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The earliest known photograph of a snowman, c.1853

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

This is the earliest known photography of a snowman, taken in Wales by Mary Dillwyn (1816-1906) in 1853 c.a. (National Library of Wales). The making of snowmen has been documented since the Middle Age: the earliest depiction was found by Bob Eckstein, author of The History of the Snowman, in a 1380 “book of hous” kept at the Royal Library …

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1832 map of Pompei

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

1832 map of Ancient Pompeii, Italy (near Naples), that is part of the atlas Maps issued in 1844 by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in London (published by Baldwin & Cradock). Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius, in A.D. 79 and remained buried under ash until its rediscovery in 1748. At thet time, the excavated portions of Pompeii was …

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1845 map of Frankfurt am Main, Germany

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Frankfurt am Main in a 1845 map from the Josepg Meyer’s Hand Atlas (Grosser Hand-Atlas über alle Theile der Erde in 170 Karten. Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts, Hildburghausen 1843–60); hand colored steel engraving. This is just a slightly revised and therefore partly yet obsolete version of an 1837 map by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Commons.

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1835 map of Naples

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Naples (Italy) in a 1835 map, that is part of the atlas Maps issued in London by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (published by Baldwin & Cradock). Commons

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1832 map of Milan

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Milan (Italy) in a 1832 map, that is part of the atlas Maps issued in London by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (published by Baldwin & Cradock). Commons