Sense of scale; a man standing on the Sphinx, early 1900s. Some scholars believe that the Great Sphinx originally had a beard. Pieces of this beard discovered by excavation are in the British Museum in London and the Cairo Museum. These pieces, however, may be dated to the New Kingdom times of 1570-1070 BCE.
Hanging from boats in a Macao harbor, fishing nets dry in the early morning sunlight around 1931. Macao was founded by the Portugese in 1557 in China, making it the oldest European colony in China. Macao is, just like Hong Kong, a special administrative region in China. Macao used to be heavily reliant on fishing, now it has shifted to tourism and casinos.
Henri Le Secq stands next to a gargoyle at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, 1853. Construction on the Notre-Dame started in 1163 but wasn’t fully finished until 1345. The cathedral treasury is notable for its reliquary which houses some of Catholicism’s most important first-class relics including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.
Times Square by night in 1900. In 1872 the area had become the center of New York’s carriage trade and was originally called Longacre Square. In 1904, the square was officially renamed to Times Square. In the 1910s, as the growth of New York continued, Times Square quickly became a culturural hub with many theaters, music halls and upscale hotels.
Beautiful Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, in 1951. This small village gets its name from it’s valley which houses over 70 waterfalls. Today there live around 2,500 people in Lauterbrunnen.
Canadian firefighters seal an oil well in Kuwait after Iraqi sabotage during the Gulf War, 1991. One of the big problems after the Persian Gulf War was that retreating Iraqi forces often strapped mines or other explosives to the uncapped rigs, which kept the firefighters from using dynamite to put out the fires.
The Telefontornet in Stockholm, 1890. Translated to ‘The Phone Tower’, this 45 meter steel structur connected over 4000 telephones in Stockholm. Over 5.000 km of wires were used to connect all the telephones. The tower wasn’t completely torn down until 1953.
A burning Empire State Building after a B-25 bomber crashed into the skyscraper, July 28, 1945. A B-25 Mitchell piloted in thick fog crashed into the Empire State Building. The accident did not compromise the building’s structural integrity, but it did cause fourteen deaths and damage estimated at 1 million dollar, which would be 13 million dollar in 2013.
A WWI allied soldier bandages the paw of a Red Cross medic-dog in Belgium, 1917. Red Cross dogs were often used to located bodies on the battlefield. They would howl for assistance from the medics when they found a body. Dogs also went along on patrols as their keen scent, 40 times more acute than humans, could discover the enemy before the soldiers could.
Workers on the Silent Highway, London 1876. This photograph is part of a beautiful series shot by John Thomson called Street Life in London. John Thomson was a Scottish street photographer and traveller. He was one of the first photographers to travel to the Far East, documenting the people, landscapes and artifacts of eastern cultures.
Working out aboard the Titanic in 1912. The Titanic was fully suited for people to workout aboard the ship. There was a pool pool where passengers could swim laps and it had a proper gym. The two man in the photo (McCawley and Parr) died when the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank.
John F Kennedy’s coffin lies in state in the Capitol Building, November 1963. Mrs. Kennedy asked the Honor Guard to face inward looking at the coffin, because when she entered the rotunda and saw them looking out towards the crowd, she thought her husband looked starkly alone.
Two-horn aircraft detector in use at Bolling Field in Washington DC, in 1921. Before the invention of radar armies tried to hear their enemies coming. The roots of acoustic location extend back to the late 19th century, even before the invention of aircraft. The first Japanese air raids on the American-held island of Corregidor in late December of 1941 were detected by acoustic locators.
A policeman questions a young boy who probably intended to fish in the fountain on Trafalgar Square, London, 1892. Policing in the City of London has existed since Roman times. Wood Street police station, also headquarters of the City Police, is built on part of the site of a Roman fortress, which may have housed some of the first police in the London.