Photos of Afghanistan from 1950’s - 60’s.  This is the story behind the photo collection:

“Given the images people see on TV, many conclude Afghanistan never made it out of the Middle Ages. But that is not the Afghanistan I remember. I grew up in Kabul in the 1950s and ’60s. Stirred by the fact that news portrayals of the country’s history didn’t mesh with my own memories, I wanted to discover the truth.

“Remembering Afghanistan’s hopeful past only makes its present misery seem more tragic. But it is important to know that disorder, terrorism, and violence against schools that educate girls are not inevitable. I want to show Afghanistan’s youth of today how their parents and grandparents really lived.”  - Mohammad Qayoumi

See the full collection of photos at Retronaut.

Photos

1.  Biology class at Kabul University.

2. Youths in a scout program.

3. Park Cinema

4. Cabinet Meeting

5. Sarobi hydro-power plant on the Kabul River.

Source: retronaut.com

Chrysler Turbine Car from 1963.  Only 55 were built (5 prototypes and 50 “production” models).

Chrysler Turbine Car from 1963.  Only 55 were built (5 prototypes and 50 “production” models).

Source: retronaut.com

lostsplendor:

"Café, Avenue de la Grande-Armée" Paris, France c. 1924/25 by Eugéne Atget via Metropolitan Museum of Art

lostsplendor:

"Café, Avenue de la Grande-Armée" Paris, France c. 1924/25 by Eugéne Atget via Metropolitan Museum of Art

lostsplendor:

Roentgen Objects, or Devices Larger Than The Rooms That Contain Them: "An extraordinary exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year featured mechanical furniture designed by the father and son team of Abraham and David Roentgen: elaborate 18th-century technical devices disguised as desks and tables.”

Historical significance and craftsmanship aside, pretty much a baroque transformer.

lostsplendor:

"Rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève" Paris, France c. 1924 by Eugéne Atget via Metropolitan Museum of Art

lostsplendor:

"Rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève" Paris, France c. 1924 by Eugéne Atget via Metropolitan Museum of Art

Equitable Life Insurance Building in New York burnt and frozen in 1912.  The temperature had dipped to 16 degrees Fahrenheit so the firefighters efforts to put the fire out also resulted in icing up the building. Read more about the story here.

Equitable Life Insurance Building in New York burnt and frozen in 1912.  The temperature had dipped to 16 degrees Fahrenheit so the firefighters efforts to put the fire out also resulted in icing up the building. Read more about the story here.

Simone Segouin (a.k.a Nicole Minet), a French resistance fighter during World War II.

See this link for more pictures of women from World War II.

epicrevelations:

Market House from Gillespie Street in the mid 1930’s and 2014. on Flickr.

epicrevelations:

Market House from Gillespie Street in the mid 1930’s and 2014. on Flickr.

historical-nonfiction:

Lectors, today meaning anyone who reads, used to a be a profitable job. Manual laborers would pool their money and hire a lector to read while they worked, keeping them entertained

historical-nonfiction:

Lectors, today meaning anyone who reads, used to a be a profitable job. Manual laborers would pool their money and hire a lector to read while they worked, keeping them entertained

todayinhistory:

April 12th 1861: Firing on Fort Sumter

On this day in 1861, the American Civil War began when the first shots were fired upon Fort Sumter. Several Southern states had already seceded from the United States when this conflict occurred. The Southern slaveholding states had long been at odds with the anti-slavery agenda of the North, but secession was immediately preciptated by the election of anti-slavery Republican Abraham Lincoln as President in 1860. Fort Sumter was a Union base in South Carolina, which was the first state to secede and thus its government demanded Union forces leave their state. The moment the siege became a battle and the fort was fired upon by Confederate forces, it seemed clear to all that civil war had begun. No one was killed in the conflict, perhaps a false omen that the civil war which became the bloodiest in American history would not be a costly one. The Union forces at the fort eventually surrendered, thus making it a victory for the Confederates. In the aftermath of the struggle each side called for troops and war soon broke out in full force. The American Civil War saw the defeat of the Southern secessionists and the end of slavery - the ‘peculiar institution’ - in the United States.

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