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The Strange Adventures of a Pebble (1921)

Tuesday 28 February 2017 at 18:44

The natural history of the world from the point of view of a personified pebble.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-strange-adventures-of-a-pebble-1921/


A Queer Taste for Macaroni

Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 13:27

With his enormous hair, painted face, and dainty attire, the so-called "macaroni" was a common sight upon the streets and ridiculing prints of 1770s London. Dominic Janes explores how with this new figure — and the scandalous sodomy trials with which the stereotype became entwined — a widespread discussion of same-sex desire first entered the public realm, long before the days of Oscar Wilde.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2017/02/22/a-queer-taste-for-macaroni/


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.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/yellow-journalism-the-fake-news-of-the-19th-century/


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.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/a-selection-from-the-mets-public-domain-collection/


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.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/francesco-tamagno-sings-verdis-otello-death-scene-1903/


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.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2017/02/08/george-washington-a-descendant-of-odin/


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.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/w-e-b-du-bois-hand-drawn-infographics-of-african-american-life-1900/


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.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/despotism-1946/


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.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-city-of-truth-or-ethics-1609/


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.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-pioneer-ov-simplified-speling-vol-1-no-1-1912/