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Is this artwork (used in a video game) real?

Google image search brings this up pretty easily. (Image recognition technology is amazing these days.) It is The Abduction of Orithyia by Boreas, a late 17th century tapestry. I gather it's ...
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Who is this young 'Prince'?

I don't know uniforms well enough to be completely affirmative, but all your clues and the physionomy of the boy remind me of French Imperial Prince Napoleon, son of Napoleon III. He was born in ...
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What coin is this and where is it from? Thai script, Thai arms. Rev: left facing portrait

It's a 1 Baht coin from Thailand, between 1957 and 1962: Source: coinquest.com See also "Reading Thai Numbers and Dates" by Portland Coins.
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Can anyone identify the military branch and rank of the man in the front row? This is from Germany @1932

This is a Railway (Reichsbahn) uniform from the period 1924 until June 1935. The rank is probably Rangieraufseher (Shunting supervisor). Ranks, 1924-1935-06 Railway Cap, 1924-1935-06 Source: ...
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Does anyone recognize the identity and location of this octagonal structure?

This was the Tannenberg Memorial, built near the town of Hohenstein, East Prussia (now Olsztynek, Poland). Built in the mid-1920's, it was a monument dedicated to the German soldiers who fought in ...
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What ship is this and which military campaign?

Postcards produced on Kodak Professional AZO paper had 'AZO stamp boxes' on the reverse. The style of these boxes varied over time. In this case, we have four triangles in the corners of the stamp ...
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What's the festival shown in this illustration?

It's the Wedding at Cana. The text is in Swedish, written with Gothic script (this was common up to the end of the nineteenth century in Sweden). The text is ... madd [sic!], som blir smakelig. Om ...
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Who is depicted in this Soleimani propaganda image?

The website apparently originating this image has a fuller/bigger version of it: From that we can conclude a few things: The helmet wearing people are 'old warriors'. Since they are not even ...
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What is this household object from early 1900s rural Russia?

It's a Cветец (Svetetz), a device for holding a primitive torch called a Лучина (Luchina - splinter) or Rushlight, really just a splinter of wood or a piece of plant fiber dipped in grease. The ...
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What is the date and original source of this medieval picture?

This a picture called "La foire du Lendit" Pontifical de Sens, France, 14th century BnF Ms. Latin 962, fol. 264 Source: Medieval Trade and Travel: Home And can be dated with additional ...
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Where (if anywhere) were X-ray machines put on trains or trolleys to image "Everybody over 14 years old"?

It was in Glasgow in 1957, as part of the city's fight against tuberculosis. It's worth noting that the X-Ray machines weren't actually on the tram. It was simply used to advertise the campaign. [...
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What type of plane is this wreck?

It is, in fact, a twin-engined American P38 Lightning: That particular aircraft was shot down on 27 January 27 1944. The wreck is located in Lecques Bay at a depth of about 40 meters, about one ...
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Flag with 13 white stars and a crescent on red background

It might be a Confederate flag, specifically the Van Dorn battle flag: Quoting its wikipedia description: The Van Dorn battle flag is a historical Confederate flag with a red field depicting a white ...
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What is the object moving across the ceiling in this stock footage?

Confirming Brian Z and his answer: this is most likely a penumatic tube mail system. And strictly speaking: "What is the object moving…?" – It's not a "cuboid box" but a cylindrical container, also ...
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Identify the circa 1920 uniform in this photo

Found it. This is an RFC or Royal Flying Corp cap badge. I thought the picture was showing BBS but it's not. The angle, the quality of the picture and the loop for securing it to the bonnet was ...
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In this cartoon from Puck, what indicates the identities of France and Britain?

Short Answer The identities of France and Britain are indicated by their heads of state, namely President Armand Fallières and King Edward VII respectively. There is also (as Roddy of the Frozen Peas ...
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Identifying this uniform, possibly German or Polish

Bunzlau is now in Poland and called Bolesławiec. Back then it was in Silesia, thus Prussia and therefore in Germany. The photographer is given as "Otto Scholz", a German, not a Polish name, ...
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Can anyone identify the military branch and rank of the man in the front row? This is from Germany @1932

If this is the relevant person: (click to enlarge pictures) then the actual salient points are: cap: 'flying/winged wheels', double cockade -> Reichsbahn employee shoulderboards to be expected ...
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Which period is this game map supposed to represent?

1400 A notable feature of this map is the English possession of Western France, which means that it's no later than 1453, when France took Bordeaux. Since in the Diplomacy game you color only the ...
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What is this metallic object with teeth in mouth, screw to tighten and a handle?

A similar item was sold at an auction site here. The item listed on that site is called a 'wild meat clamp' and is described as made to hold chicken legs or leg-of-lamb. The French term Manche a ...
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Identify this sword!

A tuareg takooba sword, maybe Scabbard and half-moon markings on the blade are reasonably similar to a tuareg takooba sword shown on antiqueswordsonline. See images below: note that the half-moon ...
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Can someone identify this banknote?

This is a Taiwanese bankote with a face value of TWD $10. It depicts Dr Sun Yat-sen with the Presidential Office in Taipei on the reverse. The text says "Bank of Taiwan", the issuing authority, and "...
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What is this old farm "combine"?

The machine the tractor is pulling is a grain reaper-binder, possibly a McCormick-Deering. The reaper-binder, or binder, is a farm implement that improved upon the simple reaper. The binder was ...
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What flag has a blue-grey background and an orange-outlined green cross?

The pattern you show is called a Nordic Cross. Searching for flags with Nordic crosses comes up with the Flag of Vendsyssel, which is a traditional district of Denmark and of Jutland. (See Vendsyssel ...
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What era is this German 10 DM banknote from?

The design is that of the "sailing ship" 10 Deutsche Mark note, a banknote first issued in 1960. The front features a 16th century painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder. On a real version of the note, ...
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Who are the three men standing and what are they holding at this University of Paris Doctors' Meeting?

The three man are, also according to the text, the three rectors present at a faculty meeting. The staffs they are carrying are rectorial staffs ("Rektorstab"), symbolising their honour and ...
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Where is the location of this large stump and monument (lighthouse?) background?

That looks a great deal like the Astoria Column, in Astoria, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River. In particular, the image from Wikipedia show a similar base and top part. While a bit difficult ...
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What is the date and original source of this medieval picture?

The image shows shows the Fair at Lendit in France. It is taken from a 15th century manuscript held at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris France. MS Latin 962 folio 264. The suggested date for ...
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Any information about the photo with Army Uniforms

These are Polish Army Uniforms, starting around 1919. Unfortunately the main wiki pages show no Uniforms of the times. To my knowledge, these types of zig-zag collars (Polish only, but translates ...
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Who are the people walking with Hitler?

Regarding place and date: The picture was taken in Blaubeuren, Germany. In the background, a part of the Blaubeuren Abbey is visible (its western portal): Source: Wikipedia Commons, Schilling Thomas (...
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