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John Wanamaker recounts a Leo Tolstoy anecdote (1908)

Thursday 24 July 2014 at 15:54

Recording of the U.S. merchant, religious leader, and politician, John Wanamaker, recounting an anecdote of Leo Tolstoy, the man he banned as U.S. Postmaster General 18 years prior.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/john-wanamaker-recounts-a-leo-tolstoy-anecdote-1908/


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Wednesday 23 July 2014 at 13:12

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The Tale of Beatrix Potter

Wednesday 23 July 2014 at 13:06

This year, the works of one of the most successful and universal writers of all time came into the public domain in many countries around the world. The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck - in all, thirty-three books bearing the name Beatrix Potter have sold close to 200 million copies. Frank Delaney enquires into the more complex woman behind the safe and warm-hearted stories.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/07/23/the-tale-of-beatrix-potter/


High Frequency Electric Currents in Medicine and Dentistry (1910)

Tuesday 22 July 2014 at 18:51

A selection of images from High Frequency Electric Currents in Medicine and Dentistry (1910) by champion of electro-therapeutics Samuel Howard Monell who claimed his high frequency currents of electricity could treat a variety of ailments, including acne, lesions, insomnia, abnormal blood pressure, depression, and hysteria.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/high-frequency-electric-currents-in-medicine-and-dentistry-1910/


Dame Talkative’s Old Sayings (ca.1824)

Thursday 17 July 2014 at 15:16

A book of wonderfully illustrated rhymes which, although they appear to be for children, often veer into the world of more adult themes.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/dame-talkatives-old-sayings-ca-1824/


Japanese Prints of Western Inventors, Artists and Scholars (1873)

Wednesday 16 July 2014 at 12:19

A set of Japanese prints depicting famous Western inventors and scholars - including Audubon, Carlyle, Watt, and Arkright - beset by various difficulties.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/japanese-prints-of-western-inventors-artists-and-scholars-1873/


Little Tich and his Big Boot Dance (1900)

Thursday 10 July 2014 at 18:20

Filmed in 1900 and released 1903, this film directed by Clément Maurice, shows the English performer Little Tich performing his famous "Big Boot Dance".

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/little-tich-and-his-big-boot-dance-1900/


A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future (1894)

Thursday 10 July 2014 at 16:26

A science fiction novel by the incredibly wealthy businessman and member of the prominent Astor family, John Jacob Astor IV, in which he offers an imagining of life in the year 2000.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/a-journey-in-other-worlds-a-romance-of-the-future-1894/


Julia Margaret Cameron in Ceylon: Idylls of Freshwater vs. Idylls of Rathoongodde

Wednesday 9 July 2014 at 17:01

Leaving her close-knit artistic community on the Isle of Wight at the age of sixty to join her husband on the coffee plantations of Ceylon was not an easy move for the celebrated British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Eugenia Herbert explores the story behind the move and how the new environment was to impact Cameron's art.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/07/09/julia-margaret-cameron-in-ceylon-idylls-of-freshwater-vs-idylls-of-rathoongodde/


Flemish Mask Designs in the Grotesque Style (1555)

Tuesday 8 July 2014 at 16:58

A selection of stunning mask designs from the hand of Dutch engraver Frans Huys, rooted in the "grotesque" style and composed of shapes inspired from creaturely and vegetative forms (forming a style that would later become known as "auricular").

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/flemish-mask-designs-in-the-grotesque-style-1555/