History

May 7, 2018

Rare Photos of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

In 1911, a group of scientists and adventurers set off on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, which covered previously unexplored areas of Antarctica. Led by Dr. Douglas Mawson—a geologist, explorer, and academic—the voyage produced a wealth of scientific information and aided in mapping the area. The journey was meant to chart the 2,000-mile coastline of Antarctica that lay south of Australia and lasted until 1914.

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April 23, 2018

Restored Film Footage Shows What Life Was Like in New York City Over 100 Years Ago

Shot by Swedish documentary team Svenska Biografteatern in 1911, the A Trip Through New York City documentary film gives a glimpse into what life was like in the Big Apple more than 100 years ago. Expertly restored by the Museum of Modern Art, the 8-minute, black and white footage is part of Svenska Biografteatern’s travelogue series which set out to capture the world’s most celebrated locations at the time.

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April 2, 2018

Archeologist Spends Over 35 Years Building Enormous Scale Model of Ancient Rome

Tucked in the residential Roman neighborhood of EUR, a sprawling 1:250 scale model displays the glory of ancient Rome. Known as the Plastico di Roma Imperiale, the plaster model was commissioned by Mussolini in 1933 and depicts Rome in the 4th century AD at the time of Constantine I. It now sits in the Museum of Roman Civilization, a museum opened in the 1930s to demonstrate the history of ancient Rome.

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March 27, 2018

600-Year-Old Medieval Clock Shows the State of the Universe in Real Time

Prague’s medieval astronomical clock is not just one of the prettiest timepieces you’ll ever come across, it’s also one of the most famous examples of its genre. Starting in the 13th century, astronomical clocks began springing up around Europe, using intricate functions to show information such as lunar phases, the position of the sun and moon, and the zodiac at any given moment.

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