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Arthur Coga’s Blood Transfusion (1667)

Tuesday 15 April 2014 at 17:54

An account of the first ever blood transfusion involving a human in England. Six months after he successfully completed a blood transfusion between two dogs, the experimental physician Richard Lower administered 9oz of sheep's blood into the body of Arthur Coga, a Divinity Student from Cambridge.


Mister Fox (1870)

Thursday 10 April 2014 at 16:07

A short piece of juvenile literature about the hungry Mister Fox and his attempts to acquire dinner for his family - an endeavour which proves successful despite the attempts of the farmer and his wife to intervene - all illustrated in a series of delightful silhouettes.


Mary and Gretel (1917)

Wednesday 9 April 2014 at 18:01

A fairy brings two dolls to life, part of a short lived stop-motion puppet series by animator Howard S. Moss, described as Alice in Wonderland meets the Garden of Eden, a surreal fable of a drunk rabbit, bowling dwarfs, and the two bewildered girls of the title.


Fashions of the Future as Imagined in 1893

Tuesday 8 April 2014 at 17:31

Illustrations from a delightful piece called the Future Dictates of Fashion by W. Cade Gall and published in 1893 which tries to predict the next 100 years of fashion.


Darkness Over All: John Robison and the Birth of the Illuminati Conspiracy

Wednesday 2 April 2014 at 17:32

Conspiracy theories of a secretive power elite seeking global domination have long held a place in the modern imagination. Mike Jay explores the idea’s beginnings in the writings of John Robison, a Scottish scientist who maintained that the French revolution was the work of a covert Masonic cell known as the Illuminati.


Map of New York City from 1857

Tuesday 1 April 2014 at 12:25

DESIGN: Mid-19th century map of New York City including an index to the streets of Ne…


Highlights from the 20,000+ maps made freely available online by New York Public Library

Monday 31 March 2014 at 19:04

The New York Public Library have made available online, free from all restrictions…


Recordings of Pygmy Music from the 1946 Ogooué-Congo Mission

Thursday 27 March 2014 at 17:38

A series of recordings made in 1946 as part of the “Ogooué-Congo” mission, a French scientific expedition led by ethnologist Noël Ballif through Middle-Congo and Gabon with a purpose to discover and study the Pygmy peoples.


The Nitrous Oxide Experiments of Humphry Davy

Tuesday 25 March 2014 at 16:44

Researches, chemical and philosophical chiefly concerning nitrous oxide, or dip…


The 25 Stages from Courtship to Marriage

Thursday 20 March 2014 at 17:47

A charming set of twenty-five hand-tinted stereographs showing the various stage…