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Alcohol and the Human Body (1949)

Tuesday 15 December 2015 at 11:48

An educational film by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films showing the effects that alcohol has on the human body and brain as well as the dangers of alcoholism.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/alcohol-and-the-human-body-1949/


Class of 2016

Thursday 10 December 2015 at 18:30

Our top pick of those artists and writers whose works will in 2016 be entering the public domain in many countries around the world.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/class-of-2016/


Worlds Without End

Wednesday 9 December 2015 at 18:33

At the end of the 19th century, inspired by radical advances in technology, physicists asserted the reality of invisible worlds — an idea through which they sought to address not only psychic phenomena such as telepathy, but also spiritual questions around the soul and immortality. Philip Ball explores this fascinating history, and how in this turn to the unseen in the face of mystery there exists a parallel to quantum physics today.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2015/12/09/worlds-without-end/


The Quirky, the Artful, and the Unexpected: Historic Photographs of Life in Australia

Tuesday 8 December 2015 at 13:59

MUSEUM VICTORIA - Dr Elycia J Wallis, Manager of Online Collections, presents a few fascinating glimpses of late-19th- and early-20th-century Australia, and the photographers who documented its inhabitants.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-quirky-the-artful-and-the-unexpected-historic-photographs-of-life-in-australia/


From India to the Planet Mars (1900)

Wednesday 2 December 2015 at 13:57

A book detailing the seances of Hélène Smith including claimed contact with people living on Mars, involving the writing down of their language, as well as sketches of the Martian landscape she witnessed in visons.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/from-india-to-the-planet-mars-1900/


Cyanotypes of British Algae by Anna Atkins (1843)

Wednesday 2 December 2015 at 13:54

Cyanotypes of British algae by Anna Atkins (1799-1871), an English botanist and female photographer most noted for using photography in her books on various plants.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/cyanotypes-of-british-algae-by-anna-atkins-1843/


The Science of Life and Death in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Wednesday 25 November 2015 at 17:08

Professor Sharon Ruston surveys the scientific background to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, considering contemporary investigations into resuscitation, galvanism, and the possibility of states between life and death.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2015/11/25/the-science-of-life-and-death-in-mary-shelleys-frankenstein/


Portraits of Imprisoned Modoc Warriors (1873)

Tuesday 24 November 2015 at 17:49

Photographs of captured Modoc warriors taken by Louis Herman Heller (1839-1929) during and after the The Modoc War.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/portraits-of-imprisoned-modoc-warriors-1873/


How to use the Dial Telephone (1927)

Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 18:56

A film by the American Telephone and Telegraph company, showing through both animation and live action how to use the rotary dial of the telephone.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/how-to-use-the-dial-telephone-1927/


Colour Wheels, Charts, and Tables Through History

Tuesday 17 November 2015 at 17:56

A chronology of various attempts through the last four centuries to visually organise and make sense of colour: from simple wheels to multi-layered pyramids, from scientific systems to those based on the hues of human emotion.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/colour-wheels-charts-and-tables-through-history/