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Roman Amphitheater at Bosra 


Salisbury Cathedral from the South West - John Constable


MINIATURIST, Netherlandish
Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves
Manuscript (M. 917 and 945), 192 x 130 mm
The Morgan Library and Museum, New York


A South African T-6 comes in for a very low pass over some soldiers in Saldanha Bay.


Lathe operator machining parts for transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas, October, 1942.”



Scouts of the Egyptian Camel Corps in Sudan.

(Navy and Army Illustrated)


Satchel Paige and his St. Louis Browns teammates playing music at home plate (1951)


Our Very Short Fact this week is about William Shakespeare, who died on this day 1616.

Shakespeare was widely admired in his own time, still more so after the publication of the First Folio. But he was not initially regarded as superior to all his contemporaries. Sir Richard Baker’s Chronicle of the Kings of England (1643) was representative in judging that ‘For writers of plays, and such as had been players themselves, William Shakespeare and Benjamin Jonson, have specially left their names recommended to posterity.’

[p. 118, English Literature: A Very Short Introduction]

Image credit: Title page of the First Folio, by William Shakespeare, Beinecke Rare Book Manuscript Library, Yale University. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.


Owner Samuel Riddle with Man o’ War (1920)