05 . 05 . 2014
May 6th marks the 20th anniversary of the Channel Tunnel (or the Chunnel, or le tunnel sous la Manche), but the desire to build such a structure predates its actualization by quite a bit more than we might first suspect.
Following Napoleon III’s rise to power, in a France gripped by a fever for architectural modernization, T. de Gamond’s plan of 1856 called for a foundation laid into the same stratum of seabed ultimately drilled 20 years ago, but featured a surface port mid-Channel.
Portless and contiguous, the Chunnel currently boasts the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world, with 37.9 kilometers out of its total 50.5 kilometers resting submerged in the same geographical constraints studied so closely by Gamond in the 1830s.

May 6th marks the 20th anniversary of the Channel Tunnel (or the Chunnel, or le tunnel sous la Manche), but the desire to build such a structure predates its actualization by quite a bit more than we might first suspect.

Following Napoleon III’s rise to power, in a France gripped by a fever for architectural modernization, T. de Gamond’s plan of 1856 called for a foundation laid into the same stratum of seabed ultimately drilled 20 years ago, but featured a surface port mid-Channel.

Portless and contiguous, the Chunnel currently boasts the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world, with 37.9 kilometers out of its total 50.5 kilometers resting submerged in the same geographical constraints studied so closely by Gamond in the 1830s.

27 . 04 . 2014
peerintothepast:

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Gunter Dohse of Albuquerque, New Mexico, a 16 yr veteran of the Marnme Corps, bounces a little South Vietnamese boy on his boot during an off duty moment at a village five miles from his base perimeter at Danang. Lt. Dohse was an officer of the 3rd Antitank Battalion determined to make friends with the villagers. AP Photo by Don Dedera.

It makes sense that performing war is more complicated than we can imagine from far away; and people are more complicated than we can fathom.

peerintothepast:

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Gunter Dohse of Albuquerque, New Mexico, a 16 yr veteran of the Marnme Corps, bounces a little South Vietnamese boy on his boot during an off duty moment at a village five miles from his base perimeter at Danang. Lt. Dohse was an officer of the 3rd Antitank Battalion determined to make friends with the villagers. AP Photo by Don Dedera.

It makes sense that performing war is more complicated than we can imagine from far away; and people are more complicated than we can fathom.

23 . 04 . 2014
In the wake of a cable car, a Life Magazine illustration on the dangers of public transit from May 1895.

In the wake of a cable car, a Life Magazine illustration on the dangers of public transit from May 1895.

5 months ago
"New York City before the 1870s simply could not have survived without horse power, and the streets were filled with thousands of the animals pulling streetcars, omnibuses, carts and basically everything else that moved. As a result, life for a horse was pretty much appalling. Life span was relatively short. Although the city designated places along the waterfront to dispose of carcasses, it wasn’t unheard of to leave bodies in the street." (via the Bowery Boys)
Photo circa 1905. “The close of a career in New York” by Byron. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. (via Shorpy)

"New York City before the 1870s simply could not have survived without horse power, and the streets were filled with thousands of the animals pulling streetcars, omnibuses, carts and basically everything else that moved. As a result, life for a horse was pretty much appalling. Life span was relatively short. Although the city designated places along the waterfront to dispose of carcasses, it wasn’t unheard of to leave bodies in the street." (via the Bowery Boys)

Photo circa 1905. “The close of a career in New York” by Byron. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. (via Shorpy)

15 . 03 . 2014
peerintothepast:

Balloon view of Boston, ca 1860, the world’s oldest surviving aerial photo. smithsonianmag.com

peerintothepast:

Balloon view of Boston, ca 1860, the world’s oldest surviving aerial photo.
smithsonianmag.com

14 . 03 . 2014
rebelrable:

Toward the end of his life P.D.Q became very frugal; this attempt to write an entire piano sonata on one page of manuscript paper has yet to be deciphered.

PDQ Bach: the entirely fictional “forgotten son” of the Bach musical dynasty— and also entirely the invention of satirical composer Peter Schickele, an American composer active principally in the 60s & 70s, and who won four Grammy awards for his parodies.

rebelrable:

Toward the end of his life P.D.Q became very frugal; this attempt to write an entire piano sonata on one page of manuscript paper has yet to be deciphered.

PDQ Bach: the entirely fictional “forgotten son” of the Bach musical dynasty— and also entirely the invention of satirical composer Peter Schickele, an American composer active principally in the 60s & 70s, and who won four Grammy awards for his parodies.

(Source: officialwoolworths)

03 . 03 . 2014
brooklyntakemein:

From the first Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade; June 28, 1970.

brooklyntakemein:

From the first Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade; June 28, 1970.

(Source: gayflames)

06 . 10 . 2013
weirdvintage:

Bookstore ruined in air raid in London, 1940 (via)

weirdvintage:

Bookstore ruined in air raid in London, 1940 (via)

29 . 09 . 2013
shewhoworshipscarlin:

Bowden Spacelander prototype, 1946. (“Futuristic in style, it looked entirely unlike any bicycle on the road at the time, and even today it’s styling remains un-matched. Bowden’s bicycle was not produced until 1960, with many significant changes to his original design. Most notable was the use of fiberglass for the frame design.”)

shewhoworshipscarlin:

Bowden Spacelander prototype, 1946. (“Futuristic in style, it looked entirely unlike any bicycle on the road at the time, and even today it’s styling remains un-matched. Bowden’s bicycle was not produced until 1960, with many significant changes to his original design. Most notable was the use of fiberglass for the frame design.”)

14 . 07 . 2013

Mary Coble. Untitled 3 (from Note to Self), 2005.“Note to Self” was a twelve hour performance where the names of 438 gay, lesbian, bi and transgender individuals who were murdered due to hate crimes were tattooed onto the artist’s body using no ink.

Mary Coble. Untitled 3 (from Note to Self), 2005.

“Note to Self” was a twelve hour performance where the names of 438 gay, lesbian, bi and transgender individuals who were murdered due to hate crimes were tattooed onto the artist’s body using no ink.

12 . 07 . 2013
collectivehistory:

New York’s Chinatown, ca.1900 (History Today)

collectivehistory:

New York’s Chinatown, ca.1900 (History Today)

09 . 07 . 2013
collectivehistory:

With some of New York’s skyscrapers looming through clouds of gas, some U.S. army nurses at the hospital post at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York, wear gas masks as they drill on defense precautions, 1941 (The Atlantic) 

collectivehistory:

With some of New York’s skyscrapers looming through clouds of gas, some U.S. army nurses at the hospital post at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York, wear gas masks as they drill on defense precautions, 1941 (The Atlantic

1 year ago
During the Great Ohio River Flood. men and women in Louisville, Kentucky, line up seeking food and clothing from a relief station. 1937.

During the Great Ohio River Flood. men and women in Louisville, Kentucky, line up seeking food and clothing from a relief station. 1937.

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