Samuel Pepys,from The Illlustrated Pepys: Extracts from the Diary (selected and edited by Robert Latham)
Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1484-86
Untitled, 1964 from the series Karambolage (Smash Up)
-“From 1948 to 1990 Odermatt was employed as a traffic policeman in the Swiss canton of Nidwalden and took hundreds of photographs, mainly of his fellow workers and of the the towns and countryside where he worked and still lives. Arriving at the scene of an accident, Odermatt would take one set of photographs for the insurance or police reports, and then take another for himself. His reasons for doing so are mysterious, but the results are often strangely beautiful”
Scott McCloud (via larmoyante)
The Virgin - Francisco Soria Aedo
Happy 130th to the Brooklyn Bridge!
When it opened on May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Designed and built by German-born John A. Roebling and his son, Washington A. Roebling, the bridge connected New York and Brooklyn. The remarkable design used Roebling’s patented system of steel wire cable construction. Its graceful limestone and granite towers, pictured here, took 5 years to build.
- Photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge Across the East River, 04/1974. From the EPA’s DOCUMERICA Series
- Plan of One Tower for the East River Bridge, 1867
- Pedestrians on the upper deck promenade of Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, ca. 1910
The Mysterious Death of Russian Mystic Rasputin
According to legend, Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin (1869-1916) was first poisoned with enough cyanide to kill ten men, but he wasn’t affected. So his killers shot him in the back with a revolver. Rasputin fell but later revived. He was shot again three more times, but Rasputin still lived. He was then clubbed, and for good measure, thrown into the icy Neva River. Since his body was never recovered, without an autopsy, the cause of death was never proven. Some say he survived the river and was reported being seen in various parts of Europe.