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Spectropia; or, Surprising Spectral Illusions (1865)

Wednesday 21 October 2015 at 15:45

A book of Victorian hi-tech ghost conjuring which allows the reader to summon, as the sub-title proclaims, ghosts everywhere and of any colour.


The Art of Ornamental Orange Peeling (1905)

Tuesday 20 October 2015 at 18:46

Images from an article about an unusual form of sculpture, found in a 1905 issue of American Homes and Gardens magazine.


Richard Spruce and the Trials of Victorian Bryology

Wednesday 14 October 2015 at 17:52

Obsessed with the smallest and seemingly least exciting of plants — mosses and liverworts — the 19th-century botanist Richard Spruce never achieved the fame of his more popularist contemporaries. Elaine Ayers explores the work of this unsung hero of Victorian plant science and how his complexities echoed the very subject of his study.


The First Circus (1921)

Tuesday 13 October 2015 at 17:57

Two animations by Tony Sarg: one an untitled film critiquing the Prohibition of the 20s via the medium of drunk monkeys, the other a series of humorous scenes depicting a circus.


Collection of Pornographic Art from Antiquity (1785)

Thursday 8 October 2015 at 18:19

A collection of pornographic art from antiquity, presented by the French art historian and libertine Pierre-François Hugues d'Hancarville (1719-1805).


Historic Oregon Newspapers: Preserving History While Shaping the Future

Wednesday 7 October 2015 at 13:43

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON LIBRARIES - Sheila Rabun, Digital Project Manager at the Digital Scholarship Center, gives a tour of the rich and varied history of news media in Oregon.


Hi-Res Images from the Apollo Missions

Tuesday 6 October 2015 at 17:21

Selection of super hi-res images from the Apollo 11 mission, from the criss-cross of boot prints in the lunar dust, to Neil Armstrong's watery gaze after first landing.



Friday 2 October 2015 at 14:25

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Illustrations from an Italian Book of Proverbs (1718)

Thursday 1 October 2015 at 17:28

Illustrations from a seventeenth-century Italian book of proverbs made by the engraver and painter Giuseppe Maria Mitelli (1634–1718).


Bad Air: Pollution, Sin, and Science Fiction in William Delisle Hay’s The Doom of the Great City (1880)

Wednesday 30 September 2015 at 16:05

Deadly fogs, moralistic diatribes, debunked medical theory - Brett Beasley explores a piece of Victorian science fiction considered to be the first modern tale of urban apocalypse.