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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Paul Revere

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Image description: National Archives’ Pictures of the Revolutionary War — Beginnings in New England, 1775-76

On this day in 1775, Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride, but did you know he was also one of the most important military intelligence agents of the Revolutionary War?

Find out what else you didn’t know about Revere from the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Image Description: An original Google “corkboard” server. In 1998, Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin launched Google, a web-search company, in a garage in Menlo Park, California. 

To maximize searching at the lowest cost, Page and Brin built thirty racks of servers, including this one, from cheap parts. Each server row used corkboard insulating pads — hence the name — and had eight 22-gigabyte hard drives and four personal computers. 

Because components frequently failed, the system required effective fault-tolerant software. From this modest but highly innovative beginning, Page and Brin built one of the largest and most influential information companies in the world.
Browse and search the collections of computers and business machines at the National Museum of American History.

Image Description: An original Google “corkboard” server. In 1998, Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin launched Google, a web-search company, in a garage in Menlo Park, California.

To maximize searching at the lowest cost, Page and Brin built thirty racks of servers, including this one, from cheap parts. Each server row used corkboard insulating pads — hence the name — and had eight 22-gigabyte hard drives and four personal computers.

Because components frequently failed, the system required effective fault-tolerant software. From this modest but highly innovative beginning, Page and Brin built one of the largest and most influential information companies in the world.

Browse and search the collections of computers and business machines at the National Museum of American History.

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From the National Archives:

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With the passage of the Coinage Act by Congress on April 2, 1792, the U.S. Mint was established and they began regulating coinage of the United States.

Photograph of eight San Francisco Mint employees in the basement area with gold ingots

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From the National Archives:

Cha-Ching!

With the passage of the Coinage Act by Congress on April 2, 1792, the U.S. Mint was established and they began regulating coinage of the United States.

Photograph of eight San Francisco Mint employees in the basement area with gold ingots

Image Description: An original Kodak camera from 1888.
This Original Kodak camera, introduced by George Eastman, placed the power of photography in the hands of anyone who could press a button. 
Unlike earlier cameras that used a glass-plate negative for each exposure, the Kodak came preloaded with a 100-exposure roll of flexible film. After finishing the roll, the consumer mailed the camera back to the factory to have the prints made. 
In capturing everyday moments and memories, the Kodak’s distinctive circular snapshots defined a new style of photography — informal, personal, and fun.
More about the camera from the National Museum of American History.

Image Description: An original Kodak camera from 1888.

This Original Kodak camera, introduced by George Eastman, placed the power of photography in the hands of anyone who could press a button.

Unlike earlier cameras that used a glass-plate negative for each exposure, the Kodak came preloaded with a 100-exposure roll of flexible film. After finishing the roll, the consumer mailed the camera back to the factory to have the prints made.

In capturing everyday moments and memories, the Kodak’s distinctive circular snapshots defined a new style of photography — informal, personal, and fun.

More about the camera from the National Museum of American History.

Image description: A scientist from the Minerals Management Service surveys the German U-boat U-701 during the Battle of the Atlantic Expedition Summer 2008 off the coast of North Carolina. 
The 2008 summer expedition was the first part of a larger multi-year project to research and document a number of historically significant shipwrecks tragically lost during WWII. The project is dedicated to raising awareness of the war that was fought so close to the American coastline and to preserving our nation’s maritime history.
Photo from NOAA.

Image description: A scientist from the Minerals Management Service surveys the German U-boat U-701 during the Battle of the Atlantic Expedition Summer 2008 off the coast of North Carolina.

The 2008 summer expedition was the first part of a larger multi-year project to research and document a number of historically significant shipwrecks tragically lost during WWII. The project is dedicated to raising awareness of the war that was fought so close to the American coastline and to preserving our nation’s maritime history.

Photo from NOAA.