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What mysterious Flemish peasant activity is depicted in this painting?

The question is: Q: What mysterious Flemish peasant activity is depicted in this painting? and one guess was: Q: There is this activity he depicts in the background... It looks like shooting arrows ...
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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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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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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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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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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'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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What was this television history series?

The programme you're after sounds a lot like Connections which was a BBC series hosted by James Burke. Connections is a science education television series created, written, and presented by British ...
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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 paintings might these be (2 sketches made in the Tate Britain Gallery)?

The top one might be Thomas Daniell, Idgah at Amroha 1810 While the bottom one is John Linnell, Kensington Gravel Pits 1811–2 Both images are copyright: © Tate under CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)
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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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Can you help identify these medals?

These are World War One medals. This specific set is typical and is called affectionately Pip, Squeak and Wilfred, after the then popular cartoon. The first from the left is the 1914–15 Star (click ...
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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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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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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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Is this a photo of a historical reinactment of an 1868 treaty signing?

No, the pictures cannot be taken in 1868. In the second one you can see a person wearing a leather jacket with a zipper. The earliest zippers were available and practicable for clothing (beside shoes) ...
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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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When would one carry a sword on a shoulder with grip upwards?

This is anecdotal, but enough people seemed to like my comment and OP had further questions, so I'm posting it anyway. I did some re-enactment in my time. My weapon of choice was a longsword. (Well, a ...
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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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Is this a photo of a historical reinactment of an 1868 treaty signing?

Beneath both photographs is a description: This item was produced or created on January 24, 1955. The creator compiled or maintained the parent series, Photographs of Navajo Life in the Southwestern ...
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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 do the insignias on the collar shown in this photograph stand for?

I believe this uniform is from the Austrio-Hungarian empire, WWI era. Two six-pointed stars would indicate a Korporal, and the exact unit insignia can be seen by scrolling down in the pages shown (...
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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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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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