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A Meditation upon a Broomstick (1711)

Tuesday 26 August 2014 at 18:04

A classic piece of parody from the great English satirist and author of Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift. The particular butt of Swift's sharp pen in this instance was Robert Boyle and his Occasional Reflections upon Several Subjects, 1665

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/a-meditation-upon-a-broomstick-1711/


Haeckel’s Florideae Mug

Sunday 24 August 2014 at 13:22

IMAGE: Plate 65 from Ernst Haeckel’s visually dazzling Kunstformen der Natur, t…

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/shop/mugs-bags-and-more/haeckel-florideae-mug/


George (2014)

Friday 22 August 2014 at 17:11

Animated GIF created by Bill Domonkos, using Prelinger Archive footage of the heart's function and a photograph from The Library of Congress.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/george-2014/


Nature Through Microscope and Camera (1909)

Thursday 21 August 2014 at 18:35

A selection of photo-micrographs created by Arthur E Smith and featured in the book Nature through Microscope & Camera(1909) by Richard Kerr.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/nature-through-microscope-and-camera-1909/


Redressing the Balance: Levinus Vincent’s Wonder Theatre of Nature

Wednesday 20 August 2014 at 17:26

Bert van de Roemer explores the curiosity cabinets of the Dutch collector Levinus Vincent and how the aesthetic drive behind his meticulous ordering of the contents was in essence religious, an attempt to emphasise the wonder of God's creations by restoring the natural world to its prelapsarian harmony.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/08/20/redressing-the-balance-levinus-vincents-wonder-theatre-of-nature/


The Expositor, or Many Mysteries Unravelled – including that of the Learned Pig (1805)

Tuesday 19 August 2014 at 13:53

A wonderful book amounting to something akin to an early 19th-century version of the Masked Magician, in which the reality behind various tricks and illusions of the day are exposed, including that of the Learned Pig.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-expositor-or-many-mysteries-unravelled-including-that-of-the-learned-pig-1805/


Highlights from Folger Shakespeare Library’s Release of almost 80,000 Images

Wednesday 13 August 2014 at 19:01

Highlights from the Folger Shakespeare Library's Digital Image Collection, released now under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/highlights-from-folger-shakespeare-librarys-release-of-almost-80000-images/


The London Guide and Stranger’s Safeguard against the Cheats, Swindlers, and Pickpockets (1819)

Tuesday 12 August 2014 at 18:23

A comprehensive guide to help the unwitting visitor avoid falling victim to the various and nefarious crimes abound in early 19th-century London.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-london-guide-and-strangers-safeguard-against-the-cheats-swindlers-and-pickpockets-1819/


Jack and the Beanstalk (1902)

Thursday 7 August 2014 at 17:34

A short adaptation in nine scenes from the Edison Manufacturing Company of the popular fairytale "Jack and the Beanstalk", directed by George S. Fleming and Edwin S. Porter and starring Thomas White as Jack.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/jack-and-the-beanstalk-1902/


“O, Excellent Air Bag”: Humphry Davy and Nitrous Oxide

Wednesday 6 August 2014 at 18:53

The summer of 1799 saw a new fad take hold in one remarkable circle of British society: the inhalation of "Laughing Gas". The overseer and pioneer of these experiments was a young Humphry Davy, future President of the Royal Society. Mike Jay explores how Davy's extreme and near-fatal regime of self-experimentation with the gas not only marked a new era in the history of science but a turn toward the philosophical and literary romanticism of the century to come.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/08/06/o-excellent-air-bag-humphry-davy-and-nitrous-oxide/