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Why Study History?

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Preserve the Past and the Present to benefit Our Future!

Sandra, history enthusiast and CEO of Antiquarian Print Gallery.
Sandra, history enthusiast and CEO of Antiquarian Print Gallery.

Welcome to a blog that celebrates history, not as a yearning for corsets, lack of dentistry and body odour control. How can we measure "progress" (or not) without knowing where we were in our past? My family has dealt in antique prints and maps since 1989 due to a father's love of antiques and his children's passion for historical studies. My delight was knowing of a time before population growth and dwindling resources created designed obsolescence. However, there is no better time to live than in the present.


Gutenberg Press, circa 1452

industrial revolution, gutenberg printing press, bible
Gutenberg's solution to provide cost effective books.

The Chinese had invented printing, along with a plethora of other wonders but it was the West's Industrial Revolution that exploited their brilliance. The Gutenberg Printing press itself began out of a desire by Johannes Gutenberg to bring replicated stories to the common man which had hitherto been the expensive reserve of the rich. Gutenberg dedicated himself to the task yet died in poverty due to the tenuous existence before social welfare. Yet his legacy today is preserved with the evolution of technology. Colin Choate began the digital literary archive, The Gutenberg Project. Choate's value proposition is the same as the project's namesake, to bring knowledge in a cost effective way, this time using kindle-readers and eBooks

Generational change...but are we so different?

Danish Dress c.1705
Danish typical fashion c.1705

We may wear different clothes, have access to clean water and education denied to many before the Education Act of 1875, but maybe our wants and needs are much the same as our ancestors. It takes less than a generation to forget, what may be the missing piece in the puzzle to the next great wonder to solve a modern problem. I hope to explore with your help, some of the moments that have amazed through researching items that had become orphans of history in the present-day. We may forget, cast aside in preference for shinier stars, and sometimes it was a mistake with benefits, like penicillin! Anytime in history can be no better the present...if only because we have the privilege of comparison.

Sandra Ker, CEO, Antiquarian Print Gallery, Clarence Park, South Australia, 5034


 

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