Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Weaving

Bale Shipment
Shepherds
Cravat
Modern Priscilla
Glad Spring
An archive of documents on weaving and related topics. Link…

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Harry Houdini Downunder

Houdini at Digger's Rest
Harry Houdini made the first controlled, powered flight of an airplane in Australia, at Digger's Rest in Victoria, Australia. Link…

Monday, February 26, 2007

Propaganda

Hitler
Shame on you chatterer
Nazi and East German Propaganda Link…

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tanks

M37
Historical information on World War II tanks. Photographs, specifications and for most models, their history. Link…

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Shakespeare

Pericle Principe Di Tiro
La Tempesta
Racconto D' Inverno
Macbeth
Vittorio Accornero de Testa was born in Casale Monferrato, Tuscany Piedmont in 1896. Before WWI he had established himself as a book illustrator and painter using the name Victor Max Ninon. By the 1930s, he returned to book illustration and his original name. He illustrated much loved versions of Pinocchio, Grimm’s Fairytales and books by Hans Christian Andersen. During his long career Accornero also designed sets and costumes for the theatre and movies as well as La Scala in Milan. In 1966, he was contracted by Gucci to design fabric for women's handbags. His floral design is still in production today. Link…

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Atlas of Mutual Heritage

Batavia marketplace
Maps, drawings, prints and paintings of locations related to the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) and the West-Indische Compagnie (WIC). An interesting and information-rich site, rather spoiled by its cumbersome interface (I assume a misguided attempt to thwart image stealers). The above image was obtained using the laborious screen dump, cut and paste method. Link…

Monday, February 19, 2007

Hirschfeld Archive

Harry Lauder
Streetcar named desire
For almost 75 years in The New York Times, Al Hirschfeld's line drawings captured the vividness of American theater. To herald her birth in November 1945, Al Hirschfeld hid his daughter's name, Nina, in the designs of his drawings. After 1960 he included a number next to his name for the number of Ninas to be found in a drawing. When there is no number, it means there is only one Nina. Link…

Friday, February 16, 2007

Great Caricatures

Gillray
Articles and galleries. Link…

Thursday, February 15, 2007

SS Australis

SS Australis
The history of the SS Australis. Link…

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

50s Comics

The man with the whip
Paul Curtis has some great comic scans online. Link…

Hanuman Video

Arjun seems to have an inside track. Link…

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Mummy Powder

Guanche
The things you learn on the internet! "Like the mummies of many civilizations, Guanche mummies were used and abused by various individuals--so much so that very few remain today. A large number (apparently well over half the preserved bodies found) were pulverized into powder and sold as "mummy"--a medicine often prescribed by medieval doctors for stomach aches. At first only Egyptian mummies were ground for "mummy," but by the 1500s, the supply of Egyptian mummy had dwindled. Consequently, Guanche mummies were used, effectively obliterating their dead and destroying whatever information the mummies could have shared with scientists about the history and prehistory of Guanche people." Link…

Monday, February 12, 2007

Civil War

Harper's
The American Civil War covered extensively. They have the complete set of Harper's Weekly from 1861 to 1864 online (one year to go). Link…

Friday, February 09, 2007

The Account of the 1001 Troubles

Mad Meg
Mad Meg has a new set of very confronting stories. They revolve around the Middle East. Link…

Thursday, February 08, 2007

AERIA - Antikensammlung ERlangen Internet Archive

Sphinx
Kids in the street
Vesuvius
The University of Erlangen/Nuremberg has, as well as castings and ceramics, an interesting collection of old photographs that include: travels in Egypt 1892, Athens from 1860, people and street scenes, a whole lot of ruins, old pictures of Rome, Naples and Vesuvius amongst others. You can view the photographs by theme or photographer. Link…

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Cremation Pioneer

William Price
Dr William Price, Chartist, doctor, druid and cremation pioneer.
"An unconventional man who wore a scarlet waistcoat, green trousers and a fox-fur hat when carrying out his druidic ceremonies at the Rocking Stone, Pontypridd. In 1884 he came before the law courts of Cardiff after he attempted to cremate the body of his young son, whom he had named Jesus Christ. Following this case, cremations became legal and the Cremation Act was passed in 1902". Link…

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Japanese-American Internment Camps

Carrot
Interior view
Itaro-Nakato
"During World War II, over 100,000 Japanese-American individuals, the vast majority of which were actually American citizens, were rounded up and shipped eventually to internment camps." Extensive information and links to other sites here. Link…

Monday, February 05, 2007

Elektro the Robot

Elektro
Elektro appeared at the 1939 New York World's Fair. There are some great science fiction radio plays from the 50s and earlier here too.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Arg-e-Bam

Bam
The adobe city and citadel of Bam was levelled by an earthquake in 2003. Photographs and a video at the Digital Silk Roads Project. Link…

Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Underarm Incident

Underarm
I watched this live on TV and was aghast. Today is the anniversary. Link…