Amazing Rare Photographs of the Montparnasse Train Wreck in 1895


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This extraordinary accident occurred on October 22, 1895 at Montparnasse, then known as Gare de l’Ouest. The drive of the express train from Granville to Paris, hoping to make up time for its 131 passengers, increased the train’s speed and the air brake failed. Continue reading »

Before Seatbelts and Airbags: Terrible Photos of Car Accidents in the Early 20th Century

A car and train collision on the level crossing at Weasenham Lane, Wisbech, March 4, 1910

By 1950, almost every race-car driver used safety seat belts.

American car manufacturers Nash (in 1949) and Ford (in 1955) offered seat belts as options, while Swedish Saab first introduced seat belts as standard in 1958. After the Saab GT 750 was introduced at the New York Motor Show in 1958 with safety belts fitted as standard, the practice became commonplace. Continue reading »

Unseen Titanic: First Ever Complete Views of the Wreck

The April 2012 edition of National Geographic magazine features the first ever complete views of the wreck of the Titanic, made from thousands of high-resolution images, in its current state on the seafloor

Ethereal views of Titanic’s bow (modelled) offer a comprehensiveness of detail never seen before. (Modeling by Stefan Fichtel / © 2012 RMS TITANIC, INC; Produced by AIVL, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) Continue reading »