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Take a Virtual Tour of the Paris Catacombs

The Paris Catacombs is “one of those places,” wrote photographer Félix Nadar, “that everyone wants to see and no one wants to see again.” If anyone would know, Nadar would. He spent three months in and out of the underground city of death, with its macabre piles of skulls and crossbones, taking photographs (see here) that would help turn it into an internationally famous tourist attraction. In these days of quarantine, no one can see it; the site is closed until further notice. But if you’re th...
Tags: Travel, Google, College, Life, History, Paris, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Roman, Josh Jones, Nadar, Paris Catacombs, Durham NC Follow, Allison Meier, Felix Nadar, Jean Paul Marat


19th-Century Skeleton Alarm Clock Reminded People Daily of the Shortness of Life: An Introduction to the Memento Mori

Victorian culture can seem grim and even ghoulish to us youth-obsessed, death-denying 21st century moderns. The tradition of death photography, for example, both fascinates and repels us, especially portraiture of deceased children. But the practice “became increasingly popular,” notes the BBC, as “Victorian nurseries were plagued by measles, diphtheria, scarlet fever, rubella—all of which could be,” and too often were, “fatal.” Adults did not fare much better when it came to the epidemic sprea...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Life, Boston, Tim Burton, History, Bbc, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Hyperallergic, Science Museum London, Durham NC Follow, Allison Meier, Lindsey Fitzharris, Mary Queen


Cornell Creates a Database of Fugitive Slave Ads, Telling the Story of Those Who Resisted Slavery in 18th & 19th Century America

While the value of slaves in the U.S. from the colonial period to the Civil War rose and fell like other market goods, for the most part, enslaved people constituted the most valuable kind of property, typically worth even more than land and other highly valued resources. In one study, three University of Kansas historians estimate that during most of the 18th century in South Carolina, slaves “made up close to half of the personal wealth recorded in probate inventory in most decades.” By the 1...
Tags: Google, College, Life, America, History, The New York Times, South Carolina, Cornell, Cornell University, Mitchell, Billy, University Of Alabama, Facebook Twitter, University of Kansas, Josh Jones, Hyperallergic



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