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Wikipedia:Picture of the day/Archive

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These featured pictures, as scheduled below, appeared as the picture of the day (POTD) on the English Wikipedia's Main Page in the last 30 days.

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German New Guinea

German New Guinea was a German colonial protectorate established in 1884 in the northeastern part of the island of New Guinea and several nearby island groups. The German New Guinea Company was founded in Berlin by Adolph von Hansemann and a syndicate of German bankers for the purpose of colonizing and exploiting the protectorate's resources. This gold coin, worth 20 New Guinean marks, was issued by the German New Guinea Company in 1895, and is now part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

Design credit: German New Guinea Company; photographed by the National Numismatic Collection


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William P. Fessenden

William P. Fessenden (October 16, 1806 – September 8, 1869) was an American politician from the state of Maine. He served in the United States House of Representatives and the Senate before becoming Secretary of the Treasury under President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War. This line engraving of Fessenden was produced around 1902 by the Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) as part of a BEP presentation album of the first 42 secretaries of the treasury.

Engraving credit: Bureau of Engraving and Printing; restored by Andrew Shiva


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Art and engraving on United States banknotes

Artists producing banknotes in Colonial America began experimenting with copper plates as an alternative to wood engraving in the early 18th century. Applied to the production of paper currency, copper-plate engraving, and later steel engraving, enabled banknote design and printing to rapidly advance during the 19th century. This engraved vignette appeared on certain United States five-dollar bills issued in 1875. Produced for the Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the engraving is of John Vanderlyn's painting Landing of Columbus, which hangs in the United States Capitol rotunda. It depicts Christopher Columbus landing on San Salvador Island on October 12, 1492, on the first of his voyages to the New World.

Engraving credit: Bureau of Engraving and Printing, after John Vanderlyn; restored by Andrew Shiva


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NASA space-flown Gemini and Apollo medallions

NASA space-flown Apollo medallions were mission-specific commemorative medallions which were approved by NASA and carried aboard the mission spacecraft into orbit. Apollo 10 (May 18 – 26, 1969) was the fourth crewed mission in the United States Apollo program, and the second (after Apollo 8) to orbit the Moon. While astronaut John Young remained in the Command Module orbiting the Moon, astronauts Thomas Stafford and Gene Cernan test flew the Apollo Lunar Module but did not land.

The medallions were struck by the Robbins Company in sterling silver and ordered by the mission crew as a personal memento of their flight. A total of over 3,000 Robbins medallions were flown into space across the 12 crewed flights of the Apollo program.

Photograph credit: Heritage Auctions; commissioned by the NASA astronaut office

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NASA space-flown Gemini and Apollo medallions

NASA space-flown Apollo medallions were mission-specific commemorative medallions which were approved by NASA and carried aboard the mission spacecraft into orbit. Apollo 14 (January 31, 1971 – February 9, 1971) was the eighth crewed mission in the United States Apollo program and the third to land on the Moon. While Commander Alan Shepard and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell landed, Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa remained in lunar orbit, performing scientific experiments and photographing the Moon, including the landing site of the future Apollo 16 mission.

The medallions were struck by the Robbins Company in sterling silver and ordered by the mission crew as a personal memento of their flight; they were often taken to the lunar surface in the landing module. A total of over 3,000 Robbins medallions were flown into space across the 12 crewed flights of the Apollo program.

Photograph credit: Heritage Auctions; commissioned by the NASA astronaut office

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October 10

Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) was an Italian composer best known for his operas. He came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti and Vincenzo Bellini, whose works significantly influenced him. He is depicted here conducting the orchestra of the Paris Opera premiere of Aida (sung in French) at the Palais Garnier on 22 March 1880. The illustration was published in the 3 April 1880 edition of Le Monde illustré.

Illustration credit: Adrien Marie; restored by Adam Cuerden

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Sulfur

Sulfur is an abundant, multivalent and nonmetallic chemical element. It is a bright yellow, crystalline solid at room temperature. Being abundantly available in native form, the element was known in ancient times and is referred to in the Torah (in the Book of Genesis). A natural form of sulfur known as shiliuhuang was known in China since the 6th century BC and found in Hanzhong. These sulfur crystals on a matrix, measuring 4.8 cm × 3.5 cm × 3 cm (1.9 in × 1.4 in × 1.2 in), was mined in Daniel Campos Province, Bolivia.

Photograph credit: Ivar Leidus

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Paul von Hindenburg

Paul von Hindenburg (2 October 1847 – 2 August 1934), was a German general and statesman who led the Imperial German Army during World War I. In 1925, he returned to public life to become the second elected president of the Weimar Republic. While he was personally opposed to Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party, he nonetheless played a major role in the political instability that resulted in their rise to power, ultimately agreeing to appoint Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in January 1933 after the Nazis had become the largest party in the Reichstag. This 1914 photograph of Hindenburg in military uniform was taken by the German photographer Nicola Perscheid.

Photograph credit: Nicola Perscheid; restored by Adam Cuerden


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Atari 2600

The Atari 2600, originally branded as the Atari Video Computer System, is a home video game console developed and produced by Atari. Released in September 1977, it popularized the use of microprocessor-based hardware and of games stored on swappable ROM cartridges, a format first used with the Fairchild Channel F the year before. The VCS was bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a game cartridge – initially Combat and later Pac-Man.

Photograph credit: Evan Amos


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Red-rumped parrot
Red-rumped parrot

The red-rumped parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) is a common bird native to south-eastern Australia. About 28 centimetres (11 in) long, the male's plumage is a bright emerald-green with yellow underparts, a brick-red rump and blue highlights on the upper back and wings; the female is altogether more dowdy, having dull-green wings and back, bluish-black wingtips and pale-olive underparts. These parrots are typically found in pairs or small groups in open country with access to water, including in suburban parks and gardens. These male and female red-rumped parrots were photographed in Cornwallis, New South Wales.

Photograph credit: John Harrison


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