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Portraits of Patients from Surrey County Asylum (ca.1855)

Wednesday 26 February 2014 at 17:44

Photographic portraits taken by Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond of patients from Surrey County Asylum in England where he worked as a psychiatrist.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/portraits-of-patients-from-surrey-county-asylum-ca-1855/


The Founding Fathers v. The Climate Change Skeptics

Wednesday 19 February 2014 at 16:49

When claims from Europe accused British America of being inferior on account of its colder weather, Thomas Jefferson and his fellow Founding Fathers responded with patriotic zeal that their settlement was actually causing the climate to warm. Raphael Calel explores how, in contrast to today's common association of the U.S. with climate change skepticism, it was a very different story in the 18th century.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/02/19/the-founding-fathers-v-the-climate-change-skeptics/


The Bouncer at the Blazing Rag (1902)

Tuesday 18 February 2014 at 16:42

Introduced as “a concert hall scene by Len Spencer and Gilbert Gerard”…

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-bouncer-at-the-blazing-rag-1902/


The Little Book of Love

Friday 14 February 2014 at 16:59

A Valentine's gift to top all Valentine's gifts - the Petit Livre d’Amour (Little Book of Love) was an ornate bespoke book given by the 16th-century Lyon-born poet Pierre Salas to his then lover and future wife Marguerite Bullioud.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/02/14/the-little-book-of-love/


George Wither’s Emblem Book (1635)

Thursday 13 February 2014 at 17:29

The emblem book of English poet, pamphleteer, and satirist George Wither (1588 - 1667). Wither was employed by a London publisher called Henry Taunton to write English verses to illustrative the beautiful allegorical plates made by Gabriel Rollenhagen and Crispin van Passe more than 20 years earlier.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/02/13/george-withers-emblem-book-1635/


Arent van Bolten’s Grotesques

Tuesday 11 February 2014 at 17:39

Grotesques of Dutch artist Arent van Bolten, produced sometime in the early 17th century.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/02/11/arent-van-boltens-grotesques/


A Relation of an Extraordinary Sleepy Person (ca.1698)

Thursday 6 February 2014 at 14:54

A Royal Society paper describing a bizarre case of a man who would periodically fall into a "profound sleep" from which no-one could wake him for a months.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/02/06/a-relation-of-an-extraordinary-sleepy-person-ca-1698/


Olaus Magnus’s Sea Serpent

Wednesday 5 February 2014 at 16:25

The terrifying Great Norway Serpent, or Sea Orm, is the most famous of the many influ…

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/02/05/olaus-magnuss-sea-serpent/


Ambassadors, milkmaids, and hot air balloons

Tuesday 4 February 2014 at 17:15

ZENTRALBIBLIOTHEK SOLOTHURN - Patrick Borer picks out some highlights from their collection of 18th-century prints and looks at what they tell us about life in a Swiss city state.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/ambassadors-milkmaids-and-hot-air-balloons/


The Flying Lighthouse of Barfleur

Sunday 2 February 2014 at 18:47

Animated GIF created by Alex Pickup from a photograph of the Barfleur Lighthouse in…

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-flying-lighthouse-of-barfleur/