Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This Won't Hurt A Bit






Medical Caricatures from 1736-1932 at Lowcountry Digital Library. Other than the fact that the guy has gout, I'd say the second illustration here is just for the risqué.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

American History











Most of these pictures are from the April 2007 - Graphics in Nineteenth-Century America issue of Common Place. There are some great articles too. I found the site whilst researching this question at Ask Metafilter.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Russian Uniforms

No, really this time.










Another set from the Russian State Library. Representation of uniform coats of the Russian Imperial forces, as shown by images of 88 people, illuminated. (1793). Jakob von Lude.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Penny Postcards











This site has some unusual postcards.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Russian People

Now that my RSS feed has exposed me through an aberrant keystroke: Here is the first post from the Russian State Library.







Peoples of Russia: Sketches in pencil and pen. (1894). Drawings in pen and pencil by L. L. Balyakin. From the Russian State Library.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Garibaldi and the Risorgimento




Two scenes from the panorama:



A life and times of Garibaldi plus a fabulous panorama at Brown University. From the site:
'Moving' panoramas displayed one scene at a time. Attached to rollers, the paintings could be unrolled slowly as a narrator described each vignette to the audience. Markers attached to the paintings would serve as guides for the persons cranking the piece as well as the narrator. An interval would have been announced upon reaching the end of side one, in order for the staff to turn the panorama around for displaying the second side.
This sounds fabulous.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Carry On Urania
















Little known fact: There are 15,000+ covers posted at MondoUrania. 15 of them feature people (and an unidentified ape) being carried. Careful clicking around there if you're at work - there are a lot of naked and bikini-clad women in space.