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Miss Saigon?
July 22, 2012
Quiz #361
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Flour on Water
June 24, 2012
Quiz #347
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A Day in the Life
October 9, 2011
Quiz #325
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Statuesque
April 15, 2012
Quiz #347
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What kinds of quizzes do you like the most?
Hard to say at this point, I have only been doing them since the start
of June 2012 and have enjoyed every one of them. I must admit I had
trouble narrowing down 46 quizzes to three favourites - at my first
pass I had 18 chosen as favourites!

One thing I find I like though, are the human interest stories - when a
quiz illustrates a facet of the human condition or ones which depict
triumph over obstacles, even if only for a moment in time.
                                                                  
Marcelle Comeau
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I like best the old photos, late 1800's early 1900's.
                                                              
Margaret Waterman
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Ones of historic objects; not so crazy about more modern quizzes.
                                                                   
Janice M. Sellers
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Those with historical value and Oddities.                          
Jim Kiser

*****
I like all of them.                                               
Christine Walker

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Heritage photos that I can learn from or photos that lead to historic
events.                                                                  
Fiona Brooker

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cemeteries
unusual items/places
family pictures/old clothes from 1800's
group gatherings with bands from 1800's
                                                           
Angelina Kretzschmar
                                                             Charles Kretzschmar
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The ones that are easiest for me to solve, of course! Actually, I've
most enjoyed the quizzes that I had to do more than to check
Wikipedia to solve.                                             
Margaret Paxton

*****
Category wise: modern, historical, old photos, notable people, statues
and maps or travelogue to interesting places.I like the interesting
answers and website links posted each week.               
Mike Dalton

*****
I may not get to play and post but I check out the quiz every week. I
like the photo quiz with some history or mystery behind it.
                                                                       
Chris Tennant
*****
Lots of clues, history, geography. which is most of them! Thank you
for giving every week a fun project to learn from. i can't imagine how
much work you put into it, and I appreciate your offerings.
                                                                     
Debbie Johnson
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I like old photos and maps.                                        
Rebecca Bare

*****
Any kind. I'm not picky. Now I'll state the obvious, the one's I can
solve are the best.                                                   
Carol Farrant

*****
Quizzes that one has to determine the location of what is pictured.
                                                                          
Daniel Jolley
*****
Most of the quizzes are good, but I don't do well with maps.
                                                                          
Donna Jolley
*****
I like the art works as I live in the mid-west where one must seek out
art. That doesn't sound good, but living in the country, I don't come
in contact with art and sculptures everyday.                    
Judy Pfaff

*****
I like the old photo ones best. I enjoy looking for clues and trying to
solve the puzzle. I noticed that I didn't contribute anything lately... I
need to try to come up with an interesting photo again.
                                                                       
Evan Hindman
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Calais
January 22, 2012
Quiz #340
In sculpting his masterpiece The Burghers
of Calais, Rodin was relating a story as old
as the Hundred Years’ War.  

The city of Calais had been under siege
for 11 months, and conditions were dire.  
King Edward III offered terms: he would
spare the city if six of the most important
men (burghers) surrendered themselves,
dressed in plainclothes and wearing nooses
around their necks.  He intended to kill
them, and they knew it. Six men
volunteered.  Stripping themselves of all
the finery that set them apart as rich or
important, they donned nooses and left
Rock and Roll
July 8, 2012
Quiz #359
At first it seems like there is not enough
information in this photo to determine where it
was taken.  But with a little thought, and a bit of
Googling, it's not that hard to find that this is a
picture of the Pillsbury Flour Mill in
Minneapolis.  Talea Jurrens eared a
'high five' on
this quiz with her detailed analysis of the
structure, including many historical photos and
sketches.  Talea pointed out that our last
question about who made the bricks for the
structure, was ambiguous.  Although we thought
the question clearly referred to the round, red
brick grain elevator, constructed from bricks
made by the National Fireproofing Company of
Pittsburgh (NATCO), the grain elevator was built
using two kinds of bricks, and the loading dock
with four.  
A day in the Life for its historical content and photo analysis.                  Mike Dalton

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Lots of clues and lots of approaches. Still didn't solve it - but so fun trying!
                                                                                               
Debbie Johnson
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A moment in time captured.                                                                
Talea Jurrens
A Trip Down Market Street - a 1907
Newspaper Article
Collected by Joe Thompson

This article, from The San Francisco
Call, Saturday, April 20, 1907, just a
year after the Earthquake and Fire,
tells about what may have been the
world premiere of the movie now know
as "A Trip Down Market Street". The
film was shot from the front of a
United Railroads cable car as it ran
down Market Street towards the Ferry
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lawn sprinkler to a golf-ball washer to a timer for feeding your frogs.

As our readers discovered, the device is an ancient Chinese earthquake detector,
invented in 173 AD by the Chinese scholar and statesman Zhang Heng.  Known
as an Houfeng Didong Yi, it is the precursor to the modern seismograph.  While
primitive compared to its modern equivalent, Heng's design was ingenious,
capable of responding only to the horizontal motion of the earth experienced
during an earthquake, while filtering out the vertical motion caused by everyday
disturbances.  It was also able to detect the direction of the quake along the
eight cardinal points.  Although the design of the Hougeng Didong Yi was very
simple, it took modern scientists nearly 50 years to replicate.

There are many beautiful replicas of Heng's ancient earthquake detector in
museums around the world, including the Ancient Observatory in Beijing and
the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, CA.
Because i learned more history from it (and because i could solve it!).
                                                                                                Debbie Johnson

*****
Chinese art - science, old and new what more could a person ask for!
                                                                                             
Marcelle Comeau

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I had to think about this and detected its use before searching.                     
Judy Pfaff

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I am fascinated by earthquakes, and I think the Chinese device is beautiful.
                                                                                             
Janice M. Sellers

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It combined art(it was beautiful) with science(inverted pendulums, earthquakes) and
history( a culture that surpassed anything else in the world at that time).
                                                                                             Christine Walker

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As a Californian, earthquakes are a part of life. I was amazed that so far back in time
they were using scientific methods (such as they were) to learn about earthquakes.
                                                                                                   Carol Farrant
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This quiz appeared before I knew anything about this site so I don't know how difficult
it was for people to find the answer but the subject matter really appeals to me. This is
one I would have loved to research. There is something so poignant about this one -
events coming full circle. When I looked at it to respond to this survey, I had a very
emotional reaction.                                                                       
Marcelle Comeau

*****

I think the story of Ruby Bridges is amazing. To think a SIX year old was brave
enough to walk past all those angry people to get the education she wanted.
                                                                                                  Rebecca Bare
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Honorable Mention
Air Card
October 31, 2011
Quiz #328
I like the historic ones as it ties in with my love of family history and this one was a real
challenge.                                                                                        
Fiona Brooker

*****
I enjoy all of the quizzes but the old street scenes are my favorites. Lots to see and do!
                                                                                                   
Talea Jurrens
Raising the Roof
December 4, 2010
Quiz #282
This quiz generated a lot of good
discussion and outstanding research
among Quizmasters Robert Austin,
Christine Walker, and Marcel Comeau.

The discussion began when I went
along with the common belief that the
staircase (now part of an exhibit in the
Gerald Ford Museum in Grand Rapids,
MI) was the one pictured in the
famous Hubert Van Es photograph of
I love cemeteries and thought this lady was beautiful.                 Margaret Waterman

*****
(Soooo dramatic!)                                                                          
Debbie Johnson

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Weeping angel art is beautiful and I definitely want to see this one.
              Judy Pfaff

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Tragically beautiful in the eye of the beholder.                                      
Talea Jurrens
WINNER BEST QUIZ
Tenth Occasional Forensic Genealogy Photo Quiz Survey
September 2, 2012
We asked our
readers to identify
this ancient
Chinese invention
and to give us the
name of its
modern equivalent,
along with one of it
modern
capabilities.  Most
readers took the
scenic route in
solving the puzzle,
initially guessing
that the device was
anything from a
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Second Place
Ruby
September 11, 2011
Quiz #321
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I think this was awesome to see a photo from the sky during that time period.
                                                                                        
Christopher Tennant
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I liked this quiz because I like old photos of cities and enjoy trying to figure out what
and where they are.                                                                         
Daniel E. Jolley
service was stopped about a year later.

There are ample clues to the answers to these questions.  Not only does the
stamp picture a zepplin, so do the cancellation marks along with the dsignation
1. Fahrt (or first trip). In addition, the return address contains the word
Hindenburg with the date 3.4.36.  The card was carried aboard the Hindenburg on
its maiden flight from the UK to South America in April 1936.
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Airplane Pic
February 26, 2012
Quiz #344
Although there no confirmed photos of the
occasion, this picture was probably taken at the
first test flight of this Martin six-jet XB-48, June
22, 1947.  According to our research, there were
only two occasions where the jet would have
been photographed, on
11 April, 1947 after roll-out
during
ground testing leading up to its first flight,
and at that test flight on 22 June, 1947.  
Presumably, at the roll out, there would be no
need for chocks under the wheels, and at the
pilot R. E. Gelvin would not have attended
wearing a flight suit.  The fact that the picture
was taken on a public occasion, and not during
routine ground maintenance is supported by the
reflection in the aircraft skin of a few vehicles
and a line of people standing in the distance
roughly parallel to the plane.
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Submitted by Evan Hindman.
Submitted by Sally Garrison.
Took some working out to find this one.                                             Fiona Brooker

*****
I really need to visit Minneapolis more often. So close, but only get up there every few
years. We've never visited the downtown area.                                   
Evan Hindman

I enjoy doing the quizzes because...
The Quizmasters respond.
I always learn something new and surprising, and even if I go down
the wrong avenue, it is always a very interesting wrong avenue. It
isn't just learning the answer, but learning all the things connected to
it, too, and then connecting that to other things. They are just
interesting and different.                                    
Christine Walker

*****
Love the challenge and always learn something interesting.
                                                             
Margaret Waterman
*****
They challenge my brain and my research skills. I find I start them
when they are posted but then sometimes life and the rest of the
week take over and I don't get back to finish them off. A facebook
page with posts to remind us to finish would be cool.
                                                                       
Fiona Brooker

*****
I like solving puzzles of all kinds.                              
Janice Sellers

*****
I like the challenge.                                             
Margaret Paxton

*****
QUIZLINGs - urban dictionary: a nickname for college students
studying journalism and public relations. I like the grass roots appeal
of this website in inspiring quizlings.                            
Mike Dalton

*****
It stimulates thought in a different manner. they are intriguing when i
read the answer i couldn't find. i feel part of another community.
                                                                    
Debbie Johnson
*****
I learn something new most of the time (such as a sunken bridge, a
mysterious body, a giant sculpture).                       
    Rebecca Bare

*****
I keep learning about a variety of things that are new to me. It's
particularly nice when I actually find the answer. On a few occasions
I've even had the opportunity to use what I've learned without me
being the one to bring up the subject.                         
Carol Farrant

*****
I enjoy doing the quizzes because of the interesting things I learn
every week.                                                         
Daniel E. Jolley

*****
I am learning a lot about so many different topics, from around the
world. The quizzes help hone my research skills into topics I know
nothing about. The take me out of my "comfort zone".
                                                                   
Marcelle Comeau
*****
They are a fun way to find new facts, places, etc. and learn new
things about favourite places and times in history.
                                                                       
Sally Garrison
*****
I learn history and it keeps my mind working, that's very important.
                                                                         
Donna Jolley

*****
If I have the time, I love spending it looking for the answer. It is just
eye candy for the mind.                                                
Judy Pfaff

*****
I enjoy trying solve the puzzles. Hone my internet searching skills.
                                                                       
Evan Hindman
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Lucky Stiff
November 6, 2011
Quiz #329
Victor Noir was shot by Pierre
Bonaparte, Napoleon's great nephew
and buried in Pierre Lachaise
Cemetery in Paris.
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[My favorite] because it took a determined effort and patience to
solve it. All romantic males should be remembered thusly or is it
Lustly?                                                                         
Jim Kiser
A Live Donkey Pic
February 12, 2012
Quiz #342
Donkeys on the Ile de Re wear
culottes to keep from being bitten by
mosquitoes. Eleanor of Acquetaine
owned the island until she married
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Donkeys. colorful clothing and clear picture.
                                                           
Angelina Kretzschmar
                                                             Charles Kretzschmar
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I like learning anything about W.W.11 as this is part of my history.
                                                                        
Donna Jolley
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These graves in Ploudianiel
Cemetery are those of the four men
who attempted to rescue Mme.
DeGaulle days before the fall of
France to the Germans in June 1940.
Viva Madame DeGaulle
April 29, 2012
Quiz #349
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Because I knew about the opticalillusion as there was one in Pa that I
experience. I did not get to solve this quiz but I was so close-------No
CEGAR.                                                                        
Jim Kiser

*****
This was fun partly because of the whimsey, partly because it
involved an illusion that could be explained but no one really bothered
to listen, and because while these occur in numerous places, Canada
built a big park for one of theirs.                        
Christine Walker
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Magnetic Hill in New Brunswick,
Canada is one of many places
worldwide where the surroundings
give the optical illusion that gravity
points in the wrong direction, where
water seems to run uphill.
Attractive Location
July 29, 2012
Quiz #362
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Grange for its content and contributions from your favorite fans.
                                                                          
Mike Dalton
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New Grange is the Irish Stonehenge,
built 6000 years ago. It is about 600
years older than the Egyptian
Old Grange
December 19, 2011
Quiz #335
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After hearing about the Blarney Stone for so long I finally know why
people kiss it.                                                           
Donna Jolley
If you lean over far enough, you can
kiss the Blarney Stone to get the gift
of gab.  Just don't let the change
To Get the Gift
December 25, 2011
Quiz #336
fall out of your pocket!
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Ahoy mate was a good way to kick off the year 2012 with finding a
real place, but there was something about the directions that merited
forensic anaylsis.                                                      
Mike Dalton
A wonderful puzzle for treasure hunters
and deciphers of bad handwriting alike.  
We even attracted the attention of Jean
Lafitte's gr gr gr gr gr gr granddaughter!
Yankee Doodles
July 3, 2011
Quiz #312
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CarolArt was a real challenge                               Margaret Paxton
Nele Azevedo's Melting Men Ice
Sculpture was exhibited in Berlin
September 2, 2009.  It has become a
Hot Topic
August 4, 2012
Quiz #363
Once again it is learning some history.                        Donna Jolley
This carving in the Beauchamp Tower in
the Tower of London was probably made
by Lord Guilford Dudley, husband to Lady
Jane Grey,England's "nine day queen".  
They were both executed.
These Grey Walls
January 15, 2012
Quiz #338
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Because, although I didn't get the answer, it was fun to learn about
the giant statue.                                                       
Rebecca Bare
By comparing the state of the
construction of the Pat Tillman Memorial
Bridge in the background, it was possible
to date this picture of the High Scaler
statue at Hoover Dam to about October
2009.  The actual date was September 2009
Dam!
March 11, 2012
Quiz #346
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This 1792 cent realized $1.15 million in
CSNS sale during Heritage Auction's
April sale.  It is an example of one of
the first coins inside the Philadelphia
Mint.
Making Cents
April 22, 2012
Quiz #348
& Etc.
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Sunken Bridge
July 15, 2012
Quiz #360
The Moses Bridge in Municipality of
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
seemed like a good idea at the time,
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but it flooded during the first big rainstorm after it was
completed.
Adios Pancho
May 27, 2012
Quiz #353
Another quiz classic!                                                Talea Jurrens
6th and Jefferson, Dayton, OH right
after the great Dayton flood of
A Dead Horse Pic
January 9, 2012
Quiz #341
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In Spring 1960, Ruby was one of several African Americans in New Orleans
which children would be the first to attend Her father was not an advocate of the
decision.  He felt that the backlash would lead to problems for Ruby as well as
problems for the family.  Her mother felt strongly that the move was needed not
only to give her daughter a better education, but "to take this step forward...for
all African-American children:.She won the argument in the end. Ruby's mom
understood the impact Ruby's involvement would have on African Americans in
the future.  Read
more...
For further information about Ruby Bridges:

www.rubybridges.com/facts.htm

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Bridges
Tied for Fourth Place
Up, Up, and Away
October 23, 2011
Quiz #327
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"The Society for the Encouragement of Aerial
Locomotion by Means of Heavier than Air
Machines" with himself as president and
Verne as secretary. Nadar was also the
inspiration for the character of Michael
Ardan in Verne's From the Earth to the Moon.

In April 1874, he lent his photo studio to a
group of painters, thus making the first
exhibition of the Impressionists possible. He
photographed Victor Hugo on his death-bed in
1885. He is credited with having published (in
1886) the first photo-interview (of famous
chemist Michel Eugène Chevreul, then a
centenarian), and also took erotic
photographs.
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Honorable Mentions
This quiz appealed to
both the historians as
well as the stamp
collectors among our
Quizmasters.  We
asked our readers to
tell us how this card
made it to its
recipient, what was
the significance of the
trip, and why the
It was interesting to learn that the postcard was specially sent by the Hindenberg.
                                                                                                  
Janice Sellars
*****
The postcard sent via the Hindenburg? The quiz combined several different skills to
solve--language, knowledge of history, reading handwriting, knowledge of stamps.
                                                                                              
Margaret Paxton
*****
I liked this quiz because of the extra work I did trying, and for the most part
succeeding, to translate the postcard.                                                
Daniel E. Jolley
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I admire the work of Auguste Rodin and was priveledged to visit the Rodin Museum in
Paris and the Boston Art Gallery in 2006 where many of his works are on display.
                                                                                           
Richard Wakeham
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I love the art and recognized this one right away.                                        
Judy Pfaff
Henry Plantagenet in 1154.  Then he got it.
conversing with one of the resident koalas.
Submitted by Marcelle
Comeau
Mary Edward Walker is the only woman to
be awarded the Congressional Medal of
Honor.  She was the first woman to serve
as a U.S. Army surgeon.  Her medal was
taken away in 1917, but it was restored by
President Jimmy Carter in 1977.
MEW MoH
November 20, 2011
Quiz #331
I was a little surprised to learn only one woman had earned the
distinction of being a Medal of Honor awardee.    
 Janice M. Sellers
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The Orange Crush, located in
Southern California, is one of the
largest freeway interchanges in the
world. It has 34 routes, with 629,000
Crushing Traffic
May 13, 2012
Quiz #351
It is my second favorite because I enjoyed the search process.
                                                                         
Rebecca Bare
Right:  Staircase in the Gerald Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, MI.  Top left:  
Van Es photograph showing the staircase used during the evacuation from the
roof of the Pittman Apartments.  Bottom left: Staircase on the roof of the U.S.
Embassy in Saigon before the Embassy was torn down in 1998 and the staircase
was moved to the Ford Museum.
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First one I did that was in on time.                           Fiona Brooker
Pancho Villa was assassinated in
this car on July 20, 1923.  Theories
vary on who was responsible for his
murder.
by Angel Esparza
Submitted by Quizmaster Emeritus Dr. Stanley Read.
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U.S. Deputy Marshals escort 6-year-old
Ruby Bridges from William Frantz
Elementary School in New Orleans in
1960. The first grader was the only black
child enrolled in the school.
www.flickr.com/...
Ruby Bridges was born on September
8, 1954 in Tylertown, MS.  At the age
of four, she moved with her parents to
New Orleans.  When she was only six
years old, her parents answered a call
from the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People,
volunteering Ruby as a student to
participate in the integration of the
public school system in New Orleans.  
She is known as the first black child to
attend an all-white elementary school
located in the South. She attended
William Franz Elementary School at
3811 N. Galvez St., New Orleans, LA
70117.
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The grieving angel lying across the Ribaudo family tomb is one of many
beautiful funerary sculptures in the Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno in
Genoa, Italy. Covering an area of more than a square kilometre, it is one of the
largest cemeteries in Europe. Friedrich Nietzsche, Guy de Maupassant, Mark
Twain, Evelyn Waugh, the Russian painter Ilja Repin, the Empress Elisabeth of
Austria (Sissi) and the Emperor of Brazil are only a few of the historical figures,
scholars, travellers, artists, philosophers, which have left a lot of proofs of their
visits to Staglieno and of their walking along the great monumental galleries, or
along the thick paths up to the hill in background.

Our readers were asked not only to identify the family who owned the tomb but
also the name of the cemetery, and which well-known American writer
mentioned it in one of his books.

As Mark Twain expressed about the cemetery in his
Innocents Abroad:

We shall continue to remember it after we shall have forgotten the palaces. It is a
vast marble collonaded corridor extending around a great unoccupied square of
ground;  its broad floor is marble, and on every slab is an inscription�for every slab
covers a corpse. On either side, as one walks down the middle of the passage, are
monuments, tombs, and sculptured figures that are exquisitely wrought and are full
are full of grace and beauty. They are
new and snowy; every outline is perfect,
every feature guiltless of mutilation,
flaw, or blemish; and therefore, to us
these far-reaching ranks of bewitching
forms are a hundred fold more lovely
than the damaged and dingy statuary
they have saved from the wreck of
ancient art and set up in the galleries of
Paris for the worship of the world.
Ruby Nell Bridges was the first African American child to attend a white school
in the segregated South.  Ruby became the subject of Norman Rockwell's
famous painting "The Problem We All Live With", where she is depicted on her
way to attend school escorted by U.S. Marshals.

This quiz photo is especially poignant, considering that Ruby, now an adult, is
shown admiring the painting with our first African American President, Barak
Obama. As the President told her, “I think it is fair to say that if it hadn’t been
for you guys, I might not be here and we might not be looking at this together.”
The painting was on loan to the White House to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of Bridges’s walk to integrate the New Orleans school.
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For more beautiful pictures of Staglieno funerary sculpture, click here.
The Pienovi Tomb - 1879
Givanni Battista Villa
www.flickriver.com/photos/cienne/190321552/
The Last Kiss - 1909
Delmas Family Tomb
www.flickr.com/photos/ondablv/3579848558/sizes/l/in...
This quiz, featuring the oldest existing aerial photo, was definitely full of hot air.
The picture is James Wallace Black's photograph of Boston, taken from a hot air
balloon in 1860. An earlier aerial photograph was taken by Gaspar Felix
Tournachon (aka Nadar) in 1855 of Petit-Bicêtre near Paris, but it has not
survived.

I've flown in a hot air balloon, and even taken pictures of our expedition.  But
James Black and Nadar probably didn't have the advantage I had of using a
digital camera.  In those days, photos were developed using the wet plate
processing technique, requiring them to carry a full darkroom on board the
balloon. The glass plates they exposed had to be developed right away.

Although Nadar's photograph of Petit-Bicêtre has not survived, Nadar's
photograph of Nadar has survived.  He was what we call an "interesting
character", the inspiration for Jules Verne's classic "Five Weeks in a Balloon".  
Convinced that the future belonged to heavier-than-air machines, Nadar founded
Nadar - Self Portrait
the city, walking barefoot toward the enemy
encampment and certain death.

Though these heroes were willing to die for their
city, they were not required to.  As it turned out,
the English queen talked the king out of executing
them.  Jean Froissart recorded the incident, and its
unexpected ending:

The queen of England, who at that time was very big
with child, fell on her knees, and with tears said, “…I
most humbly ask as a gift… that you will be merciful
to these six men.”

The king looked at her for some time in silence, and
then said; “… you have entreated in such a manner
that I cannot refuse you; I therefore give them to you,
to do as you please with them.” The queen conducted
the six citizens to her apartments, and had the halters
taken from round their necks, after which she new
clothed them, and served them with a plentiful dinner:
she then presented each with six nobles, and had them
escorted out of the camp in safety.

As Rodin expressed to his colleague Paul Gsell:

In the indecision of that last inner combat which
ensues between their cause and their fear of dying,
each of them is isolated in front of his conscience.
They are still questioning themselves to know if they
have the strength to accomplish the supreme sacrifice
— their soul pushes them onward, but their feet refuse to walk… If I have succeeded
in showing how much the body, weakened by the most cruel sufferings, still holds on
to life, how much power it still has over the spirit that is consumed with bravery, I
congratulate myself on not having remained beneath the noble theme I have dealt
with.
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London Pic
May 6, 2012
Quiz #350
Submitted by QuizmasterPeter Amsden.
This quiz was one of my favorites,
too. The original photograph was
an exposure on a glass plate made
by Peter Amsden's grandfather
around the turn of the 20th
century.    

The photo was a popular quiz for
many readers because of its many
clues to its location and date,
including signs identifying various
shops along the street. The most
informative clue is the sign in the
carriage for the London General
Omnibus Company (LGOC), with
the stops along its route.  Barry
Hollister noted the locations of
these stops and searched for a
street along the carriage route that
had a sharp bend. This led him to
identify the building with the spire
as Holborn Bars, the old toll gate
into the city of London.
St John's Wood
London Bridge
Baker St
Oxford St
Holborn Bank

So SJW to LB via
the other places.
Richard Austin did a superb job of dating the photo to about 1900 based on other
photos of the area showing the Holborn Viaduct in various stages of completion.
He also noted the overhead wires in the picture, which seemed to disappear in
later photographs.

As Robert commented:

I know what you mean about the details and the drama. I love looking at pictures
like those and imagining what life must have been like for them. Ultimately,
though, I'm glad to be looking in on it from my end. I think life was probably pretty
brutal back then.
Stamp Cancellation Mark

Deutsche Luftpost,
Europa-Sudamerika, 7.4.1936
1. Fahrt
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Just because I like airplanes.
                                
Daniel E. Jolley

I enjoy the aviation connection!
                                 
Evan Hindman
A still from the video.
Building. It makes one appreciate current traffic laws. What remains of the film
is available for download from the Library of Congress' American Memory
Project.

From the San Francisco Call / Saturday, April 20, 1907. Page 9.

MARKET STREET VIEWS STIR ORPHEUM PATRONS

Record-Breaking Applause and Tears Are Caused by Kinetoscope

A view of Market street before the fire, from the front of a cable car traveling
from Castro street to the ferries, was shown by the moving picture machine at
the Orpheum theater Thursday night and won the greatest applause that the
Orpheum has known since its reopening, the enthusiasm being mingled with
tears of many in the audience who knew and loved the busy thoroughfare
depicted on the screen before them.
Read more...
Submitted by Nelsen Spickard
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refugees boarding the last few helicopters to leave before the fall of Saigon on 30
April 1975.  The scene in the Van Es photograph is usually described as showing
the evacuation from the rooftop of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, but it really
depicts the evacuation from the rooftop of the Pittman Apartments where the
CIA Station Chief lived.

Even after I was straightened out about the location of the Van Es photographs,
a question arose about whether the staircase in the Ford Museum was the one on
the roof of the Embassy, or the one from the Pittman roof.  The team did an
extensive search for photos of both rooftops, along with a detailed analysis of the
staircase shown in the Van Es photograph.  Robert Austin even traveled to the
Ford Museum to do an on-site examination of the exhibit, drawing the conclusion
that the museum staircase was definitely not the one from the Pittman rooftop.

The identity of the staircase in the Ford Museum was still in question until
definitive proof was provided by Christine Walker through a photograph she
found on the site
www.saigonmac.org/11.html
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When I saw the Huey, I immediately thought of Saigon and the exodus of people from
the city. I did forget to send in my answer!                                         
Evan Hindman
Juggling Careers
October 31, 2011
Quiz #328
MMCC, Mobile Mini Circus for Children, is an international non profit NGO that has
been working in Afghanistan since June 2002 to work with orphaned and traumatized
children. The main objective of MMCC is providing educational and informative
entertainment for children.  Our quiz photo showed MMCC children appearing in the
Happy People Dancing video produced by Matt Harding as one of his Where the Hell is
Matt series.  Matt is the guy in the middle with all his ball in the air.

Even though it was possible to find this photo using Tineye, the websites that it brought
up were in Russian and Czechoslovakian.  That made this quiz especially challenging.  
But the happiness and joy conveyed by Matt's Dancing video made the search most
worthwhile.  See
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120710.html
Although I found this one a bit difficult,
again I loved the subject matter. I enjoyed
the material I learned while doing the
research - I had never heard of the
Afghan MMCC - and again I felt uplifted
by that story. Optimism about a very sad
situation in that country, especially for
girls/women.              
Marcelle Comeau

This organization is great. Never did find
Matt but had fun looking.
                        
Margaret Waterman

It just made me happy.   Margaret Paxton
Submitted by Marilyn Hamill.
Submitted by Marilyn Hamill.
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Taken on our visit to the Cleland
Nature Reserve near Adealide,
Australia in April 2012.  Andy is
Grin and Bear It
May 20, 2012
Quiz #352
Mr. X
June 10, 2012
Quiz #355
Without a doubt, Mr. X, #355. It combined an unsolved mystery with
psychology. Not only how, but why. I'm still thinking about it and
trying out different theories. I'm an armchair detective to the max,
and this is a great armchair mystery.                   
Christine Walker
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pyramids, and 1000 years older than the English Stonehenge.  Your
chance of winning the lottery to witness the sun creep along the
central passageway on the winter solstice in 2011 were 50 out of
51,531.
cars a day traveling in 66 lanes over 13 bridges
symbol of the effects of Global Warming.
The North Carolina Museum of Art
has something for everyone -
incluing satellite voyeurs!
CarolArt
September 25, 2011
Quiz #323
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by Sally Garrison
to learn about this bridge - don't think i would have any other way.
                                                                     
Debbie Johnson
March 1913.  Why do my friends send me pictures of dead
horses?