The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
In the Victorian era, even something as simple as a slide for a microscope is beautifully illustrated with colored delicate floral designs and detailed patterns. The latter generations seem to have lost certain elements of style, design and attention to detail, whether industrial or personal, that were commonplace in the 19th century and prior. These are incredible.
The Forgotten Cold War Plan That Put a Ring of Copper Around the Earth
During the late 1950’s, long-range communications relied on undersea cables or over-the-horizon radio. These were robust, but not invulnerable. Should the Soviets have attacked an undersea telephone or telegraph cable, America would only have been able to rely on radio broadcasts to communicate overseas. But the fidelity of the ionosphere, the layer of the atmosphere that makes most long-range radio broadcasts possible, is at the mercy of the sun: It is routinely disrupted by solar storms. The U.S. military had identified a problem. A potential solution was born in 1958 at MIT’s Lincoln Labs, a research station on Hanscom Air Force Base northwest of Boston. Project Needles, as it was originally known, was Walter E. Morrow’s idea. He suggested that if Earth possessed a permanent radio reflector in the form of an orbiting ring of copper threads, America’s long-range communications would be immune from solar disturbances and out of reach of nefarious Soviet plots. (via The Forgotten Cold War Plan That Put a Ring of Copper Around the Earth - Wired Science)
“Scientific researches: new discoveries in Pneumaticks! – or an experimental lecture on the Powers of Air”, 1802. Etching by James Gillray.
Gillray is caricaturing the experiments with laughing gas (nitrous oxide) done at the Royal Institution. The lecturer may be Thomas Garnett or Thomas Young. Humphrey Davy is caricatured as the assistant operating the hydraulic bellows filled with laughing gas. The founder of the Institution, Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, is seen standing in the doorway. (source)