1. KorbenDallas

    1864: Construction of the Palais Garnier and Cannons

    We have a good enough quality of an image (1864 allegedly) to allow for some scrutinizing. Below is the construction site of the future Palais Garnier. Make sure you checkout this beauty, especially inside. The photograph is taken in the direction of the north, towards the stage and the...
  2. KorbenDallas

    1812 Battle of Borodino: Napoleon's Army and Battle Evidence

    The Battle of Borodino was a battle fought on 7 September 1812 in the Napoleonic Wars during the French invasion of Russia. The fighting involved around 250,000 troops and left at least 70,000 casualties, making Borodino the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars. I find it interesting that in...
  3. KorbenDallas

    1799: Destruction of the English Fleet

    1799 is when the image was published, that is my understanding. Anyways, the Google Translated description to the image sounds like this. Fire of the English fleet: the English fleet burned down by the Greek fire and that of the new floating towers, armed with mouths to protect on the coasts...
  4. KorbenDallas

    16th century Paris: Size vs. Population

    In our today's world Manila leads the way in population density with 107,561 people per square mile. I was looking for something unrelated and came up on the population of the city of Paris in the 16th century. Wikipedia states: Paris was the largest city in Europe, with a population of about...
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    1793: Marie Antoinette and Elongated Skulls

    Normally, intentionally elongated or flattened skulls are associated with ancient Mesoamerican cultures. But this exquisite specimen, which dates back some 1,500 years, was recently found at a dig in Alsace, France. French archaeologists made a surprising discovery during an excavation, when...
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    1870: Franco-Prussian War. Missing Combat Photographs.

    Here is another 19th century photographic absentee. How historians were getting away with things like this is hard to understand. May be scrutinizing the absence of the photographic evidence was not really a thing, but I have hard time believing that we are the first ones to notice the lack of...