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Yellow Journalism: The “Fake News” of the 19th Century

Tuesday 21 February 2017 at 14:04

Peddling lies in public goes back to antiquity, but it is the with the Tabloid Wars of the 19th-century when it first reached the widespread outcry and fever pitch of scandal familiar today.


A Selection from The MET’s Public Domain Collection, Now Free from All Restrictions

Thursday 16 February 2017 at 18:48

We present our highlights from the lesser known corners of The Metropolitan Museum's public domain collection, now made available free from restrictions on use.


Francesco Tamagno sings Verdi’s Otello, Death Scene (1903)

Thursday 9 February 2017 at 17:44

Two years after Verdi's death and two years before his own, the great Francesco Tamagno sings the death scene of Othello, Niun Mi Tema.


George Washington: A Descendant of Odin?

Wednesday 8 February 2017 at 17:51

Yvonne Seale on a bizarre and fanciful piece of genealogical scholarship and what it tells us about identity in late 19th-century America.


W. E. B. Du Bois’ Hand-Drawn Infographics of African-American Life (1900)

Tuesday 7 February 2017 at 16:54

Visually dazzling set of hand-drawn charts created by Du Bois, condensing an enormous amount of data on African-American life into aesthetically daring and easily digestible visualisations.


Despotism (1946)

Thursday 2 February 2017 at 18:45

Short from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, published a year after the end of WW2, exploring the characteristics and causes of despotism.


The City of Truth, or, Ethics (1609)

Wednesday 1 February 2017 at 20:52

Images of imaginary utopias and dystopias used to illustrate an allegorical poem by Bartolomeo Del Bene (1515-1595) — a reworking of Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethicsis.


The Pioneer ov Simplified Speling, Vol. 1, No. 1 (1912)

Tuesday 31 January 2017 at 17:18

The inaugural issue of the official journal of the Simplified Speling Soesiety, a group of passionate spelling reformists active in early 20th-century Britain, who boasted George Bernard Shaw amongst their members.


Miniatures from a 12th-century Medical and Herbal Collection

Thursday 26 January 2017 at 18:31

Wonderful series of miniatures from a late 12th-century herbal with delightfully abstract depictions of plants including Cannabis), and a variety of medieval medical procedures, such as cauterization and the removal of haemorrhoids.


Defoe and the Distance to Utopia

Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 17:18

In the wake of recent political shifts and the dystopian flavour they carry for many, J.H. Pearl looks to the works of Daniel Defoe and the lessons they can teach us about bringing utopia home.