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Sidewalk Clock, New York ● 1947: This unique sidewalk clock, embedded by Barthman Jewelers on the corner of Broadway and Maiden Lane in 1898, is a hidden gem of New York’s former jewelry district. In 1946, it was estimated that 51,000 people unwittingly stepped on the clock between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day. The clock, which was given a new face shortly after this picture was taken, still works today. (Ida Wyman/Columbus Museum of Art/© Ida Wyman)

Sidewalk Clock, New York ● 1947: This unique sidewalk clock, embedded by Barthman Jewelers on the corner of Broadway and Maiden Lane in 1898, is a hidden gem of New York’s former jewelry district. In 1946, it was estimated that 51,000 people unwittingly stepped on the clock between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day. The clock, which was given a new face shortly after this picture was taken, still works today. (Ida Wyman/Columbus Museum of Art/© Ida Wyman)

Speakeasy Under The Woolworth Building The Financial District's glorious Woolworth Building — New York

Speakeasy Under The Woolworth Building The Financial District's glorious Woolworth Building — New York

Before the start of World War II, the owner of this apartment in Paris fled to the south of France. For reasons not entirely known, she never returned and the apartment remained untouched for 70 years. When the owner passed away at the age of 91, her executor discovered the apartment and a team was sent to investigate. What they found was astonishing. Under a thick layer of dust was a trove of turn-of-the-century objects including several paintings.

Before the start of World War II, the owner of this apartment in Paris fled to the south of France. For reasons not entirely known, she never returned and the apartment remained untouched for 70 years. When the owner passed away at the age of 91, her executor discovered the apartment and a team was sent to investigate. What they found was astonishing. Under a thick layer of dust was a trove of turn-of-the-century objects including several paintings.

forgotten profession: before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like mary smith of brenton street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. they were known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. mrs. smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in limehouse fields, london. photo from philip Davies’ lost london 1870-1945.

forgotten profession: before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like mary smith of brenton street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. they were known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. mrs. smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in limehouse fields, london. photo from philip Davies’ lost london 1870-1945.

Rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan

Rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan

The Guggenheim Museum, NYC(upper east aside). The modern art museum, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in 1959.

The Guggenheim Museum, NYC(upper east aside). The modern art museum, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in 1959.

Wedding Dress: 1887, Australian, silk faille with machine-made Valencienne style lace trim, heavily beaded with large 'pearls' and small glass beads.

Wedding Dress: 1887, Australian, silk faille with machine-made Valencienne style lace trim, heavily beaded with large 'pearls' and small glass beads.

The enormous Olmec helmeted heads. The Olmec are now recognized as the predecessors of the Maya and Aztec civilisations. Photograph taken in 1942.

The enormous Olmec helmeted heads. The Olmec are now recognized as the predecessors of the Maya and Aztec civilisations. Photograph taken in 1942.

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