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Prisoners of war: A colorized image of three Confederate prisoners and its original black and white stenograph, taken by Mathew Brady in 186...

The Northern Lights glow above Tinnittaqilaq village. Photo: Ragnar Axelsson

Charles E. Grace, a wealthy and famous African American religious leader and evangelist, is shown performing a baptism at the Oakland, California waterfront in front of World War I barracks with his racially integrated congregation. ca. 1915. Photographer unknown. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Oakland Museum of California. Gift of Al Bass.

Lena Horne and Tuskegee Airman

Coco Chanel & Arthur Capel

Reliquary Bust of Saint Margaret of Antioch. Attributed to Nicolaus Gerhaert van Leyden (act. in Germany, 1462 - 73), netherlandish. 1465-70. Walnut with traces of polychromy.

Sammy Davis, Jr. & Eartha Kitt in Anna Lucasta (1958)

In 1890 George W. Johnson became the first African American to record commercially. A common story is that Johnson, a former slave, was discovered singing on the streets of Washington, D.C., by Berliner recording agent Fred Gaisberg. Gaisberg himself perpetrated this myth along with the falsehood that Johnson was later hanged for murdering his wife.

Raymond and Rosa Parks married 45 years. Love this photo :)

Japanese National Treasure, Hanka Shiyui statue 半跏思惟像(中宮寺)

A 14th century Bishop's seal discovered by metal detector enthusiasts will go on display at the Manx Museum. The silver seal, which was discovered by Andy Falconer, is described as "incredibly significant". The seal itself is about three centimetres in length, made of silver, and shows two figures sitting facing out and a third kneeling in prayer. Around the edge there is an inscription in Latin, which translates as "Let the prayers to God of Germanus and Patricius help us".

Antarctica, 1961: A Soviet Surgeon Has to Remove His Own AppendixIn 1961, Rogozov was stationed at a newly constructed Russian base in Antarctica. The 12 men inside were cut off from the outside world by the polar winter by March of that year. In April, the 27-year-old Rogozov began to feel ill, very ill. His symptoms were classic: he had acute appendicitis. “He knew that if he was to survive he  had to undergo an operation,” the British Medical Journal recounted. “But he was i

The Pickle Sisters

The Living Skeleton Cartes de Viste

Miss Millie La Mar, the Albino Mind Reader

Saxon Ostrogothic Silver-Gilt and Garnet Raven Head Brooch > Lot No. 563

Doll Peddler - Cabinet Card for Sparks & Coates Palace Drug Store

German zeppelin over Giza Pyramids, 1938

Ring, gold, 1-100, Roman, Isis Thermeutis and a snake.

Belgian coal mine elevator, ca 1900. Photographer: Van Melle, Gent,

medieval washing ball - For centuries soap was a luxury item and to enhance the experience it was common to combine ground up herbs and spices for rich texture. The spices delightfully exfoliate the skin and release a wondrous bouquet of fragrance. This is truly a medieval treat!

A Tudor Christmas Pie Excerpt: A Tudor Christmas Pie consisted of a Turkey stuffed with a goose - then stuffed with a chicken – then stuffed with a partridge and finally stuffed with a pigeon – all of this was put in a pastry case, called cheerfully – a coffin! (kind of makes the turducken look lame in comparison!)

Reliquary of Thomas Becket. Copper and enamel, 13th century.

Icon of the Man of Sorrows In the complex nature of this object you can see a long history of veneration. The image at the centre, made of thousands of tiny precious stones, was believed to be able to work miracles when it was taken from Byzantium to Rome in the 14th century. There it was given a new wooden housing, and over the centuries that medieval encasing grew into the baroque object we see today, hallowed by time and belief

Helmet ca. 1550 via The Metropolitan Museum of Art