France in Color, 1890 to 1900

Click through the image gallery to see spectacular postcards of France created using the Photochrom process. Though a time-consuming and delicate endeavor, the Photochrom process resulted in color images that were especially amazing in the early days of color photography.

One Russian cult from the early 1800s called the Skoptsy was .... weird. It thought that sex was a sin in all circumstances, even within marriage, and lust was a sin as well. They encouraged their followers to remove any body parts that may lead them to lust. Men would castrate themselves, and women would have mastectomies. Somehow it gathered an estimated million followers before the founder Kondraty Selivanov was arrested by Tsar Paul I and the cult fell apart.

Well-done video showing where in the ancient world the Chinese historians were describing, and examples of what they were (probably) describing. It's rather amusing what the Chinese thought were important: being able to breath fire and juggle 10 balls, relay sheds for postal stations, and many, many types of cloth.

Nearly 100 Amphorae Have Been Recovered From an Ancient Roman Shipwreck

Archaeologists have recovered a rare and tantalising treasure just 160 feet offshore from Mallorca in Spain. Not gold or jewels, but 93 jug-like terracotta vessels called amphorae from a Roman ship that sank 1,700 years ago.

The amphorae are still intact and some are even sealed. So there is a pretty good chance that their contents survived the millennia. The amphorae are currently undergoing desalinization in a lab, to make sure that the salt doesn’t crystallize, breaking the amphorae and destroying their contents. But once that’s finished there will be some exciting news in the archaeology world!

European Countries’ Army Expenditures, By Year

From 1914 to 2005. Or, from World War I through the Invasion of Iraq

Minoan Purple Dye Workshop Discovered On Greek Island

A large quantity of Hexaplex trunculus shells, which were used in the production of valuable purple dye, have been found at a Minoan settlement dating to between 1800 and 1500 BCE on the now uninhabited Greek island of Chryssi. One large, two-room building in the settlement was equipped with built-in buckets, terraces, work desks, stoves, and a staircase made of stone slabs. Pottery and stone tools were also found in the building, although it lacked the dye-producing shells found in other structures in the settlement. One of the rooms contained treasures including a gold ring, a gold bracelet, gold beads, a silver bead, bronze beads, glass beads in various colors, an amethyst bead, ten lapis beads, an agate seal carved with an image of a ship, and three copper vases. Researchers speculate that the building may have managed the production and trade of valuable purple dye for the entire settlement.

Did You Know France Got Some Of Italy After WW2?

The land ceded was relatively small. Still, it was a big change for the people living there! They woke up one day and were suddenly French citizens

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    By Lillian Audette

    This blog is a collection of the interesting, the weird, and sometimes the need-to-know about history, culled from around the internet. It has pictures, it has quotes, it occasionally has my own opinions on things. If you want to know more about anything posted, follow the link at the "source" on the bottom of each post. And if you really like my work, buy me a coffee or become a patron!

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