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How to use the Dial Telephone (1927)

Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 18:56

A film by the American Telephone and Telegraph company, showing through both animation and live action how to use the rotary dial of the telephone.


Colour Wheels, Charts, and Tables Through History

Tuesday 17 November 2015 at 17:56

A chronology of various attempts through the last four centuries to visually organise and make sense of colour: from simple wheels to multi-layered pyramids, from scientific systems to those based on the hues of human emotion.


Cossack Fairy Tales (1916)

Thursday 12 November 2015 at 17:09

Fairy tales and folk tales originally published in 1894 and translated from a dialect spoken in the area known to us today as western Ukraine.


The Price of Suffering: William Pynchon and The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption

Wednesday 11 November 2015 at 16:55

William Pynchon, earliest colonial ancestor of the novelist Thomas Pynchon, was a key figure in the early settlement of New England. He also wrote a book which became, at the hands of the Puritans it riled against, one of the first to be banned and burned on American soil. Daniel Crown explores.


The Telephonoscope (1879)

Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 18:13

Device imagined in a Punch cartoon from 1879, predicting the advent of video chat more than 100 years before Skype.


Georg Bartisch’s Ophthalmodouleia (1583)

Thursday 5 November 2015 at 18:09

Images from Ophthalmodouleia Das ist Augendienst, the first Renaissance manuscript on ophthalmic disorders and eye surgery, published in 1583 by German physician Georg Bartisch (1535–1607), considered by many to be the father of modern ophthalmology.


The Legend of the Divine Farmer

Tuesday 3 November 2015 at 16:45

WELLCOME LIBRARY - Gillian Daniels, Graduate Trainee at the Wellcome Trust, explores the story of Shen Nong, born of a princess and heavenly dragon, and teacher to the ancient Chinese of agriculture and herbal medicine.


The Key of Hell: an 18th-Century Manual on Black Magic

Thursday 29 October 2015 at 17:34

Images from the Claris Inferni or "The Key of Hell", a late-18th-century book on black magic.


Notes on the Fourth Dimension

Wednesday 28 October 2015 at 17:08

Hyperspace, ghosts, and colourful cubes - Jon Crabb on the work of Charles Howard Hinton and the cultural history of higher dimensions.


Apollinaire’s Calligrammes (1918)

Tuesday 27 October 2015 at 17:55

A book of poetry by French writer Guillaume Apollinaire, noted for its use of "caligrams" in which typeface and arrangement of words on the page add to the meaning of the compositions.