Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky - View of the Kremlin in Rostov from the Bank of Lake Nero, 1911 (LOC).
Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky was a pioneer in working with color photography. Outfitted with a specially equipped railroad-car darkroom provided by Tsar Nicholas II he documented the Russian Empire around 1909 through 1915.
Sometimes you don't realize even well known things have a beginning. So I was puzzled when I encountered the first crossword puzzle. Thispuzzle appeared in the December 21st 1913 edition of the New York World. It was created by Arthur Wynne.
Electoral college reform (fifty states with equal population) by Neil Freeman, 2012.
I'm not showing this map for its political ramifications. I simply like the fact that an algorithm is used to center the 50 'states with equal population' around the large metropolitan areas. And I love the fact that the names are taken from geographical features, many are in native Indian languages.
Here is a previous version (also by Neil Freeman) with more common names:
So what would be the new name of your home state? Or, if you're not an US citizen, in which state would you like to live?
This painting of the Caspar Van Wittel (aka Gaspar Vanvitelli) (Amersfoort, 1653 - Rome, 1736) is temporarily shown in our local municipal museum Flehite. With a value of 3 million euros it is the most expensive painting ever exhibited in Amersfoort. Click on the image for a larger version.
Guest curator Bart van Steenbergen with the painting
Launceston, Cornwall (UK), ca. 1890-1900 (Library of Congress)
Launceston (Cornish: Lannstevan) is located at the eastern border of the English county of Cornwall. This photo is a photochrom print; a colorized image produced from black-and-white photographic negatives via lithographic techniques. The photographer is standing on St. Stephen's Hill, in the background Launceston Castle is visible. Today's street view: