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View from the Window at Le Gras is a heliographic image and the oldest surviving camera photograph. It was created by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827 at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France, and shows parts of the buildings and surrounding countryside of his estate, Le Gras, as seen from a high window

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Boulevard du Temple, a daguerreotype made by Louis Daguerre in 1838, is generally accepted as the earliest photograph to include people. It is a view of a busy street, but because the exposure time was at least ten minutes the moving traffic left no trace. Only the two men near the bottom left corner, one apparently having his boots polished by the other, stayed in one place long enough to be visible

Robert Cornelius, self-portrait; believed to be the earliest extant American portrait photo

Robert Cornelius, self-portrait – believed to be the earliest extant American portrait photo

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portrait of Dorothy Catherine Draper by her brother John William Draperthe earliest surviving photograph of a woman

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a daguerreotype, showing a country home next to what is believed to be the old Bloomingdale Road, the continuation of Broadway, in what is now the Upper West Side, New York City, in October 1848 or earlier.  it is currently the oldest known surviving photograph taken of New York City

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first color photograph taken by James Clerk Maxwell and Thomas Sutton.  Best known for his development of electromagnetic theory, Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell dabbled in color theory throughout his life, eventually producing the first color photograph in 1861. Maxwell created the image of the tartan ribbon shown here by photographing it three times through red, blue, and yellow filters, then recombining the images into one color composite

 

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Pup & Circumstance

Sergeant Stubby 

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Sergeant Stubby (July 21, 1916 – March 16, 1926) is the most decorated war dog of World War I, and the only dog to be nominated for rank and then promoted to sergeant through combat.  He was the official mascot of the US’ 102nd Infantry Regiment 

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He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him  

He met Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G Harding 

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Starting in 1921, he attended Georgetown University Law Center with his owner Corporal Robert Conroy (above), and became the Georgetown Hoyas’ team mascot. He would be given the football at halftime and would nudge the ball around the field to the amusement of the fans

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Stubby died in his sleep in 1926. After his death, he was preserved with his skin mounted on a plaster cast. Conroy presented Stubby to the Smithsonian in 1956

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World’s Largest Ball Player – 450lbs!!!!!

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worlds larget baller baseball citizen 1908

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member of Citizens Baseball Team, Emporium, PA

photos by Weiman, June 30, 1908

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Got ’em If You Smoke ’em

taking off for Nawlins and then opening day Natsiesness in Hotlanta.  but relax, I’ll be back soon

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Philadelphia Eagles Chuck Bednarik celebrating an NFL championship win over the Green Bay Packers, with a cigar AND a cigarette, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 26, 1960

photo by Herb Scharfman

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Hulk and Bruce Go Boating

The Love Boat episode ‘Miss Mom/Who’s the Champ/Gopher’s Delusion’, which aired on February 1, 1986

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episode plot summary – (Pat Klous) thinks a writer (Ben Murphy) of children’s books is perfect for her picky cousin (Ellen Bry), who is also pregnant / a pro wrestler (Tim Rossovich) forbids his sister (Jennifer Holmes) to associate with his opponent (Bruce Jenner) / Gopher (Fred Grandy) is accidentally hypnotized and given a post-hypnotic suggestion that he’s the captain

[hat tip Ivan Jackenoff]

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