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Dr Mitchill and the Mathematical Tetrodon

Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 17:39

One of the early Republic's great polymaths, New Yorker Samuel L. Mitchill was a man with a finger in many a pie, including medicine, science, natural history, and politics. Dr Kevin Dann argues that Mitchill's peculiar brand of curiosity can best be seen in his study of fish and the attention he gives one seemingly unassuming specimen.


Watercolours from a 16th-Century De Materia Medica

Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 16:03

Wonderful full-page watercolour illustrations from a 16th-century edition of Pedanius Dioscorides's work on herbal medicine, De Materia Medica.


Footage of the Twin Towers Being Built (1976)

Thursday 10 September 2015 at 16:09

A film produced by Western Electric, a haunting glimpse into the construction of the Twin Towers in New York and their early use.


Portraits of Ellis Island Immigrants

Wednesday 9 September 2015 at 14:34

A selection on Augustus Sherman's photographs of immgrants passing through Ellis Island on their way to new lives in the United States.


Caw! Caw! or The Chronicle of Crows (ca. 1848)

Tuesday 8 September 2015 at 03:00

A story of a group of crows attacked by a farmer, beautifully ilustrated by Jemima Blackburn.


19th-Century Album of Ottoman Fashion

Thursday 3 September 2015 at 17:41

An album showing various clothing and ceremonial costumes of the Ottoman Empire, including an array of very impressive hatwear.


Tribal Life in Old Lyme: Canada’s Colorblind Chronicler and his Connecticut Exile

Wednesday 2 September 2015 at 16:49

Abigail Walthausen explores the life and work of Arthur Heming, the Canadian painter who -- having been diagnosed with colourblindness as a child -- worked for most of his life in a distinctive pallete of black, yellow, and white.


Jacob Sarnoff and the Strange World of Anatomical Filmmaking

Tuesday 1 September 2015 at 14:35

US NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE - Miriam Posner on what led a 1920s Brooklyn surgeon to remove the veins from a day-old infant, mount them on a board, and film them being pumped with air.


Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk (1836)

Thursday 27 August 2015 at 18:50

Maria Monk's revelations of her time at the Hôtel-Dieu convent in Montreal, describing nuns forced to engage in sexual acts with priests and being locked in the cellar as a punishment for disobeying.


16th-Century Pattern Book for Scribes

Wednesday 26 August 2015 at 18:14

A medieval pattern book for scribes composed of two parts and dating from around 1510 and hailing from Swabia, Germany - including lots of wonderful calligraphy.