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Mimes by Marcel Schwob (1901)

Thursday 22 May 2014 at 18:14

An English translation of a collection of twenty short "prose-songs" (as the Foreword declares them) from the French writer Marcel Schwob (1867-1905), a key figure of the late 19th-century French symbolist movement.


Orbis Pictus Animal Sounds Mug

Wednesday 21 May 2014 at 19:15

DESIGN:”The duck quaketh… the goose gaggleth”, the animal so…


The New York World’s Fair, 1939-40

Wednesday 21 May 2014 at 18:47

A remarkable series of amateur reels, amounting to more than 6 hours in total, covering the 1939–40 New York World's Fair which took place on a 1,216 acre area of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and which saw over 44 million people in attendance.


The Nantucket Sea-Serpent Hoax (1937)

Tuesday 20 May 2014 at 16:48

Photograohs of the 1937 Nantucket sea-serpent hoax



Monday 19 May 2014 at 20:35

IMAGE: Plate 93 from Ernst Haeckel’s visually dazzling Kunstformen der Nat…


In the Image of God: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book

Wednesday 14 May 2014 at 17:57

In the mid 17th-century John Comenius published what many consider to be the first picture book dedicated to the education of young children, Orbis Sensualium Pictus - or The World of Things Obvious to the Senses drawn in Pictures, as it was rendered in English. Charles McNamara explores how, contrary to Comenius' declarations, the book can be seen to be as much about the invisible world as the visible.


Punishment in the Afterlife: an Eastern Turki Manuscript

Tuesday 13 May 2014 at 18:34

Fragments of a manuscript, written in the Eastern Turki language, depicting the fate of sinners in the afterlife.


Caption Competition #5

Friday 9 May 2014 at 13:54

The inventor of the LOLcat instantly regretted what he had done. AND THE WINNER IS&#…


Monster Soup commonly called Thames Water

Thursday 8 May 2014 at 21:00

DESIGN: A coloured engraving by William Heath from 1828, showing “Monster S…


Living Lights: a Popular Account of Phosphorescent Animals and Vegetables (1887)

Thursday 8 May 2014 at 17:22

A beautifully illustrated book all about creatures endowed with the remarkable ability to produce and emit light: what we now call "bioluminescence".