The Haunting Ruins Of The New York City Farm Colony

November 15, 2013
Foggy Exterior Farm Colony

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Within the least populated New York borough of Staten Island there lies a forgotten forest, home to over two dozen crumbling buildings that once made up the historic compound known as Seaview Hospital. In 1915, Sea View expanded to absorb twelve nearby buildings that until then had been operating as the Richmond County Poor Farm, which was established in 1829.

New York City Farm Colony Interior

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What We Love This Week, Volume XXXIX

November 15, 2013
World War 1 Soldier

Source: Time

Incredible Photos From World War One, Now In Color

World War 1 Color Eating

Source: Time

In honor of Veterans Day, the arts writers at Time have compiled an eye-opening series on World War One as seen through the trenches. The catch? It’s in color. When looking at the historical, the mind naturally thinks in black and white–especially way back at the beginnings of the 20th century. Nevertheless, it was precisely at this time that the French Lumiere brothers introduced the autochrome technique to the world of photography, as seen in these photos. Sealing natural color into permanent glass negatives via emulsion layers, autochrome drastically altered photography’s future. Though it seems a bit unnatural to examine participants in the Great War in such a saturated light, autochrome adds dimension and life to subjects whose formerly black and white faces inspired little curiosity within history textbooks.

World War 1 Color Girl

Source: Time

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The Incredible Discoveries Of Indiana Bones

November 14, 2013

At some point, most of us have dreamed of riding across the Sahara Desert and stumbling across an ancient tomb filled with national treasures and glittering gems. If you haven’t, then you’ve probably never seen an Indiana Jones movie. Paul Koudounaris, the self-proclaimed ‘Indiana Bones’, certainly takes that explorer’s vision to heart. When he’s not digging up the dirt on charnel houses, the Los Angeles-based art historian and photographer is tracking down the remains of saints scattered around the world.

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The Fascinating Origins Of Six Friendly Gestures

November 13, 2013

Friendly Gestures: The High Five

The high five’s origin is an extraordinarily contentious issue, given its association with camaraderie and celebration. The low five had long been used between black Americans and became popular during the Jazz Age as a response to “slap me some skin.” However, the cultural phenomenon known as the “high five” was not actually in print until 1980!

Friendly Gestures Glenn Burke

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The White Cliffs Of Dover

November 11, 2013

White Cliffs Dover

Given its location facing continental Europe, the cliffs of Dover are symbolic to many Britons. Often the first brush of foreign invasions, the 350-feet tall cliff faces have been weathered–and defended–by human struggle for centuries.

Five Of The World’s Most Incredible Castles

November 11, 2013
Incredible Castles

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Although we all know fairytales don’t exist (unless, of course, you’re Kate Middleton), there will always be something magical and intriguing about castles. Whether it is their incredible history, grandeur or stunning architecture, they remain one of the top tourist destinations throughout the world. Here are five of the world’s most incredible castles.

Swallow’s Nest Castle

Swallows Nest Wide Shot

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