letters from home

19th - 20th century history & culture, the arts, and other neat things.

men-marched-asleep:

Here we dead lie because we did not choose
  To live and shame the land from which we sprung.
Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose,
  But young men think it is, and we were young.

— A.E. Housman

(via tennyowithaluger)

blastedheath:

Martin Ålund (Swedish, b. 1967), Chemistry 1 : 9, 2013. Oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm.

blastedheath:

Martin Ålund (Swedish, b. 1967), Chemistry 1 : 9, 2013. Oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm.

(via yeezymandias)

livelymorgue:

April 4, 1956: Hugh Wiley, “the 29-year-old seagoing horseman on leave from the Navy” led his horse up a chartered plane at Idlewild, now Kennedy Airport, for Hamburg, where the Olympic riding team was en route for training before arriving in Stockholm. Though the 1956 Olympics were held in Melbourne, Australia, Australia’s fear of horse-borne diseases meant a six-month quarantine; the International Olympic Committee decided it was easier to host the horse events in Europe. Photo: Robert Walker/The New York Times

reichsmarschall:

A pilot sitting on the edge of the cockpit of his Messerschmitt Me 109 on an air base at the Channel coast.

reichsmarschall:

A pilot sitting on the edge of the cockpit of his Messerschmitt Me 109 on an air base at the Channel coast.

(via taco-man-andre)