Wizard of Menlo Park

Thomas Edison and his early phonograph.

Thomas Alva Edison is considered one of the greatest inventors of all time. Through success and failure, Edison strived hard and, as a result, had more than 1,000 patents to his name. From the perceived invention of the light bulb to the ‘War of Currents’, Edison remains one of the most divisive figures in the history of the scientific community.

1918 Spanish Flu

Beds with patients in an emergency hospital in Camp Funston, Kansas, in the midst of the influenza epidemic.

1918 is the year originally famous for the culmination of what was supposed to be the ‘The War to end all wars’. It was also a year reminiscent of the medieval Europe and Black Death. As the war-machine ground to a halt, the Spanish flu started ravaging the young adult population globally.

Daughter’s Devotion

Nellie Bly was devoted to her mother throughout her life.

Devotion to ones’ parents or family is common. However, Nellie Bly’s devotion to her mother was uncommonly strong. Having witnessed her mother’s ill fortune throughout her formative years, Nellie was determined to take care of her mother by any means necessary.

Daring Woman

Around the world in seventy-two days and six hours - reception of Nellie Bly at Jersey City on the completion of her journey. In Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1890.

Nellie Bly was an inspiration to American women in a time when women did not enjoy many rights. She was adventurous in a time when women did not go on adventures. Had she lived today, she would have been known as a deity. Her story lives on and still captivates dreamers.

La Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Família across the Barcelone skyline.

Not to admire the Sagrada Familia, is an unforgivable offence among art and architecture enthusiasts. Gaudi was well aware that the project could never be completed within his lifetime, and yet, he dedicated his best years to it. If you are ever lucky enough to get the chance to do it, the sheer size of his work will strike you once you step into the main chamber!

God’s Architect

"Artists do not need monuments erected for them because their works are their monuments." – Antoni Gaudí

Most of Antoni Gaudi’s work is categorized as Catalan Modernisme. Park Güell, Palau Güell and the Casa Milà are amongst his most notable exertions. Gaudi worked feverishly for 43-years to design the Sagrada Família, a structure that now dominates the skyline of the Eixample district in Barcelona.

The President’s Faith

President Reagan addresses the Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, 23-Aug-1984.

Ronald Reagan believed politics, morality and religion are inseparable. His Christian upbringing carried on to his Presidentship where he strove for a tolerant society, encouraging all religions.

Actor turned President

President Ronald Reagan addresses party-goers assembled in the Rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History's at the Inaugural Ball in January 1981

During his heyday, Ronald Reagan was the emblem for the effort to restore American conservative values, and propagate and integrate these ideals in the constitution through aggressive lawmaking. A cool head on steady shoulders, he survived an assassination attempt and led the country through a period of great turmoil.

Devil’s Advocate or Misunderstood Genius?

"One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves" — Niccolò Machiavelli

Machiavelli took an unprecedented approach to answer questions like — ‘Are there such things as necessary evils?’ ‘Do the ends justify the means?’ ‘Should we do the wrong things for the right reasons?’

Fighting the Spoils System

T.R's Declaration of Independence - Theodore Roosevelt as the new President seeks to enforce the civil service rules in federal hiring practices, 6-Nov-1901

As Civil Service Commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt cracked into the prevailing corrupt spoils system. Aided by the Pendleton Act, he fought fearlessly to uphold the practice of appointment on merit.