This Signpost "Featured content" report covers material promoted from 22 June 2014 through 27 June 2014.
England and America. The visit of her majesty Queen Victoria to the Arctic ship Resolute - December 16, 1856
is an artwork by William Simpson
and George Zobel. This act of diplomacy had long-lasting results: besides improving relations, upon the ship finally being put out of service, a desk was made from its wood and presented to the United States President. This Resolute desk
has been a mainstay of the White House
furniture for most presidents ever since.
Six featured articles were promoted this week.
Five featured lists were promoted this week.
- George Formby on screen, stage, record and radio (nominated by SchroCat & Cassianto) George Formby was an English entertainer who tended to perform in the character of a working-class Lancashire lad. Starting his working life as a jockey, he moved into the variety circuit and then films, where he was the biggest box office draw in the late 1930s and early 1940s; he played the ukulele and banjolele, and toured to entertain over three million troops during the Second World War.
- List of Bangladesh Premier League captains (nominated by Pratyya Ghosh) The Bangladesh Premier League of cricket is a competition between seven city-based teams that has run for two years, replacing a division-based league previously used in the country. In that time, twenty-two players have captained for their teams in one match or more.
- List of Major League Baseball hitters who have batted in 10 runs in one game (nominated by Bloom6132) When a batter's actions cause a run to be scored, not necessarily by the batter themselves crossing the homeplate, runs batted in are credited to that player. Only thirteen players have ever batted in ten runs or more in one game, and none have ever managed the feat twice.
- List of current Indian governors (nominated by Indopug) India is divided into twenty-nine states, each led by a governor appointed by the President of India for a five-year term. Their power is limited by an elected council of ministers, whose advice they must act on.
- The Real Housewives of Atlanta (season 6) (nominated by WikiRedactor) The Real Housewives of Atlanta is a reality show based around the lives of, well, a number of housewives in Atlanta, Georgia. It has been moderately well-received by critics, with the sixth season being the most acclaimed so far. This is one of those borderline cases between article and list article, with a fair bit of documentation of, for example, critical reception, production and crew, and television ratings. But the heart of the article is a list of episodes, so, fair enough, I suppose.
Seventeen featured pictures were promoted this week.
The death of the Aral Sea
: Left, 1989; Right, 2008.
- Common kingfisher (created by Andreas Trepte, nominated by Armbrust) A wide-ranging bird, found in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, the Common Kingfisher is a sparrow-sized blue-and-orange bird which feeds mainly on fish.
- Betafite (created and nominated by Alchemist-hp) A rare specimen of octahedral betafite, an important ore for thorium, uranium, and niobium. Alchemist-hp is an expert in minerals and elemental specimens, with huge numbers of featured pictures within those fields.
- Shelter promotional poster (created by Might and Delight; uploaded (and presumably, release negotiated by) Hahnchen; nominated by Crisco 1492) Shelter is a video game where players take on the rôle of a mother badger trying to protect her cubs while moving them to a new home.
- Queen Victoria visits the HMS Resolute (created by William Simpson, nominated and restored by Adam Cuerden) Created by noted wartime artist William Simpson, this artwork depicts a visit by Queen Victoria to the Arctic exploration ship HMS Resolute, which had been lost in the ice three years previously, but was found abandoned by Americans. The American government voted to purchase and refurbish the ship and return it to Britain, as a token of goodwill. It was officially given to Queen Victoria shortly after this visit.
- Ayasofya Mosque (Hagia Sophia) (created by Gaspare Fossati and Louis Haghe, [[ |nominated]] and restored by Adam Cuerden) The interior of the Ayasofya Mosque from 1852, before the restoration that attempted to compromise between the mosque and the Hagia Sophia church that had been converted into the mosque. Gaspare Fossati was one of two brothers charged with renovating the mosque, who were the main source of information for many of the mosaics hidden under a plaster coating when the ancient church was converted for use by Islam. Some have been uncovered again since.
- Ten-dollar, Twenty-dollar, Fifty-dollar, and One-hundred-dollar Interest Bearing Notes from the 1864 series (prepared and nominated by Godot13 from the collections of the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution) The American Interest Bearing Notes were an American-Civil-War-era series of paper money which, besides being legal tender at their face value, also gained interest over time. This set is as complete as is currently possible - as explained in the nomination (which actually has more information than the article on this point) denominations of $500, $1,000 and $5,000 were issued, but none are known to have survived.
- Comparison of the Aral Sea between 1989 and 2008 (created by NASA and Zafiroblue05, nominated by Nergaal) The Aral Sea was once one of the four largest lakes in the world, but Soviet irrigation projects diverted the rivers that fed it in the 1960s, causing it to slowly dry up. Rusting ships rest on desert that was once a lake, water nowhere near. The fate of the Aral Sea is considered one of the worst ecological disasters in modern history.
- Geisha (created and nominated by Japanexperterna.se/JPNEX) Having recently delisted two problematic images of geisha, being able to turn around and provide an excellent depiction of one is quite a good thing. Showing all aspects of the geisha dress, and in an appropriate setting, this image is an excellent source of information.
- The Chickahominy – Sumner's Upper Bridge (created by William McIlvaine, nominated and restored by Adam Cuerden) In the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War, two parts of the Union Army were separated by the flooding of the Chickahominy River. General Edwin Vose Sumner's efforts to reestablish bridges and to allow the army to recombine saved the Union Army from disaster in the Battle of Seven Pines, although, in that case, with a much less stable bridge, it was a calculated risk, and the bridge washed away just after the soldiers marched across.
- A Day and The Fairy Tale of Kings (created by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis and nominated (1, 2) by Hafspajen) Fin-de-siècle Eastern European artists, whatever their merit, are not, generally speaking, particularly well-known in "western" countries, with the Cold War era not having helped the distribution of cultural capital from these regions. Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis was a Lithuanian artist, writer, and composer who was one of the pioneers of the abstract art movement, and had a major influence on Lithuanian culture, but isn't so well known outside of his country as in it.
- Polish złoty from 1794 (prepared and nominated by Godot13 from the collections of the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution) In 1794, under the authority of Tadeusz Kościuszko, the Polish government released the first issue of banknotes for złotych, the currency of Poland. This is one denomination of this first series of banknotes. The cut-off scrollwork at the top is a security measure - the tops were cut off at various angles and kept for comparison when the notes were redeemed.
- Marcus C. Lisle (created by the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing, restored and nominated by Godot13) Marcus C. Lisle served in the United States House of Representatives for Kentucky as a Democrat from 1893 until his death in 1894.
- Princess Tuvstarr gazing down into the dark waters of the forest tarn (created by John Bauer, nominated by Hafspajen) One of John Bauer's famous illustrations of Scandinavian folk tales for the magazine Among Gnomes and Trolls.
One featured topic was promoted this week.
- Battleships of Germany (automatic promotion from good topic; originally nominated in August 2011 by Parsecboy) You know, it gets hard, weeks on end, to keep praising Parsecboy for his incredible work on ship articles. Nonetheless, this is an amazing achievement: There are sixty-two articles in this topic, covering every single German battleship, and the classes they're divided into. Over half of the sixty-two articles are featured (the rest being good articles)—and this isn't even the only topic that Parsecboy is working on. Alongside Sturmvogel 66, he's probably Wikipedia's most prolific naval expert.
The Ayasofya Mosque in 1852, before it was partially converted back into the Hagia Sofia.
A geisha in her "natural habitat".