To escape a forced engagement to a senator she despised, Roman Emperor Valentinian II’s sister Honoria sent to Attila the Hun for help, by sending her engagement ring. Attila interpreted it as a marriage proposal, and asked for Rome as a dowry.
Evening Coat (Detail)
This evening coat with its distinctive oversized sleeves is a fine example of the work of the House of Rouff, a premiere couture house in the late-19th into the 20th century. Rouff was known for the lingerie feel to their garments, which always included a multitude of ruffles and laces.
Gateway Arch under construction in St. Louis, circa 1963-65
(via Gateway arch)
January 1940. “Family living in a ‘crackerbox’ slum tenement in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.” Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano.
(via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive :: Crackerbox: 1940)
Helmet, Germany, 1540.
"When April’s gentle rains have pierced the drought
Of March right to the root, and bathed each sprout
Through every vein with liquid of such power
It brings forth the engendering of the flower.”
April 17, 1397- Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales to the court of Richard II for the first time. It is also the agreed upon date in which the pilgrims of the book start their journey.
Picture- Chaucer’s Canterbury Pilgrims Picture, William Blake, 1808