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Watch this amazing color HD film footage of Berlin and Munich, 1900-1914! [video]

We’re so used to seeing moving pictures of the distant past in scratchy, indistinct, black-and-white shadows that have the look of old, poorly-preserved silent movies. That’s why, whenever I find … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

The death of Hu Yaobang: the first chapter of a story that changed the world.

Twenty-five years ago today, on April 15, 1989, a man named Hu Yaobang died in a hospital in Beijing, China following a heart attack he’d suffered several days earlier. You’ve … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Severed Hand, A Hidden Tunnel, and Salisbury’s Oldest Pub

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
The Oldest Pub in England? Probably not, but the Haunch of Venison is definitely the oldest in Salisbury, and the most unique pub that I…

March 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mr. Roosevelt wants to talk to you about banking: the first “fireside chat.” [audio]

Eighty-two years ago today, March 12, 1933, was a Sunday. That night millions of Americans gathered around their radio sets in living rooms, diners, pubs and other places and listened … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Curse Scrolls, Mystery Cults, and the Secret Roman History of Mainz

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
I’ve neglected my blog for a little while to pursue my license to teach middle and high school history. When I first started Jaunting Jen, I…

March 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

MONOPOLY: Board Games and Ideology

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 7th of February 1935, one of the world’s most popular board games, MONOPOLY, was patented by Parker Brothers. Commonly…

February 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Richard Shephard’s Fav Five: The First Computer Programmer, The Father of Science Fiction & More

Originally posted on Yesterday Unhinged:
Watercolor portrait of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (Ada Lovelace). By Alfred Edward Chalon, 1840. This is the fifth part in our weekly Fab Five…

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Charlemagne’s Bones and Aachen Cathedral

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
In light of the recently released news that “Charlemagne’s Bones are Probably Real” I thought this would be a good time to share my experience…

February 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 11: the Sutton Hoo burial helmet.

The “face” of this magnificent helmet is one of the most instantly recognizable faces in medieval history and particularly British history. This is a ceremonial helmet that was found in … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

Túpac Amaru: A Legacy of Rap and Revolution

Originally posted on Yesterday Unhinged:
Image of the last emperor of the Inca, Tupac Amaru. Author and date unknown. The name Tupac is known around the world. One of the…

January 13, 2014 · Leave a comment
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