One of my dags, a 6th plate daguerreotype dating from the 1850s.
Although I am more interested in faces than jewelry, a lot of these old daguerreotypes display fascinating shiny gems (sometimes in the form of chatelaines), often highlighted by their gold tinting (see my collection of dags). Unfortunately this one is a bit blurry, but I appreciate her stern look!
Proposal for a new flag of the European Union. Europe's 'diversity and unity' is represented as vertical stripes.
In 2002, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his think-tank AMO, an independent part of OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), designed a new flag in response to European Commission President Romano Prodi's request to find ways of rebranding the Union.
The barcode comprised of 15 flags, arranged from west (left) to east.
The proposed new design was dubbed the "barcode", as it displays the colors of every European flag of the then 15 members. The described aim is "to portray Europe as the common effort of different nations, with each retaining its own unique cultural identity". Unlike the current flag, it would change to reflect new member states.
Updated barcode flag depicting 25 nations.
The joining of ten new members to the EU in 2004 resulted in a first official update of the barcode. It now depicts the flags of 25 members but was never officially adopted by the EU. However, in 2006 the Austrian Government used the flag as the logo of its European Union Presidency.
Sergeant Taria, Grenadier of the French Imperial Guard 1809-1815, wearing the grenadier bearskin. Veteran of the Napoleonic Wars and survivor of the Russian campaign. This photo was taken in 1858, when he was at least 70 years old.
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Ani (Armenian: Անի)] is a ruined and uninhabited medieval Armenian city-site situated in the Turkish province of Kars, near the border with Armenia. It was once the capital of a medieval Armenian kingdom that covered much of present day Armenia and eastern Turkey.
The landscape today. The Church of The Redeemer is the white building at the right side. The Cathedral of Ani is the building at the left side of the photo (source)
Called the 'City of 1001 Churches', Ani stood on various trade routes and its many religious buildings, palaces, and fortifications were amongst the most technically and artistically advanced structures in the world. Between 100.000 and 200.000 people lived here at its prime, rivaling in importance with cities like Bagdad, Cairo or Constantinople.
The remains of the huge Cathedral of Ani (two tourists are resting at the right side) (source)
Since it is located in the border region between The Ottoman Empire (Turkey), Persia (Iran) and Russia it suffered heavily from wars (and also from various earthquakes). The city was entirely abandoned by the middle of the 18th century. Today only a few buildings still (albeit just partly) stand.
Zurück zum Vaterland! 1935 Volksabstimmung Saarbrücken (Bernt Zander, 1935).
The Saarland is one of Germany's sixteen federal states. The capital is Saarbrücken and it has a population of 1 million inhabitants.
Saarland is located at the German-France border .
After WWI, under the Treaty of Versailles, the 'Territory of the Saar Basin' (with a wealth of coal deposits and large-scale industrial exploitation) was occupied and governed by the United Kingdom and France for a period of fifteen years. Prior to its creation as a territory the Saarland did not exist as a unified entity. The inhabitants voted to rejoin Germany in a plebiscite held in 1935.
After WWII the Saarland was a French-occupied territory (the Saar Protectorate). In 1955, in another plebiscite, 68% of the voters rejected the independence offered by France, despite the public support of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer for this plan. The rejection was interpreted as support to join Germany, and so Saarland did on January 1, 1957.