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WWI Centennial: The Conference of London Convenes

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass [...]

Extremely Silly Photos of Extremely Serious Historical Figures

It’s always nice to catch a glimpse of VIPs doing things everyday normal people do. This image of Tsar Nicholas II playing airplane made me wonder whether the guy supporting him was really a “friend” or a subject forced to carry him -but the source gallery at Retronaut labels him as a fellow royal. Other [...]

World War I Centennial: France Tells Russia England Will Fight Germany

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the [...]

Identical Cousins

Can you distinguish which man in this picture is Czar Nicholas II of Russia, and which is King George V of England? The two monarchs were cousins born only three years apart. Can’t decide? The answer is at The Ornamented Being. Link -via TYWKIWDBI

The Late Movies: Vintage Christmas

Christmas has been the subject of film ever since film was invented. Some of those early shows survive, although you may not have seen them. Here’s your chance to watch some rarely-seen Christmas cheer, spanning from 1898 to 1969. Santa Claus A visit from St. Nicholas is caught on film by G.A. Smith in 1898. Smith [...]

The Extraordinary World of Ex Libris Art

“QUANTUM SHOT” #48Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Sometimes ex libris is more valuable than the book containing it 

Ex libris, meaning ‘from the library of’, or ‘from the books of’ is a Latin expression attached to the art form of bookplates. These are stamps or labels that appear inside books to denote ownership, [...]

The Royal Disease

During the winter of 1884, Queen Victoria’s youngest son, Prince Leopold, was convalescing in France. While there, he slipped and fell and couldn’t stop bleeding. Within a few hours, he died. Prince Leopold was the first monarch known to suffer from hemophilia—a blood disorder that causes excessive bleeding. It appears Victoria was responsible for the [...]