Friday, April 28, 2017

39 Adorable Snapshots Prove That Kids Always See Pets As Their Best Friends

Kids always see pets as their best friends. These adorable snapshots will prove this.

Children on Lenox Avenue, New York City, ca. 1920s

Turds in Space: These Transcripts of Conversations from Apollo 10 Mission Reveal Toilet Problems

How astronauts go to the toilet in zero gravity has always interested some. Now it can revealed unwanted difficulties - among them issues of ownership - can arise. These transcripts from NASA's Apollo 10 mission to the moon in May 1969 show that when it came to boldly going, all was not well.

The troubles are first mentioned by the Commander (CDR), Mr Stafford, who said: "Give me a napkin quick ... there’s a turd floating through the air."

John Young, the Command Module Pilot, quickly replied: "I didn’t do it. It ain’t one of mine."

Eugene Cernan, the Lunar Module Pilot, quickly realising the blame was shifting towards him, shot back: "I don’t think it’s one of mine."

Stafford then retorted: "Mine was a little more sticky than that. Throw that away."

Young retorted: "God almighty" before laughter is heard.

Cernan then discovers there's more than one piece of human waste floating in the cockpit.

"Here’s another goddamn turd. What’s the matter with you guys? Here, give me a –" which is greeted with laughter from Stafford and Young.

Stafford asks: "It was just floating around?"

Cernan: "Yes."

The issue was reviewed after the mission ended, with NASA experts concluding that correctly using the "facilities"in space - ie, a strategically-positioned plastic bag - required "a great deal of skill".

The prime crew of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit mission at the Kennedy Space Center. They are from left to right: Lunar Module pilot, Eugene A. Cernan, Commander, Thomas P. Stafford, and Command Module pilot John W. Young.

Apollo 10 was the fourth manned mission in the U.S. Apollo space programme.

It was meant to be a chance to test all of the procedures involved in a Moon landing without actually landing on the Moon, but it did involve the use of a lunar module that came within nine nautical miles of the surface of the Moon.

(via Daily Mail)

The Allied crossing of the St Quentin Canal in 1918

The Battle of St Quentin Canal was a pivotal battle of World War I that began on 29 September 1918 and involved British, Australian and American forces in the spearhead attack and as a single combined force against the German Siegfried Stellung of the Hindenburg Line. Under the command of Australian Lieutenant-General Sir John Monash, the assault achieved its objectives (though not according to the planned timetable), resulting in the first full breach of the Hindenburg Line, in the face of heavy German resistance. In concert with other attacks of the Great Offensive along the length of the line, allied success convinced the German high command that there was little hope of an ultimate German victory.

Top 20 Edwardian Actresses With The Most Beautiful Eyes

A photo collection of 20 Edwardian actresses with the most beautiful eyes. Chosen and ranked by Vintage Everyday. How about your opinions?

1. Elsie Ferguson.

Born in New York City, Elsie Louise Ferguson (1883 – 1961) raised and educated in Manhattan, she became interested in the theater at a young age and made her stage debut at seventeen as a chorus girl in a musical comedy. She quickly became known as one of the most beautiful women to ever set foot on the American stage.

2. Evelyn Nesbit.

Florence Evelyn Nesbit (December 25, 1884 – January 17, 1967), known professionally as Evelyn Nesbit, was a popular American chorus girl, an artists' model, and an actress.

In the early part of the 20th century, the figure and face of Evelyn Nesbit were everywhere, appearing in mass circulation newspaper and magazine advertisements, on souvenir items and calendars, making her a cultural celebrity. Her career began in her early teens in Philadelphia and continued in New York, where she posed for a cadre of respected artists of the era, James Carroll Beckwith, Frederick S. Church, and notably Charles Dana Gibson, who idealized her as a "Gibson Girl". She had the distinction of being an early "live model", in an era when fashion photography as an advertising medium was just beginning its ascendancy.

3. Gabrielle Ray.

Gabrielle Ray (1883 - 1973), was an English stage actress, dancer and singer, best known for her roles in Edwardian musical comedies.

Ray was considered one of the most beautiful actresses on the London stage and became one of the most photographed women in the world. In the first decade of the 20th century, she had a good career in musical theatre. After an unsuccessful marriage, however, she never recovered the fame that she had enjoyed. She spent many of her later years in mental hospitals.

4. Julia James.

Julia James (1890-1964) was an actress who was born in London and began her career at the Aldwych Theatre under Seymour Hicks, playing there Supper Belle in "Blue Bell" (1905). She appeared at the Gaity Theatre in "The Girls of Gottenburg", "Havana" and "Our Miss Gibbs.

5. Maude Fealy.

Maude Fealy (1883 – 1971) was an American stage and silent film actress whose career survived into the talkie era.

Men at work in precarious positions, during the cleaning of Justice over the Old Bailey Courts of Justice, London, 1933

Thursday, April 27, 2017

71 Historical Photos Show Harvard University in the Second Half of 19th Century

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities.

The University is organized into eleven separate academic units—ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—with campuses throughout the Boston metropolitan area: its 209-acre (85 ha) main campus is centered on Harvard Yard in Cambridge, approximately 3 miles (5 km) northwest of Boston; the business school and athletics facilities, including Harvard Stadium, are located across the Charles River in the Allston neighborhood of Boston and the medical, dental, and public health schools are in the Longwood Medical Area.

Here is a rare photo collection of Harvard University from Cambridge Historical Society that show Harvard University from between the 1850s to the 1880s.

Agassiz Museum, Oxford Street, 1855-65

 Boylston Hall, 1855-65

Buckingham House, 1855-65

Bylerly Hall from Cambridge Common, 1855-65

Class Day Tree, 1855-65