Posts tagged history
Posts tagged history
The first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle.
Three decades ago, 24 year old architecture student, Elspeth Beard, set out to ride her bike around the world– a trek that would take 3 years and over 48K miles. The young Englishwoman, who’d been riding since she was just 16 yrs old, had already taken a few solo journeys to Scotland and Ireland– and now was ready to take on more before she finished school and settled down into a career.
Beard’s bike was a used 1974 BMW R 60/6 flat-twin.
"Damn the Torpedoes!"
From the series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes
A combined assault by a Federal fleet commanded by Rear Admiral David Farragut and Union infantry forces defeated a Confederate fleet and the 3 forts defending Mobile Bay, Alabama on August 5, 1864 (the forts would fall several days later following a short siege). The loss would deprive the Confederacy of one of its last major ports. (Farragut had captured New Orleans two years before.)
During the battle Farragut is widely reported to have ordered his ships forward despite the threat of submerged mines (then called torpedoes), calling out “Damn the Torpedoes, Go Ahead!" or more likely: "Damn the Torpedoes, Four Bells…”
Not too many of our books are held together with iron bars and nails, but this hefty hymnal needs the support for its massive wooden boards.
Privately printed in 1646, for the Monastery of Santa Maria della Pace by Giovanni Agostino Casoni della Spezia in Genoa, no expense was spared for this weighty wonder, including commissioning a giant unique typeface and initials that were used exclusively for this work. (Do you see how big that “I” is? It is as big as my hand!). In addition, each of the 103 pages is a full sheet printed as a broadside.
This is our most recent acquisition, and the bookseller Bruce McKittrick and his team did an incredible amount of research to figure out all the details about this unique hymnal. As we sort through the included research and catalog this item, we will post an update.
Apollo 14 blasts off from Cape Canaveral, seen from a fisheye camera on the tower, 31 January 1971.
Over the course of almost two centuries, the gear in a soldier’s kit has changed quite significantly. The photographer Thom Atkinson documented thirteen of these kits, ranging from a huscarl at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to a close-support sapper in the Royal Engineers from 2014, in a Hypebeast Essentials style. The series, published on Telegraph UK, is called Soldiers Inventories, and it’s serious history porn.
Apollo 11 LM Interior (by NASA on The Commons)
This interior view of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module shows Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot, during the lunar landing mission. This picture was taken by Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, prior to the moon landing.
Some of the first American soldiers to attack the German defenses in Higgins Boats (LCVPs) approach Omaha Beach near Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. Plastic covers protect the soldier’s weapons against from the water. (Photo by Robert F. Sargent, U.S. Coast Guard/Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Seventy years ago, the world watched as the Allied invasion of Normandy signified the turning point of Axis occupation in Europe during World War II.
Thank you, Greatest Generation—your legacy will be eternal.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, which was intended to cripple U.S. Naval power in the Pacific, the Battle of Midway proved to be the turning point during World War II when the Allied Forces turned the tide against the Imperial Japanese Fleet in the Pacific Theater.
This decisive battle proved the Allied Forces had the naval power and expertise to send the formidable Imperial Japanese Fleet running.
Vintage NASA illustrations show the differences among Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecrafts.