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Henry VIII left specific details about his monument for his tomb. Time passed, and his stone coffin ended up in a vault under the floor of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Into that tomb, Jane Seymour’s remains were also placed. When Charles I was beheaded by Cromwell, his body was hurriedly rushed to Windsor and placed in the same vault as Henry VIII.

Cmdr Ed Beach was one of the most decorated and heroic submarine commanders in the US navy during WW2. He was incredibly brave and sank many enemy ships under adverse conditions.He represents all that Americans are and will be again when whenever we need them. I have seen his name on many WW2 films as technical advisor. Nice to put a face to a name.

Edward L. Beach, Jr. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"A ship is always referred to as "she" because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder". ~ Chester Nimitz

L’Inconnue de la Seine (The Unknown Women of the Seine) This death mask became particularly popular on the walls of Paris bohemians circa 1900. She was an unidentified woman who was pulled out of the Siene river in Paris around 1880. Suspected suicide. A pathologist at the Paris morgue was so taken by her beauty that he had a moulder make a plaster death mask of her face. Camus compared her smile to the Mona Lisa’s. Nabokov wrote a poem about her.

death mask, Sir Isaac Newton

Death mask of George Washington.

Lincoln's Death mask

OsseoTECH - Chronicling Osseointegration Developments

Mary, Queen of Scots' death mask. Although most death masks - taken soon after the person was executed - are white, this one has been hand-painted.

Mary, Queen of Scots House - Jedburgh

Lincoln In State~Close up

Browse Art - deviantART

Bonnie (of Bonnie and Clyde) in her casket

Documenting Reality

German soldiers, date unknown. The reality of War. Many soldiers on both sides were little more than kids. Thrown into uniform and given scant training, they were forced to endure combat and conditions that eventually broke even the hardest of the hard-hearted. They also died in droves. Just because they fought for Germany didn't necessarily mean they were Nazis or held Nazi views. The Concentration Camps were Hell, no doubt, but during WWII, Hell stretched in every direction.

  • Mark Shobe

    wow, a picture really does say a thousand words... where did you find this? i wish more people where aware of the harsh realities of war, maybe then they wouldn't be so eager for it.

Joseph Robert Beyrle (1923-2004) was a para with the 101st Airborne when he was caught by the Germans during the Normandy landings.Eventually,he managed to escape and wandered in the German countryside until he met Russian troops and persuaded their commanders to allow him to fight on the front line.He fought for a month and was wounded.Marshal Zhukov arranged for Beyrle's trip back to the US.Beyrle is the only American who fought the Germans in both the US and Red Armies.

From May 16 - July 4, 1863, Federal naval and army artillery continuously bombarded the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, indiscriminately shelling Confederate trenches and the city itself. Desperate Southern civilians dug over 500 caves to protect themselves from Mortar and cannon shells. Some housed individual families while others accommodated over 200 people. As food ran out, the starving population ate horses, dogs, cats, rats, and even leather shoes.

Abraham Lincoln in His White House Office. This is one of the only photographs of Abraham Lincoln in his White House office. It was taken by Anthony Berger, a Brady operator, to assist the artist Francis B. Carpenter in his massive painting of Lincoln reading the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet.

Uniform of Gen Patrick Cleburn, worn the day he was killed at the battle of Franklin, TN.

Patrick Cleburne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sinking of the USS Indianapolis. It was greatest single loss of life at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy. 300 went down with the ship. The remaining 900 men faced exposure, dehydration, and shark attacks as they waited for assistance--only 316 survived.

This is the Swedish warship Vasa, it sank in 1628 and was recovered from the ocean in 1961 almost completely intact. This is the only remaining intact ship from the 1600's. This ship is housed in The Vasa Museum in Stockholm Sweden. A museum built around the ship.

Vasa (ship) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Rare to see the women hair down,death photo. The flowers were use to mask the odor of death

Memento Mori Photography

This is a fantastic photograph of a dead young woman named Jeanette Glackmeyer. There is writing on the card the photo is mounted on stating that she had been dead nine days when this photograph was taken. Regardless of this antique writing, I really have trouble believing it. Jeanette would be well on her way to decomposition after 9 days. This would be remarkably lifelike PM photo if she'd only been dead 15 minutes so I cannot credit the nine days. Thoughts?

Probably the most famous photograph of the guillotine ever taken, it depicts the last public execution to take place in France. Taken on June 17, 1939 in Versailles, it shows Eugene Weidmann, a six-time murderer, about one second away from losing his head.

Off with his head

Sir Walter Raleigh's cell in the Tower of London by Fred Dawson, via Flickr

Battery, Baghdad, 250 BCE. The Baghdad Battery is believed to be about 2000 years old (from the Parthian period, roughly 250 BCE to CE 250). The jar was found in Khujut Rabu just outside Baghdad and is composed of a clay jar with a stopper made of asphalt. Sticking through the asphalt is an iron rod surrounded by a copper cylinder. When filled with vinegar - or any other electrolytic solution - the jar produces about 1.1 volts.

Smith College Museum of Ancient Inventions: Baghdad Battery

President Lincoln's chair from Ford's Theater.