“Apollo 10 command module, call sign ‘Charlie Brown’, by North American Rockwell Corporation, Downey, Los Angeles county, California, United States, American, 1969. Apollo 10, carrying astronauts Thomas Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan, was launched in May 1969 on a lunar orbital mission as the dress rehearsal for the actual Apollo 11 landing. Stafford and Cernan descended in the Lunar Module to within 14 kilometres of the surface of the Moon, the closest approach until Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin in Apollo 11 landed on the surface two months later.
The command module was the only part of the Apollo spacecraft to return to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean where the spacecraft and astronauts were recovered by helicopter and aircraft carrier.” – Image description.
This French 1700s microscope was built sometime between 1745 and 1765. “Microscopes, especially ones as elaborate as this example, were luxurious symbols of enlightened aristocratic sophistication in the 1700s.” – Image source. Fancy science.
“A sample of Penicillium mould presented by Alexander Fleming to Douglas Macleod, 1935.
The British biologist and pharmacologist Alexander Fleming gave this sample of the mould Penicillium notatum to a colleague at St Mary’s Hospital, London, in 1935.
Seven years earlier, Fleming had discovered by chance that this species of mould produces a substance he called ‘Penicillin’ that was found to have powerful antibiotic properties. This sample marks penicillin’s transition from an interesting phenomenon to a potential drug.”
An Inu Hariko is a kind of traditional Japanese dog doll. It is a cute amulet that was said to ward of evil. However, now it is used more as a toy or decoration. This cutie was made by Shitayama sometime in the mid-19th century.
These are a few of the sheet music covers that André De Takacs did that I found funny(mostly the titles). He also did various questionable covers, so I wouldn’t look into his other works unless you are not easily offended.
The Hershey’s Company(Candy Manufacturer) branched out into ‘bathroom products’ in the 1940s. Here is a Hershey’s Toilet Soap I found today in the Missouri State Archives. Even more confusing, it is ‘Cocoa butter’ soap. I imagine there must had been some people who accidentally snacked on this.
The official name for this inoculation gun is ‘PED-O-JET’. The inventor was Aaron Ismach.
“Developed in the 1960s, inoculation guns were used to vaccinate large numbers of people very quickly – up to a thousand people could be treated every hour. Instead of using a needle, the vaccine was forced through the skin at high pressures created using a foot pump.
However, the Ped-O-Jet was expensive and needed regular maintenance, which was not always available. Initially seen as a major weapon in the drive to eradicate smallpox globally, the guns were eventually replaced in favour of simple bifurcated needles.
Most mass inoculation guns of this type would later be withdrawn because of concerns about cross infection. This example was made by Scientific Equipment Manufacturing Corporation.” – Description.