Mind Your Head – Part 2

When I first stumbled across the Vajen-Bader Smoke Protector, I initially thought it was a prop from Dr. Who or Star Wars. This bizarre looking hood was created in the 1890s by hardware salesman, Willis Vajen and piano maker, William Bader to prevent the inhalation of smoke and toxic fumes.

Shatter Proof

Soon the Roman Empire and the cities along its trade routes were lousy with glass. Like a sleek, new iPhone, it became the got-to-have-it merch.

Pompeii: What a Blast

“…darkness came…like the black of closed and unlighted rooms. You could hear women lamenting, children crying, men shouting…” ~ Pliny the Younger (61-113 AD) an eyewitness of the destruction of Pompeii.

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