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2 days ago with 1,022 notes, via bigfatfeminist, from womenrockscience

womenrockscience:

Stunning images of graduates from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University). The University was founded in 1850 and is one of the first institutions in the world to train women in medicine and offer them an M.D degree.

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Thanks to Drexel University for maintaining the archives:http://archives.drexelmed.edu/



1 week ago with 99 notes, via retrocampaigns, from mallhistories

mallhistories:

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.

Learn more at Histories of the National Mall



1 week ago with 94 notes, via retrocampaigns, from backstoryradio

backstoryradio:

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?



2 weeks ago with 36,586 notes, via rhaegers, from aleyma

Posy ring with pictogram inscription, ‘Two hands, one heart, Till death us part.’ Made in England in the 17th century (source).

Posy ring with pictogram inscription, ‘Two hands, one heart, Till death us part.’ Made in England in the 17th century (source).

(Source: aleyma)



2 weeks ago with 40 notes, via calumet412, from calumet412
calumet412:

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.

calumet412:

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.



2 weeks ago with 8,365 notes, via vintagegal, from collectivehistory-deactivated20
diasporicroots:

collectivehistory:
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. 

diasporicroots:

collectivehistory:

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. 



1 month ago with 24,183 notes, via medievalpoc, from shitrichcollegekidssay
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.

medievalpoc:

shitrichcollegekidssay:

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.

Nevertheless…

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.

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1 month ago with 163,137 notes, via xiummn, from taziming

radgreymon:

leesleftarm:

GUYS OH MY GOD

THEY 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

SO!?

THAT DEAD BITCH PAYIN YA BILLS?

SMH THEY DEAD 

BEEN DEAD! 

FOR A COUPLE YEARS NOW TOO!

(Source: taziming)



1 month ago with 567 notes, via npr, from nprontheroad
nprontheroad:

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.

nprontheroad:

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.



2 months ago with 64 notes, via ilovethebritishroyals, from misshonoriaglossop

King George VI Spam as requested 13/15

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2 months ago with 4,530 notes, via hollywoodrevisited, from clarabows

Colour footage of Britain in 1926.

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2 months ago with 36 notes

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)