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Leo Tolstoy´s Fables for Children (1904)

Tuesday 7 August 2012 at 12:41


Fables for children, stories for children, natural science stories, popular education, decembrists, moral tales, by Count Lev N. Tolstoy, translated from the original Russian and edited by Leo Wiener; 1904; Dana Estes & Co., Boston.

As well as writing such lengthy literary classics as Anna Karenina and War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy turned his hand to writing stories for younger readers. Most of the works in the collection above, translated here by Leo Wiener, had their seed in primers which Tolstoy wrote for the school which he established in 1849 for peasant children at his country estate, Yasnaya Polyana (Clear Glades). In the huge variety of tales – through a host of kings, hermits, peasants and talking animals – he expounds his clear vision for a more human and socially just society.

The book is housed on the Internet Archive, donated by the New York Public Library.










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Kaishi Hen, an 18th Century Japanese anatomical atlas

Monday 6 August 2012 at 17:49

Images from Kaishi Hen (Analysis of Cadavers), an anatomical atlas from the dawn of experimental medicine in Japan, published in Kyoto in 1772. The book details, in exquisite woodcut illustrations by Aoki Shukuya (d. 1802), the experiments and findings of Kawaguchi Shinnin (1736-1811).

(Images from Wikimedia Commons via National Library of Medicine).













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Winners in the Fifth Olympiad (1912)

Friday 3 August 2012 at 18:29

Pictures of the winners of each event of the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games – as featured in the The Fifth Olympiad: the Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912, published in 1913 by Wahlstrom & Widstrand, Stockholm.

(All images taken from The Fifth Olympiad: the Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912 housed by the Internet Archive, donated by the University of Toronto).

































































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The Fifth Olympiad: the Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912

Friday 3 August 2012 at 17:39


The Fifth Olympiad: the Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912; 1913; Wahlstrom & Widstrand, Stockholm.

The official report of the Olympic Games held in Stockholm in 1912. As exhaustive account of all there is to know about the 5th Olympiad including all the bureaucratic wranglings and preparations for the Games, the actual results and also a wonderful series of portraits of the winners. The 1912 Games were the last to issue solid gold medals and, with Japan’s debut, the first time an Asian nation participated. They were also the first to have art competitions, the first to feature the decathlon and pentathlon, both won by Jim Thorpe, women’s diving and women’s swimming, and also the first to introduce electric timing. (Wikipedia)

See pictures of the winners portrait series from the book here in our images collection.

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The Yama Yama Man – Ada Jones (1909)

Thursday 2 August 2012 at 17:53



“The Yama Yama Man” was written by Karl Hoschna (music) and Collin Davis (lyrics) for the Broadway show The Three Twins (1908). Bessie McCoy’s signature performance of the song, in a satin Pierrot clown costume with floppy gloves and a cone hat, was key in establishing the song’s popularity. The July 25, 1908, edition of Billboard magazine reported the following story how the song originated. When The Three Twins was rehearsing in Chicago, prior to first opening, Karl Hoschna, the composer, was asked to furnish a “pajama man song”. He wrote one called The Pajama Man only to learn that it could not be used owing to another pajama number booked at the Whitney Opera House the next day. Gus Sohlke, the stage director, happened to pass a toy store and saw in the window a doll built out of triangles. Realizing that this had never been used in stage work he decided to have a triangular man chorus in place of The Pajama Man. That afternoon as he, Collin Davis and Hoschna sat together wondering what they would call the song, Sohlke kept repeating “Pajama jama yama yama”. Suddenly he brightened up and cried “Did either of you fellows ever hear of a Yama Yama Man?” Of course neither one had and Sohlke confirmed “Neither have I! Lets call the new song Yama Yama Man”. Quickly Davis set to work to write a lyric around the title and that night Sohlke and Hoschna locked themselves in a room with Bessie McCoy and rehearsed the Yama song and dance for five hours. Ada Jones recorded “Yama Yama Man” in 1909 for Victor Light Opera Company. The lyrics for verse two and three were changed, verse two being more bawdy. It spent five weeks at #1 in 1909 and was the most popular song of her career. (Wikipedia)

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Photos of a Square Dance in McIntosh County, Oklahoma (1940)

Wednesday 1 August 2012 at 18:44

Photographs taken during a square dance in McIntosh County in Oklahoma by photographers working for the U.S. government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA). The FSA and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The pictures focused on rural areas and farm labor, as well as aspects of World War II mobilization, including factories, railroads, aviation training, and women working.

(All images from the Library of Congress via Flickr Commons).

























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Jack and Jill and old Dame Gill (1806)

Tuesday 31 July 2012 at 17:47


Jack and Jill and old Dame Gill, author/illustrator unknown; 1806; J. Aldis, London.

Extended version of the famous nursery rhyme in which, in addition to fetching some water, Jack and Jill get into various scrapes with animals, swings, see-saws, and the ever-chastising Old Dame Gill. The illustrator goes uncredited in the book, though the back page is dedicated to a special rhyme advertising the booksellers/publishers J.Aldis: “Dame Gill had been to Aldis / To buy them all books / You may see how they are pleased / by the smiles in their looks / Now if you are good and deserving regard / This book full of pictures shall be your reward.”

The book is housed at the Internet Archive, donated by the California Digital Library.










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The Flowers Personified (1847)

Monday 30 July 2012 at 17:57

Images by the great Parisian cartoonist J.J Grandville from his Les Fleurs Animées – his last work, originally published posthumously in 1847, the year of his death. With its mix of the satirical and poetic, the book is considered to be one of his most supreme achievements.

(All images taken from Volumes 1 and 2 of an 1867 edition of the book housed at the Internet Archive, and donated by the Joseph Sablé Centre. Thanks to the Old Book Illustration Scrapbook Blog, through which the book was found).













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An Exact and Authentic Narrative of the 2nd Baltimore Riot (1812)

Friday 27 July 2012 at 17:18


An exact and authentic narrative, of the events which took place in Baltimore, on the 27th and 28th of July last. Carefully collected from some of the sufferers and eyewitnesses. To which is added a narrative of Mr. John Thomson, one of the unfortunate sufferers; 1812; Printed for the purchasers

A small book giving various eye witness accounts of the “Second Baltimore Riot”, one of the most violent anti-federalists attacks during the War of 1812. The first riot took place just over a month before when the Baltimore based “pro-British” Federalist newspaper The Federal Republican denounced the declaration of war. On the night of June 20th a mob stormed the newspaper’s offices destroying the building and its contents. A truce was eventually negotiated and the owner of the paper, Alexander Hanson, and his employees were taken into protective custody. In July, after spending a few weeks in Georgetown, Hanson brought his newspaper back to a building in Baltimore and continued to write editorials denouncing the war. Once again, a mob lay siege to the building but this time Hanson and his employees fought back with gunfire, reportedly killing two of the mob. A military force intervened and again escorted Hanson and his supporters to jail for their protection. The following night the mob broke into the jail and nine Federalists, including Hanson, were hauled out into the street and given a severe three-hour beating, including being stabbed with penknives and having hot candle wax dropped into their eyes. Eventually the authorities intervened. One of the paper’s employees, a Revolutionary War veteran named James Lingan, had been killed while Hanson was to die only seven years later never having fully recovered. No one ended up being brought to justice for the attacks.

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WW2 U.S. Soldier Drag Show (1942)

Thursday 26 July 2012 at 17:00



Universal Newsreel showing WW2 soldiers of Fort Slocum in a “Girlie Show” – an all singing, dancing, and cross-dressing version of “Swing Fever”. According to Internet Archive user Michael A. Cavanaugh:

This show was originally scheduled for before Christmas 1941. According to the post newspaper, The Casual News I(15) 15 Nov 1941 p 1, it “centers around the vicissitudes of an intellectually inhabited Army post once it has been invaded, via the draft, by a group of swing musicians.” The libretto was written by Pfcs Richard Burdick and Horace Sutton; music by Capt. Louis E. Tepp, Miss Marcelle Meyer and Burdick. (Burdick had civilian stage experience, Meyer was with the YMCA which sponsored the production. The film clip seems to be of the YMCA stage, basement of bldg. 82.) It was written specifically for the talent on post, and included Pfc Danny Lapidos (director of the Ft. Slocum Dance Band), S/Sgt Abraham Small (director of the Post Band; that may be him directing the music in the film clip), Kay Sharp (daughter of a Sgt on post), Lt. Samuel Ogden, Capt Eric Anderson & Lt John Steele. The post newspaper completely downplayed the crossdressing aspect (which the newsreel plays up). Before the WAACs arrived in 1943 there were few women on post (only daughters & civilian employees e.g. the YMCA); later stage productions at Slocum would feature more integrated casts, and the WACs would be active participants. As in the Army generally the post band was very important. This is a rare clip of the band as well as of social life at Ft Slocum (1861-1965), “the Ellis Island of the US Army”.


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