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OldNYC: Mapping Historical Photographs of New York City

OldNYC: Mapping Historical Photographs of New York City

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Lagniappe of Research #6: Chinese Women And Crime, Early 1900s Edition I assume that, like me, you're fascinated with the Chinese cities of the pre-WW2 era, and so you know about the crime scenes in them, especially in Shanghai, and the major personages involved in the crime scenes, Big-Eared Du and Pockmarked Huang and all the rest. (There are many places you can read about the rogues of Old Shanghai, as it's called: here's a good place to start). And, just possibly, you know about the criminals and crime-solvers of Chinese detective and mystery fiction of the pre-WW2 years, Sun Liaohong's Arsène Lupin-like Lu Ping (and his Sherlock Holmes-like opponent, Cheng Xiaoqing's Huo Sang) and the others like them. But even those of us who have pored over Paul French's Old Shanghai A-Z and have practically memorized Graham Earnshaw's Tales of Old Shanghai are probably uneducated in the crimes committed by the Chinese women of the period.

Step Inside The Macabre & Sinister Nightclubs Of 1920's Paris Since the dawn of time, man has always been mesmerized with the dark side of nature. The realm of the supernatural, of the unknown, where nefarious and shadowy characters roam has fascinated and terrified society for eons. Rewind to Paris in the 1920s and that same obsession with macabre and sinister was starting to gain mainstream appeal. It was during that era that several popular nightclubs mysteriously opened across the city.

War Eagles: The greatest Ray Harryhausen film never made Imagine Avatar, but with Vikings, Nazis and giant eagles… In 2009, stop motion legend Ray Harryhausen visited The Watershed in Bristol to discuss his movie-making career. In between getting our DVD of Jason and the Argonauts signed and fighting the urge to high five an 89 year old man, our interest was peaked about a project he said he’d spent the past 30 years trying to make – War Eagles. The story of War Eagles dates all the way back to the 1930s when it was originally going to be made by Merian C. YES PLEASE! The Rail Zeppelin: Experimental train that resembled a Zeppelin airship The Schienenzeppelin or rail zeppelin was an experimental railcar which resembled a zeppelin airship in appearance. It was designed and developed by the German aircraft engineer Franz Kruckenberg in 1929. Propulsion was by means of a propeller located at the rear, it accelerated the railcar to 230.2 km/h (143 mph) setting the land speed record for a petrol powered rail vehicle.

Child Labor in America: Investigative Photos of Lewis Hine About these Photos Faces of Lost Youth Left - Furman Owens, 12 years old. Can't read. "Classic Six:" New York City Apartment Building Living, 1880s-1910s Collection History The group of materials presented here includes albums produced between 1908 and 1913 by developers and the real estate industry to entice potential middle and upper class tenants to New York City’s “principal high class apartment houses,” declares one volume’s subtitle. Each featured apartment house is briefly described, and illustrated with an exterior photograph and one or more floor plans. Among the Milstein Library Division’s most heavily consulted New York City real estate resources, these albums are supplemented in this digital presentation by trade catalogues for contemporary plumbing fixtures that may have been part of the modern and luxury appointments in these apartments.

A list of various phantom islands recorded throughout history Phantom islands can generally be divided into three groups. Most of the phantom islands recorded through history were usually derived and marked according to the reports made by early ship captains and sailors, during their missions to explore new realms. Many of the phantom islands in this category were later revisited and proved to be non-existent, or mistaken for some already extant island. 10 Mysterious Human Populations Humans Mysterious populations challenge our notions of the world. Some remain shrouded in the shadows of time; others are enigmatic because of their isolation or unique origin stories. The more we learn, the more complex the story of man becomes. Behold- the most gorgeous cars of the Art Deco era... The Art Deco movement influenced design and marketing in many different industries in the 1930s, and the motor industry was no exception. During the 1930s, when most folks couldn’t even afford to put food on the table, upscale car makers turned out luxury vehicles with incredible features. Some of these features, like front-wheel drive and electric wipers, were ahead of their time.

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives - About this Collection - Prints & Photographs Online Catalog Most images are digitized | All jpegs/tiffs display outside Library of Congress | View All The photographs in the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection form an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944. This U.S. government photography project was headed for most of its existence by Roy E. Stryker, who guided the effort in a succession of government agencies: the Resettlement Administration (1935-1937), the Farm Security Administration (1937-1942), and the Office of War Information (1942-1944). The collection also includes photographs acquired from other governmental and non-governmental sources, including the News Bureau at the Offices of Emergency Management (OEM), various branches of the military, and industrial corporations.

The Emu War – Veritable Hokum First, some notes on accuracy: I’m not 100% sure on all of these dates (some had two dates listed, some had none and I had to guess based on what happened before and after). I’m pretty sure I’m correct to within a day or two, but the ones I’m least sure about are October 31 (might have been earlier) and November 4 (might have been the 3rd or 5th). (Update: someone on reddit linked me this photo of the actual vehicle that the emus ran off the road.)