Category Archives: History

Of this photo he’s restored and colourised, Rob Cross tweets:

…the last known picture of the Titanic taken by Irish Jesuit priest Francis Browne on April 12, 1912 after she departed Queenstown, Ireland. Three days later 1514 people would lose their lives in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

Previously: Trooping The Colour

An international eye test chart (part of the collection of the US National Library Of Medicine) designed by German optometrist George Mayerle around 1907. To wit:

Running through the middle of the chart, the seven vertical panels test for acuity of vision with characters in the Roman alphabet (for English, German, and other European readers) and also in Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and Hebrew. A panel in the center replaces the alphabetic characters with symbols for children and adults who were illiterate or who could not read any of the other writing systems offered. Directly above the center panel is a version of the radiant dial that tests for astigmatism. On either side of that are lines that test the muscular strength of the eyes. Finally, across the bottom, boxes test for color vision, a feature intended especially (according to one advertisement) for those working on railroads and steamboats.

You can buy a limited edition print of it here.

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