Cursed Warship Revealed with Treasure Onboard

Archaeologists have discovered the Swedish warship Mars, which sank in a battle with German forces in 1564, on the Baltic Sea floor. According to this article, the Mars, from the first generation of three-masted warships, is even better preserved than the English Mary Rose, which sank about two decades earlier. Those who found the wreck plan to document it with precise 3D scans and photographs.

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Knowledge about plants that can cure or harm has been prized, and feared, for hundreds of years. In this enchanted book, you’ll find out which poisons are produced by which plants, and flip the pages to reveal history and folklore. 

Read the Enchanted Book now, and come see The Power of Poison before it closes August 10!


For anyone who wants a simple proof that Palestine existed before 1948, here’s a coin from 1927 worth 10 Mils (this currency is no longer used). Also note that the word “Palestine” is written in both Arabic and Hebrew indicating not only a Jewish presence, but a prominent one. Jews and Arabs DID live side by side in peace. The Zionist idea that they cannot coexist is an absolute fallacy.


Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, people in the Soviet Union began making records of banned Western music on discarded x-rays. With the help of a special device, banned bootlegged jazz and rock ‘n’ roll records were “pressed” on thick radiographs salvaged from hospital waste bins and then cut into discs of 23-25 centimeters in diameter. “They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole,” says author Anya von Bremzen. “You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens.”

The text above is adapted from "How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds of Dissent and Culture" by the Kitchen Sisters on NPR.


 Marguerite Durand (1864-1936), journaliste, féministe, directrice du quotidien “La Fronde”. Photographie anonyme, 1897-1899. Paris, Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand.

© Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand / Roger-Viollet

Marguerite Durand was a journalist, feminist, and founder of the feminist daily newspaper La Fronde. 


A Mid-19th Century French Liquor Box

Gilt Bronze, Ebony, Veneer, Engraved Brass and Mother of Pearl

$6-9 000




Thomas Jefferson’s Account of the Storming of the Bastille, 225 Years ago:

“…in that instant a discharge from the Bastille killed 4 people of those nearest to the deputies. The deputies retired, the people rushed against the place, and almost in an instant were in possession of a fortification, defended by 100 men, of infinite strength, which in other times had stood several regular sieges & had never been taken.”

Letter from Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Minister to France, to John Jay, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, July 19, 1789, reporting on the events in Paris, (page 538)

From the file unit:  Letters from Thomas Jefferson, 1785 - 1789

Appointed U.S. Minister to France in 1785, Thomas Jefferson was in Paris in July 1789 when the French people rose up against their rulers and the first blood was shed in the opening days of the French Revolution. In his letter to Secretary of Foreign Affairs John Jay, Jefferson recounts how a mob stormed the Bastille, took the stash of arms, freed the prisoners, and seized the “Governor” of the Bastille who was then killed and beheaded in the city streets on July 14, 1789.

via Eyewitness: Thomas Jefferson - Onset of the French Revolution, 1789

Wow. That is an incredible document.