The Public Domain Review http://publicdomainreview.org/ This is just an automatic copy of Public Domain Review blog. American Grammar: Diagraming Sentences in the 19th Century https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/diagramming-sentences-in-the-19th-century http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/American-Grammar-Diagraming-Sentences-in-the-19th-Century Wed, 19 Jun 2024 19:20:00 +0200

A pre-history of the sentence diagrams that were once commonplace in the American classroom.

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A pre-history of the sentence diagrams that were once commonplace in the American classroom.

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Raffaele Mainella’s Illustrations for Nos Invisibles (1907) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/nos-invisibles http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Raffaele-Mainella-s-Illustrations-for-Nos-Invisibles-(1907) Tue, 18 Jun 2024 15:14:00 +0200

Ethereal illustrations for a book that charts the voices of Balzac, Zola, Flaubert, and other illustrious writers and thinkers from beyond the grave.

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Ethereal illustrations for a book that charts the voices of Balzac, Zola, Flaubert, and other illustrious writers and thinkers from beyond the grave.

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From Fire Hazards to Family Trees: The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/sanborn-fire-insurance-maps http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/From-Fire-Hazards-to-Family-Trees-The-Sanborn-Fire-Insurance-Maps Wed, 12 Jun 2024 16:33:00 +0200

Created for US insurance firms during a period of devastating fires across the 19th and 20th centuries, the Sanborn maps blaze with detail — shops, homes, churches, brothels, and opium dens were equally noted by the company’s cartographers. Tobiah Black explores the history and afterlife of these maps, which have been reclaimed by historians and genealogists seeking proof of the vanished past.

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Created for US insurance firms during a period of devastating fires across the 19th and 20th centuries, the Sanborn maps blaze with detail — shops, homes, churches, brothels, and opium dens were equally noted by the company’s cartographers. Tobiah Black explores the history and afterlife of these maps, which have been reclaimed by historians and genealogists seeking proof of the vanished past.

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Looking Backward: Images of Rückenfiguren (ca. 1497–1925) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/ruckenfigur http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Looking-Backward-Images-of-Rückenfiguren-(ca-1497-1925) Tue, 11 Jun 2024 19:01:00 +0200

Spanning half a millennium, these images feature a perspective that art historians call the Rückenfigur — a focus on the human back.

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Spanning half a millennium, these images feature a perspective that art historians call the Rückenfigur — a focus on the human back.

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Programming Prayer: The Woven Book of Hours (1886–87) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/lyon-woven-prayer-book http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Programming-Prayer-The-Woven-Book-of-Hours-(1886-87) Thu, 06 Jun 2024 16:12:00 +0200

An illuminated prayer book woven on mechanical looms programmed by punch card.

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An illuminated prayer book woven on mechanical looms programmed by punch card.

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The Launch of Our Mid-Year Fundraiser! https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2024/06/launch-of-mid-year-fundraiser-june-24 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/2024-06-06-The-Launch-of-Our-Mid-Year-Fundraiser Wed, 05 Jun 2024 19:34:00 +0200

Our Mid-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Heat.

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Our Mid-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Heat.

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The Lens of Desire: Eye Miniatures (ca. 1790–1810) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/eye-miniatures http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Lens-of-Desire-Eye-Miniatures-(ca-1790-1810) Wed, 05 Jun 2024 14:31:00 +0200

Small paintings of eyes that were gifted between lovers in England.

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Small paintings of eyes that were gifted between lovers in England.

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“Chinese Arabesques” by Jean-Baptiste Pillement and Anne Allen (ca. 1790–99) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/chinese-arabesques http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Chinese-Arabesques-by-Jean-Baptiste-Pillement-and-Anne-Allen-(ca Wed, 29 May 2024 16:28:00 +0200

Rococo designs that picture China as a utopian world of pleasure and caprice.

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Rococo designs that picture China as a utopian world of pleasure and caprice.

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“You Are My Friend”: Early Androids and Artificial Speech https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/early-androids-and-artificial-speech http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/You-Are-My-Friend-Early-Androids-and-Artificial-Speech Wed, 29 May 2024 16:27:00 +0200

Centuries before audio deepfakes and text-to-speech software, inventors in the eighteenth century constructed androids with swelling lungs, flexible lips, and moving tongues to simulate human speech. Jessica Riskin explores the history of such talking heads, from their origins in musical automata to inventors’ quixotic attempts to make machines pronounce words, converse, and declare their love.

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Centuries before audio deepfakes and text-to-speech software, inventors in the eighteenth century constructed androids with swelling lungs, flexible lips, and moving tongues to simulate human speech. Jessica Riskin explores the history of such talking heads, from their origins in musical automata to inventors’ quixotic attempts to make machines pronounce words, converse, and declare their love.

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“On This Desolate Island”: Sodomy Punish’d (1726) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/sodomy-punished http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/On-This-Desolate-Island-Sodomy-Punish-d-(1726) Tue, 28 May 2024 22:52:00 +0200

A diary kept by a Dutch sailor abandoned on Ascension Island as punishment for having a relationship with another man.

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A diary kept by a Dutch sailor abandoned on Ascension Island as punishment for having a relationship with another man.

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Chromatic Aberrations: The Toll of the Sea (1922) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-toll-of-the-sea http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Chromatic-Aberrations-The-Toll-of-the-Sea-(1922) Tue, 21 May 2024 17:30:00 +0200

Hollywood's first natural-color feature film and the breakout role for Anna May Wong, considered the first Chinese American movie star.

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Hollywood's first natural-color feature film and the breakout role for Anna May Wong, considered the first Chinese American movie star.

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Same as It Ever Was?: Eternal Recurrence in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/same-as-it-ever-was http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Same-as-It-Ever-Was-Eternal-Recurrence-in-Ancient-Greek-and-Roman-Ph Wed, 15 May 2024 15:27:00 +0200

While Friedrich Nietzsche popularised the notion of an “eternal return” — in which one’s life would occur again, forever, exactly as it did before — the concept was itself a repetition. Claire Hall explores various shades of this idea in ancient philosophy, from Pythagorean metempsychosis to Stoic predictions about a cosmological reset.

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While Friedrich Nietzsche popularised the notion of an “eternal return” — in which one’s life would occur again, forever, exactly as it did before — the concept was itself a repetition. Claire Hall explores various shades of this idea in ancient philosophy, from Pythagorean metempsychosis to Stoic predictions about a cosmological reset.

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Love Spells and Deadly Shrieks: Illustrations of Mandrakes (ca. 650–1927) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/mandrakes http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Love-Spells-and-Deadly-Shrieks-Illustrations-of-Mandrakes-(ca-650 Tue, 14 May 2024 17:41:00 +0200

More than 70 images of the magical, hallucinogenic, and perilous mandrake.

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More than 70 images of the magical, hallucinogenic, and perilous mandrake.

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The Gilded Gallows of Georg Honauer (1597) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/gilded-gallows-of-georg-honauer http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Gilded-Gallows-of-Georg-Honauer-(1597) Wed, 08 May 2024 19:30:00 +0200

A broadside illustration depicting the execution of an alchemist, hanged upon a gallows made from the very object of his crime.

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A broadside illustration depicting the execution of an alchemist, hanged upon a gallows made from the very object of his crime.

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The Little Journal of Rejects (1896) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/le-petit-journal-des-refusees http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Little-Journal-of-Rejects-(1896) Tue, 07 May 2024 18:48:00 +0200

A literary magazine whose criterion for acceptance was simple: each piece had to have been previously rejected.

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A literary magazine whose criterion for acceptance was simple: each piece had to have been previously rejected.

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Professor Megalow’s Dinosaur Bones: Richard Owen and Victorian Literature https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/richard-owen-and-victorian-literature http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Professor-Megalow-s-Dinosaur-Bones-Richard-Owen-and-Victorian-Liter Thu, 02 May 2024 14:42:00 +0200

Richard Owen, the Victorian scientist who first named the “dinosaurs”, claimed that he could identify an animal, even an extinct one, from inspecting a single bone. Richard Fallon revisits other Owen-inspired fictions — by R. D. Blackmore, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Charles Kingsley — and finds literature layered with scientific, religious, and political interventions, spurred by the discovery of prehistoric life.

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Richard Owen, the Victorian scientist who first named the “dinosaurs”, claimed that he could identify an animal, even an extinct one, from inspecting a single bone. Richard Fallon revisits other Owen-inspired fictions — by R. D. Blackmore, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Charles Kingsley — and finds literature layered with scientific, religious, and political interventions, spurred by the discovery of prehistoric life.

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Mayday, Mayday: Capital and Labor (1907) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/capital-and-labor http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Mayday-Mayday-Capital-and-Labor-(1907) Wed, 01 May 2024 17:43:00 +0200

A treatise on the challenges facing workers — and potential solutions — that advocates socialism at the turn of the 20th century.

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A treatise on the challenges facing workers — and potential solutions — that advocates socialism at the turn of the 20th century.

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Photographs of Life in Palestine (ca. 1896–1919) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/photographs-of-palestinian-life http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Photographs-of-Palestinian-Life-(ca-1896-1919) Tue, 30 Apr 2024 17:17:00 +0200

Stereographs depicting daily life in Palestine before the British Mandate.

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Stereographs depicting daily life in Palestine before the British Mandate.

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Maria Catharina Prestel’s Printed Cabinet of Drawings (ca. 1780s) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/maria-catharina-prestel http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Maria-Catharina-Prestel-s-Printed-Cabinet-of-Drawings-(ca-1780s) Wed, 24 Apr 2024 15:36:00 +0200

Aquatint engravings that were employed to reproduce the tonal subtleties of drawings.

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Aquatint engravings that were employed to reproduce the tonal subtleties of drawings.

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Pseudo-Boccaccio, Yiddish Pulp Fiction, and the Man Who Ripped Off Joyce https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/pseudo-boccaccio-yiddish-pulp-fiction-and-the-man-who-ripped-off-joyce http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Pseudo-Boccaccio-Yiddish-Pulp-Fiction-and-the-Man-Who-Ripped-Off-Joy Wed, 17 Apr 2024 18:54:00 +0200

In 1927, a pair of lurid “translations” appeared in English, marketed as authentic tales by Giovanni Boccaccio and illustrated with supposedly new works by Aubrey Beardsley. Jonah Lubin and Maria Laurids Lazzarotti search for the origin of these fakes, in which illicit sex begets terrible violence, and uncover a story involving pseudotranslation, Yiddish shund literature, and the piracy king of literary modernism, Samuel Roth.

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In 1927, a pair of lurid “translations” appeared in English, marketed as authentic tales by Giovanni Boccaccio and illustrated with supposedly new works by Aubrey Beardsley. Jonah Lubin and Maria Laurids Lazzarotti search for the origin of these fakes, in which illicit sex begets terrible violence, and uncover a story involving pseudotranslation, Yiddish shund literature, and the piracy king of literary modernism, Samuel Roth.

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