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…

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

English castles

This one is Bodiam Castle in East Sussex. Link…

Monday, November 13, 2006

Russian books

I can't read Russian so I don't know what this is all about. This image is from a book dated 1890. Link…

Friday, November 10, 2006

The LE herbarium

The Herbarium of Vascular Plants of the Komarov Botanical Institute (LE) is one of the largest collection in the world and main herbarium in Russia. Some of the specimens have (I think) been scanned holographically. They are not intended as such but they are art in nature. This specimen was collected from Kazakhstan in 1930. The images are quite large - I have reduced this one by 50% and dropped the quality to 80% of the original. Link…

Thursday, November 09, 2006


Ron Rack has created some superb panoramas. The subject matter has a religious leaning (churches and monasteries) and also includes the unusual Vent Haven Museum (the world's only museum dedicated to ventriloquism), libraries, parks and other locations in Ohio. Link…

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Squat Lobster

They have a long way to go but the Smithsonian are constantly updating their online National Museum of Natural History. Link…

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Magazine Covers

A comprehensive collection of magazine covers. Link…

Monday, November 06, 2006

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Moving office sucks

No links. There are many pitfalls when moving your company to a new office. It takes 6 to 7 days to transfer an ADSL account from one place to another. You can't begin the transfer until you have the new phone number established. Unless you have access to the premises you can't get a new number. If your new office fit out hasn't got ducted skirting or access to the ceiling you will have to pay a large amount of money for labour when you install the phone system, data cabling and power points. Electrical contractors are very busy people, most of them cannot even give you a quote within a week, never mind actually commence the work. North Sydney Council do not do rubbish removal for commercial premises, you have to arrange for a private contractor. And on and on and on…