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Voyage a la Lune T-Shirt

Monday 2 June 2014 at 18:36

IMAGE: French cartoon from around 1865 showing a man riding on a bicycle-like flyin…


The Adventures of Cinderella (ca.1810)

Thursday 29 May 2014 at 17:13

A short and wonderfully illustrated version of the Cinderella tale most probably dating from the early 19th century (no date can be made out in the book itself).


The Naturalist and the Neurologist: On Charles Darwin and James Crichton-Browne

Wednesday 28 May 2014 at 16:54

Stassa Edwards explores Charles Darwin's photography collection, which included almost forty portraits of mental patients given to him by the neurologist James Crichton-Browne. The study of these photographs, and the related correspondence between the two men, would prove instrumental in the development of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), Darwin's study on the evolution of emotions.


An Alphabet of Organic Type (ca.1650)

Tuesday 27 May 2014 at 17:59

A stunning series of letterforms designed in the mid-17th century, writhing forms which hover somewhere between the monstrous and floral


Mimes by Marcel Schwob (1901)

Thursday 22 May 2014 at 18:14

An English translation of a collection of twenty short "prose-songs" (as the Foreword declares them) from the French writer Marcel Schwob (1867-1905), a key figure of the late 19th-century French symbolist movement.


Orbis Pictus Animal Sounds Mug

Wednesday 21 May 2014 at 19:15

DESIGN:”The duck quaketh… the goose gaggleth”, the animal so…


The New York World’s Fair, 1939-40

Wednesday 21 May 2014 at 18:47

A remarkable series of amateur reels, amounting to more than 6 hours in total, covering the 1939–40 New York World's Fair which took place on a 1,216 acre area of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and which saw over 44 million people in attendance.


The Nantucket Sea-Serpent Hoax (1937)

Tuesday 20 May 2014 at 16:48

Photograohs of the 1937 Nantucket sea-serpent hoax



Monday 19 May 2014 at 20:35

IMAGE: Plate 93 from Ernst Haeckel’s visually dazzling Kunstformen der Nat…


In the Image of God: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book

Wednesday 14 May 2014 at 17:57

In the mid 17th-century John Comenius published what many consider to be the first picture book dedicated to the education of young children, Orbis Sensualium Pictus - or The World of Things Obvious to the Senses drawn in Pictures, as it was rendered in English. Charles McNamara explores how, contrary to Comenius' declarations, the book can be seen to be as much about the invisible world as the visible.