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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 34

Posted in Absurd, Ancient History, Artist, Best pictures, Disasters, Discoveries, Educational card, Historical articles, History, Industry, Insects, Music, Oddities, Religion, Royalty, Science, Trade on Tuesday, 24 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows monks bringing the first silk cocoons to the Emperor Justinian in Constantinople.

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Monks bringing the first silk cocoons to the Emperor Justinian in Constantinople

The second picture shows the death of Georg Wilhelm Richmann, the German physicist.

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Victims of Science: The death of Georg Wilhelm Richmann, German physicist (1711-1753)

The third picture shows a performance artist and his musical balancing act.

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Musical balancing act

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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 20

Posted in Actors, Ancient History, Best pictures, Educational card, Famous battles, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Institutions, Inventions, London, Oddities, Royalty, Science on Monday, 23 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows Archimedes and his eureka moment.

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Archimedes and his principle

The second picture shows the British banker Nathan Rothschild after the Battle of Waterloo, 1815.

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British banker Nathan Rothschild after the Battle of Waterloo, 1815

The third picture shows Charles Sherwood Stratton, better known as General Tom Thumb.

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Charles Sherwood Stratton, better known as General Tom Thumb

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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 18

Posted in America, Architecture, Best pictures, Boats, Disasters, Educational card, Exploration, Famous landmarks, Famous news stories, Geography, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Mystery, Science, Sea, Ships on Monday, 23 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows Isaac Newton, English physicist and mathematician.

Isaac Newton, picture, image, illustration

Isaac Newton, English physicist and mathematician

The second picture shows the principal street of New York City.

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Principal street of New York City

The third picture shows Sir John Franklin’s expedition in search of the Northwest Passage, 1847.

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Sir John Franklin's expedition in search of the Northwest Passage, 1847

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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 5

Posted in Ancient History, Architecture, Best pictures, Educational card, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Inventions, Plants, Science, Ships on Monday, 23 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows the Colossus of Rhodes.

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The Colossus of Rhodes

The second picture shows Radium heating in the year 2000.

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Radium heating in the year 2000

The third picture shows winemaking at the Wine press of the Hospice de Beaune (Clos Vougeot).

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Winemaking. Wine press of the Hospice de Beaune (Clos Vougeot)

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Joseph Nicephore Niepce

Posted in Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Inventions, Science, Technology on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This unusual picture captures one of the most significant moments in the development of photography, when in 1826 r 1827 the French inventor, Joseph Nicephore Niepce, finally captured a permanent photographic image in the specially designed ‘camera’ shown in the illustration.

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Joseph Nicephore Niepce taking the world's first permanent photograph

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Mars, colonised by man, as envisaged in the 1980s

Posted in Historical articles, History, Science, Space, Technology, Travel on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This is an elaborate illustration of a science fiction scenario – the human colonisation of Mars. The picture has many reasonable elements, like the dome-shaped structures, but beneath them appear to be something akin to the pyramids, which is rather amusing and fanciful. Our overall impression is of the pervasive pinkness of the Red Planet.

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Mars, colonised by man, as envisaged in the 1980s

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Family playing on the moon, as imagined in the 1960s

Posted in Absurd, Children, Geography, Historical articles, History, Science, Space, Sport, Technology, Travel on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This amusing picture shows a family playing on the moon above a valley where sits their lunar base. The extra-terrestrial domestic scene was imagined in the 1960s, when a rather naive optimism began to shine through after the post-war gloom; it was of course a decade which saw man walk on the Moon. But however unlikely this vision of a lunar colony may have appeared, the artist did get one thing right; he painted the Earth as a “blue planet”.

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Family playing on the moon, as imagined in the 1960s

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The trial of Galileo

Posted in Astronomy, Discoveries, Historical articles, History, Law, Religion, Science on Friday, 20 November 2015

This painfully revelatory picture shows an aged and humiliated Galileo in the prisoner’s dock in Rome. He was tried for heresy in 1633 by the Roman Catholic Inquisition, and was almost seventy years old at the time of his ordeal. Threatened with torture and compelled to abjure his opinions on heliocentrism, he did so under great duress muttering denials of his abjuration under his breath.

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The trial of Galileo by C L Doughty

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Ambroise Pare, the French king’s surgeon

Posted in Historical articles, History, Medicine, Science, War on Friday, 20 November 2015

Ambroise Pare was a diligent military surgeon whose innovative methods improved the lot of the wounded soldier, as seen in this very interesting picture which depicts the key moment in Pare’s career. He ran out of boiling oil to cauterise a soldier’s wound, so had to concoct a potion which on the following day turned out to have greater healing properties than expected, and many more than the brutal simplicity of cauterisation.

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Ambroise Pare, military surgeon, when the oil ran out

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Louis Daguerre the inventive photographer

Posted in Art, Artist, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Inventions, Science, Technology on Friday, 20 November 2015

This informal portrait of Louis Daguerre cleverly shows the scenic artist and pioneering photographer with the subject of a world-famous photographic image made by him in 1838. The view from his window seen in colour in this picture, became a black and white photograph of the boulevard which fortuitously captured the first ever human forms in a photographic image: the bootblack polishing a man’s shoes on the pavement corner on the left.

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Louis Daguerre

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