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1592: Coining Columbus

Wednesday 16 April 2014 at 15:24

For many the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas is inextricably linked to a particular image: a small group of confident men on a tropical beach formally announcing their presence to the dumbfounded Amerindians. Michiel van Groesen explores the origins of this eurocentric iconography and ascribes it's persistence to the editorial strategy of the publisher who invented the initial design a full century after Columbus' encounter took place.


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…