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Looking for Photos of Jewish Life in Eastern Europe

I'm looking for photo references for a project I'm working on about Jewish life in Eastern Europe at the turn of the last century as well as the early Zionist movement in Israel (back before the 1948 war), including early kibbutz life. I'm sure there is a wealth of material out there, which ironically makes it harder to find what I'm looking for. How to sift through it all? [more inside]
posted by minicloud on Jan 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Who done it?

Significant historical and/or political figures since 1945? [more inside]
posted by kiki_s on Jan 28, 2009 - 24 answers

Skepticism about whether historical figures took credit for someone else's work?

What historical figures might not have done the work they are credited for? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Jan 26, 2009 - 49 answers

They're just pictures!

A history of the camera and its' effects on modern society in five paragraphs. [more inside]
posted by Northwest on Jan 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Never thought I'd need relationshipfilter...

My GF and I have been dating for almost a year. Everything is great, we're making plans, etc., but there is something that nags at me. Help me get over it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 - 51 answers

Why does Uncle Tom Say: Only YOU Can Prevent Ghetto Fires?

Why does Uncle Tom say: Only YOU Can Prevent Ghetto Fires? [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas on Jan 19, 2009 - 10 answers

How can I employ someone to create a tribute site for a vanished community when I'm not really sure what I want?

The archivist of an exterminated Jewish community has asked me to make a tribute website (the modern equivalent of a Yizkor Book. I want to be evocative and moving and a useful reference for other people tracing their genealogy. The problem is that I have no idea how to create a modern website; or write the sort of material I want; or make it pretty. What sort of help should I look for, and where can I find it, and how much will it cost me?
posted by Joe in Australia on Jan 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Can anyone identify this possible latin-american supernatural history sketch?

[Image Identification Filter] Can anyone identify this small sketch? I was told it possibly relates to latin-american supernatural history. [more inside]
posted by dcjd on Jan 12, 2009 - 2 answers

Great historical media collections

Where can I find lots of historical media? I'm looking for any kind of photos or film, newsreels, anything. [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm on Jan 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Looking for a history of Iceland

Looking for a history of Iceland... [more inside]
posted by heylight on Jan 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Looking for an old South African TV mini-series...

Does anyone know where (or even if) I can get hold of a copy of the 1980's SABC (South African TV) series 'The John Ross Story: An African Adventure', made and set around the same time and locations as their excellent 'Shaka Zulu' series? I know it exists but I can find no mention of its availability in any format, or even at the IMDB... Thanks in advance!
posted by timpollard on Jan 1, 2009 - 1 answer

Edwardian New Yorkers views on contraception and abortion

I recently read a novel which made me curious about attitudes toward contraception and abortion in the Edwardian United States, in particularly in New York City. [more inside]
posted by Phlogiston on Dec 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Rockwell a subversive artist?

I seem to remember reading somewhere, or possibly listening to a story on NPR, which talked about Norman Rockwell being a subversive artist. The tone was of a researcher having talked to his contemporaries and concluding that Rockwell was in a way being ironic or sarcastic in his paintings. I also vaguely remember hearing/reading that there were small clues in some of his paintings indicating this. Any help finding more information on this? [more inside]
posted by efalk on Dec 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Who were the members of the council of Laodicea?

I am looking for a list of people that participated (the people actually voting) in the Council of Laodicea. Any books or papers that detail their life would be beneficial as well.
posted by bigmusic on Dec 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Once upon a time in the ancient civilizations, there were...uh...

Ancient Civilizations Crash Course: I have to teach a course beginning in February...and I don't know anything! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2008 - 20 answers

Hey, the grafitti on the rooftop of 111 S. Anderson, is the most creative in town!

What are some places "off the beaten path", I can explore in urban environments? For photography, and my own amusement. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Dec 15, 2008 - 14 answers

Sounds out of Place

I heard a term somewhere that referred to the modern phenomena of sounds being decoupled from what produces them, in the sense that it's no longer a one-to-one relationship between sound and thing. So whereas previously every time you heard a bark you knew it was a dog, now it could be a TV, a computer, or a robot dog. Likewise, a big professional sound system could sound like almost anything. I think the originator was an academic. I distinctly remembering seeing mention of this on wikipedia once. What was that term? Who coined it?
posted by phrontist on Dec 9, 2008 - 5 answers

The Evolution of Religion

Is there an evolutionary family tree for religions? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Dec 6, 2008 - 9 answers

A Red/Blue maps for Canada?

Are there any Canadian federal election maps out there, coloring each federal riding by the winning party? I am thinking something like the Red/Blue coloring that is often done in the US (like this), but preferably something with intermediate colors (like this). [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Dec 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Examples of Onlne Archives that Allow Users to Add Metadata?

I am looking for examples of online history archives that allow users to tag, annotate, and otherwise attach information to items in the collection. I know about Footnote.com where users may add annotations, dates, names, and searchable text to documents. I know about the Flickr Library of Congress photostream. What other examples should I know about before my institution embarks on a similar project? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Dec 1, 2008 - 10 answers

Are those nuns still a health hazard?

Is it true that the graves of people who died of certain infectious illnesses remain dangerous centuries later? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Nov 30, 2008 - 11 answers

Unidentified Coats of Arms on a 16th C. Map

Curious coats of arms on a 16th century map-- can you help with identification and significance? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant on Nov 30, 2008 - 16 answers

Some good, interesting historical nonfiction?

Some good, interesting historical nonfiction? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Nov 28, 2008 - 55 answers

Is there a book on the history of the crossword?

My girlfriend is mildly addicted to cryptic crosswords. She’s also mad about History. Is there a book available that combines the two? [more inside]
posted by Del Chimney on Nov 25, 2008 - 12 answers

What did 19th century prostitutes use for birth control?

What sort of birth control did old-timey prostitutes use? [more inside]
posted by bonecrusher on Nov 21, 2008 - 29 answers

I can haz oral historiez cat? Lolstudz

I'd like to get as many hours of Studs Terkel interviewing or just talking as I possibly can. On MP3. For free or very cheap. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Nov 20, 2008 - 15 answers

Those little guys in a cartoon--what are they called?

Is there a generic name for the small figures that political cartoonists used to put in the foreground of their cartoons? Often they were of the artist himself (like Tom Toles at his easel here) , or sometimes a repeated character, and they would offer additional commentary on the subject of the cartoon. Is there a name for those little guys?
posted by LarryC on Nov 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Books about Queen Victoria?

What excellent books/films about Queen Victoria and her reign can you recommend? I'm not looking for exhaustive histories so must as highly readable/watchable ones.
posted by prior on Nov 19, 2008 - 9 answers

Semi-Abandoned Ship in Seattle? Santos, maybe?

Can anyone tell me anything about this abandoned looking ship named the "Santos" by the foundry and concrete plant in south Seattle? [more inside]
posted by stet on Nov 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Looking for films and books on Agitprop

Looking for recommendations on films (documentary or dramatic) or books (nonficiton or novel) about Agitprop or Agitprop Theater, specifically as it was practiced in Boshevist Russia/USSR. [more inside]
posted by brain cloud on Nov 15, 2008 - 1 answer

Automatically remove certain items in Firefox history?

How can I arrange it so that my Firefox history is automatically purged of sites of a certain domain like imdb.com or facebook.com? [more inside]
posted by sittered on Nov 14, 2008 - 7 answers

15th century France military-nobility complex

I'd appreciate help with some terms from 14-16c (apx) France. The translations don't tell me about the social hierarchy or give any context. Thanks for any help you can give here. Or point me to an English-language explanation. Here goes: guidon, marechal, chevalier, seigneur, ecuyer. licencie en droit, chatellenie. sieur, chambellan, sire, noble homme. Sorry for lack of accents.
posted by sevenstars on Nov 11, 2008 - 10 answers

Scholarship on why some dictatorships last and others don't?

Has anyone recommend any excellent books or articles analyzing why (and how) dictatorship can maintain itself some places, but is successfully challenged and overthrown by more democratic forces elsewhere?
posted by shivohum on Nov 11, 2008 - 9 answers

How come we don't have another Einstein of our era?

How come we don't have another Einstein of our era? [more inside]
posted by rintako on Nov 10, 2008 - 32 answers

Seeking books where history rhymes

Looking for books comparing and contrasting history as it rhymes but doesn't repeat. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Nov 9, 2008 - 0 answers

Just who came up with Rex the Wonder Dog, anyway?

I'm looking to learn more about the history of the comic book industry. [more inside]
posted by the bricabrac man on Nov 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Best stories about Valley Forge

I am looking for the best, most powerful, most engaging stuff on the internets about the Valley Forge encampment. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Nov 7, 2008 - 2 answers

How can I find out what my early-20th-century apartment likely looked like when it was first built?

I want to know what my apartment looked like when my great-grandparents' generation was living in it! I'm looking for web-based answers and pictures rather than wordy descriptions that would require a library visit if possible. [more inside]
posted by purplecurlygirl on Nov 7, 2008 - 13 answers

You did what with the rugby team??

I need some articles about being aware of things that you post on social networking sites. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Nov 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Your wife is nuts!

In 1960, what level of confidentiality could a woman going to a psychiatrist expect in terms of her husband? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker on Nov 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Looking for a historical US atlas

Can you recommend a good historical atlas of the United States? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Nov 3, 2008 - 1 answer

Old Chaplin Film reel, need ID help

I have an old film reel of a chaplin silent movie, but need help getting an id on the type of film, millimeter measurement and the name of the movie... [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Nov 1, 2008 - 5 answers

One order of Tabula Rasa, please.

Help me cover my trail in both Firefox and Explorer, please! [more inside]
posted by jildelicious on Oct 30, 2008 - 11 answers

Can you recommend good books about Los Angeles?

Can you recommend good books about Los Angeles? Non-fiction preferred but fiction as well. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 29, 2008 - 25 answers

Documentary equivelants of informative history/science books?

Looking for good documentaries that are truly informative (i.e. a kind of textbook in movie format). What are the best documentaries you've seen that left you much more informed about basic history and human knowledge? [more inside]
posted by the other side on Oct 28, 2008 - 28 answers

Freemasons and early america?

Freemasons and the Founding Fathers of America/ links to early American history?! [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Oct 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Historical Poll Data Repository?

Where can I find historical election poll data? [more inside]
posted by lore on Oct 24, 2008 - 6 answers

When did we get to start voting for voters instead of voting for legislators who voted for voters?

I'm looking for a listing, preferably something with citations of the actual state laws, of when each state changed it's laws to allow for the direct election of electors in the electoral college.
posted by phrontist on Oct 22, 2008 - 1 answer

Parlez-vous Histoire?

What are some good books in English about French history and culture? [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Oct 20, 2008 - 11 answers

When did you need to get off my lawn?

What is the origin of the phrase "[you] damn kids get off my lawn!" [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Oct 17, 2008 - 21 answers

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