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05 July 2011 @ 10:16 pm
My favorite disaster is 1816, the Year Without A Summer. However finding information on it is difficult. Can anyone point out some websites dedicated to it, or even better, films set in or that mention that time, please?
26 February 2008 @ 11:23 am
oh, oh, oh! this site is wonderful!

such an enormous collection of paintings, engravings, copper-plates, sketches and all sorts of other lovely things in chronological order. it seems to require a library password to enlarge, but even without enlarging the images are still quite viewable and affecting.
12 May 2007 @ 01:46 pm
tonight (saturday may-12-i-think) at 9pm est, the discovery channel is showing what, for all intents and purposes and little advertisement snippets, seems to be a wonderful program on the sinking of the r.m.s. lusitania. i'm not certain if it is through the bbc like the krakatoa program or not, but it is certain to at least be slightly fabulous.
20 December 2006 @ 01:06 am

the forum at pompeii

the town of pompeii was a prosperous city under the rule of the roman empire. it sits at the base of a volcano that was, at the time, thought to be inactive. mount vesuvius erupted in 79 AD burying the city in layers of volcanic rock and ash for over a thousand years.

some of the ruins of the city

it lay forgotten until 1599 when an architect by the name of fontana accidentally discovered the buried remains of pompeii and it's neighbor, herculaneum. when the towns were finally excavated in 1748 the crew unearthed a city incredibly intact.

plaster casts of people killed by the eruption

walls were found still standing. art was still proudly displayed in the homes of the people of pompeii. and in a layer of volcanic ash were the preserved outlines of the citizens who perished in the tragedy.

since it's first excavation the lost city of pompeii has become a constant source of information about the inner workings of a typical roman city. it continues to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in italy.

this tragedy being so popular there is a wealth of information on the internet...
here are a few of the more interesting sites:
the pompeii page on wikipedia
a virtual tour of pompeii
archival photographs of the ruins
13 December 2006 @ 08:52 pm
while it seems utterly uncouth and thoroughly tasteless to say "favourite," it can't really be denied that people do have them. those particular bits of history that keep your interest or continue to fascinate you long after the book or documentary is finished.

so. yes. let's try to get a teensy bit of community participation going on.....so what's yours? and why? and any links or other recommendations about it?
mood: curious
10 December 2006 @ 08:05 pm

i love this for so many different reasons. obviously the historical facets are lovely, but it was also one of the very first adventures in animation or cartoons. and while it isn't entirely factual - it didn't have to be, it did a wonderful job at being anti-german propaganda and propaganda doesn't need to be entirely true.
08 December 2006 @ 09:53 pm
"From 1911 to 1916, Frank Browne studied Theology at Milltown Park in Dublin. It was during this period that his Uncle Robert (the Bishop of Cloyne) sent him an unusual present: a ticket for the first legs of the maiden voyage of the Titanic, sailing from Southampton to Cherbourg and then on to Queenstown (Cobh), Co Cork, Ireland. While on board, an American millionaire offered to pay his way for the rest of the voyage to New York. On being appraised of this suggestion, Frank's Jesuit Superior cabled Queenstown saying, succinctly,“GET OFF THAT SHIP---PROVINCIAL”.

After the tragedy, Frank Browne’s photographs appeared on the front pages of newspapers around the world. He had taken the last picture of Captain Smith and the only one ever taken in the Marconi room."

07 December 2006 @ 09:20 pm



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07 December 2006 @ 01:56 pm
the great chicago fire - yes please! the 1883 krakatau eruption - oh do tell! titanic - we're all ears! we (meaning me - but hopefully 'we' soon enough!) quite love everything from survivor stories to photographs. so if you have a bit of fascination for the sadder bits of history, here is the place to discuss them. afterall, it isn't morbid - it's history!