The art of body painting

Humans’ desires to alter their bodies, from simple coloration to extensive scarring, dates back to prehistoric cavemen who decorated their bodies with ritual imagery to scare away evil spirits.

Samui body painting © Depositphotos

Samui body painting © Depositphotos / PHUCHONG CHOKSAMAI

Color of the month: Red

Red is the color of ambitions and power, and for the longest time, commoners could never wear it. Historically, the red cloth was a symbol of wealth and status, because the dye was extracted from expensive cochineal, worth its weight in gold.

Medieval Red Door © Depositphotos

Medieval Red Door © Depositphotos / William Attard McCarthy

Remember the postcards

The world’s first postcard, called a “Correspondence card,” was issued in the Austro-Hungarian Empire on October 1, 1869. Unlike our present postcards, they didn’t feature any illustrations. In the early 1870s, soldiers of the French and German armies began to add their own photos to the postcards they sent to their relatives.

Antique postcard with Lily flower design in vector © Depositphotos / Pavel Sivak

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