This isn’t part of your everyday history.
There’s so much to history that you should know, and they are beyond the confines of your classroom. More often than not, you will realize the full-year historical teachings you get in school or university will never be enough to understand more about history. Did you know there are rare discoveries that show a different side to history than what you already know? From the remains of a monk analyzed through CT scanning and showed their anatomy to 2,000-year-old stone masks in Mexico, this year is even getting more exciting. Read on to find out more. Most of the photos are from History Daily.
1. Photos of a triple-decker bus in Berlin
Double-decker buses are remarkable sights to witness for both locals and tourists alike. But with this photo of a triple-decker bus, you can imagine how much food and how heavy the gym weights of the driver should carry. However, they aren’t real. Double-decker buses became popular in the 1920s, but you can find out several other photos of these triple-decker buses. The bus on the photo brings in more than 85 passengers, plying between Rome and Tivoli. Remember, they aren’t real.
2. The breastplate worn by one of Napoleon’s men during the 1815 Battle Of Waterloo
This one belongs to Antoine Fraveau, one of the men in Napoleon’s army during the Battle Of Waterloo. They were very durable during these times, protecting the army members against blows from deadly instruments and swipes from swords.
3. Star Wars-like image of a WWII wreckage in the Sahara Desert
You can see the British version of the Tomahawk, the Curtiss P-40 during wreckage in the Second World War. It’s known as the Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawn, a fighter plane that was characterized with its Allison in-line piston engine that could hit until about 380 miles per hour. The altitude is almost 20,000 feet in about seven minutes, but the range was around 240 miles, making it a very defensive aerospace vehicle.
Twenty-four-year-old Flt. Sgt. Dennis Copping controlled the Kittyhawk, traveling through the North African desert in the 1940s. A few years ago, a Polish oil company discovered the wreckage, yet without many details about Copping.
4. A 1950s concept car
It is named the 1951 Studebaker Woodie concept car, an automobile that goes with a 390-cubic-inch Ford Edsel V8, which means the Woodie becomes part of the design. It’s among the rarest and most customized cars that you cannot see on the road more than a test drive. It’s always fresh off the manufacturers.
5. A controversial 19th-century sewing machine
In 1867, sewing machines were significant tools of the Industrial Revolution. But only today that the machine re-surfaced out of vintage shops, and was able to be captured on photos. The equipment was discovered and developed on Amos Street in New York City. One of the most important functions is interlocking stitches within two threads. It also includes a shuttle and a curved needle. It was part of the history of textiles, clothing, and fashion, even attracting designers who mimicked the way they look and the way they make clothing items.
6. The Statue Of Liberty in its original copper form
Before the Statue Of Liberty was transported to New York in 1886, it was built with copper materials. From afar, it looks like a trophy from a popular award-giving body. But the same statue you see in photos of world landmarks is in copper. It started to change its color to what you see today because of the oxidation method. Rare, indeed, the copper Statue Of Liberty is only in these photos right now.
7. Atomic weapons in the toy store
Similar to how comic books became pop media inspired by the Cold War, this Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab became part of toy store shelves but contained real-life uranium. Does it mean it can harm people? Well, experts say no. The way it was played had children watching the alpha particles move at 12,000 miles per second. Plus, a cloud chamber.
8. Serpentine mask at the base of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacán, Mexico
It was in 2011, the same year Egypt’s president then Hosni Mubarak resigned, a mysterious green-colored mask was discovered at Mexico’s base of the pyramid. It was found at the Teotihuacan Pyramid Of The Sun, a place where people offered praises to the Lord around two millennia ago. Archeologists found out the mask was part of the culture’s dedication ceremony.
9. A Pre-World War spider crab from Japan
They look sci-fi-ish but this 1904 spider crab is real. The East Asian country houses these crustaceans in their waters, and these spider crabs are considered having the longest leg span of all arthropods. In Japan, they are considered delicacies and are fished. They can reach almost 20 feet in length and up to more than 40 pounds in mass.
10. B.J. Schramm-designed body helicopter
The year was 1964 when the Schramm javelin prototype came about. It was a single-seat aluminum body helicopter for a single person. It became America’s very own personal helicopter.
Did it ever take flight? Yes, and they were on sale from the late 1960s until 1984. They flew at a range of 160 miles and cruised along 65 miles per hour, carrying more than 400 pounds.
11. A 1500s German ax
No, they’re not from the “Game of Thrones.” This 16th-century German ax is so ornate blacksmiths injected artistic inspirations and creativity working on he weapon. The characteristic is short-handled, but could also be utilized for throwing, chopping, and also for decoration. There were groups who also used it for closed combat.
12. Boot in the frozen ground of Altai Mountains
Women wore the boot more than 2,000 years ago, and was preserved despite the chances the icy temperatures at the Altai Mountains may deteriorate it. Bohemian is the style, 300 BCE was the year it was worn. The material is leather with various decors made with glass beads, golden foil, pyrite crystals, and pewter. They’re from ancient civilizations and see how fashion-forward those people were during those times.
13. The CT scan of a Buddhist monk
Monk lived in holy quarters. They fast all the time, following the teachings in their doctrine. But what does a CT scan of a Buddhist monk reveal? Except that they are mummified, what was discovered was a body filled with a special diet of poisonous tea to make sure that the body would have toxins so maggots may not easily deform and deteriorate them.
14. The 1967 Stingray Jet Boat Hybrid
You won’t see them in movies, and looking at the design and layout, not reading the year, the 1967 Stingray Jet Boat Hybrid would appear like it’s a car of the future. It’s vintage, and it also functions as a boat. They’re made to move across waters.
15. Did you know cigarettes are in World War II breakfast rations?
What else do we have here? Cigarettes and gums in breakfast rations provided during the Second World War. Wait, cigarettes? That’s classy. Inside are crackers, tinned meat, sandwiches, and more at around 3,000 calories, sufficient enough to survive the morning during World War II.
16. The world’s oldest astronomical clock
What does an astronomical clock do? They chime and provide information about the Sun, the Moon, and the Zodiac constellations. There are times when they also show details about the planets, along with telling you the time. So when you turn your heads to check the time on these clock in Prague, you know what the universe is also telling you.
The clock face has different colors of red and blue, representing various parts of the day, from sunrise to sunset, or when it’s simply nighttime. The image of the Earth sits on the dial.
17. Collapsed rescue firetruck at the September 11th, 2001 incident
Dilapidated and truck front ripped off, this firetruck that supposed to contain the fire did not withstand the strength of the buildings collapsing during the 9/11 incident. After the clean-up from the authorities, this truck was transported in a hanger at JFK International Airport before being transported to the Memorial Museum in 2011.
18. The safe that killed Jack Daniel
For those who don’t know, Jack Daniel, the man behind the world’s famous liquor was brought down by his personal safe. It was on the 9th of October, 1911 when he was working on paperwork left inside the vault. Without the right combination, Daniel began kicking the safe, leaving infections on his big toe. The infection spread like gangrene in his body, and Daniel passed away due to worsening complications.
19. An American Civil War surgeon kit
At this time, medics had to work with a very small amount of material and medicines. The American Civil War was among the bloodiest wars in history. Truly, the liquids in these bottles must be strong enough to treat wounds and bruises. Brandy was one of the ingredients.
20. The necklace of the Titanic ship decade
Art Deco was the style and the designer was Georges Fouquet. During the early 1900s, this designer from France intricately created accessories and opened his shop during the same years. He specialized in necklaces of this type, deserving to be displayed at the Met museum in New York City or at the Petit Palais. The Carnavalet Museum in Europe also has the recreated version.
21. Bread from Ancient Rome with baker’s stamp
This bread survived the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D. where several homes and artifacts had thick blankets of ash covering them. One of the most interesting discoveries was this full loaf of freshly baked bread during those times, sliced in eight pieces and even printed with baker’s stamp. It read: “Celer, slave of Quintus Granius Verus.” In Ancient Rome, bakers would have these on their breads to showcase ownership, or the business name itself. In this instance, the bakery’s owner appeared to be Quintus Granius Verus.
22. A rare 16th-century golden sundial and compass ring
What more can we find here? You’ve seen a sundial in your books, but not a golden one. Not from C.S. Lewis’ “Narnia,” but you get a similar feeling. The ring has an engraved coat of arms and an opening that features the compass and the sundial.
23. A cassette radio from the 1970s. How many tracks does it have?
A total of eight. The decade where these types of media were still entering the market, it’s an expensive lifestyle to own this cassette radio. Created by the same company that made waves in the private jet industry, these eight-track cartridges made it possible for music lovers to listen to their favorite tunes without having to buy an LP and wait for them to play on the radio.
24. Steamer trunk in the late 1800s
This steamer trunk converts into a stand-up dresser that allowed travelers more comfort in organizing their stuff since it lessens unpacking. It’s perfect for long trips, with compartments that provide spacious areas.
25. Chauncey Bradley Ives’ ‘Undine Rising’
In very intricate design, the sculptor featured Mediterranean sea spirits who lived on Earth as soulless mortals. History Daily explained, “In the story, a water sprite takes on human form and gains a soul after marrying a human knight. However, after he cheats on her she’s forced to kill him. This statue shows the moment that Undine peels out of the water to do away with her husband.”
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