The Capitol Steps - “Mighty Casey” from Workin’ 9 to 10 (1987)
As well as being pretty funny, this Capitol Steps routine from their 1987 album is a fascinating time capsule of the political fallout from and perceptions of the Iran-Contra scandal. Check it out.
Today is opening day of the baseball season in case you don’t live in that universe. The Sox opened with a loss at Baltimore and won’t be back home at Fenway for a few days, but here are some photos of opening days and years past at Fenway from the park’s construction in 1912 to opening day 1968.
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Photo of Inventor Nikola Tesla Holding a Phosphor-Coated Gas Discharge Lamp Powered by Wireless Electricity from Dr. Nikola Tesla and His Inventions, 1899.
This experiment, conducted in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was part of Tesla’s preparations for the creation of the wireless transmission project he would call Wardenclyffe in Shoreham on Long Island. These experiments proved that Tesla could send electric current over the air and also provided a kind of proof of concept of the same principles that would power fluorescent light bulbs more than half a century later.
"Echo Lake and Profile House, Franconia Notch, NH," Kilburn Brothers Photographers, Late 19th Century and "Profile House," W.I. Hatch Company, Late 19th Century.
These stereoscopic images of the first “Profile House,” one of the most luxurious hotels in the white mountains, are some of the few images of the building remaining. This first version of the hotel built in the middle of the 19th century was demolished in 1905 and replaced with a much larger hotel that burned to the ground in 1923. The site of Profile House is now the parking lot for Cannon Mountain Ski Area.
Stereoscopic images like this were sold all over the world to tourists who would use them in stereoscope viewers in order to create the impression of a three dimensional image. They operated on essentially the same principle as the Fisher Price/Disney Viewmaster toy you might have played with as a kid.
Alfred Eisendstaedt Photographs of the Delegates at the Bretton Woods Conference at the Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, July 1944 and Photograph of the Mount Washington Hotel.
The meeting of representatives from the 44 allied nations to create a new system of world finance in 1944 is, without doubt, the most important world historical event to happen in New Hampshire. The conference led to the creation of what is now known as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Debates at the conference sought to balance Britain’s desire for an economic policy pursuing full employment and the United States’ hope to promote free trade. The agreements, according to Henry Morgenthau at the time, were meant to bring an end to “economic nationalism.”
Also, there were a lot of great mustaches and suits.