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Visions of Algae in Eighteenth-Century Botany

Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 15:52

Although not normally considered the most glamorous of Mother Nature's offerings, algae has found itself at the heart of many a key moment in the last few hundred years of botanical science. Ryan Feigenbaum traces the surprising history of one particular species — Conferva fontinalis — from the vials of Joseph Priestley's laboratory to its possible role as inspiration for Shelley's Frankenstein.


Barnard’s Universal Criminal Cipher Code (1895)

Tuesday 6 September 2016 at 17:54

A book of codes to help disguise internal police telegrams in what amounted to some kind of 19th-century version of the encrypted email.


In Search of the Third Bird: Kenneth Morris and the Three Unusual Arts

Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 19:02

CONJECTURES #1 — Easter McCraney explores the pages of an obscure Theosophical journal and the ornithological intrigues which lie within.


Phenakistoscopes (1833)

Tuesday 30 August 2016 at 19:05

A popular Victorian parlour toy, generally marketed for children, which is widely considered to be among the earliest forms of animation and the precursor to modern cinema.


The Up-To-Date Sandwich Book: 400 Ways to Make a Sandwich (1909)

Thursday 25 August 2016 at 18:51

A wonderfully no-nonsense guide to the culinary art of the sandwich.


Contents of an Ostrich’s Stomach (ca. 1930)

Tuesday 23 August 2016 at 17:54

An unusual image captured by Frederick William Bond, photographer at the Zoological Society of London. Contents included a couple of handkerchiefs, a buttoned glove, a length of rope, a plain handkerchief, and a four-inch nail.


The Calcutta Pococurante Society: Public and Private in India’s Age of Reform

Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 16:58

Joshua Ehrlich on an obscure text found on the shelves of a Bengali library and the light it sheds on the idea of the public in 19th-century Calcutta.


Kobayashi Kiyochika’s Cartoons of the Russo-Japanese War (1904–5)

Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 19:01

Propaganda cartoons from the pen of Japanese artist Kobayashi Kiyochika.


The Death and Burial of Cock Robin

Thursday 11 August 2016 at 18:48

The Death of Cock Robin, also known as The Death and Burial of Cock Robin is a somewhat macabre English nursery rhyme describing the murder and the funeral of a robin.


The Over-Incubated Baby (1901)

Wednesday 10 August 2016 at 18:23

A mother brings her baby to Professor Bakem's newly invented baby incubator, which claims to give one year's of growth in just one hour, but an accident leads to a distressing surprise.