Movie poster. 1934. Barbara Stanwyck (1907–1990) was born Ruby Stevens in New York. She starred in almost 100 films during her career and received four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Barbare was known for her accessibility and kindness to the backstage crew on any film set.
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The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was a peace treaty signed on March 3, 1918, at Brest-Litovsk between the Soviet Union and the German Empire. It fixed the German wins at the eastern front, allowing them to consolidate their western front. Over there the Germans would be defeated in November 1918, resulting in the annulment of this treaty. The grey shaded territories were intended to become German vassal states. The Baltic states and Poland would have been ruled by German kings and dukes.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Amersfoort on Sea, Amersfoort at Sea, Amersfoort aan zee
In a few years the rising sea level will change the shape of The Netherlands. At present Amersfoort is the centre of Holland, in the future it will be a seaport. This phenomenon is called Amersfoort on Sea.or Amersfoort at Sea (Amersfoort aan Zee). Personally I think Amersfoort will therefore be the new capital…
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Gaius Julius Caesar, founder of the Imperium Romanum, the divine Divus Julius, Pontifex Maximus (and thereby the predecessor of the current Pope).
But also committer of brutal invasions, genocides and the destruction of civilizations.
Like Jesus he was murdered because of the accusation he wanted to be king.
Friday, April 17, 2009
The Crimean War (1853-1856) was the first photographed large war (between France, England and the Ottoman Empire against Russia). It is considered to be the first “modern” conflict using new weapons and techniques.
The photo depicts the landing place, with railway stores, at the town of Balaklava, near the harbor (by Roger Fenton).
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Hitler’s bunker in Berlin, der Führerbunker, his HQ in WW II. Eva Braun and Hitler committed suicide over here. Unable to complete destroy the site, it was covered up by residential buildings, a parking lot and … a children's playground.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The Treaty of Sèvres (10 August 1920) was the peace treaty between the Ottoman Empire and the Allies at the end of World War I. Greece effectively gained a large part of the east coast, and the Kurdish and Armenian nations were officially created. The Treaty of Sèvres was superseded by the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Film poster featuring Gloria Swanson in the 1922 movie "Her Husband's Trademark'. Gloria was known for the many costume changes. She survived the change to sound movies, and she even sang in some of those movies.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Today there is much discussion about whether or not Turkey should be allowed to be a member of the European Union. In my humble opinion they should, because: - Historically the area has always been European. The ancient Greeks lived over there, followed by the Romans and the Byzantines. - The fact that the main religion is the Islam should not be an obstacle, why should we judge people on their religious believes? There is a strict separation between church and state in Turkey, even stricter than in most of the western European states. - There is (I hope) no doubt about the europeannes of Armenia and Georgia, in language and religion they look a lot like the western European states, and they share the same history. Making Turkey a member makes it much easier to make Armenia and Georgia member as well, otherwise they are too far away (take in mind that Ukraine not even a candidate member is yet).
Friday, April 10, 2009
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The Dutch word 'Theekantje' (theekantjes) has completely disappeared. It can be translated as ‘teaside’, a cookie served at the side of the tea dish.
The 19th century photo shows a shop in Utrecht showing the word (at the left above the window, spelled 'tekantjes').
In 1976 the bakery celebrated its 250 year anniversary, but today it houses an antique dealer. The front remained unchained, though, so it is probably the only place in the world where the word survives.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Portret of Agatha van Schoonhoven, 1529, by Jan van Scorel (1495-1562). The smile of Mona Lisa, the pose of Vermeer's The Girl With a Pearl Earring. Agatha and Jan were lovers, and although Jan was a priest she bore him six children. Galleria Doria Pamphili, Rome.