During World War I, President Woodrow Wilson had flocks of sheep on the White House lawn. Although previous presidents had kept farm animals as pets, these sheep were part of a Presidential initiative to support the war effort. The sheep grazed on lawns as a way of lowering groundskeeping costs. When the sheep were sheared, their wool was auctioned off to help raise money for the Red Cross, totaling $52,823 by the end of the war.
To mark the beginning of baseball season, Steven Goldman over at SBNation has put together the definitive guide to understanding American history - through presidential first pitches! This post looks at 1910-1945, covering Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and FDR, and we’ve got to say, the pitches alone seem like a pretty good window on presidential style! Also, is it just us, or is there a zombie in the front row at Taft’s game?
Posy ring with pictogram inscription, ‘Two hands, one heart, Till death us part.’ Made in England in the 17th century (source).
The Lexington Hotel, Michigan Ave and 22nd, 1920, Chicago.
The Lexington is famous for once housing Al Capone’s offices and the site in 1986 where Geraldo Rivera embarassingly televised the “opening” of Capone’s vaults to an empty space filled with debris.
Madam C.J. Walker and several friends in her automobile.
She was the first woman in America to become a millionaire by her own endeavors, as well as the first African American millionaire.
|Anonymous: Can you explain why Europeans were much more technologically advanced than the indigenous populations of Africa? I mean, these cultures hadn't even invented sewage systems, which is something the Romans were able to design and implement in 800-735 BC (a long fucking time before "the white man" colonized it)... I mean fuck, without "the white man", they would probably still be in the fucking bronze age.|
I don’t really know what kind of history books bigots like you read.
The Great Libraries of Timbuktu? The steel metallurgy of the Haya? Dentistry? Caesarean section? Premature neonatal care? Mathematics, architecture, engineering?
I know it’s hard for a racist like you who imagines “technological advancement” to be some kind of end-all-be-all, or proof of some “inherent intelligence”. I know, I know. It’s hard to imagine, but Europeans have been drawing knowledge from everyone around them since the dawn of time. What did you think ended the Dark Ages?
Your magical (read: white supremacist) idea of a purely 'white' Rome never existed.
The Minoan culture on the island of Crete between 1500-1700 B.C.E. had a highly developed waste management system. They had very advanced plumbing and designed places to dispose of organic wastes. Knossos, the capital city, had a central courtyard with baths that were filled and emptied using terra-cotta pipes. This piping system is similar to techniques used today. They had large sewers built of stone.”
In case you needed further clarification, neither the Minoans nor other (later) Greeks were ethnically uniform. They also had the first flush toilets, dating back to 18th century B.C.E. They had flushing toilets, with wooden seats and an overhead reservoir. The Minoan royals were the last group to use flushing toilets until the re-development of that technology in 1596.
Oh, and look the Mayans had indoor plumbing, acqueducts, and pressurized water too. I mean, you can ignore that the area Mayans lived in had little to few rivers, no lakes or standing water, nor other sources of running water, while simultaneously dealing with monsoons and flooding due to one of the heaviest yearly rainfalls in the Americas.
Classic Maya even used household water filters using locally abundant limestone carved into a porous cylinder, made so as to work in a manner strikingly similar to modern ceramic water filters.
Of course, by this time millenia later none of your precious “white people” had developed any methods besides shitting in pots.Continuing, the earliest archaeological record of an advanced system of drainage comes from the Indus Valley Civilization from around 3100 B.C.E in what is now Pakistan and North India. By 2500 B.C.E (almost 5,000 years ago), they had highly developed drainage systems where wastewater from each house flowed into the main drain.All houses in the major cities of Harappa and Mohenjo−daro had access to water and drainage facilities. Waste water was directed to covered drains which lined the major streets directed to covered drains, which also lined all major streets. Each home had its own private drinking well and its own private bathroom. The mains that carried wastewater to a cesspit were tall enough for people to walk through. Reservoirs, a central drainage system, fresh water pumped into the homes. Pools. Baths.It was made from bricks smoothened and joined together seamlessly. The expert masonry kept the sewer watertight. Drops at regular intervals acted like an automatic cleaning device.
Filters for solid waste.Sorry, what were the British doing up until like, 200 years ago? Shitting in the streets? Oh yeah.I mean, I could get into how by the Shang Dynasty (roughly 1600 B.C.E.), China had sophisticated plumbing including pressure inverted siphons.
Or into the city of Amarna, Ancient Egypt. Or Persepolis, Persia and the Achaemenids in 600 B.C.E.But, I mean, it sounds like the only one still in the Bronze Age is you.
GUYS OH MY GODTHEY HAVE FOUND CLEOPATRA AND MARC ANTONY’S TOMB OH MY GOD WHY ISN’T ANYONE FLIPPING OUT OVER THIS THIS IS SO AMAZING SERIOUSLY LOOK AT THIS
ONE OF THOSE SKELETONS IS CLEOPATRA, CLEOPATRA VII
THIS IS MONUMENTAL SERIOUSLY I AM FREAKING OUT AMAZING
THAT DEAD BITCH PAYIN YA BILLS?
SMH THEY DEAD
FOR A COUPLE YEARS NOW TOO!
This map isn’t much use for driving directions, but is in our heads as we drive: The United States and Mexico as they looked in 1830. What are now Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California and parts of other states were in Mexico; Louisiana was a border state.
King George VI Spam as requested 13/15
Colour footage of Britain in 1926.
Queen Inhyeon || 3/5 assassinations, history meme
Fours years passed without any events of importance, and then the queen became afflicted with boils and expired. The records tell us that the queen came to him with her garments covered with blood. To his enquiries she made no answer except to point toward the apartments of the concubine Chang. The king arose and went in that direction, and his ear were greeted with the sound of laughter and merriment. There he beheld the concubine and a large company of sorceresses engaged in shooting arrows into an effigy of the queen and making merry over having done her death by placing a fetich under her room.
This was the signal for one of the king’s outbreaks of rage. In spite of her being the mother of the Crown Prince, he poisoned her and killed all of her sorceress companions. A host of Nam-in also met their death. The almost incredible number of 1,700 people are said to have met their death as a result of this disturbance. In the records we are told that a few years later a secret prison in the palace was abolished. (from)
Catherine the Great || 4/9 kings and queens, history meme
In her youth, Sophia wanted power and she wanted what she “couldn’t live for a day without” — love — and she’d get them both, in spades, but not from the husband who awaited her. Upon her marriage, Catherine — the name the empress gave Sophia on the occasion of her mandatory conversion to Orthodoxy — found herself shackled to a 17-year-old whom one European king would remember as “a mere poltroon … comic in all things … not stupid, but mad.”
Dressed as a colonel of an elite Russian regiment and mounted on a white stallion, Catherine, an expert horsewoman, led 14,000 infantry soldiers to arrest and unseat her feckless husband, who, Nero-like, ignored reports of conspiracy to go on playing his violin. As empress she interacted closely with her subjects, was inoculated with the smallpox vaccine as an example to the country, and aimed to end serfdom. But when her power was threatened, she scaled back her progressive initiatives and chose not to end serfdom. She was also rather cruel and cold in her personal life, but Catherine’s ruthless abrogation of any threat to the power she claimed is at least as delicious as it is deplorable. Whatever it takes, we want her to remain forever where she placed herself — in history’s pantheon. (NYT)