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The Telephonoscope (1879)

Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 18:13

Device imagined in a Punch cartoon from 1879, predicting the advent of video chat more than 100 years before Skype.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-telephonoscope-1879/


Georg Bartisch’s Ophthalmodouleia (1583)

Thursday 5 November 2015 at 18:09

Images from Ophthalmodouleia Das ist Augendienst, the first Renaissance manuscript on ophthalmic disorders and eye surgery, published in 1583 by German physician Georg Bartisch (1535–1607), considered by many to be the father of modern ophthalmology.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/georg-bartischs-ophthalmodouleia-1583/


The Legend of the Divine Farmer

Tuesday 3 November 2015 at 16:45

WELLCOME LIBRARY - Gillian Daniels, Graduate Trainee at the Wellcome Trust, explores the story of Shen Nong, born of a princess and heavenly dragon, and teacher to the ancient Chinese of agriculture and herbal medicine.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-legend-of-the-divine-farmer/


The Key of Hell: an 18th-Century Manual on Black Magic

Thursday 29 October 2015 at 17:34

Images from the Claris Inferni or "The Key of Hell", a late-18th-century book on black magic.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-key-of-hell-an-18th-century-manual-on-black-magic/


Notes on the Fourth Dimension

Wednesday 28 October 2015 at 17:08

Hyperspace, ghosts, and colourful cubes - Jon Crabb on the work of Charles Howard Hinton and the cultural history of higher dimensions.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2015/10/28/notes-on-the-fourth-dimension/


Apollinaire’s Calligrammes (1918)

Tuesday 27 October 2015 at 17:55

A book of poetry by French writer Guillaume Apollinaire, noted for its use of "caligrams" in which typeface and arrangement of words on the page add to the meaning of the compositions.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/apollinaires-calligrammes-1918/


Harry Kellar’s Show Posters

Thursday 22 October 2015 at 17:58

A series of wonderful promotional posters to accompany the shows of Harry Kellar, an American magician of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/harry-kellars-show-posters/


Spectropia; or, Surprising Spectral Illusions (1865)

Wednesday 21 October 2015 at 15:45

A book of Victorian hi-tech ghost conjuring which allows the reader to summon, as the sub-title proclaims, ghosts everywhere and of any colour.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/spectropia-or-surprising-spectral-illusions-1865/


The Art of Ornamental Orange Peeling (1905)

Tuesday 20 October 2015 at 18:46

Images from an article about an unusual form of sculpture, found in a 1905 issue of American Homes and Gardens magazine.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-art-of-ornamental-orange-peeling/


Richard Spruce and the Trials of Victorian Bryology

Wednesday 14 October 2015 at 17:52

Obsessed with the smallest and seemingly least exciting of plants — mosses and liverworts — the 19th-century botanist Richard Spruce never achieved the fame of his more popularist contemporaries. Elaine Ayers explores the work of this unsung hero of Victorian plant science and how his complexities echoed the very subject of his study.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2015/10/14/richard-spruce-and-the-trials-of-victorian-bryology/