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Phenakistoscopes (1833)

Tuesday 30 August 2016 at 19:05

A popular Victorian parlour toy, generally marketed for children, which is widely considered to be among the earliest forms of animation and the precursor to modern cinema.


The Up-To-Date Sandwich Book: 400 Ways to Make a Sandwich (1909)

Thursday 25 August 2016 at 18:51

A wonderfully no-nonsense guide to the culinary art of the sandwich.


Contents of an Ostrich’s Stomach (ca. 1930)

Tuesday 23 August 2016 at 17:54

An unusual image captured by Frederick William Bond, photographer at the Zoological Society of London. Contents included a couple of handkerchiefs, a buttoned glove, a length of rope, a plain handkerchief, and a four-inch nail.


The Calcutta Pococurante Society: Public and Private in India’s Age of Reform

Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 16:58

Joshua Ehrlich on an obscure text found on the shelves of a Bengali library and the light it sheds on the idea of the public in 19th-century Calcutta.


Kobayashi Kiyochika’s Cartoons of the Russo-Japanese War (1904–5)

Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 19:01

Propaganda cartoons from the pen of Japanese artist Kobayashi Kiyochika.


The Death and Burial of Cock Robin

Thursday 11 August 2016 at 18:48

The Death of Cock Robin, also known as The Death and Burial of Cock Robin is a somewhat macabre English nursery rhyme describing the murder and the funeral of a robin.


The Over-Incubated Baby (1901)

Wednesday 10 August 2016 at 18:23

A mother brings her baby to Professor Bakem's newly invented baby incubator, which claims to give one year's of growth in just one hour, but an accident leads to a distressing surprise.


Details from Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (ca. 1500)

Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 18:57

Collection of detailed crops from Hieronymous Bosch's most ambitious work, The Garden of Earthly Delights.


With Lord Byron at the Sandwich Islands in 1825

Thursday 4 August 2016 at 17:53

Journal of the Scottish botanist James McCrae recounting his 1825 voyage to Hawaii with the cousin of the poet Lord Byron.


“Unlimiting the Bounds”: the Panorama and the Balloon View

Wednesday 3 August 2016 at 17:18

The second essay in a two-part series in which Lily Ford explores how balloon flight transformed our ideas of landscape. Here she looks at the phenomenon of the panorama, and how its attempts at creating the immersive view were inextricably linked to the new visual experience opened up by the advent of ballooning.