Haunting pictures of the decaying WWII ‘pillbox’ bunkers that remind Europe of its dark past

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This is from Business Insider. 

A little piece of history.

31_findhorn, moray, scotland. 2011 Findhorn, Moray, Scotland, 2011.

As conflict in World War II ramped up, both the Nazi and Allied forces raced to fortify their shores against invading troops. They built thousands of structures, from simple rudimentary “pillboxes,” small concrete rooms with peepholes for firing weapons, to more complex fortresses with multiple purposes.

Now, with the end of the second World War almost 70 years behind us, many of these structures still exist, dotting Europe’s coastline. Many have not been preserved, and serve as a painful reminder of an earlier time, slowly crumbling back into the sea.

59_wissant ii,  nord-pas-de-calais, france. 2012 Wissant II, Nord Pas De Calais, France, 2012.

48_vigso i, nordjylland, denmark, 2014 Vigso I, Nordjylland, Denmark, 2014.

30_lossiemouth ii, moray, scotland. 2011 Lossiemouth II, Moray, Scotland, 2011.

Photographer Marc Wilson hasn’t forgotten about these buildings, though. Wilson, an Englishman, has traveled more than 23,000 miles over five different countries to document the abandoned pillboxes, bunkers…

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The Entire History of the World In One Amazing Chart

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Source: Business Insider The article tells the story of how the Histomap was created.

There’s a zoomable version of the chart here at the David Munsey map collection.

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Future Is Here Now

Gene Luptak

In 1968 when I interviewed Dr. Edward David, we did not have computers in our homes or the internet, Facebook, smart phones, GPS gadgets, iPads or all the other digital stuff we have now. Dr. David at that time was head of Research and Development at Bell Telephone Laboratories. I had to write this interview back then on a manual typewriter; we didn’t have computers in 1968 in the newsroom.

Here is part of that interview:

“The time that a fellow can telephone a blind date and find out what she looks like before asking her out isn’t too far in the future.  It will be here when the picture phones — a telephone that offers television along with it — gets on the market.

“‘Although we do some work for space projects and defense, we are primarily concerned with the man on the street,’ said Dr. David, adding the…

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Singapore from the Britsh Pathe News

The Heartlander Tourist

This is the golden jubilee year of Singapore’s seperation from the Federation of Malaysia. And while many of us have grown up on a diet of local faces reporting local news, it’s quite interesting to watch newsreels in black and white reported from British eyes. I found this the British Pathe News (formerly of the Pathe News agency), and it was a rather nice find, so here’s a quick history class of Singapore, from the eyes of the British Pathe News.

British Pathe has some 80,000 videos on their youtube site and it covers stories from the past. There are also other productions of Singapore from different companies of course, but this post will focus on the news slant, from British Pathe News.

Floods in Singapore (1925)

Thaipusam (1937)

Japan begins it South East Asian Campaign (1941)

Preparations for the impending War in Singapore (1941)

British Women and Children arrive…

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