Winter Sports

The 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China begins Friday, February 7.  The 2022 Games start a little more than 98 years after the original winter games were hosted in Chamonix, France in 1924.  The 1924 competition was titled “International Winter Sports Week” and was later reclassified as the first Winter Olympic Games by the International Olympic […]

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2021 at UIG

We’re very fortunate at UIG.  We get to work with talented artists and passionate storytellers every day.  We spend our time reviewing and editing thousands of new images from a diverse group of contributors from across our beautiful planet.  Through their eyes and through their images we experience the world around us.  We are inspired by our contributors to […]

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December 10th is Human Rights Day

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR proclaims the inalienable rights we all share as human beings, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.  The UDHR can be read here: https://www.un.org/en/about-us/universal-declaration-of-human-rights Human Rights […]

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Navigating the history of maps

From the early Babylonians to Google Earth, the history of cartography has continued evolving to better support an increasingly connected world.  For more than 5000 years, humans have been creating and using maps to better navigate and understand the world around us. The Babylonians, believed to be the world’s first cartographers, mapped the world in a […]

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John Rennie the Elder

On October 4, 1821 John Rennie the Elder passed away.  The Scottish civil engineer designed many bridges across the United Kingdom, including the famous Waterloo Bridge over London’s Thames River, which was finished in 1817.  Rennie had two other London bridges – Southwark (completed in 1819) and New London Bridge (opened in 1831).  After Rennie’s death, his sons […]

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History of Physics

Physics is the science that deals with the physical properties and composition of matter and energy, and the physical processes and phenomena of a particular system.  Physics, to many, may seem difficult to understand or relate to, but evidence of the study of physics are all around us and impact our lives daily. We see physics […]

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Harvest Time for Grapes

From August through November across the Northern Hemisphere, vineyard workers are busy with their annual grape harvests.  The “grape crush” begins as grapes start to change color, from their bright green hues to greenish yellow for some white varieties or to red, purple or almost black for red varieties. Winemakers check their grapes frequently during the […]

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Collection Spotlight: Touring Club Italiano

For more than 125 years, the Touring Cub Italiano historical archive has reflected the perspective of Italians learning about their country and its vibrant culture through tourism.  Touring Club Italiano (TCI) was founded in Milan in 1894 to promote tourism across Italy.  The archive developed over time from photographs provided by the Club’s members. Now, more than […]

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