History

Painting the Future

Wednesday October 28, 2015

In 1899, a group of artists painted pictures of what France might look like in the year 2000. Naturally they got a lot wrong – but it's surprising how much they got right too.

Camouflage Class

Monday October 26, 2015

If you wanted to design camouflage for the U.S. Army during WWII, first you had to enrol in Camouflage Class. These photos of the class of 1943 make us want to crack the paint out.

Orion: the Documentary

Friday October 23, 2015

Just who is the mysterious masked man on our latest front cover? His name was Orion – a man who sounded so much like Elvis that people actually thought he was. This documentary tells his story.

The Secret Society of the Mountains

Thursday October 22, 2015

In the ’50s, a secret group of pranksters known as the Vulgarians set out to disrupt the mountaineering establishment. In the nude.

Before they could build the atom bomb, the Manhattan Project had to build something even more complex: a secret library in the middle of the desert.

Not since Hannibal last marched across the alps with a herd of elephants had humanity seen a military vehicle quite like the Rhino.

The CIA has long played armchair psychologist to America's enemies. Their shrinks have analysed the psyches of everyone from Hitler to Qaddafi – and their diagnoses make for some good reading.

Swedish Earth Cabins

Thursday October 08, 2015

In the 20th century, architects designed towers that reached for the skies. But in 17th-century Sweden, they steered their constructions in the other direction: underground. (And this one's available for rent.)

From Columbus's first sketches of America to the digital cartography of Minecraft, the maps in this book mightn’t help you get from A to B. But they say a lot about how we see the world. (And we’ve got copies to give away).

One hundred years ago, a chap strolled off to an auction hoping to buy some dining chairs. He came back owning Stonehenge.