What We Love This Week, Volume CXXVIII

First Color Photo NYC

Mulberry Street, New York Source: Vintage Everyday

The First Color Photographs Of The United States

First Colorized Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon Source: Vintage Everyday

On some subconscious level, most of us imagine that the world before, say, 1920 existed in black and white. And why not? That’s what the photographic record of the era would have us believe. But as far back as 1889–14 years before the more well-known Autochrome–the Photochrom process was producing color photography. The images here, produced by the Detroit Photographic Company in the late 1800s and early 1900s, are the first color photographs of the United States. From New York to the Rockies to the redwoods, see more of the collection at Vintage Everyday.

Statue Of Liberty Colorized

Sunset from the Battery, New York Source: Vintage Everyday

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Bach In 3D

This incredibly soothing video is a sort of visual analogue of Johann Sebastien Bach’s most ambitious piece, The Well-Tempered Clavier. Using computer-aided design, Alan Warburton and his team created this video, a sort of “animated graphical notation” of Bach’s solo piano piece. This short video and a cup of warm tea are a great cure for anxiety.

Source: Sinfini Music

Remember The Korean War In These Moving Photos

Korean War Fallen Soldiers

Marines honor their fallen comrades at the division’s cemetery in Hamhung, Korea. Source: Flickr

65 years ago today, nearly 75,000 North Korean soldiers from the People’s Army crossed the 38th parallel and invaded South Korea. The surprise attack not only marked the start of the Korean War, but it was also the first military action of the Cold War—meaning the United States had to get involved. In July 1950, U.S. troops began a defensive mission to defend South Korea from North Korea and, in turn, from communism.

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Everything You Could Ever Want To Know About The Secret Life Of Bees

Bee Life Closeup

Source: Abby Norman, VStv

Albert Einstein once said that if honey bees became extinct, human society would follow in just four years. While we cannot know if that prediction is true, it gets at a larger truth: bees do far more than make honey.

Bees 101

When we think of bees, the honeybee is often the first–if not only–bee to come to mind. They’re just a drop in the bee bucket: at least 20,000 bee species are known to exist in the world, but the number is probably significantly higher as many bee species have not been described by entomologists. The fuzzy insects live everywhere except Antarctica, which makes sense as pollination is their raison d’être–and in polar ice caps, there’s not much by way of vegetation.

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