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1250 BC: The Gurob Ship-Cart

This wooden model of a ship on a wheeled cart was found in Gurob, Egypt in 1920—and dates from the thirteenth or twelfth century BC. Although carts like this were used simply to transport ships from one place to another, … Continue reading

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1926: The Black Pirate

Advertisements in The Hochi-Shimbun, October 15, 1926.

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1939: Revolt

Hale Woodruff’s murals commemorating the revolt on the Spanish slave ship Amistad were installed in Talladega College’s Savery Library in 1939, the centennial of the uprising. The first mural depicts the moment when, on or about July 1, 1839, kidnapped … Continue reading

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1933: Dreams of the Third Reich

A selection from Charlotte Beradt’s Dreams of the Third Reich. Beradt was a journalist in Germany when Hitler took power and, inspired by the first dream below “set out to collect the dreams the Nazi regime had generated”—which she did … Continue reading

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1639: Thoughts

From a letter written by James Howell, 17 March 1639: Having got into a close field, I cast my face upward, and…began to contemplate as I was in this posture the vast magnitude of the universe and what proportion this … Continue reading

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1918: Munitions Girls

Stanhope Forbes: The Munitions Girls (1918)

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1900: Triptych

Constantin Meunier: Mine Triptych (Descent, Calvary, Ascent) (c. 1900)

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1885: Foundry

P. S. Krøyer: The Iron Foundry, Burmeister and Wain (1885)

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1971: Kirby

Jack Kirby: page from A “King” Kirby Portfolio (1971)

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1967: Alice in Wonderland

The 1967 report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders opens with a now-famous conclusion: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white–separate and unequal.” The closing of the report is less well known: One of … Continue reading

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