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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)



Page 15 of 105

This is among my favorite pages in the album for how closely it puts you in the position of a soldier in the trenches. Combined with the previous page in this spread, you can’t help but imagine yourself digging through that mud, hiding in a storage closet or spying through the bushes.

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Very powerful stuff.


The pyramid texts of Teti I’s pyramid.

Teti I (2345–2333 BCE) was the first king of Egypt’s 6th dynasty, and was buried at Saqqara. Preserved within his pyramid are some excellent examples of pyramid texts. Pyramid texts are ancient religious texts from Egypt’s Old Kingdom, and are possibly the oldest known religious texts in the world.

The spells (or “utterances”) written are primarily concerned with protecting the remains of the king, reanimating his body after death, and aiding him in ascending to the heavens.

The following is a translated section from the pyramid texts of Teti I’s pyramid (‘Utterance 373’ via: Miriam Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature, vol 1):

"Oho! Oho! Rise up, O Teti!

Take your head, collect your bones,

Gather your limbs, shake the earth from your flesh!

Take your bread that rots not, your beer that sours not,

Stand at the gates that bar the common people!

The gatekeeper comes out to you, he grasps your hand,

Takes you into heaven, to your father Geb.

He rejoices at your coming, gives you his hands,

Kisses you, caresses you,

Sets you before the spirits, the imperishable stars…”

Photos courtesy & taken by kairoinfo4u.


Hip Ornament: Face, 16th-19th Century, Edo peoples of Nigeria