Marilyn Monroe on the set of Let’s Make It Legal (1951)
- Ivan Aivazovsky, 1879
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
In 1911, archaeologists dug up strings of iron beads at the Gerzeh cemetery, about 43 miles south of Cairo. The Gerzeh bead is the earliest discovered use of iron by the Egyptians, dating back from 3350 to 3600 BC. The bead was originally thought to be from a meteorite based on its composition of nickel-rich iron, but scientists challenged this theory back in the 1980s. However, the latest research places this theory back on top.
The scientists used a combination of electron microscope and X-ray CT scanner analyses to demonstrate that the nickel-rich chemical composition of the bead confirms its meteorite origins.
Philip Withers, a professor of materials science at University of Manchester, said meteorites have a unique microstructural and chemical fingerprint because they cooled incredibly slowly as they traveled through space. He said it was interesting to find that fingerprint in the Gerzeh bead.
“This research highlights the application of modern technology to ancient materials not only to understand meteorites better but also to help us understand what ancient cultures considered these materials to be and the importance they placed upon them,” said Open University Project Officer Diane Johnson, who led the study.
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Sophia Loren photographed by Bert Stern, 1962 (via)
"After Billie Holiday’s funeral service, there was such a quietness over these musicians, such a multitude of them there, and we just stood around like in awe and we filed out of the church and stood on the corners for a few minutes until everybody got out and we just quietly just stepped away into the crowd. It was not the usual thing of musicians going to a bar…having a nice drink or a type of New Orleans festivity. It was just dead quiet and sadness."
RIP Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959)
McDonald’s kids booklet c. 1965 (via)
Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont pilots his Airship No. 6 around the Eiffel Tower, 1901
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Illustration by Ren Wicks, 1964
Rare photo of Vampira by Dennis Stock, 1954