"All men have their vices. In my lifetime I have collected the entire set! That makes me more of an authority than those who scream that thus-and-such is bad for you while at the same time insisting they have never experienced it themselves." -- Michael Rivero

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The Lost Victorian Houses of Downtown LA unewsy Mon, 06/05/2023 - 18:18

Downtown LA have a history buried under gleaming high-rise office blocks and strip malls…

Despite its once fashionable apartment buildings attracting high-income residents, Bunker Hill had become a working class lodging district by the 1920s. After the Great Depression, the grand old Victorian mansions were run-down and used as cheap apartment hotels, and the once thriving hilltop suburb became a symbol of urban decay that discouraged new investments.

Lorenc Peter Elfred Freuchen was a 6’7” tall Danish explorer and old-school 1900s explorer who rode a dogsled 1,000 kilometers across the Greenland ice cap in the 1910s, killed a wolf with his bare hands and escaped a Nazi death warrant at the height of the Third Reich.

After the stock market crashed in 1929, many Americans lost their jobs and many families in America's largest cities were unable to pay their mortgages or rent payments. To avoid living on the streets, people built themselves small homes in public places. These shantytowns sprung up all across the nation and housed nearly 30,000 people during the peak of the Depression.

As the land war in Europe goes on, the need to move troops and supplies by any means necessary became vital. At sea, carrier and resupply ships brave submarine attacks, underwater mines and aerial bombardment just to deliver the support their allies on land need.

Below is a collection of photographs that somehow tells the story of the naval battles of the First World War, those caught up in it, and how much it affected the world.

Tristan da Cunha is a tiny overseas territory of the United Kingdom, smack in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean.

The island has no airport. The only regular transportation is an old fishing trawler from Cape Town that makes the trip — it takes seven days, one-way — maybe eight times a year. And rough seas means the harbour is open only 60 or 70 days a year. Even emergency medical evacuation can take months, says administrator Alex Mitham, the island’s top official. “In a world where you can fly anywhere within 24 hours, this is significantly a step beyond.”

Repeat photography is a technique in which a historical photo and a modern photo, both taken with the same field of view, are put side by side to determine their similarities and differences.

The following collection depict how this technique was used to document and better understand the effect of the changing climate to glaciers and landscapes for the last century-and-a-quarter.