The Internet Archive is hosting a copy of the American Specimen Book of Type Styles put out by the American Type Founders Company in 1912. It’s a 1300-page book listing hundreds of typefaces from newspapers, signs, shops etc. There’s some amazing stuff, check it out.
Life has an photo essay called The ‘Halfway to Hell’ Club about the construction of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
‘The bridge pioneered the use of a moveable safety net that saved the lives of 19 construction workers over the course of the bridge’s manufacture. These 19 went on to become members of the unofficial “Halfway to Hell” Club.’
Wikipedia: The FP-45 Liberator was designed for the United States Army in 1942 by General Motors. It was originally intended as an insurgency weapon to be mass dropped behind enemy lines to resistance fighters in occupied territory. A million were assembled. It was believed that if vast quantities of these weapons could be delivered into Axis occupied territory, it would have a devastating effect on the morale of occupying troops
In 1998, an archeological team led by French professor Francoise Dunand discovered around 60 mummies from 50 tombs at Ain Labakha, a Roman fort in southwestern Egypt, including this 10 year-old girl pictured here, freshly exhumed, resting on the desert sand. click
How come this chick’s 4000 year old hair has more body and shine than mine?