Step out of our hotel, then onto Bourbon St, and continue for short while until you hit the distinguished Jackson Square, the spot where Louisiana officially became a U.S. territory in 1803. 👌📷: @travelbankhq
Nope, those aren’t balloons. This 1930s British factory is testing condoms. Though the first recorded condom was first used around 10,000 BC, they didn’t become a ubiquitous birth control method until after the invention of latex in the late 1920s. Following the invention of latex came the first latex condom. The manufacturing of the latex condom involved a process with rubber suspended in water, which allowed the latex to mold into the shape of a penis. The Young’s Rubber Company (precursor to Trojan) mass-produced the first latex condom. They were much cheaper to produce than linen condoms due to the minimal amount of labor required, and so quickly caught on. It was the London Rubber Company that created Durex, the first latex condom brand. With all this talk of birth control options, it seems pertinent to remind you all that today is the 45th anniversary of the landmark Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision, which changed the landscape of women’s reproductive rights in the U.S. Yes, the decision has been a point of conflict but since the 1973 decision, rates of abortion in the U.S. have continued to decline, even as challenges to the bill multiply every year. #Condoms#rubber#History#roe45#roevwade#ThisDayinHistory
"The Taj Mahal (Persian for Crown of Palaces) is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. In 2007, it was declared a winner of the New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative.
It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 42-acre complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.
Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees (US$827 million). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.
The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. Described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as “the tear-drop on the cheek of time”, it is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history. The Taj Mahal attracts 7–8 million visitors a year." via @islamicity#TajMahal#India#AmazingArchitecture#HistoricalLandmark#Travel#Explore#Tourism#SeeForYourself#Cool#History#MughalArchitecture#TreasureOfIndia#TravelToLearn#TravelToExperience#BucketList#MRTN#NextGenIC
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