Technology

Z-2, the largest dirigible in Germany (1913).

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I am unable to find any recent pictures of this 19th century viaduc in Castagno, Italy. Does it mean that it no longer exists? Are arches not as durable as VW commercials make us think? The design is reminiscent of Roman structures, but the train crossing over at the highest level looks almost futuristic.

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French translatlantic cable, 1869

April 18, 2012

These pictures represent the laying of the French Atlantic Telegraph Company cable, connecting Brest, France to Canada via St. Pierre Island. Early submarine communications cables are an extremely impressive technological achievement and, as you can see, they required considerable skills and bravery.

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Sails and steam

April 4, 2012

Strange to relate, but steam power did coexist with sails for some time. In this late 19th century picture, steam locomotives represent power and speed, while the great ship, complete with sails, maintains all of her magnificence and glory. As you can see, the locomotives are transporting the ship across dry land. Truly, an awesome [...]

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Steam tractor

March 30, 2012

Steam tractor transporting wood. One sweet ride!

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Hole through the Earth

March 2, 2012

You read it right, but it’s not so bad. The whole was supposed to be only exploratory, as envisioned by Camille Flammarion and described in The Strand in 1909. I have had the idea in mind for some time past of sinking a shaft into the earth for the express purpose of scientific exploration, descending [...]

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Early diving helmet (1669)

February 12, 2012

Borelli, in 1669, constructed a copper vessel 2 ft. in diameter, with glass fixed before the face of the diver; this he termed a “vesica.” It was worn as a helmet, and securely attatched to a dress of goatskin. Within the “vesica” were pipes, by means of which a circulation of air was contruved.

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Shark protection suit (1907)

February 10, 2012

This invention has for its object the preservation of human life while in the water and contemplates not only the protection against drowning, but also from the onslaught of ravenous fish.

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“Picture tie” (1874)

February 8, 2012

Here is a fashion trend that never caught on: a neck-tie with a hidden picture frame which can be revealed at will by pulling a cord. Invention ahead of its time? With proper marketing this could work today. Remember, back they people were not used to wearing graphic T’s.

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Protective helmet (1916)

February 8, 2012

“A helmet adapted to protect the head of the wearer against injury due to severe falls or blows.” (1916) Wearing this thing must be a real pleasure!

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