2. Riverwalk construction

  3. Along Wacker

  4. usatoday:

    Approximately 10% of all humans are left-handed, but 50% of CATS are left-pawed

    (Source: chichikitti)

  7. El Morro in Havana

  8. A map showing the rail lines and junctions within the state of Texas

  9. 1936, wish I could find good maps of the other Chicagoland interurbans.

  11. whatisaurlidonthaveone:

    "yeah,you heard it right,don’t be messin with me!"

    (via andrewhudsonstuff)

  12. thisbigcity:

    It’s been almost two years since Superstorm Sandy hit New York City and caused unprecedented chaos. 8.5 million people were left without electricity, and 650,000 houses and 100,000 companies were either damaged or destroyed.

    Since then, numerous ideas have emerged with a view to making New York more resilient. 

    Here’s six of them

  13. digitalpubliclibraryofamerica:

    On this day in 1945, in an attempt to avert an invasion of the Japanese islands by American troops and to force an end World War 2, US forces dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. It was the first of its kind to be used in warfare, but another bombing followed three days later in Nagasaki.

    On August 14, Emperor Hirohito broadcast to the Japanese people the acceptance of unconditional surrender outlined in the Potsdam Declaration. Occupation of the islands began in late August and the formal surrender signing ceremony took place on September 2, officially ending the fighting in the Pacific Theater.

    The bomb that was dropped from the American Boeing B-29 Superfortress plane named “Enola Gay” (after the pilot’s mother) is estimated to have killed approximately 150,000 people. 

    Image credits:

    All images courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, except where noted.

    Learn more about Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings at DPLA.

    (via smithsonianlibraries)

  14. smithsonianlibraries:


    Whimsical Animated GIFs of Illustrations From the Smithsonian Library

    We’re flattered by all the attention our GIFs have been getting lately!

    If you like our gifs, don’t neglect the other book related gifs from the University of Iowa Special Collections and the Othmer Library of Chemical HIstory .