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Life, Crimes, and Confession of Bridget Durgan (1867)

Thursday 14 January 2016 at 17:23

A small booklet detailing the narrative of Bridget Durgan (1843-1867), an Irish domestic servant who was hanged for murder of her master in the 1860s New Jersey.


On Oscar Wilde and Plagiarism

Wednesday 13 January 2016 at 18:37

Celebrated for his innovative wit, Oscar Wilde and the notion of originality are common bedfellows. The pairing, however, is not without its complications. Joseph Bristow and Rebecca N. Mitchell explore the claims of plagiarism that dogged Wilde's career, particularly as regards his relationship with that other great figure of late-19th-century Decadence, the American painter James McNeill Whistler.


NYPL Release 187k Public Domain Images in Hi-Res

Tuesday 12 January 2016 at 19:11

Our selection of highlights from an afternoon's browsing of the NYPL's massive new public domain release — a selection which we hope shows the breadth and depth of the content.


Manual Training — Play Problems (1917)

Wednesday 6 January 2016 at 16:18

This charming book from 1917 presents a manual training in what the author William S. Marten terms constructive-play, full of how-to guides for making all manner of toys and other objects.


Anatomical Illustrations from 15th-century England

Tuesday 5 January 2016 at 16:54

Anatomical illustrations from an English medical treatise dating from the mid 15th century, including a Wound Man illustration, depicting a man who has been stabbed, bitten, and wounded by arrows, as well as bludgeoned in the arm and head.


Robin Redbreast (1907)

Monday 21 December 2015 at 18:32

A song about the rouge chested bird composed by Reginald De Koven, featuring some wonderful whistling to mimic the bird's call.


Skating with Bror Myer (1921)

Thursday 17 December 2015 at 16:26

Delightful images from an illustrated guide to figure skating by Bror Myer, a Swedish champion in the art.


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.


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.


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.