Brief History Of Steel Buildings

Shelter has been a primary requirement of human life all through history. From finding naturally built shelters to creating his own housing, man has come a long way in the quest to find the ultimate shelter and housing experience. There have been several drastic changes in housing trends, and the most recent one is the use of steel buildings. Here is a short history of evolution of Steel buildings over time.

Metal has always been known for its strength, durability and ease of molding. Steel provided the best housing solution, but remained uneconomical to be used on a large scale. The first steel building construction came up in 1700s when the British experimented with this type of building structures mainly for the fireproof property of steel.

By 1800s, steel became increasingly common for portable housing that was especially useful for the worker class, the gold rush workers and pioneers and all mobile workers in the era of industrial steel buildings revolution.

The late 1800s and early 1900s saw the real use of steel as the main structural component of buildings. This happened with the beginning of skyscraper era before the War. This was the first time steel was used in such a high standing structure. In fact the success of skyscrapers was based on finding a material as desirable as steel.


westporthistorical / July 10, 2014 / Some Histories

Judge Mathis As A Role Model In Black History And Social Justice

Black History Month, observing important people and events in the history of the African diaspora, is celebrated through the entire month of February. Coincidentally, World Day of Social Justice falls on February 20. In honor and remembrance of these two commemorations, it is only fitting to recognize an individual whose contributions are significant to both: Greg Mathis or as he is more commonly known, Judge Mathis.

Mathis’ story is one of redemption. How he overcame an upbringing in the tumultuous times of 1960’s and 1970’s Detroit, teetered away from early gang involvement, and built a career that put him in position to affect the lives of others, presents an example of a positive African-American influence who has carried the integrity of social justice.

Judge Mathis: Early Beginnings

Born in Detroit, Michigan on April 5, 1960.
Raised, along with three brothers, by a single mother.
As a teenager, associated with the Eroll Flynns, a Detroit street gang.
Arrested several times in his youth.
At age 17, learned his mother had cancer, and began to turn his life around.
Earned his G.E.D. in six months and was, thus, offered probation.


westporthistorical / July 5, 2014 / Some Histories

The History Of Vibe Magazine

Vibe magazine is a popular magazine in the United States but not a lot of people know when it was started. Some of its readers thought that it started in 2006 while others believed that it started in the late ’90s. The truth is that it started in early ’90s. Why don’t we take a look at its history and find out when did Vibe magazine really start.

It was musician Quincy Jones who started Vibe, a magazine about music and entertainment. He partnered with Time Inc. to ensure that they would be able to launch the magazine in 1993. For three years, the magazine was owned both by Jones and Time, Inc. until it was sold to Miller Publishing. In a short span of time, Vibe was then sold by Miller Publishing to Spin magazine. Vibe was owned by Spin for several years until it was bought by Wicks Group of Companies IN 2006. So now you know when did Vibe magazine start – it started in 1993, launched by Jone and Time, Inc.

There are probably people who even think that Vibe would just be starting to be launched in 2009. The reason for this is the fact that InterMedia Partners, LP has been exerting effort in launching the magazine as soon as possible. What not a lot of people know is that it will just be a relaunch. InterMedia Partners was the one who bought Vibe from Wicks Group.

Knowing who were the featured artists or musicians in Vibe will allow us to know when did Vibe magazine really start. Among those musicians are the late Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Eminem, The Fugees, Li’l Wayne, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, TLC, and Brandy. Some, if not all, of these musicians were already popular in the early ’90s.


westporthistorical / June 25, 2014 / Some Histories

Learn About The History Of Reyes Boxing Gloves

When most of us think about our favorite past times we think of football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. And all of these sports have rich and beautiful pasts with many heroes and stories to be heard. But there is one sport out there with a very deep and emotional past – Boxing.

Boxing actually dates all the way back to 688 B.C. when it was added to the Olympic games. It was there that it was first found in written history. But many believe it dates back much earlier than in 688 B.C. Many say hand to hand sports have been used for entertainment since the dawn of time.

Through out history the sport of boxing has changed in many ways in terms of rules and the way the sport has been portrayed. In the early years epically during the time before boxing gloves the sport was seen a very violent, unrefined, and dangerous.

But as the sport has become more popular and more states that were not allow to host shows began pushing legislation for allowance of the sport. Many states and sanctioning bodies implemented rules and regulations to make the sport more refined and safer for it constants.


westporthistorical / June 25, 2014 / Some Histories

A Short History Of Alan Syliboy

Alan Syliboy is an artist who struggled with his identity as a boy, but found strength and confidence through the heritage and traditions of the Mi’kmaq people. As he drew from his history, he grew and became a part of the legacy along the way.

Syliboy lives on the Millbrook First Nation reserve at the edge of Truro in Nova Scotia. He uses the Mi’kmaq petroglyph tradition of art as inspiration for his work. You can see the tradition and respect in his images, and it reflects the art that the ancient Eastern Woodland Indian culture.

When he started exploring his talent, he didn’t feel confident in his work because he didn’t know who he really was. He continued to work and was mentored by the Mi’kmaq artist Shirley Bear. He was then accepted to study at the Nova Scotia College of Art, and continued to draw influence from Mi’kmaq petroglyph records, and he even developed his own vocabulary to describe his work.

The collections from this artist reflect his heritage, but they also reflect the love and respect he feels for his family. He admits that family is his center, and that anything else is just the exterior of his life. He has two sons and one daughter, and at one point applied his artwork to clothing and other novelties, and sold them door to door in order to provide for his family. He did well selling these items and it proved to be a good start to getting his work out in the public eye.


westporthistorical / June 24, 2014 / Some Histories

This Is A Fairy Accurate History Of The Ballpoint Pens

Ballpoint pens have an internal reservoir filled with an ink of higher viscosity, the rolling action of a small metal sphere will dispense the ink over the paper. The ink dries instantly, they are reliable, inexpensive, need no maintenance and can be found anywhere. Ballpoint pens are the most popular writing tools of our modern times and they’ve replaced fountain pens almost completely.

Ballpoint pens appeared in relation to the combined action of several factors like experience in the pen industry, modern chemistry and the 20th century technological advance. History mentions several attempts to design ballpoint pens since the 17th century when Galileo Galilei patented the first model. The multitude of imminent problems made it impossible for the ballpoint pens to be widely produced then, but things were to change some hundreds of years later.

On October 30, 1888 John J. Loud patented the first ballpoint pen, which had just a small rotating steel ball. This first model opened the perspective for ballpoint pens but it couldn’t be used for paper as it wasn’t rough enough to move the ball. It was effective only on hard, rough surfaces like leather, and due to this inconvenience it wasn’t produced on large scale. During the first part of the 20th century there was a general interest taken in improving writing tools, and at the time a lot of research and effort was invested in the pen industry.

Several new ballpoint pens appeared in 1907, 1910 and 1916. In the case of these first models ink was kept in a thin reservoir blocked by a small metal ball. Their problem was that they didn’t spread the ink uniformly over the paper. If the ball socket was tighter than it should, the ink wouldn’t flow, and on the contrary, if it was too large then the ink would leak. None of these problems could be corrected at the time. If some of the inventors managed to eliminate the problem, the production costs were so high that the investment wasn’t worth making.


westporthistorical / June 24, 2014 / Some Histories

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