the roof of, or out a window of the Cresent City Hotel located at 71 J Street, located on the Northwest corner of J and 2nd St. in Sacramento. Read more...
This was a great photo for a quiz, full of details that suggest the time and place the photo was taken. The posters and billboards advertise movies and plays from January-February 1914. There is no snow on the ground, yet there is a poster for a Nativity scene that is still on the wall to the left showing some signs of deterioration. The best clue that the photo was taken at 717 N. University
Grant Wood is so well known for his painting, I thought it would be interesting for people to see another of his works. Note: I was in a mansion in Cedar Rapids and found that he had also done an artistic stucco design in a sleeping porch. Very interesting. Evan Hindman ***** I just love art in all forms. Sherry Shaller Marshall
***** Love Grant Wood, Art major in college. Tish Olshefski
that owns the building, has come up with a unique way to publicize the event.
Jager says a political spat between Wood and The Daughters of American Revolution kept the window from receiving a public unveiling in 1929 when it was installed. He plans to rectify that this summer by giving the window the type of public unveiling it never got while Wood was alive.
Wood was commissioned to create the window during the 1920s as a tribute to soldiers who had served in all the wars up until then. Soldiers from the Revolutionary War through World War I are depicted in the window’s 58 individual panes.
The model for the dominate “Lady of Peace” figure in the window was Wood’s sister, Nan Wood, who was also his model for the woman in his iconic American Gothic painting several years later. Read more...
to Kermit the Frog and Ms. Piggy.
Boxes of the bathtime toys - made in China for the U.S. firm The First Years Inc. were washed overboard in the eastern Pacific Ocean one stormy January night in 1992 and broke open.
In the intervening time, an oceanographer, Curtis Ebbesmeyer has devoted his retirement to tracking the little yellow ducks and their friends over 17,000 miles, and it is he who predicted that they would eventually land in the West of England. In 2007, Mr. Ebbesmeyer said: 'We're getting reports of ducks being washed up on America's eastern seaboard. It is now inevitable that they will get caught up in the Atlantic currents and will turn up on English beaches. Cornwall and the South-West will probably get the first wave of them."
In 1992, the ducks started landing on the shores of Alaska. By 1995, the ducks had taken three years to circle around the Pacific, winding up on beaches in Japan, and then heading back again to North America. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) worked out that the ducks travel approximately 50 per pent faster than the water in the current.
Between 1995-2000, some of the toys move through the Bering Straight where they were trapped in Arctic ice. As they move over the pole and the ice thawed into the N. Atlantic, ducks were sighted bobbing in the waves from Maine to Massachusetts. In 2001 the ducks were tracked in the area where the Titanic sank.
Finally in 2003, a lawyer called Sonali Naik was on holiday in the Hebrides in
I learned there is a Northwest Passage for ice, W to E. I also learned about other ocean currents. Arthur Hartwell
**** My personal favorite was the Escapee Floatees Quiz 295 for its science of tracking upwanted ocean debris from foreign sources and the lovable floatees depicted in contest photo. Difficulty in finding exactly where the green frog wound up in UK. Mike Dalton ***** #1 without a doubt is "Escape Floatees" Quiz #295 from 06 March 2011 because it just so wacky, just so much fun. I had never heard of this before and I still can't believe it's true! I learned a whole lot. What a fun quiz! As an old fraternity brother of mine used to say . . . . Good, clean, college yucks!!!!!!! Robert W. Steinmann, Jr.
***** The quiz takes me into areas I've never thought about or explored. I like the discovery of the hunt.
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Although this looks like one of the derelict sea forts left over from the World Wars, it is actually a country - that is, if you ask the owners.
The Principality of Sealand is an unrecognised entity, located on HM Fort Roughs, a former World War II Maunsell Sea Fort in the North Sea 10 km (six miles) off the coast of Suffolk, England (51°53'40"N, 1°28'57"E). Since 1967, the facility has been occupied by the former British Major Paddy Roy Bates; his associates and family claim that it is an independent sovereign state.
External commentators generally classify Sealand as a micronation rather than an unrecognised state. While it has been described as the world's smallest nation, Sealand is not currently officially recognised as a sovereign state by any sovereign state. Although Roy Bates claims it is de facto recognised by Germany as they have sent a diplomat to the micronation, and by the United Kingdom after an English court ruled it did not have jurisdiction over Sealand, neither action constitutes de jure recognition as far as the respective countries are concerned.
On 2 September 1967, the fort was occupied by Major Paddy Roy Bates, a British
"Sea land" Quiz #305 from 15 May, 2011. Like so many others, it is just so much of a unique concept for a country, that is a , stamp, coin, & passport issuing entity. I learned a whole lot during the solution to this puzzle, I had no idea that these old WWII sea forts still existed! Robert W. Steinmann Jr.
***** Sealand is a stitch! I hope they sell it and the new owners allow visitors. I would love to have a Sealand passport. Hey my birthday is coming up! P. Morgan
***** I found it interesting that such a place still exists in this day and age. Dennis Brann
Excepted from my latest article that appeared in the June issue of GAMES Magazine:
From the earliest days, entrepreneurs saw a great market for fake photos. One of the most celebrated of these was William H. Mumler, a jewelry engraver and amateur photographer from Boston. In 1861, while developing a self- portrait, Mumler noticed a ghost-like image of a woman that appeared behind him, probably originating from a previous exposure that had been produced using the same photographic plate. Jokingly, Mumler showed the picture to a friend who was a spiritualist, claiming it was the first-ever photograph of a spirit.
Mumler’s most famous photo was produced in 1871 after his return to Boston from New York.
This photograph depicts the 1861 flood of Sacramento. Beginning on December 24, 1861, and lasting for 45 days, the largest flood in California's recorded history was created, reaching full flood stage in different areas between January 9-12, 1862. The entire Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys were inundated for an extent of 300 miles (480 km), averaging 20 miles (32 km) in breadth. State government was forced to relocate from the capital in Sacramento for 18 months in San Francisco. The photo may have been taken from
There are plenty of clues to help readers identify the city where this photograph was taken, and some of its modern-day structures. The story behind the photographs is also very interesting.
In 1848, Charles Fontayne and William Porter produced one of the most famous photographs in the history of the medium — a panorama spanning some 2 miles of Cincinnati waterfront. They did it with eight 6.5- by 8.5-inch daguerreotype plates, a then-new technology that in skilled hands displays mind-blowing resolution.
Fontayne and Porter were definitely skilled, but no one knew just how amazing
WINNER BEST PICTURE Nineth Occasional Forensic Genealogy Photo Quiz Survey September 5, 2011
We asked our readers to identify the toys this man is holding on his arm, and to tell us to what scientific purpose they had been applied. We thought this would be a good lead in to the final question about why a green frog was in the news in 2003. So we were surprised to receive several responses relating
I like the ones with a personal connection. I went to college in Dayton and love Cincinnati so was fun to see it at that time. Tish Olshefski
***** I had seen the Cincinnati pics before and studied them to see if I could spot where my gr gr grandfather had his shoemaking business on the waterfront. Marilyn Hamill
***** The detail of the picture gave me a lot of clues to research. I love this kind of quiz. Debbie Jackson ***** I have been a fan of steamboat history for a long time. I also like to research the historical settings of events, trying to understand every detail of an exact moment in history - the weather, the economy, what medical help was available to the people in a picture, what they probably ate for dinner that evening, and what they did in their spare time. This photograph was like a window I could look through to imagine I was part of the exact moment, with an immediate answer to every question about my daily life that I could have been asked. June Thomas
***** I most enjoy the vintage photos that require discovery of a location, year, photo point, etc. I like having to use maps and aerial photos (Google Earth) to solve. Stephen Jolley ***** I love solving a good mystery and I always learn something from the quizzes in the process. :) Nicole Blank
This quiz turned out to be both a literal and figurative ball for our readers. We asked everyone to tell us what was unusual about the ball in the picture, where it could be found, and where could you find similar ones? The ball, composed of 15 individual, nested balls made from a single block of ivory, is a priceless work of art from the Chen Family Temple in Guandong, China. We were surprised to hear that similar balls of authentic and imitation ivory are available not only from various art galleries in the world, but also as cheap imitations for sale on eBay.
In 1894, in the late Qing Dynasty, Chen Ruinan and Chen Zhaonan, Chinese-
What a beautiful work of art. I had never heard anything about it before. Susan Jones ***** It must have taken a lot of patience not to make a mistake. One slip and you have to start all over again. No such thing as hiding it with crazy glue! B. Friendly
***** This puzzle was easy to solve, but gratifying. I am very interested in oriental art, but have not had much time to read about it. I have too many other hobbies, like solving the photo quiz on Sunday mornings! Carol Francis
It helped if you recognized the structure in the background of this photo as Windsor Castle. We asked our readers for the earliest date (I really meant latest date) the photo could have been taken and the direction the camera was pointing in. The earliest date depended on the date that Francis Scott Archer first published his process of making photographs on glass plates. The latest date came from the changes in the shape of the roof of Curfew Tower at the right end of the Castle. Nicole Blank, one of our regular Quizmasters, also noted that the height of the trees around Curfew Tower gave a clue to the date.
Curfew Tower is the largest and most imposing of the three towers on the west face of Windsor Castle. Curfew Tower is at the opposite end of the curtain wall from Salisbury Tower and near Marbeck's. Curfew Tower's strategic location, overlooking the River Thames and Eton, led to the casting of a special cannon, made in 1544, that is still trained on the bridge over the river. Built by the House of Plantagenet during the reign of Henry III, the tower was begun in 1227 and completed in 1230 with walls 14 feet thick in places. The gabled roof was added in 1863 and was inspired by La Tour du Tresau in Carcassonne, southwest France. The medieval timber framing of the belfry remains intact, although now completely hidden behind the 19th century alterations. For several centuries it was known as the Clewer Tower. Later it was known as the Bell Tower as it was used for this purpose during the building of St George’s Chapel. Read more...
The photo took some careful analysis to find all answers to the 3 questions. The signage was very helpful. Some quizzes are just plain fun to do and as a result were also among my favorites. In that category I would include 301 [Identity Theft], 305 [See Land], and 312 [Yankee Doodles]. Don Draper
This was a favorite puzzle for our readers who like to work with maps. The signage that is visible in the picture indicates the photo was taken in Juarez, Mexico. With the aid of the 1905 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Juarez, it is possible to determine that photo was probably taken from the roof of a two-story curio shop that was located at 422 Calle de Comercio. Read a detailed analysis. Click here.
We had a previous puzzle about Grant Wood - Quiz #41, December 23, 2005, where we asked our readers to identify a photograph of the two people who were used as models for Grant Wood's famous American Gothic. The models were Nan Wood, his sister, and Dr. B. H. McKeeby, the family dentist. This quiz highlighted another of Wood's famous works - the stained glass window in the Veterans Memorial Commission of Cedar Rapids, where he grew up.
Restoration of a 24-foot by 20-foot stained glass window by famed artist Grant Wood in the Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Building is nearing completion, and Mike Jager, director of group
"Wallpaper" Quiz #289 from 23 January, 2001 regarding Ann Arbor, Michigan because it was just so "busy" with so many things to do, look up, & cross-reference!. These are the kind of photo quizzes that I love and why I keep on coming back every week for more! Robert W. Steinmann Jr.
***** There were a lot of clues to research, and yet the answer was obtainable. #289 in particular was an interesting puzzle. Rebecca Bare
Every two years since 1971, the Grand Plaza of Brussels is covered with a carpet of flowers made from begonias. The carpet is 77m x 24 m and is planned a year in advance. It is constructed in several stages according to a specific theme such as the commemoration of great events, or the arms and shield of a town, and sometimes themes proposed by local horticultural associations. The Flower Carpet is only displayed for a single weekend (the Weekend of the Assumption). The access to the Grand Plaza is open and free of charge. It is also possible to have a panoramic view from the City Hall for three euros. Read more...
What do you like most about the quizzes? The Quizmasters respond.
The quizzes are learning experiences and I enjoy the challenge. I've often thought that if there was a job entitled "Internet Searcher", that was the job for me. I can't count the number of times I've heard, "How did you find that?" These quizzes fit right into something that I enjoy doing anyway. [From those folks who got #319, I've learned that I may not be the best candidate for that "Internet Searcher" job!] Carol Tarrant **** The quizzes are great exercise for the brain. They are a great way to learn about interesting bits of history. Most of the time, the quizzes are something totally unknown and new to me. The are a lot of fun. I try to do them almost every week along with a couple of other brain puzzles and word games. Gary Sterne
***** The images are beautiful and they led me to know about things that I am adding to my bucket list. Barbara Battles
***** They satisfy my need to do internet research.. Marilyn Hamill
***** Challenge and because I like and respect Colleen. Karen Kay Bunting
***** They make me think. I hope they help keep my brain young. Milene Rawlinson ***** I like the quizzes because they are challenges to the intellect and the capacity or research Angel Esparza
***** like activities that take some thinking and calculating,ie. sudoku and freecell. It takes some thinking to ask the right question to get the wished for answer. Arthur Hartwell ***** As always-- intellectual stimulation. Never quite sure what QMG has in mind when putting up a quiz or how it should be answered or what might be posted publicly on the website. What I enjoy most is the comments posted by readers and/or how they solved the quiz. I sometimes have multitasked on quizzes while watching NFL on TV. Mike Dalton ***** They are challenging! Betty Chambers
***** It is interesting to use the internet to explore the context of th weekly photo. It's satisfying to find the answers to the questions but quite often I enjoy relating the event or scene to my own personal experiences and related interests. Don Draper
***** I most enjoy the vintage photos that require discovery of a location, year, photo point, etc. I like having to use maps and aerial photos (Google Earth) to solve. Stephen Jolley
***** I enjoy doing research and find it relaxing to solve problems. I'm also enjoying learning about the people,place, event, and history of the event depicted in the image. Barbara Mroz
***** I learn something new with every quiz. Stan Read ***** The quiz takes me into areas I've never thought about or explored. I like the discovery of the hunt. Joyce Veness
***** I always learn something new, your never too old to learn. It's also fun sometimes to recognize what the puzzles are about before you start looking for the answers. I like puzzles, crosswords, jigsaws, and especially Forensic Genealogy, it gives me something to look forward to each week. Donna Jolley
***** Fun to see and learn something new every week. Evan Hindman
***** It's all about the hunt! I love the quizzes. Debbie Sterbinksy
***** I love solving a good mystery and I always learn something from the quizzes in the process. :) Nicole Blank
This quiz photo depicts the ivory billed woodpecker, now believed to be extinct. This picture was taken by
I’m a birdwatcher and have pileated woodpeckers visit my feeders so that was of interest to me. Donna Jolley
I knew what it was as soon as I saw the photo. Somewhere in my hollow head I had the info stored about this one. I'm not a birder, but I love nature, so I knew about this from sometime in my past. Perhaps I'll run across one of them in my FL hikes. Dennis Brann
I am a birder, and it was interesting to learn about the last seen White Billed Woodpecker before it was rediscovered. Arthur Hartwell
This required hand eye coordination which is not my specialty. I couldn't believe it when I came up with a perfectly good answer, even if it wasn't the intended answer. Carol Farrant
For difficulty, the Chinese one (308), which intimidated me enough I didn't even try! :) Marjorie Wilser
We asked our readers to translate the title of this well-known children's class from Chinese into English. The
They are challenges to the intellect and the capacity or research. Angel Esparza
north-west Scotland when she found a faded green frog on the beach marked with the magic words 'The First Years'. Unaware of the significance of her find she left it on the beach. It was only when she was chatting to other guests at her hotel that she realised what she had seen. Read more...
Submitted by Quizmaster Emeritus Dr. Stanley Read.
Sealand flag and coat of arms
subject and pirate radio broadcaster, who ejected a competing group of pirate broadcasters. Bates intended to broadcast his pirate radio station Radio Essex from the platform, the abandoned Rough's Tower in the North Sea, northeast of London and opposite the mouth of the Orwell River and Felixstowe. He and his wife discussed independence with British attorneys and subsequently declared independence for the Principality of
Sealand on September 2, 1976. Bates called himself Prince Roy and named his wife Princess Joan. They began issuing coins, passports, and stamps for their new country.
As of 2007, Sealand has been offered for sale through Spanish estate company InmoNaranja. Since a principality cannot technically be sold, Sealand's current owners plan to transfer "custodianship". The asking price is €750 million (£600 million, $950M). Plans for an online casino have been announced.
Today, only Prince Roy lives on the tower of the The Principality of Sealand at sixty feet above the sea. Princess Joan's arthritis isn't conducive to living on the North Sea and though the royal family's son, Prince Michael takes care of much of the business for Sealand, he also lives onshore. The Bateses all maintain "dual" citizenship in the United Kingdom and Sealand. Read more...
their images were until three years ago, when conservators at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, began restoration work on the deteriorating plates. Magnifying glasses didn’t exhaust their detail; neither did an ultrasharp macro lens. Finally, the conservators deployed a stereo microscope. What they saw astonished them: The details — down to window curtains and wheel spokes — remained crisp even at 30X magnification. The
panorama could be blown up to 170 by 20 feet without losing clarity; a digicam would have to record 140,000 megapixels per shot to match that. Under the microscope, the plates revealed a vanished world, the earliest known record of an urbanizing America. Read more...
Idea for this quiz submitted by Quizmaster Emeritus Dr. Stan Read.
-Americans who returned to Guangzhou, purposed the idea to raise money from all the Chen clans to build a temple for the worship of their ancestors and a place for their clansman to study for the examination. Therefore, the Chen Clan Academy was finished in 1894 with the money donated by Chen families in 72 counties of Guangdong Province as well as some overseas family members. When the imperial
examination system was abolished in 1905, the Chen Clan Academy was changed into the practical school of the Chens. Later in 1957, the Guangzhou City People's Committee approved the Chen Clan's Academy as a Guangzhou City preserve. Then in 1959 the government introduced a folk arts and crafts gallery into the temple. Now it serves as the Guangdong Folk Art Museum. Read more...
When a woman who introduced herself as “Mrs. Tundall” had her picture taken, a ghostly image of Abraham Lincoln appeared standing behind her, his hands on her shoulders. Mumler claimed that it was only later he was informed that his client was none other than Mary Todd Lincoln, the President’s widow. It is believed to be the last photograph of Mrs. Lincoln before she died in 1882. Nevertheless, in spite of her patronage, Mumler’s fortunes did not improve, and he died penniless in 1884. Read more...
This puzzle had intriguing clues. Barbara Mroz
***** The history of the old church in Juarez also interesting. Stan Read
It was creepy and fun! Evan Hindman
***** Kind of weird. June Thomas
***** I have always been intrigued with the idea of spirits. Sherry Shaller Marshall
Raising the Roof Quiz 282 for classic photo analysis of picture: where it was taken from, when and where. Mike Dalton
**** It was satisfying to use analysis skills on this very old photo. It was interesting to read about the history of the area (true of many quizzes) and do searches about its present day appearance. It was hard to believe I was looking at something a camera produced over 150 years ago. Don Draper
***** The history of Windsor Castle was interesting to learn about. I learn something new with every quiz. Stan Read
Ave, Ann Arbor, MI is the partial name of the barber that appears on the awning to the right. The barber's name was John __ro__, and the first letter of his name is probably a T. John Trojanowski’s barber shop is found in the 1911 Ann Arbor, Michigan City Directory at 717 N. University Ave. This is across from the U of Michigan campus. Read more...
Water Pic Quiz 310 for its CF classic photo signage clues. Once I got on the right city, which I am familar with, it was just a matter of some extra curricular research on city directories and photographers. Mike Dalton
*** Love love love the map mysteries and hope to see many more in the future. :) Nicole Blank ***** This photo is very old but has remarkable detail. Signage, on photos such as this, provides clues to explore and this is something I enjoy doing. It was interesting to read about the flood controls initiated as a result of the flooding. Don Draper
Postcard. According to Real Photo Postcard Guide: The People's Photography by Bogdan and Weseloh, the earliest known date for this type of card is July 23, 1911. Read more...
This quiz is a great example of how, even as Quizmaster General, I learn something new every week. This is a postcard depicting a member of the Doukhobor Christian sect that hold beliefs similar to the Quakers. White no short description can be a complete statement of any faith community's beliefs, some of the central tenets of the Doukhobors are:
Their religious philosophy is based on the two New Testament commandments articulated by Jesus: "Love God with all thy heart, mind and soul," and "Love thy neighbor as thyself." They have many other maxims they adhere to; one of the most popular — coined by Peter Verigin — is "Toil and Peaceful Life."
The specific style of the card is the Artura 5 Ornate
Every once in awhile something comes along that I feel I should have known about and this was one of them. I don't know why I felt that way, but I did. So it wasn't just solving the quiz that was interesting,it was clicking all over the Internet reading about the Doukhobors that added to my enjoyment and the selection of this quiz. Carol Farrant ***** it included some genealogical history and was also an old photo. Marjorie Wilser
Submitted by Dr. Stanley Read.
I'd never hear about the staircase and found the backstory to be interesting. Evan Hindman
Spindletop, the first of the Texas Oil gushers, near Beaumont, Texas. On January 10, 1901, a well at Spindletop struck oil ("came in"). The new oil field soon produced more than 100,000 barrels of oil per day.