History in Pics

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The 3245-year-old seal on Tutankhamen’s tomb before it was broken, 1922.

KV62 is the standard Egyptological designation for the tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, now renowned for the wealth of treasure it contained. The tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter, underneath the remains of workmen’s huts built during the Ramesside Period; this explains why it was spared from the worst of the tomb depredations of that time. KV is an abbreviation for the Valley of the Kings, followed by a number to designate individual tombs in the Valley.

The tomb was densely packed with items in great disarray. Due to the state of the tomb, and to Carter’s meticulous recording technique, the tomb took eight years to empty, the contents all being transported to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.


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Princess Diana and Prince Harry at an amusement park, April 1992.

Although “Princess Diana” is a popular way of referring to her it is incorrect. Diana was, during her marriage, The Princess of Wales and after the divorce was styled Diana, Princess of Wales.

During her marriage, she was Princess Charles, Princess of Wales (etc) but this expanded form was rarely seen for the reason that it was seldom used for her husband.


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Adolfo Hitler talking to Mussolini through the window of a train in Brennero, 1940.


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A sign erected by British forces at the entrance to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, May 29, 1945.

When numbers get that big it becomes unimaginable the loss caused from a single place. Let alone the greater atrocities in the region. BBC interviewed Benjamin Ferenz- the last living Nuremberg Trial lawyer on a Witness podcast. He was 27 and had never had a real case before. It details what he went through as the horrors started to be revealed to him. “By the time I added up to a million people, I said, ‘that’s enough.'”

I know the “and a million deaths is just a statistic” saying, and the psychology that goes with it. But I think it does make a difference, especially for a community as small as the Jews in terms of raw numbers. The difference between 2 million and 6 million is massive when the Jewish population was around 10 million in Europe.


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Man eating rice in China, 1901-1904.

Only the very first generation of photographic processes, from the middle of the 19th century, required minutes-long exposure times. The wet plate process, introduced more than forty years before this photo was taken, already reduced exposures to a few seconds. The dry plate process got it down below one second.

The photographic techniques of the time would have made it hard to capture a shot like this candidly, but as a posed shot, it’s nothing unusual.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I find it amusing how people talk about the Nazi’s like the christians haven’t done the same thing during the Inquisition and the crusades. Nazi’s are still reviled, yet christians are popular? Make a choice, hypocrites, or shut the he!! up.

    • You clearly know nothing about the Crusades or the Inquisition.

      The Spanish Inquisition, though draconian by our standards, was actually more lenient, and ended in more not guilty verdicts, than the civil courts run by the King and his government. Most of the Inquisition’s horrors were played up by English Protestants as propaganda, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I when a Spanish invasion seemed imminent.

      And the Crusades were a response to several centuries of Islamic incursions into Christian lands. The First Crusade began because Seljuq Turks conquered half the Byzantine Empire and began slaughtering Christian pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem. Infamous battles, like the Massacre of Jerusalem, were indeed brutal, but were, in fact, entirely common in the warfare of the Middle Ages. Everyone acted the same way. Not two hundred years later, Muslim armies would commit atrocities in Georgia and Turkey that were far greater than the deaths at the hands of Crusaders, and razed the city of Jerusalem to the ground so no one would want it.

      Also, look at you, edgelord. You can say Hell, your mom’s not going to find out.

    • Really, how far back you want to go? It is true that crimes of this nature have been committed since the dawn of time. However, this does not justify the crimes committed by the Nazis and their allies. Those criminals earned their fate. And, those who support their ideals will also get their appropriate Justice.
      BTW, the Spanish Inquisition executed 39 person at the pyre, 2 of them in effigy. Lord Calvin executed 6,000, including the Jesuit priest that discovered our circulatory system.

  2. Having just looked up the total deaths during the inquisition, it seems to vary from 30,000 up to the millions. Though we cannot arrive at accuracy, we do know that 50,000,000 people died in the world wars recently, and no one was a victor! German fascism rose out of a frustrated Germany burdened with debt after the first world war. We are now burdened with debt once again, and the arms makers are itching for excuses to use them, so lets be careful eh? As to Arabs and terrorism, the school kids recently blowing off their immaturity are catching up to terrorist executions of innocents as we speak, but few are seeing the real ill behind all this. Since our churches are proving to be little more than international pedophilia rings, where are the moral arbiters of the modern age? You certainly cannot look to the governments, muslims, christians or fascists for that can you??

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