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Before Radios, Pilots Navigated by Giant Concrete Arrows

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Before Radios, Pilots Navigated by Giant Concrete Arrows

Post Office Department map of the First Transcontinental Air Mail Route involving both day and night flying over the entire route opened July (Wikipedia)

What Causes the Smell After Rain, When People Started Smiling in Photographs, How 911 Became the Defacto Emergency Number, and More

What Causes the Smell After Rain, When People Started Smiling in Photographs, How 911 Became the Defacto Emergency Number, and

The Famous "Crying Indian" Who Wasn't

The Famous "Crying Indian" Who Wasn't

Forgotten History- The Battleship Built in Union Square

Forgotten History- The Battleship Built in Union Square

The Great Stink crisis of Summer, 1858. Michael Faraday presents his card to a very polluted Father Thames.

The Great Stink, or the Big Stink, was a time in the summer of 1858 during which the smell of untreated human waste was very strong in central London.

Now mail could get from the Atlantic to the Pacific not in a matter of weeks, but in just 30 hours or so. Even the dumbest of air mail pilots, it seems, could follow a series of bright yellow arrows straight out of a Tex Avery cartoon. By 1924, just a year after Congress funded it, the line of giant concrete markers stretched from Rock Springs, Wyoming to Cleveland, Ohio.

Abandoned US Airmail Beacons across the USA. These concrete arrows are all that remains of the towers that were built from NY to LA in the by congress to help the early airmen navigate. See the article for the route map.

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History: Concrete arrows guided early airmail pilots across the U.

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Scattered across the United States are a network of mysterious concrete arrows. They are often found in remote locations or areas difficult to access. Some will be accompanied by a small shack, a f…

As school children are kept inside to avoid London toxic #smog A reminder of pollution past: The Great Stink of 1858 pic.twitter.com/3IeO6xPc9L

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Illustration of a cloaked skeleton rowing down the Thames. From an 1858 of Punch Magazine, also known as The London Charivari, which was a satire magazine. Image via the River and Rowing Museum.

In the 1920's pilots in the US had to rely on very large arrow-shaped Airmail Beacons.

What are these giant concrete arrows across the American landscape? A pretty darn cool piece of history, if you ask me!

TodayIFoundOut.com/ DUSTBIN OF HISTORY: $AM UPHAM--During the U.S. Civil War, New York printer $am Upham crippled the Confederacy’s economy and hindered its ability to fight the war. Yet he was never officially honored, and is all but forgotten now. LIKE PRINTING MONEY Samuel C. Upham never intended to be the most prolific counterfeiter in modern [...]

Dustbin of History: Sam Upham

Margaret Thatcher and Her Frugal Ways

Margaret Thatcher and Her Frugal Ways

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