Diptych Dial, by Thomas Tucher, Nuremberg, c. 1620. “Diptych dials are portable instruments, usually made from ivory. They were mainly produced in Nuremberg from the late fifteenth century onwards. They are based on the principles of vertical and horizontal sundials.”
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ca. 1860, [an exquisitely detailed dress, with applied gilding]
U.S. Air Force personalized bomber jackets, WWII
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During World War II, entertainer Josephine Baker used her fame to access parties at foreign embassies, working as a spy for the French Resistance by reporting information written in invisible ink on her sheet music, as well as pinning notes with the information she gathered inside her underwear.
The “Hidden Mother” is a type of 19th century photo where a child is photographed sitting in his or her mother’s lap. Later, the photo is matted or framed to hide the mother, leaving just the calm child in view. To make the cropping less obvious, the mother was sometimes wrapped up in fabric. Remove the frame or matte though and you’re left with a delightfully creepy photo.