Sunday, December 24, 2006

Visual Art & Social Commentary

Strong stuff.
Here is the story of fascism goosestepping through the quiet halls of your children’s schools and colleges—an ugly, threatening story. Here is also a story of soldiers fighting for the great traditions of learning, soldiers without uniforms, the winter soldiers of education. Link…

Friday, December 22, 2006

The Vinland map

Vinland map
The controversial Vinland Map is a medieval-style map of the Old World that includes a large island in the western Atlantic identified as "Vinilanda Insula", the Vinland of the Icelandic sagas. It came to light in the 1950s, bound together with a slender and then otherwise unknown tract dating to about 1440, entitled the Tartar Relation. If genuine, the map would demonstrate that mainstream Western Europeans were aware of at least a portion of North America some 50 years before Columbus, and that this information was not restricted to Iceland or even Scandinavia. Link…

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild

Walter Rothschild As well as establishing a private zoological museum at Tring,

Glis glis Rothschild also established the edible dormouse or Glis glis.

Cassowary He was a big fan of the cassowary

Himantopus knudseni and author of Birds of Laysan.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

All things tonsorial

Von Camp cutthroat
Toilette postcard
Burling mug
Mann's multi-blade
Everything from shaving plates and moustache cups to lady razors, postcards, shaving sticks, mugs and strops. Link…

Monday, December 18, 2006

The Guitar, the Lute and the Early Keyboard

Kenneth Sparr's site contains among other material, pictures of people with stringed instruments. Link…

Friday, December 15, 2006


The Annotatable Elektronic Interactive Oesterreich Universal Information. All things Austrian. Link…

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Fabulous creatures at The Census of Marine Zooplankton. Link…

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Are you ready to rumble

There has been an awful lot of activity in the region recently. Link…

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Hanuman statue

There is a 85-ft high statue of Hanuman in Trinidad. Link…

Monday, December 11, 2006

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

Umberto Eco's 'The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana' features an amnesiac protagonist, a bibliophile and dealer in rare books nicknamed Yambo, whose doctoral thesis was written on the Hypnerotomachia.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Irish Postage Stamps - Cinderellas

Sir Edward Carson
The portrait type of Carson also appears in a 1914 etching by John George Day (National Portrait Gallery, London; NPG 2916); whether the Day etching was in fact the specific model for the poster stamps is not certain.

White Cross
The Irish White Cross Society was founded on 1 February 1921, to (in its own words) "cope with the distress and destitution resulting in Ireland from the war caused by the determination of the Irish people to assert their right to nationhood."

The Cinderella Stamp Society, founded in London in 1959 - refers to the so-called stepchildren of philately: an often bewildering variety of items formatted like postage stamps but not primarily definable as such. Link…

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Electron Microscopy Unit Snow Page

Most samples of snow crystals are observed by researchers at relatively moderate magnifications (30x-500x), however the capabilities of the electron microscope allow observation of fine structures at over 100,000x. Link…

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

NYC apartments

First floor plan
Third floor plan
Fourth to eleventh floor plan
The World's loose leaf album of apartment houses provides an interesting snapshot with pictures and floor plans of apartment buildings in New York City (1910) . Link…

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Army ants

Great photography on the Ants of Cachoeira Nature Reserve site. Link… Jochen also has a flickr page on which he explains how the photographs are made - "I took 100 shots of the ant head in different focal planes." Link…

Friday, December 01, 2006

Didymosphenia geminata

Rock Snot
Delightfully known as Rock Snot or Didymo, it is a problem both in the US and New Zealand.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Mallet Collection

Whale hunting
The Lord's Prayer
Assumption College, Worcester holds the Mallet Collection, a unique and fascinating collection of 18th, 19th, and early 20th century works on French Canadians, Franco-Americans, and Native Americans. These materials comprised the personal library of Major Edmond Mallet (1842-1907), a Franco-American Civil War veteran from Oswego, N.Y., who served as Inspector General for Indian Affairs under President Grover Cleveland. Link…

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Illustrating 'Roughing It'

When published in February 1872, Roughing It contained 304 pictures. Less than three quarters of that total, however, were originally intended for Mark Twain's book, and when it wound up selling fewer copies than he'd expected, the illustrations were the first thing he blamed (this illustration was originally published in Knox's Overland through Asia - 1870). Link…

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Dutch Posters

Fijne Groenten
Neemt Dienst
There is no English translation for the site so I don't know what it's all about but there are some great looking historical posters here. Link…

Monday, November 27, 2006

The Drafting Pencil Museum

Beautifully obsessive cataloguing and descriptions of pencils. Link…

Friday, November 24, 2006

The Mystery of the Wodewose

The hair on his head, and his beard, are long and unkempt; the hair on his body is thick and curly enough that he has no need of other clothes; he almost invariably carries a rough club, sometimes a stick with leaves still attached. Link… It's Woodwose on Wikipedia though. Link…

Thursday, November 23, 2006

R.A. Maguire cover art

Death before Bedtime
This is great. You can see the reference shots, original artwork and the final covers. Link…

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Vincent van Gogh Gallery

100% of Vincent van Gogh's works and letters. Link…

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Motel Americana

These postcards are just a small part of the site, "exploring classic roadside architecture since 1995". Link…

Monday, November 20, 2006


This collection contains digitized photos of many of the unique research aircraft flown at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, California. These images date from the 1940s to the present. Link…

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Apple and pear case labels from the State Library of Tasmania. Link…

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

British, American and Canadian literature

Dick Turpin
Revolution and Romanticism - books, pamphlets, magazines, etc., from late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain. Some of them are incomplete and others are rather hard to read, but interesting nonetheless. Link…

The Lark
One of their companion sites is American Decadence, decadent literature that appeared in America 1890 to 1950 (mostly just covers and a few inside pages). Link…

Another is Canadian Magazines, magazines that were printed in Canada between 1873 and 1977 (just front and back covers with a table of contents). Link…

All sites use the Streetprint Engine (here you'll find other sites using the free, public beta software). Link…