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Earth, “Mad Men” location (and some history): Bob’s Big Boy Broiler, Downey, California.

This is the first of my Mad Men geography articles to go outside of New York City! Although the show takes place mostly in New York, there’s a strong Southern California … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

A salute to Michael Collins: the guy who didn’t walk on the Moon 45 years ago today.

As I’m sure you’re aware with all the commemorations, today is the 45th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon, arguably one of the finest achievements in … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

The saint of Gombe: Jane Goodall and the chimpanzees of Tanzania.

One of the most extraordinary stories of humankind’s interaction with another species on this planet began 54 years ago today. On July 14, 1960, British naturalist Jane Goodall arrived at … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 41: A chunk of the Berlin Wall.

This unusually chipper piece of concrete once stood in the center of Berlin. Molded in a hurry in August 1961, the Berlin Wall is probably the single most enduring symbol … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location: “Heller’s Luxury Furs,” 246 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Mad Men geography” post. This one is a little obscure, but, I think, important to the show. This address, 246 Seventh Avenue in … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Strangelove on line 2: the history of the “Red Telephone.”

Fifty-one years ago today, on June 20, 1963, a document was signed at the Eighteen Nation Committee on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland, by representatives of the U.S. and the Soviet … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 39: Pat Nixon’s red coat.

This red coat has seen a lot of history. It belonged to Patricia Nixon, First Lady of the United States, wife of the 37th President, Richard M. Nixon. She was … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 38: early 1960s Norwegian TV.

I chose this very retro television set more as a representative example than a historical object with a unique history unto itself. This TV was manufactured in 1962 by the … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 37: Kennedy’s coconut from the PT-109 incident.

It’s hard to see in this picture, but this paperweight is actually a hardened, almost petrified coconut with a message scratched into its surface. The message reads “NAURO ISL…COMMANDER…NATIVE KNOWS … Continue reading

June 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Happy 50th birthday to DSV Alvin, the little submarine that just won’t quit.

One of the most remarkable pieces of machinery in our modern world turns 50 today. On June 5, 1964, DSV (Deep Submergence Vehicle) Alvin was commissioned at the Woods Hole Oceanographic … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · Leave a comment
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