Photo of “Cookery 51-52” class, Mary Washington College, 1917

“Serving breakfasts, luncheons and dinners, with practice in different styles of table service; soups, entrees, sauces, salads and desserts, with various methods of preparation and garnishings. An opportunity for review of principles learned in Cookery 51-52 is given. One single and one double period per week for the session for non-teaching Seniors.”

— from the Bulletin of the State Normal School, Fredericksburg, Virginia, June, 1917

 

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By University of Mary Washington [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo of Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain, 1895

This has got to be one of the the greatest historical photos of all time.  That is indeed Nikola Tesla, nearly wraith-like in the background, while Mark Twain commands control of a phenomenon Tesla discovered — the human body’s ability to conduct electricity.

The picture is accidentally a perfect portrait of both.  We see the innocent, curious Tesla bathed in shadow in the background, along with Twain well lit, front and center.  The well-meaning Tesla led a haunted existence, and was consigned to relative obscurity after rival Thomas Edison stole credit for his advances.  The commanding Twain, on the other hand, benefitted from his fame.

The two were good friends.   See History Buff  for more.

 

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Max Braun’s “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (Photo)

Braun: “Why the title?  Because both realities are sad.”

 

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Photo credit: By Max Braun – 60 Jahre Allgemeine Erklärung der Menschenrechte, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37203687

Operation Market Garden, Holland, September 1944 (Photo)

This Memorial Day, while we all enjoy the three-day weekend, let’s also remember those who gave their lives so that we could live freely.

 

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Parachutes open overhead as waves of paratroops land in Holland during operations by the 1st Allied Airborne Army., 09/1944