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In Search of True Color: Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky’s Flawed Images

Wednesday 7 December 2022 at 10:40

Archived amid Prokudin-Gorsky’s vast photographic survey of the Russian Empire, we find images shot through with starshatter cracks, blebbed with mildew, and blurred by motion. Within such moments of unmaking, Erica X Eisen uncovers the overlapping forces at play behind these pioneering efforts in colour photography.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/in-search-of-true-color


Mighty Mikko: A Book of Finnish Fairy Tales and Folk Tales (1922)

Tuesday 6 December 2022 at 10:37

Mighty Mikko contains twelve stories loosely based on Finnish tales, illustrated with vibrant block prints by Jay Van Everen.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/mighty-mikko


Concrete Poetry: Thomas Edison and the Almost-Built World

Thursday 1 December 2022 at 07:00

The architect and historian Anthony Acciavatti uses a real (but mostly forgotten) patent to conjure a world that could have been.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/concrete-poetry-thomas-edison


The Launch of Our End-of-Year Fundraiser!

Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 12:05

Our End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Power.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2022/11/launch-of-end-of-year-fundraiser-2022


A Bestiary of Loss

Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 11:02

To mark Lost Species Day, images of 39 recently extinct animals and their stories — from the aurochs to the ivory-billed woodpecker.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/extinct-animals


Displaying the Dead: The Musée Dupuytren Catalogue

Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 12:25

When Paris’ infamous museum of anatomical pathology closed its doors in 2016, a controversial collection disappeared from view. Daisy Sainsbury explores the history of the Musée Dupuytren, and asks what an ethical future might look like for the human specimens it held.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/musee-dupuytren-catalogue


The Tanzmasken of Lavinia Schulz and Walter Holdt (ca. 1924)

Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 12:25

These costumes for dancing, born of an artistic philosophy of suffering, suggest a mongrel collision of characters.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/tanzmasken


A Pantomime and Masquerade: Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London (1716)

Thursday 17 November 2022 at 12:09

Burlesquing the Augustan era’s fixation on classical tradition, Gay renders practical advice for walking around London into oftentimes absurd verse.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/gay-trivia


Floating Phantoms: A. G. Mayer’s Medusae of the World (1910)

Tuesday 15 November 2022 at 08:13

While Haeckel turns jellyfish into baroque spectacles of color and flowing form, Mayer’s medusae are more sober, their tentacles subdued, their umbellate bells transparent.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/mayer-medusae


Last Order Dates for the Holiday Season - 2022

Wednesday 9 November 2022 at 17:16

The recommended cut-off dates to order from our shop by to ensure delivery in time for Dec 25th.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2022/11/last-order-dates-for-christmas-2022