Historical Inspiration

Collection by Aliya Smyth


Images that wake you up to history.

Aliya Smyth
Blasts from the past...

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Blasts from the past...

Keep it down up there!   In homes with usually only one room, the box-bed allowed some privacy and helped keep people warm during winter. It was the main furniture of rural houses in Brittany until the 20th century.
Vintage PicturesOld PicturesBox BedInteresting HistoryWorld History

Box beds, bunk beds – upstairs, downstairs

I’ve written about box beds before, and about the Breton tradition of fine, substantial, and wonderfully carved box beds (lits clos or enclosed beds). At the time I didn’t know about a…

New York City Car Parking in 1930...


The oldest door in Britain in Westminster Abbey -A 900-year-old door was put in place in the 1050s, during the reign of the Abbey's founder, Edward the Confessor. The door, which measures 6.5ft by 4ft, was made from one tree which probably grew between AD 924 and 1030. Simon Thurley, of English Heritage, said: "It is incredible to think that when the door was made the Norman Conquest had not yet happened and William of Normandy was still a young man of about 20." That's pretty cool.
European HistoryTudor HistoryEnglish Heritage


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The carved surface of this ostrich egg shows what is thought to be the oldest known map of the New World on a globe

Carved ostrich egg is oldest depiction of the New World

The carved surface of this ostrich egg shows what is thought to be the oldest known map of the New World on a globe

Vietnam War

Vietnam War

Hypatia was a Greek Neoplatonist philosopher in Roman Egypt who was the first well-documented woman in mathematics.


Sobre Hipatia y la Biblioteca de Alejandría--- Carl Sagan... El último científico que trabajó en la Biblioteca fue una matemática, astrónoma, física y jefe de la escuela neoplatónica de filosofía: un extraordinario conjunto de logros para cualquier individuo de cualquier época. Su nombre era Hipatia. Nació en el año 370 en Alejandría. Hipatia, en una época en la que las mujeres disponían de pocas opciones y eran tratadas como objetos en propiedad, se movió libremente y sin afectación por los…

World War I poster

Knowledge wins. Public library books are free

File name: 07_01_000052 Title: Knowledge wins. Public library books are free Creator/Contributor: Smith, Dan, 1865-1934 (artist); American Library Association (sponsor) Created/Published: Designed and printed by Thomsen-Ellis Company, Baltimore, New York Date issued: 1918 (approximate) Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color Summary: This American Library Association poster uses an image of a soldier climbing a bridge of books to a city in the distance to promote the…

WW2 ¥ (c.1941) A postman emptying the pillar box the morning after a heavy bombing raid in London.
World HistoryWw2 HistoryOld PicturesVintage PhotosFosse Commune

SWEDEN: Elsa Andersson (1897-1922); Sweden’s first female aviator. Women we admire; influential women in history #Lottiedolls #herstory

No You Shut Up

Elsa Andersson - Sweden’s first female aviator

The Codex Gigas. The largest medieval manuscript in existence, created by a single scribe in the early 13th century. Sometimes called “The Devil’s Bible” because of a large unexplained picture of him. Lavishly illustrated. Just the writing alone, not counting the illustrations, would have taken five years of constant writing to complete

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Letter from Jane Seymour found after 469 years informing Henry VIII of the birth of his son!! Amazing!!!!

'We be delivered a prince': Letter informing Henry VIII of his longed-for son's birth is found after 469 years in stately home

The message to the king (pictured) announcing that the future King Edward VI had been born was found in the picture store room at Dunham Massey estate in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

65 Photos Spanning Two Centuries Of Flooding In Britain - 1928: Men rescuing residents in Rotherhithe, south London, from a flood caused by the Thames breaking its banks.
Old PicturesVintage PhotosVintage LondonSouth London

65 Photos Spanning Two Centuries Of Flooding In Britain

Flooding has always been part of British life. From damsels in distress being rescued in bicycle baskets, to Brits playing tennis in waterlogged courts - we look at photographs of floods as far back as 1877.

This is the desk where Laura wrote the Little House books. She used pencil and wrote on the equivalent to the Big Chief tablets we used in school.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's desk, Rocky Ridge Farm, Mansfield, Missouri

Private Swap--Thank you, Kristin.

18 WWII photos that make you believe in love again. Buzzfeed

18 WWII-Era Photos To Make You Believe In Love

In the toughest of times, they wore their hearts on their sleeves. For another inspiring look at our greatest generation, catch The Monuments Men in theaters now.

The mortsafe is a unique Scottish invention, created to deter rampant body snatching and grave-robbing that was going on in the early 18th and 19th centuries. Examples have been found close to all Scottish medical schools.


We encourage you to capture the story of your life, the way you want to be remembered, on your terms. By creating your own eulogy video, you lift that burden from your loved ones, and they will find...