Thursday, 2 July 2015

throwback thursday - TBT #14

july 2nd, 1962 - the first walmart store opens in arkansas, USA.

walmart is today the world's largest company by revenue and the world's largest private employer.

crowd gathered outside the store for the opening day 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

throwback thursday - TBT #13

on june 18th, 1928, amelia earhart would become the first woman to have flown across the atlantic ocean. the flight departed from newfoundland (on june 17th) and arrived at the welsh coast more than 20 hours later, braving risky weather.

amelia earhart accompanied two other pilots on this flight and kept the flight log. her own solo flight across the atlantic would happen four years later, in 1932.

amelia earhart's transatlantic flight, june 18th 1928 - new york times front page
image source - the new york times

crowds gathered at southampton to greet amelia earhart after her 1928 transatlantic flight.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

throwback thursday - TBT #12

june 4th, 1919 - the 19th amendment to the united states constitution was passed, granting women in america the right to vote. (many of the states though, had passed their own legislation before, allowing women to vote.)
the 1920 general election was the first one in which women across all the states in the usa had the right to vote.

women's suffrage bill signed on june 4th 1919 granting women in the USA the right to vote

Monday, 1 June 2015

mundane monday - #54

who among us doesn't wish life came with a remote ?

if only we could skip the scenes we didn't like, or go back and forth as and when we please...

Thursday, 28 May 2015

throwback thursday - TBT #11

on may 28th, 1937, the volkswagen car company was established in germany.

it was born as a result of hitler's intentions to have a 'people's car' that the german public could afford. the first car prototype, built to hitler's specifications and obejctives (by ferdinand porsche and his team) was called the 'kdf-wagen', which would later evolve into the iconic beetles.
with the onset of the war, the production turned to military vehicles and used slave labour.

the post-war revival of the company, made possible largely due to the intervention of the british army, is a whole other story.

thus began das auto !

camping with the kdf-wagen (volkswagen beetle) c.1938
image provided by the german federal archives to wikimedia commonsBundesarchiv, Bild 146-1988-019-16 

Monday, 18 May 2015

mundane monday - #53

potpourri on the table... 

potpourri bowl

why is it that fragrances and memories are so connected ? why do a favourite fragrance and a fond memory both make us close our eyes and take a deep breath ? 
what are the scents that kindle your memory ?

Thursday, 14 May 2015

throwback thursday - TBT #10

may 14th is the day that the world's first vaccine was given - by Dr.Edward Jenner to an eight year old boy called james phipps. the year was 1796. edward jenner is the father of immunology, and his work paved the way to save millions of lives through preventive medicine.

the word vaccine itself comes from 'vacca', the latin word for cow - based on dr.jenner's research of using cowpox for preventing the occurence of smallpox. it took 200 years though, to eradicate smallpox entirely from the world.

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