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http://500px.com/photo/184811921 Warrior by dgt -Russia - St. Petersburg - Aurora Cruiser & NVMU Nakhimov Naval School Soon after completion in November 1903 Aurora received orders to sail with a group of reinforcements to the Russian Pacific Fleet. However she suffered from repeated mechanical failures and had to be repaired at several ports along the way. When word was received of the start of the Russo-Japanese War while at Djibouti she was detached from the reinforcement fleet and sent…

Nyassa 1921: Nyassa was a part of the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique. A picture of King Manuel II, the last king of Portugal, is in the corner. Manuel was king from 1 February 1908 to 5 October 1910. The stamps were overprinted “Republica” when issued in 1911. With the advent of new Portuguese currency on 22 May 1911, the real had become obsolete. In 1921 the stamps were surcharged with new values. This 50 reis stamp was overprinted “5 Centavos.”

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George V (1911-1936) Grandfather of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, his effigy appeared on Canadian coins from 1911-1936. His effigy is surrounded by the Latin inscription GEORGIVS V DEI GRA:REX ET IND:IMP:. The inscription means "George V, by the grace of God, the King and Emperor of India." For part of 1911, coins did not include the DEI GRA part of the inscription and became known among coin collectors as the "Godless" coins.

Japanese Meiji Fukusa - Mid to late Meiji era (1880-1911). A striking gift cloth featuring a flying crane and minogame on either side of a huge central mon (family crest). Embroidery and metallic-thread couching on shusu silk. 27" x 27". The family crest consists of falcon feathers – connotations to both the military. The mandarin crane stands for good fortune and long life. The minogame is a Japanese mythological animal that is part turtle, part dragon, symbolizing longevity. Yorke…

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from Smithsonian

The History of the Flapper, Part 1: A Call for Freedom

In the 1920s, the flapper was the embodiment of free spirit and deemed disgraceful by an older generation. http://j.mp/XC7zu0

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Le morte Darthur: the book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the round table, by Sir Thomas Malory, Knt. ; [edited by Alfred W. Pollard]. Illustrated by W. Russell Flint. (1910-1911) Vol. 4. Also part of the exhibition of Arthurain material held in Cardiff University's Special Collections.

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Once upon a time, in a splendid palace on the bed of the bluest ocean, lived the Sea King, a wise old triton with a long flowing white beard. He lived in a magnificent palace, built of gaily coloured coral and seashells, together with his five daughters, very beautiful mermaids... Story by Hans Christian Andersen. Illustrated by Edmund Dulac

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from BBC News

Russia exhumes bones of murdered Tsar Nicholas and wife