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The Steps of Life

Tuesday 31 May 2016 at 21:26

Selection of images illustrating on the idea that one's life can be thought of as divisible into distinct stages.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-steps-of-life/


The Legs of the Opera (ca. 1862)

Tuesday 24 May 2016 at 18:12

An unusual creation from the studio of André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, the French photographer known for inventing the hugely popular carte de visite.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-legs-of-the-opera-ca-1862/


I Am The Edison Phonograph (1906)

Friday 20 May 2016 at 20:14

This somewhat unnerving recording would would have been heard at most Edison phonograph dealers in the early part of the twentieth century.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/i-am-the-edison-phonograph-1906/


Copying Pictures, Evidencing Evolution

Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 15:49

Copying — unoriginal, dull, and derivative by definition — can be creative, contested, and consequential in its effects. Nick Hopwood tracks Haeckel’s embryos, some of the most controversial pictures in the history of science, and explores how copying put them among the most widely seen.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2016/05/18/copying-pictures-evidencing-evolution/


The Map That Changed the Middle East (1916)

Monday 16 May 2016 at 15:57

The map that changed the Middle East, outlining a secret agreement between the the UK and France on how they would carve up the Middle East should the Ottoman Empire be defeated in the First World War.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-map-that-changed-the-middle-east-1916/


Emanuel Swedenborg’s Journal of Dreams and Spiritual Experiences in the Year 1744 (1918)

Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 18:39

Dream diary of the 18th-century Swedish scientist, philosopher, religious teacher and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/emanuel-swedenborgs-journal-of-dreams-and-spiritual-experiences-1918/


Hypnotism Posters (ca. 1900)

Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 18:36

A set of amusing turn-of-the-century hypnotism posters showing hypnotised people up to various strange shenanigans.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/hypnotism-posters-ca-1900/


Frolicsome Engines: The Long Prehistory of Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday 4 May 2016 at 18:38

Defecating ducks, talking busts, and mechanised Christs — Jessica Riskin on the wonderful history of automata, machines built to mimic the processes of intelligent life.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2016/05/04/frolicsome-engines-the-long-prehistory-of-artificial-intelligence/


Raja Harishchandra (1913)

Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 17:47

Based on the eponymous legend recounted in the Sanskrit epics, this is the very first full-length Indian feature — the beginning of Bollywood.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/raja-harishchandra-1913/


New Elucidations of Thomson’s Seasons (1822)

Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 18:17

Skeletons up to all sorts in this light-hearted satire of James Thomson's poem Spring, from the pen of humorist Henry James Pidding.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/new-elucidations-of-thomsons-seasons-1822/