A dapper group of young gentlemen at the races, London, May…

A dapper group of young gentlemen at the races, London, May 1926.

24 gorgeous photos show fashion styles of Bianca Jagger in the…

24 gorgeous photos show fashion styles of Bianca Jagger in the 1970s.

Since being made in the 400s CE, this vase has…

Since being made in the 400s CE, this vase has had quite an eventful life. Read all about its adventures

There’s a Bishop of the Moon?

During a 1968 visit with the Pope, William D. Borders, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Orlando, Florida, observed that arguably he was now bishop of the moon. According to the 1917 Code of Canon Law, which was in force at the time, any newly discovered territory fell under the jurisdiction of the diocese from which the discovering expedition had left.

And Bishop Borders’ diocese included Brevard County. Which is the home of Cape Canaveral, where the Apollo missions to the moon took off.

40 fabulous vintage photographs of a young Freddie Mercury in…

40 fabulous vintage photographs of a young Freddie Mercury in the 1970s.

Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976) was a British F…

Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976) was a British Field Marshall during ww2. He commanded the British Eighth Army in North Africa and defeated Erwin Rommel at the 2nd Battle of El Alamein. He later went on to participate in the invasion of Italy, the Battle of Normandy, and the Battle of the Bulge. For a long time I pictured Monty as an old man so I was caught off guard when I found this picture when I wanted to find out more about him in ww1.

Not only did he look hot, but younger Monty has an interesting story. Having a rough childhood where him and his siblings were abused by the mother, Monty always found comfort in the military and went into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. When ww1 broke out, he was shot through the lung at the First Battle of Ypres and his grave was dug thinking that he wouldn’t be able to recover. Eventually he did recover and Monty returned as a general staff officer in 1917. There is a picture of Winston Churchill at a military parade in Lille in 1918, and in the bottom left stands a stern looking Montgomery, not well known at that time but will make a large effect on history.

17 vintage photographs of Heinkel Kabine bubble cars in the…

17 vintage photographs of Heinkel Kabine bubble cars in the 1950s.

MARTIAL ARTS IN MEDIEVAL JAPAN: THERE were 18 …

MARTIAL ARTS IN MEDIEVAL JAPAN: 

THERE were 18 martial arts (bugei or bujutsu) in medieval Japan, and these included use of weapons, unarmed self-defence techniques, swimming, and equestrian skills. Initially designed to hone the skills of warriors for greater success on the battlefield, many of the arts were later practised by civilians as a method to foster discipline, agility, and mental alertness. Many of the arts remain popular today, notably judo, kendo, karate, and aikido.

Several of the martial arts which became popular in medieval Japan were introduced from China where, according to tradition, they had begun as a way for Buddhist monks to ensure they were fit enough to sit in meditation for hours on end and as a method to aid their concentration. Over time, these exercises began to incorporate skills with weapons and they spread across to Japan. Kendo, for example, which emphasised skill with a sword, was likely introduced there in the 7th century CE. Nevertheless, the Japanese added their own weapons, skills, and psychological emphasis to martial arts to both suit their own military needs and their philosophical approach. From the 10th century CE and throughout the medieval period (1185-1603 CE), warriors, especially the samurai, practised their skills at weaponry and horse riding in order to prepare themselves for the challenges of the all-too-frequent wars that plagued the country as rival warlords fought for dominance.

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China dates: Lovely photos of a beautiful girl taken by her…

China dates: Lovely photos of a beautiful girl taken by her boyfriend in Shanghai from the late 1940s.

New York, 1954. Photographed by Vivian Maier.

New York, 1954. Photographed by Vivian Maier.