Clément Ader Gave Man Wings

In 1890, Clément Ader, aviation pioneer, unveiled his new invention to the world, the steam-powered Éole. It was followed by other flying contraptions, like the Avion III. Ader was a brilliant man with a vision – or a nightmare – of what flying humans would look like. And his inspiration came from the bat.

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The World Reacts to the Great Solar Eclipse of 1918

The solar eclipse that will occur in a few hours will be seen from the Pacific coast of the United States to the Atlantic. The last time that happened was on June 8, 1918. On average, the sun was obscured for 2 minutes and 23 seconds, and completely visible again within 5 minutes. Even then, […]

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Victorian Death (and Afterlife) Photography

The Victorians preoccupation with death and their enthusiasm for the paranormal puzzle us today. Perhaps earlier eras were focused on survival and had little leisure to be widely interested in things like séances, ectoplasms, and spirit photography. Later generations were certainly too skeptical. But at the turn of the century, everything seemed possible. If people could ride […]

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