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Friday links

Early explosives, including cat and bird bombs, from 16th century illustrated manuscripts.

The Wool Brigades of World War I, When Knitting Was a Patriotic Duty.

The Deadliest Natural Disaster in U.S. History. The 1900 hurricane left over 6,000 dead in Galveston.

A subway-style map of the Roman roads of Britain.

Pigeons of War and their Double Decker Buses.

Puzzlewood – Tolkien’s Inspiration for Middle-earth.

ICYMI, Monday’s links are here, and include facial reconstructions of famous historical figures, the science of sword-swallowing, sunken Nazi gold, and Milton Friedman’s birthday.

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