Worst Airship Disaster in History - The Airship USS Akron, April 4, 1933

Worst Airship Disaster in History - The Airship USS Akron, April 4, 1933

USS Akron was a helium-filled rigid airship of the U.S. Navy. It was designed to provide long-distance scouting in support of fleet operations. Construction of U.S.S. Akron began in November, 1929 at the newly completed Goodyear-Zeppelin Airdock in Akron, Ohio. The airship was christened by First Lady Lou Hoover, the wife of United States President…

Victorian Valentines: Romantic & Vinegar

Victorian Valentines: Romantic & Vinegar

It’s hard to imagine Saint Valentine’s Day without it’s main attribute – a greeting card. Saint Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day in the USA after Christmas for greeting cards. Greeting Card Association says that annually people send nearly 190 million valentines to each other. And that tradition began long ago, by the middle of…

The world’s last commercial sailing ship,the Pamir, rounding Cape Horn for the last time in 1949

The world’s last commercial sailing ship,the Pamir, rounding Cape Horn for the last time in 1949

The Pamir, a four-masted barque, was built in Hamburg, Germany in 1905. It was used in the South American nitrate trade. After WWI the sailing ship was handed over to Italy as war reparation and atfer WWII the Pamir was seized as a prize of war by the New Zealand government. In 1950s, German shipowner Heinz Schliewen, who had sailed on her in the…

Dior Models in Moscow, 1959

Dior Models in Moscow, 1959

After Stalin died in March 1953, the main leader of the USSR (First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union) became Nikita Khrushchev. And the period called “Khrushchev’s Thaw” started. It opened up the country for some economic reforms and international trade, educational and cultural contacts, festivals, books by foreign authors, foreign movies, art shows,…

Destroy the Old! Mao's Cultural Revolution, China, 1966 - 1976

Destroy the Old! Mao's Cultural Revolution, China, 1966 - 1976

Maoists burning ancient Buddhist statues during the Cultural Revolution in China, 1967 The Cultural Revolution in China was launched by Mao Zedong, then Chairman of the Communist Party of China and started in 1966. Statues of Christ and other Christian figures have been defaced and smashed to pieces. 1960s Later on Mao endorsed the Red Guard movement at a huge…