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There's something odd here - your map includes Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, which didn't exist until 1918 and 1929 respectively. But Germany appears to have its pre-WW1 boundaries.
Looking forward to your Civil War day-by-day, but the New York Times is already doing something similar. Take a look at
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2011 on Abe Lincoln in June, 1860 at JF Ptak Science Books
You can certainly write a musical score using Jacquard loom cards. Nineteenth century music technology did exactly that - fairground organs and player pianos for example.
More fascinating photos! What I find interesting about the POW picture is the soldier on the right. Such is the grip of hat-wearing in the culture of the day that he'd rather wear a heavy steel helmet than go bare-headed. My dad served in the second war, and hated wearing his helment even when under fire. Though he was in Burma, where such headgear would have been hot as well as heavy.
Strictly speaking, the trench was not a 20th century invention. Trenches had been employed in siege warfare for centuries. The latter stages of the American Civil War in the East were very trench-based. What was different about WW1 was that whole countries were effectively under siege for four years, with the trench lines becoming more and more, erm, entrenched during that period. Add machine guns and TNT into the mix and you have the particular blend of "progress" that brought about the Western Front. Great pictures, by the way.
How perceptive it was of whoever-it-was who wrote that "definition of the word “fascist” from the same year, 1921" to foretell the fall of Fascism in 1943 and Mussolini's death in 1945. Such talents were wasted in lexicography - he'd have been better off heading to the betting shop!
Ladies - pay mo attention to the people at Trushay. There's not a man alive who gives a damn how soft your hands are, especially if you dress like Annie does just to "tub your undies".
The odd thing is that despite having the anti-gravity cojones to float the whole of NYC, they still appear to rely on big bags of gas to keep their aircraft up there.
Did you know that Beechams advertising included an effort from legendarily bad poet William McGonagall? You can read it at
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May 10, 2010