A Proto-typewriter, 1857.

A Proto-typewriter, 1857.JF Ptak Science Books
Here we have a lovely attempt at what is close to being a typewriter (a “hand-printing machine”), found in the Journal of the Franklin Institute for June 1857.
The size isn’t given but my guess is that it would be about the size of foolscap paper, easily desk-top.
It seems fairly simple in a slightly complex way, and I can easily see where it would serve as a stop-gap implement between what came before and the typewriter.
The short article introducing the workings of the machine is surprisingly very readable, even though it is brisk and sharp.
It is just well done.It is difficult to see some of the annotations, even in the original, and even with a magnifying glass, but for that first indicator “H” you can find it just southward of the bell-like object (“M”, which turns out to be a handle for the paper roller), and “E” was another difficult one to find, and that one turns out to be the pivot in the center of the type circular.
In any event, the thing operates much like a typewriter, the lever “D” moved to the position of the letter needed, then pressed down, moving the type into place against the ink and the paper, which is loaded in rollers much like a modern typewriter.
Source: JF Ptak Science Books: A Proto-typewriter, 1857.

The Flatiron, New York City 1904.

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The Flatiron building, New York City, on a rainy night (1904) by Edward Steichen. Photograph: Alamy
Skyscrapers were very new when Edward J Steichen took this photograph of Manhattan’s Flatiron building.
The wedge-shaped tower looms romantically in the evening mist, as a place of poignant mystery and beauty.
via The top 10 skyscrapers in art | Artanddesign | The Guardian.

The Happy Eyes of the Telephone Wife, 1925.

Image: Telephone-wife [Source: The Illustrated London News, February 21, 1925.]
I’m sure that there’s a song in this, somewhere, if only we had the power to return to 1925 to write the thing.
This advertisement spoke to the married couples of the United Kingdom, an appeal from the Telephone Development Association (TDA, of London), reminding people what the telephone was good for.
Not the least of the reasons for installing a ‘phone in the house to help reduce worries to insignificance, and rid her of “that womanly feeling of loneliness.”
via JF Ptak Science Books: Women, History of.

Together in our Shadows.

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Our shadows on a late autumn’s evening in Richmond Park
The light at this time of the day is sometimes described as the golden hour.
The long shadows cast provided the ideal picture opportunity against the autumnal colours in Richmond Park.
Image Credit: Photograph: by ID7798980/GuardianWitness
See more beautiful images via Sweet harmony: readers’ photos on the theme of together | Community | The Guardian

A Sunset view from the top of the Pyramid of Cheops.

Original caption: Looking across the Sahara Desert from the top of the Pyramid of Cheops at sunset.
Vacationing tourists are shown sightseeing in Egypt in the early part of the 20th century.
(The pyramid is more commonly called “the Great Pyramid of Giza” today.)
Image Credit: Photograph by George Rinhart / Corbis via Getty
Source: Weird, Wonderful Photos From the Archives – The Atlantic