there and he was congratulating Ben Franklin on using his kite to discover gravity.”
Before we look ahead to another week of news, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories that broke this week in history.
[credit provider=”Hugh Holland / mbart.com” url=”http://www.mbart.com/artists/_Hugh%20Holland/”] It’s summertime and there is no better way to spend your days than being active outside.We are taking a look back at California’s skateboarding culture in the 1970s to reminisce about what life was like before people were obsessed with gadgets and screens.
As we gear up for the next seven days of news, we took a look back at what dominated headlines this week in history.
Over at The New York Times Magazine’s enjoyable 6th Floor blog, Hilary Greenbaum asks “Who made that Oreo emboss?”
As I mentioned in my previous notes, I interpret the markets through a variety of sliding scales within my research. I thought I might construct a bit of the broader scale to colour some of my longer term rationale – which continues to be constructively bullish. I have always appreciated […]
“We’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.”
[credit provider=”The US Army At Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/2560388523/in/set-72157605500980913″] Today is the 67th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy on June 6th, 1944, in what is considered the battle that changed the tide of World War II.9,000 soldiers lost their lives on the beaches, but […]
Reader Chris sent the following comment regarding a Russell Napier Interview on Financial Sense:
[credit provider=”Danny Lyon/ NARA” url=”http://www.archives.gov/index.html”] We came across a beautiful collection of vintage photos of Brooklyn taken in the summer of 1974.Photographer Danny Lyon spent two months snapping pictures of the daily life in the borough — exploring Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Green and Park Slope among other neighborhoods.
[credit provider=”The Library Of Congress via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/sets/72157603671370361/with/2178246047/”] The way Americans perceive the Great Depression is in large part coloured by the fact that most photos of the era are in black and white. The familiar photos are filled with pathos, but they also make the Great Depression seem otherworldly–wholely dissimilar […]
May 5th was the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. manned space flight.
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/897414900/in/photostream/”] Historians unearthed a 1920 court deposition that suggests that maybe — maybe! — Chicago Cubs players were paid to throw the 1918 World Series, one year before the crosstown White Sox famously tanked the Fall Classic.There are no specific allegations of mischief, but Eddie Cicotte, one of […]
[credit provider=”Sports Design Blog ” url=”http://sportsdesignblog.typepad.com/.a/6a01127953797128a401156fb7247b970c-200wi”] There’s some debate about who was the first to broadcast a sporting event over the airwaves and into people’s homes.It’s as if as many entities as possible want to claim that they were the ones who brought you a Jack Dempsey fight before someone […]
Cities have been critical in human development for almost 10,000 years. We looked at thousands of years’ worth of data to determine the 16 greatest cities in human history. Each entry on the list was a center of commerce, technology, and innovation, from ancient Jericho to modern-day Tokyo. Cities have […]
[credit provider=”Wikipedia” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Osborne1.jpg”] Apple didn’t invent the portable computer. Neither did Toshiba. Or IBM.The first portable computer was created in April 1981 by a company called Osborne, led by a journalist turned entrepreneur named Adam Osborne.
The Egyptian cobra that escaped from The Bronx Zoo over the weekend did what anyone would do after being cooped up indoors for several years…create a Twitter account and tour New York City.
[credit provider=”Kheel centre/ILR School/Cornell University” url=”http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/primary/photosIllustrations/slideshow.html?image_id=743&sec_id=3#screen”] The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City that happened a 100 years ago on this date was the deadliest industrial disaster in the city and the fourth deadliest industrial-related accident in U.S. history. Some 146 people – mostly young immigrant women – lost […]
[credit provider=”wikimedia commons”] On today’s 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, we decided to take a look back at the other major disasters that occurred inside the five boroughs.It turns out that the 1911 tragedy that claimed 146 souls in Lower Manhattan wasn’t even the city’s worst day.
When Twitter was just three months old – and just a project called twttr in Ev Williams’ earlier startup Odeo – product manager Noah Glass sent out an email bragging about having reached 160 beta users.
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