The Public Domain Review http://publicdomainreview.org/ This is just an automatic copy of Public Domain Review blog. Eastern Sports and Western Bodies: The “Indian Club” in the United States https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/eastern-sports-and-western-bodies http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Eastern-Sports-and-Western-Bodies-The-Indian-Club-in-the-United Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:42:00 +0200 Although largely forgotten today, exercise by club swinging was all the rage in the 19th century. Daniel Elkind explores the rise of the phenomenon in the US, and how such efforts to keep trim and build muscle were inextricably entwined with the history of colonialism, immigration, and capitalist culture.

]]>
Although largely forgotten today, exercise by club swinging was all the rage in the 19th century. Daniel Elkind explores the rise of the phenomenon in the US, and how such efforts to keep trim and build muscle were inextricably entwined with the history of colonialism, immigration, and capitalist culture.

]]>
Announcing the PDR Colouring Book! Free to Download and Print Off at Home https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/03/free-colouring-book http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Announcing-the-PDR-Colouring-Book-Free-to-Download-and-Print-Off-at-H Tue, 31 Mar 2020 18:03:00 +0200 We made you a colouring book to help you through these strange times, featuring works by Hokusai, Albrecht Dürer, Virginia Frances Sterrett, and Aubrey Beardsley.

]]>
We made you a colouring book to help you through these strange times, featuring works by Hokusai, Albrecht Dürer, Virginia Frances Sterrett, and Aubrey Beardsley.

]]>
Coronavirus Update https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/03/coronavirus-update http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Coronavirus-Update Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:02:00 +0200 Quick update as to how the coronavirus crisis is impacting The Public Domain Review.

]]>
Quick update as to how the coronavirus crisis is impacting The Public Domain Review.

]]>
London's Dreadful Visitation: A Year of Weekly Death Statistics during the Great Plague (1665) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/londons-dreadful-visitation-bills-of-mortality http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/London-s-Dreadful-Visitation-A-Year-of-Weekly-Death-Statistics-during Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:25:00 +0100 Bills of mortality for the year 1665 in London, recording the number of plague dead, as well as other causes of mortality.

]]>
Bills of mortality for the year 1665 in London, recording the number of plague dead, as well as other causes of mortality.

]]>
Richard Deakin’s Flora of the Colosseum of Rome (1855) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/richard-deakin-flora-of-the-colosseum-of-rome http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Richard-Deakin-s-Flora-of-the-Colosseum-of-Rome-(1855) Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:11:00 +0100 A thoroughly romantic amateur English botanist’s catalogue of more than 400 plants and flowers that once grew in profusion on the Roman Colosseum.

]]>
A thoroughly romantic amateur English botanist’s catalogue of more than 400 plants and flowers that once grew in profusion on the Roman Colosseum.

]]>
Plague Doctor Costumes https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/plague-doctor-costumes http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Plague-Doctor-Costumes Tue, 17 Mar 2020 11:34:00 +0100 Depictions of plague doctors in the bird mask and floor-length cloak first developed in France during the early 17th century.

]]>
Depictions of plague doctors in the bird mask and floor-length cloak first developed in France during the early 17th century.

]]>
Comic Gold: The Easterner Goes West in Three Early American Comics https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/comic-gold-the-easterner-goes-west-in-three-early-american-comics http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Comic-Gold-The-Easterner-Goes-West-in-Three-Early-American-Comics Thu, 12 Mar 2020 11:05:00 +0100 The California Gold Rush transformed the landscape and population of the United States. It also introduced a new figure into American life and the American imagination — the effete Eastern urbanite who travels to the Wild West in quest of his fortune. Alex Andriesse examines how this figure fares in three mid-nineteenth-century comic books.

]]>
The California Gold Rush transformed the landscape and population of the United States. It also introduced a new figure into American life and the American imagination — the effete Eastern urbanite who travels to the Wild West in quest of his fortune. Alex Andriesse examines how this figure fares in three mid-nineteenth-century comic books.

]]>
Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art (1853) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/anecdotes-of-painters-engravers-sculptors-and-architects http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Anecdotes-of-Painters-Engravers-Sculptors-and-Architects-and-Curios Tue, 10 Mar 2020 07:21:00 +0100 Three volumes of anecdotes about painters and other artists collected by an enterprising American dentist, author, and connoisseur of the arts.

]]>
Three volumes of anecdotes about painters and other artists collected by an enterprising American dentist, author, and connoisseur of the arts.

]]>
Coughs, Sneezes, and Jet-Propelled Germs: Two Public Service Films by Richard Massingham (1945) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/coughs-sneezes-and-jet-propelled-germs-1945 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Coughs-Sneezes-and-Jet-Propelled-Germs-Two-Public-Service-Films-by Thu, 05 Mar 2020 08:24:00 +0100 Two PSA films featuring the multi-talented director, actor, doctor, and hypochondriac Richard Massingham.

]]>
Two PSA films featuring the multi-talented director, actor, doctor, and hypochondriac Richard Massingham.

]]>
Edouard Joseph d’Alton's Illustrations of Animal Skeletons (1821–1838) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/comparative-osteology http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Edouard-Joseph-d-Alton-s-Illustrations-of-Animal-Skeletons-(1821-1 Wed, 04 Mar 2020 11:29:00 +0100 Meticulous illustrations from an atlas of animal bones, including those of the tiny squirrel and the tall giraffe, the domesticated camel and the extinct giant ground sloth.

]]>
Meticulous illustrations from an atlas of animal bones, including those of the tiny squirrel and the tall giraffe, the domesticated camel and the extinct giant ground sloth.

]]>
Titiba and the Invention of the Unknown https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/titiba-and-the-invention-of-the-unknown http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Titiba-and-the-Invention-of-the-Unknown Wed, 26 Feb 2020 10:54:00 +0100 In this lyrical essay on a difficult and painful topic, the poet Kathryn Nuernberger works to defy history’s commitment to distance, to unsettling effect.

]]>
In this lyrical essay on a difficult and painful topic, the poet Kathryn Nuernberger works to defy history’s commitment to distance, to unsettling effect.

]]>
"Theire Soe Admirable Herbe": How the English Found Cannabis https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/how-the-english-found-cannabis http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Theire-Soe-Admirable-Herbe-How-the-English-Found-Cannabis Thu, 20 Feb 2020 07:58:00 +0100 In the 17th century, English travelers, merchants, and physicians were first introduced to cannabis, particularly in the form of bhang, an intoxicating edible which had been getting Indians high for millennia. Benjamin Breen charts the course of the drug from the streets of Machilipatnam to the scientific circles of London.

]]>
In the 17th century, English travelers, merchants, and physicians were first introduced to cannabis, particularly in the form of bhang, an intoxicating edible which had been getting Indians high for millennia. Benjamin Breen charts the course of the drug from the streets of Machilipatnam to the scientific circles of London.

]]>
“A Very Speedy Way to Be Besotted”: How the English Found Cannabis https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/a-very-speedy-way-to-be-besotted-how-the-english-found-cannabis http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/A-Very-Speedy-Way-to-Be-Besotted-How-the-English-Found-Cannabis Thu, 20 Feb 2020 07:58:00 +0100 In the 17th century, English travelers, merchants, and physicians were first introduced to cannabis, particularly in the form of bhang, an intoxicating edible which had been getting Indians high for millennia. Benjamin Breen charts the course of the drug from the streets of Machilipatnam to the scientific circles of London.

]]>
In the 17th century, English travelers, merchants, and physicians were first introduced to cannabis, particularly in the form of bhang, an intoxicating edible which had been getting Indians high for millennia. Benjamin Breen charts the course of the drug from the streets of Machilipatnam to the scientific circles of London.

]]>
Japanese Firemen’s Coats (19th century) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/japanese-firemans-coats-19th-century http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Japanese-Firemen-s-Coats-(19th-century) Tue, 18 Feb 2020 07:50:00 +0100 Firemen's coats in 19th-century Japan were reversible — one side was plain and the other side (worn on the inside while tackling blazes) was decorated with rich and symbolic imagery

]]>
Firemen's coats in 19th-century Japan were reversible — one side was plain and the other side (worn on the inside while tackling blazes) was decorated with rich and symbolic imagery

]]>
Glossary of Censored Words from a 1919 Treatise on Love https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/glossary-of-censored-words-from-a-1919-book-on-love http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Glossary-of-Censored-Words-from-a-1919-Treatise-on-Love Thu, 13 Feb 2020 10:37:00 +0100 List of Latin words used to veil words deemed too scandalous in Bernard S. Talmey’s treatise on carnal acts.

]]>
List of Latin words used to veil words deemed too scandalous in Bernard S. Talmey’s treatise on carnal acts.

]]>
Frances Power Cobbe’s “The Peak in Darien: The Riddle of Death” (1882) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/frances-power-cobbe-the-peak-in-darien-1882 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Frances-Power-Cobbe-s-The-Peak-in-Darien-The-Riddle-of-Death Tue, 11 Feb 2020 07:55:00 +0100 An essay by Frances Power Cobbe, an advocate for women’s suffrage, about the consolation and possible significance of deathbed visions.

]]>
An essay by Frances Power Cobbe, an advocate for women’s suffrage, about the consolation and possible significance of deathbed visions.

]]>
Interview with PDR's Adam Green on Nightingale https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/02/interview-with-pdr-editor-on-nightingale http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Interview-with-PDR-s-Adam-Green-on-Nightingale Thu, 06 Feb 2020 11:54:00 +0100 PDR Editor Adam Green talks to Jason Forrest of Nightingale, journal for the Data Visualization Society.

]]>
PDR Editor Adam Green talks to Jason Forrest of Nightingale, journal for the Data Visualization Society.

]]>
When Dorothy Parker Got Fired from *Vanity Fair* https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/when-dorothy-parker-got-fired-from-vanity-fair http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/When-Dorothy-Parker-Got-Fired-from-Vanity-Fair Thu, 06 Feb 2020 06:53:00 +0100 Dorothy Parker’s reputation as one of the premier wits of the 20th century rests firmly on the brilliance of her writing, but the image of her as a plucky, fast-talking, independent woman of her times owes more than a little to her seat at the legendary Algonquin Round Table. Jonathan Goldman explores the beginnings of the famed New York group and how Parker's determination to speak her mind — even when it angered men in positions of power — gave her pride of place within it.

]]>
Dorothy Parker’s reputation as one of the premier wits of the 20th century rests firmly on the brilliance of her writing, but the image of her as a plucky, fast-talking, independent woman of her times owes more than a little to her seat at the legendary Algonquin Round Table. Jonathan Goldman explores the beginnings of the famed New York group and how Parker's determination to speak her mind — even when it angered men in positions of power — gave her pride of place within it.

]]>
Sarah Goodridge’s Beauty Revealed (1828) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/sarah-goodridges-beauty-revealed-1828 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Sarah-Goodridge-s-Beauty-Revealed-(1828) Wed, 05 Feb 2020 06:53:00 +0100 The story of American artist Sarah Goodridge’s erotic self-portrait on a miniature ivory plate, given as a secret present to her lover, US Senator Daniel Webster.

]]>
The story of American artist Sarah Goodridge’s erotic self-portrait on a miniature ivory plate, given as a secret present to her lover, US Senator Daniel Webster.

]]>
Nooks and Corners of Old New York (1899) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/nooks-and-corners-of-old-new-york http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Nooks-and-Corners-of-Old-New-York-(1899) Tue, 28 Jan 2020 06:25:00 +0100 A detailed guide to the old stories and landscapes of New York City, published in the last year of the 19th century.

]]>
A detailed guide to the old stories and landscapes of New York City, published in the last year of the 19th century.

]]>