The Public Domain Review http://publicdomainreview.org/ This is just an automatic copy of Public Domain Review blog. <i>Black America</i>, 1895 https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/black-america-1895 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Black-America-1895 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:55:00 +0100 During the summer of 1895, in a Brooklyn park, there was a cotton plantation complete with five hundred Black workers reenacting slavery. Dorothy Berry uncovers the bizarre and complex history of Black America, a theatrical production which revealed the conflicting possibilities of self-expression in a racist society.

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During the summer of 1895, in a Brooklyn park, there was a cotton plantation complete with five hundred Black workers reenacting slavery. Dorothy Berry uncovers the bizarre and complex history of Black America, a theatrical production which revealed the conflicting possibilities of self-expression in a racist society.

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Filippo Morghen's Fantastical Visions of Lunar Life (1776) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/filippo-morghen-fantastical-visions-of-lunar-life http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Filippo-Morghen-s-Fantastical-Visions-of-Lunar-Life-(1776) Tue, 23 Feb 2021 07:16:00 +0100 The Florentine engraver imagines an expedition to a lunar landscape peopled by New World figures in fantastical, size-shifting scenarios.

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The Florentine engraver imagines an expedition to a lunar landscape peopled by New World figures in fantastical, size-shifting scenarios.

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French Silk Sample Book (ca. 1900) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/french-silk-sample-book http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/French-Silk-Sample-Book-(ca-1900) Tue, 16 Feb 2021 11:16:00 +0100 A sample book of gorgeous French silk in various patterns, from around 1900, from the Mary Ann Beinecke Decorative Art Collection.

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A sample book of gorgeous French silk in various patterns, from around 1900, from the Mary Ann Beinecke Decorative Art Collection.

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Baron Munchausen’s Dream (1911) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/baron-munchausens-dream http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Baron-Munchausen-s-Dream-(1911) Thu, 11 Feb 2021 07:49:00 +0100 Méliès shows customary boundless imagination in this short film depicting the pleasures and terrors that plague the drunken baron.

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Méliès shows customary boundless imagination in this short film depicting the pleasures and terrors that plague the drunken baron.

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Postures of Transport: Sex, God, and Rocking Chairs https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/postures-of-transport http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Postures-of-Transport-Sex-God-and-Rocking-Chairs Wed, 03 Feb 2021 12:52:00 +0100 What if chairs had the ability to shift our state of consciousness, transporting the imagination into distant landscapes and ecstatic experiences, both religious and erotic? In an essay about the British and American fascination with rocking chairs and upholstery springs in the 19th century, Hunter Dukes discovers how simple furniture technologies allowed armchair travelers to explore worlds beyond their own.

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What if chairs had the ability to shift our state of consciousness, transporting the imagination into distant landscapes and ecstatic experiences, both religious and erotic? In an essay about the British and American fascination with rocking chairs and upholstery springs in the 19th century, Hunter Dukes discovers how simple furniture technologies allowed armchair travelers to explore worlds beyond their own.

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Serviette Sculptures: Mattia Giegher’s Treatise on Napkin Folding (1629) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/serviette-sculptures-the-forgotten-art-of-napkin-folding http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Serviette-Sculptures-Mattia-Giegher-s-Treatise-on-Napkin-Folding-(1 Tue, 02 Feb 2021 09:10:00 +0100 17th-century treatise, the first book of its kind, containing a bestiary of linen creations, mythical creatures and architectural abstractions, folded out of the common napkin.

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17th-century treatise, the first book of its kind, containing a bestiary of linen creations, mythical creatures and architectural abstractions, folded out of the common napkin.

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Early Illustrations of the Nervous System by Camillo Golgi and Santiago Ramón y Cajal https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/illustrations-of-the-nervous-system-golgi-and-cajal http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Early-Illustrations-of-the-Nervous-System-by-Camillo-Golgi-and-Santiag Thu, 28 Jan 2021 09:44:00 +0100 Beautiful diagrams exploring the nervous system from two pioneers in the field.

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Beautiful diagrams exploring the nervous system from two pioneers in the field.

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The Music of the Waters: A Collection of Sea Shanties (1888) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/sea-shanties http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Music-of-the-Waters-A-Collection-of-Sea-Shanties-(1888) Tue, 19 Jan 2021 15:23:00 +0100 Compilation of a huge range of shanties from around the world, including music, words, and ethnographic description of their provenance and performance.

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Compilation of a huge range of shanties from around the world, including music, words, and ethnographic description of their provenance and performance.

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The Art of Whaling: Illustrations from the Logbooks of Nantucket Whaleships https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-art-of-whaling http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Art-of-Whaling-Illustrations-from-the-Logbooks-of-Nantucket-Whale Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:03:00 +0100 The 19th-century whale hunt was a brutal business, awash with blubber, blood, and the cruel destruction of life. But between the frantic calls of “there she blows!”, there was plenty of time for creation too. Jessica Boyall explores the rich vein of illustration running through the logbooks and journals of Nantucket whalers.

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The 19th-century whale hunt was a brutal business, awash with blubber, blood, and the cruel destruction of life. But between the frantic calls of “there she blows!”, there was plenty of time for creation too. Jessica Boyall explores the rich vein of illustration running through the logbooks and journals of Nantucket whalers.

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Samuel G. Szábo’s Rogues, A Study of Characters (1857) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/rogues-a-study-of-characters-samuel-g-szabo http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Samuel-G-Szábo-s-Rogues-A-Study-of-Characters-(1857) Tue, 12 Jan 2021 08:01:00 +0100 An artful rogues’ gallery compiled by a mysterious Hungarian photographer during his decade in America.

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An artful rogues’ gallery compiled by a mysterious Hungarian photographer during his decade in America.

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Twenty-eight Years of Co-partnership at Guise (1908) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/twenty-eight-years-of-co-partnership-at-guise http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Twenty-eight-Years-of-Co-partnership-at-Guise-(1908) Thu, 07 Jan 2021 09:35:00 +0100 An admiring account of Jean-Baptiste Godin’s factory, social housing, and workers’ co-operative in the French town of Guise.

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An admiring account of Jean-Baptiste Godin’s factory, social housing, and workers’ co-operative in the French town of Guise.

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William Hogarth’s Satire on False Perspective (1754) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/william-hogarth-satire-on-false-perspective http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/William-Hogarth-s-Satire-on-False-Perspective-(1754) Wed, 06 Jan 2021 14:39:00 +0100 With characteristic skill and wit, Hogarth’s frontispiece for Joshua Kirby’s Method of Perspective shows the pitfalls of getting it wrong.

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With characteristic skill and wit, Hogarth’s frontispiece for Joshua Kirby’s Method of Perspective shows the pitfalls of getting it wrong.

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It’s Our 10th Birthday! Celebrating a Decade of The Public Domain Review https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2021/01/celebrating-a-decade-of-the-public-domain-review http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/It-s-Our-10th-Birthday-Celebrating-a-Decade-of-The-Public-Domain-Re Fri, 01 Jan 2021 15:51:00 +0100 Its our big birthday! We celebrate with a year-by-year glance back over the last decade of the project.

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Its our big birthday! We celebrate with a year-by-year glance back over the last decade of the project.

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Top 10 Most Read Pieces of 2020 https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/12/top-10-most-read-pieces-of-2020 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Top-10-Most-Read-Pieces-of-2020 Mon, 28 Dec 2020 13:02:00 +0100 Rundown of our Top 10 most read pieces of the year.

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Rundown of our Top 10 most read pieces of the year.

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The Revolutionary Colossus https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/revolutionary-colossus http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Revolutionary-Colossus Thu, 10 Dec 2020 11:46:00 +0100 As the French Revolution entered its most radical years, there emerged in print a recurring figure, the collective power of the people expressed as a single gigantic body — a king-eating Colossus. Samantha Wesner traces the lineage of this nouveau Hercules, from Erasmus Darwin’s Bastille-breaking giant to a latter incarnation in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

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As the French Revolution entered its most radical years, there emerged in print a recurring figure, the collective power of the people expressed as a single gigantic body — a king-eating Colossus. Samantha Wesner traces the lineage of this nouveau Hercules, from Erasmus Darwin’s Bastille-breaking giant to a latter incarnation in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

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Don Quixote in the 20th Century (ca. 1905) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/pedro-de-rojas-don-quixote-in-the-20th-century http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Don-Quixote-in-the-20th-Century-(ca-1905) Wed, 09 Dec 2020 06:43:00 +0100 Colorful chromolithograph postcards depicting Don Quixote in twentieth-century scenes.

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Colorful chromolithograph postcards depicting Don Quixote in twentieth-century scenes.

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Ikom Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria (1913) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/folk-stories-from-southern-nigeria http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Ikom-Folk-Stories-from-Southern-Nigeria-(1913) Tue, 08 Dec 2020 06:43:00 +0100 Mushroom babies, heroic tortoises, death, burial, power struggles: folk tales from southern Nigeria as filtered through the sensibility of a colonial administrator.

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Mushroom babies, heroic tortoises, death, burial, power struggles: folk tales from southern Nigeria as filtered through the sensibility of a colonial administrator.

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The Launch of Our End-of-Year Fundraiser! https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/12/launch-of-end-of-year-fundraiser http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Launch-of-Our-End-of-Year-Fundraiser Wed, 02 Dec 2020 14:20:00 +0100 Our End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Communication.

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Our End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Communication.

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En Pleine Mer: The Underwater Landscapes of Eugen von Ransonnet-Villez https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/En-Pleine-Mer-The-Underwater-Landscapes-of-Eugen-von-Ransonnet-Villez Tue, 01 Dec 2020 06:31:00 +0100 Images from colour pencil drawings made while the artist was submerged in a diving bell.

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Images from colour pencil drawings made while the artist was submerged in a diving bell.

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Lord of Misrule: Thomas Morton’s American Subversions https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/lord-of-misrule-thomas-mortons-american-subversions http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Lord-of-Misrule-Thomas-Morton-s-American-Subversions Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:29:00 +0100 When we think of early New England, we tend to picture stern-faced Puritans and black-hatted Pilgrims, but in the same decade that these more famous settlers arrived, a man called Thomas Morton founded a very different kind of colony — a neo-pagan experiment he named Merrymount. Ed Simon explores the colony’s brief existence and the alternate vision of America it represents.

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When we think of early New England, we tend to picture stern-faced Puritans and black-hatted Pilgrims, but in the same decade that these more famous settlers arrived, a man called Thomas Morton founded a very different kind of colony — a neo-pagan experiment he named Merrymount. Ed Simon explores the colony’s brief existence and the alternate vision of America it represents.

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