Category Archives: History

On this day in 2009, the death of Edward Delaney RHA.

Irish History Bitesize! tweetz:

Award-winning @Aosdana sculptor. Studied @NCAD_Dublin & Germany. eg Thomas Davis on College Green (angels later, awakening 4 provinces), Wolfe Tone & Great Hunger in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. 

Irish History Bitesize tweets:

On this day in 1852: Death Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS. Born #Dublin. Childhood Dangan castle #Summerhill #Meath. PM x2. Victory against Napoleon at Battle of Waterloo 1815. Oversaw passage Catholic Relief Act 1829 @StPaulsLondon

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A short 68mm film (recently published by MoMA) from 1902 featuring the town of Wuppertal in north west Germany which – while the rest of the western world was busy investing in trams – went for the more complex but infinitely cooler  Suspension Railway option.

This footage of the town as seen from its train – 12 m above the ground –  is uniquely drone-like in scope, unlike the stationary camera angles favoured at the time.

The Schwebebahn is still in use today, carrying 25 million people a year along its 13km track.