A picture, rather than words, can elicit a buried memory and recall a precise moment in time. But why is that?
We are in awe of our history and heritage as we look at these captured moments. For many years, neuroscientists have known that humans have a remarkable ability to encode images. Our history has taught us invaluable lessons and provided us with many do’s and don’ts. It always gives us a sense of hope, strength, and, on rare occasions, even comedy.
1936: Public Execution
A public execution is a capital punishment that can be attended by the general public voluntarily. These executions are often done by the authorities to ensure accountability in society. In the United States, public executions were common. However, it eventually ended; as you can see in this photo, thousands of people witnessed the country’s last public execution. This photograph was taken in 1936.
In the past, public executions were quite popular. It was a common practice in the United States. But, in the end, it had all worked out, and a photo shows that the final public execution in the United States was witnessed by thousands of people who gathered near the stage to see what would happen. Rainey Bethea, a 27-year-old man, was hanged, and this execution is considered the last one in the history of the USA. He confessed to the rape and then murdered a 70 years old woman. He was publicly hanged in Kentucky.
1925: Vintage-styled isolation helmet
No, this isn’t the first Iron Man helmet prototype. It’s simply a technique for reducing distractions and increasing concentration. This helmet shown in the picture is impenetrable to sound or even oxygen. It’ll be challenging to look at your phone screen with those tiny eye slits. The author at work was able to concentrate on his private study with the help of an Isolator. An Isolator was a helmet that helped the wearer focus by limiting their vision, making them deaf, and providing oxygen.
The worker in this 1925 photograph was able to focus on their work. The primary issue for most students back then, as it is today, was being distracted by various things. Gernsback, a young engineer, discovered that if we remove all external distractions and focus solely on the book or piece of paper that students are reading or writing on, they will not be distracted. Based on his research, he discovered that sound was the most critical factor in this distraction.