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Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art (1853)

Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 07:21

Three volumes of anecdotes about painters and other artists collected by an enterprising American dentist, author, and connoisseur of the arts.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/anecdotes-of-painters-engravers-sculptors-and-architects


Coughs, Sneezes, and Jet-Propelled Germs: Two Public Service Films by Richard Massingham (1945)

Thursday 5 March 2020 at 08:24

Two PSA films featuring the multi-talented director, actor, doctor, and hypochondriac Richard Massingham.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/coughs-sneezes-and-jet-propelled-germs-1945


Edouard Joseph d’Alton's Illustrations of Animal Skeletons (1821–1838)

Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 11:29

Meticulous illustrations from an atlas of animal bones, including those of the tiny squirrel and the tall giraffe, the domesticated camel and the extinct giant ground sloth.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/comparative-osteology


Titiba and the Invention of the Unknown

Wednesday 26 February 2020 at 10:54

In this lyrical essay on a difficult and painful topic, the poet Kathryn Nuernberger works to defy history’s commitment to distance, to unsettling effect.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/titiba-and-the-invention-of-the-unknown


"Theire Soe Admirable Herbe": How the English Found Cannabis

Thursday 20 February 2020 at 07:58

In the 17th century, English travelers, merchants, and physicians were first introduced to cannabis, particularly in the form of bhang, an intoxicating edible which had been getting Indians high for millennia. Benjamin Breen charts the course of the drug from the streets of Machilipatnam to the scientific circles of London.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/how-the-english-found-cannabis


“A Very Speedy Way to Be Besotted”: How the English Found Cannabis

Thursday 20 February 2020 at 07:58

In the 17th century, English travelers, merchants, and physicians were first introduced to cannabis, particularly in the form of bhang, an intoxicating edible which had been getting Indians high for millennia. Benjamin Breen charts the course of the drug from the streets of Machilipatnam to the scientific circles of London.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/a-very-speedy-way-to-be-besotted-how-the-english-found-cannabis


Japanese Firemen’s Coats (19th century)

Tuesday 18 February 2020 at 07:50

Firemen's coats in 19th-century Japan were reversible — one side was plain and the other side (worn on the inside while tackling blazes) was decorated with rich and symbolic imagery

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/japanese-firemans-coats-19th-century


Glossary of Censored Words from a 1919 Treatise on Love

Thursday 13 February 2020 at 10:37

List of Latin words used to veil words deemed too scandalous in Bernard S. Talmey’s treatise on carnal acts.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/glossary-of-censored-words-from-a-1919-book-on-love


Frances Power Cobbe’s “The Peak in Darien: The Riddle of Death” (1882)

Tuesday 11 February 2020 at 07:55

An essay by Frances Power Cobbe, an advocate for women’s suffrage, about the consolation and possible significance of deathbed visions.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/frances-power-cobbe-the-peak-in-darien-1882


Interview with PDR's Adam Green on Nightingale

Thursday 6 February 2020 at 11:54

PDR Editor Adam Green talks to Jason Forrest of Nightingale, journal for the Data Visualization Society.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/02/interview-with-pdr-editor-on-nightingale