November 9, 2018

History Comes to Life Through Beautiful Colorized Photographs

Bringing a bit of color to history, The Paper Time Machine is an incredible collaboration between Wolfgang Wild (the creator and curator of Retronaut) and Jordan Lloyd of Dynamichrome. In this book, over 100 photographs have been painstakingly researched and restored in a manner that brings history to life. From iconic photos like Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother and Lewis Hine‘s Powerhouse Mechanic to glimpses of famous monuments under construction, the vibrant detail highlighted in each image is incredible.

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October 31, 2018

Día de los Muertos: How Mexico Celebrates Its Annual “Day of the Dead”

Throughout history, cultures across the globe have adopted creative ways to deal with death. In ancient China, they crafted funerary sculptures. During the Dutch Golden Age, artists touched on mortality in their still-life paintings. And, in modern Mexico, people celebrate Día de los Muertos, a colorful holiday dedicated to the dearly departed. Though this festival has evolved over centuries, it remains one of Mexico’s most important events.

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October 15, 2018

Fascinating Map From 1942 Features Oceans as the Main Focus of the World

When you imagine a world map, what do you see? Most likely, you picture the Mercator Projection, a rendering rooted in the 16th century. While this visual remains the most widely-used and universally accepted view, its proportions and overall orientation are not accurate. To remedy this, contemporary cartographers and designers alike have created new maps of the world, from an origami-inspired plan to a “true size” version.

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October 3, 2018

Europe’s Oldest Intact Book Is Discovered Inside the Coffin of a Saint

Europe’s oldest intact book has been discovered after being closed inside a hermit monk’s coffin for over 400 years. It will go on display at the British Library as part of an exhibition featuring prized manuscripts like the Lindisfarne Gospels and Beowulf. The show is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see how medieval Anglo-Saxons depicted their own culture through early writings.

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