The Hieronymus Bosch of Beads. 'After the last
parade rolls down St. Charles Avenue on Fat Tuesday,
and before the sanitation crews and mechanized street
sweepers begin the massive job of clearing the
detritus of the festivities, New Orleans artist John
Lawson swings into action—scrounging the street and
neutral ground, as the grassy medians that divide the
city's avenues are known, for beads and trinkets. In
video footage shot by his girlfriend, Elizabeth
Morgan, the night of Fat Tuesday 1999, he could almost
be mistaken for one of the Orleans Parish prison
inmates who volunteer for Mardi Gras cleanup duty.
He's dressed drably in heavy clothes, with a wool cap
pulled down over his face and double-lined Hefty
garbage bags tucked into his belt. Commenting on the
video, Lawson says he likes to remain "as
inconspicuous as possible." ...'
'Pomosa is a Buddhist temple located on Mt. Kumjong in
Pusan, Korea.' Virtual tour, history.
Donegal Hedgerow. 'This website is a documentary
of one year's life in a Donegal Hedgerow. Day by day,
the sights I see are presented in pictures and text.
The pages take the form of a diary, and all
photographs are placed in date sequence. The website
therefore records as many of the encounters with
wildlife as I can photograph or describe.'
'The hedgerow is about 1.5 miles of continuous hedging
just outside the town of Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
The number of species suggests that the hedge is
several hundred years old.'
Stilte as a Standard Bearer by Johannes
Verspronck. Virtual tour. 'Johannes Verspronck's
image of Andries Stilte is one of the most colorful
and flamboyant Dutch portraits of the seventeenth
century. Documentary sources tell us little about
Stilte, but his unusual portrait offers many clues to
his personality ... '
Baseball Guides 1889-1939. 'Spalding Base Ball
Guides, 1889-1939 comprises a historic selection of
Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide and the Official
Indoor Base Ball Guide. The collection reproduces 35
of the guides, which were published by the Spalding
Athletic Company in the late nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries. Spalding's Official Base Ball
Guide was perhaps the premier publication of its day
for the game of baseball. It featured editorials from
baseball writers on the state of the game, statistics,
photographs, and analysis of the previous season for
all the Major League teams and for many of the
so-called minor leagues across the nation. The 15
Spalding's Official Base Ball Guides included in this
online collection were published between 1889 and
1939. The Official Indoor Baseball Guide concerns a
game unfamiliar to most contemporary baseball fans
because its demise occurred almost beyond living
memory. These guides, too, offer rules and "how-to's"
of the game, information on the game's founding
fathers, photographic illustrations of teams and
players from across the land, and game statistics. The
20 Official Indoor Base Ball Guides included in this
collection were published between 1903 and
War President. 'The War President' photo-mosaic is
composed of the faces of American service men and
women who have died in Iraq.'
of Another Day. Online manga. 'This story deals
with sensitive issues (Youth sexuality, Lesbianism,
Suicide, Rape) that some may find offensive or more
then they can handle. This story is not intended for
entertainment value; it is more a way for myself to
cope and for others to better understand the things
that trouble my thoughts at night. This is a story
based on truth, but the people and places names were
changed to protect those involved. '
Komolski. 'Polish artist Jan Komski is a survivor
of Auschwitz. His personal history is full of
remarkable events, including being part of the very
first prisoner transport to arrive in Auschwitz, and
being part of one of the most famous escapes from the
camp.' 'This exhibit presents some of Komski's
drawings and paintings depicting everyday life in the
Story. 'Abram Korn was 16 when the Nazis invaded
his hometown of Lipno, Poland, on September 1, 1939,
the first day of World War II. He survived the entire
war as a Jewish prisoner, enduring the ghettos, the
horrific concentration camps, the Death March from
Auschwitz. Astoundingly, Abe kept his sense of human
dignity--with gangrenous feet he struggled to stay on
the healthy-workers list; with scant supplies he
bargained for food and coal and helped others survive.
Abe always believed he could live one more day, and on
April 11, 1945, when the Buchenwald camp was
liberated, he was finally free. ' 'After
Liberation, Abe focused on going to school and earning
a living. He began rebuilding his life with other
survivors in Germany. Eventually, as a man earnest to
forgive past sins and take individuals at face value,
he married a German Lutheran, who later converted to
Judaism. They moved to the United States, where they
raised their family and built a remarkably successful
automotive business. ' 'By the time Abe died in
1972, he had almost completed a rough first draft of
his memoirs. His eldest son, Joseph, recently prepared
Abe's manuscript for publication. Abe's Story: A
Holocaust Memoir was released on April 11, 1995, the
fiftieth anniversary of his liberation from Buchenwald
Concentration Camp.' Abe's
Vandalism. 'A slide-show essay about how the San
Francisco Public Library converted a vandal's crime
into art.' It starts here.
Profiteers. 'The War Profiteers website is
maintained and updated by Corpwatch, an organization
based in Oakland, California, that counters
corporate-led globalization through education,
network-building and activism. The orginal site was
created by the Ruckus Society, an organization that
specializes in engaging nonviolent direct action, also
based in Oakland, California.' 'The War Profiteers
card deck was created by an independent crew of
activists-educators, journalists, designers,
organizers, techies and others-disturbed by the
obscene concentration of power in the hands of an
elite few who control the world's wealth and
manipulate democracy through governments and
corporations. Warprofiteers.com and the corresponding
deck of cards is our way of drawing attention to those
institutions and individuals who view war, death,
repression and violence as 'a safe bet.' We are here
to call their bluff.'
Road Maps The American Way. 'Like jazz music, the automobile road
map is an American innovation and is just as much a part of American
culture. Road maps brought much needed order to the national road
system. Through both illustration and cartography, they manifest the
changes in the American landscape resulting from the twentieth century's
"auto-mobility." Their covers promoted a romance of the road that sold
gas, oil, batteries, tires, and other products. Most significantly, road
maps created a core of American values based on the freedom of the open
'In this exhibition, you will see how road maps shaped this spirit -
emphasizing a proud national history and promising a glorious future -
through the magic of the automobile. The exhibition features a wide
variety of maps and guidebooks from the first half of the twentieth
century, published mostly by oil companies but also by automobile clubs,
highway associations, and commercial map makers. So get out the road map
to plot your course . . . and don't forget to buy our brand of gas! '
Transformed. 'This exhibition explores of the creation of a
landscape of exploitation in interior Maine. The Native American use of
Mt. Kineo rhyolite prefigured, on a small scale, the extensive and
paradoxical exploitation after 1820 both of the region's forest
resources and of its idealized essence as "wilderness." When Henry David
Thoreau made his tours through the "Maine Woods" in the 1850s, the area
was already the site of heavy capital investment and speculation. After
the Civil War, the tourism industry has--paradoxically--developed hand-
in-glove with forestry ... '
Creation of New England. 'An exhibition of early maps that
chronicles the effects of European exploration and settlement in north-
eastern North America in creating a spatial concept called "New
Exodus and Exile: The
Spaces of Diaspora. 'This exhibition uses maps from the sixteenth
century to the present to explore the spatial aspects of diaspora
through the experiences of the Jews and African-Americans. Maps provide
varying kinds of evidence for past diasporas. They have been used since
the fifteenth century to show the Biblical exodus from Egypt; similar
historical reconstructions can be made for later diasporas. It is also
possible to discern the segregated communities of diasporic peoples from
elusive traces on old maps. Finally, maps have been used to visualize
and make manifest the homelands for which diasporic peoples yearn ... '
Thomas Edison's Phonograph. 'This is based on an article written in
1977 by Donald W. Matteson, and published by the Edison Institute. It
works much like Edison's original recorder, using metal foil to store
the audio information. One piece 1/4" x 2" x 12" plywood and 1 piece
3/4" x 10" x 36" piece of clear white pine will provide enough wood for
all pieces listed below. This is from an article which did not include
metric measurements. I will add them as time allows ... '
The answer to the puzzle posed three days ago : This -
Ashe. Outsider artist. 'Although if you look quick
and don't pay attention you'll miss it, Beverley Ashe
paints with a fever of dream and flash, like capturing
the fast brightness of a lightning bug out of the
corner of your eye. Her images hover on the surface of
her support, whether wood or canvas or paper, and
tempt the conception of real versus vision. Her Angel
series glimpses a world inaccessible to many of us,
dragging the creatures down to earth for us wide-eyed
lookers. Cross the thin black line and step with Ashe,
as she can show more than we can see alone.'
Benefiel. Outsider artist. 'The pencil chokes in
his hand, held with a force the outer edge of a
hurricane hides. Charles Benefiel creates his art in
the middle of a storm conjured from the past, fed with
the thoughts spilling around him. Dolls...the
numbers...the stain...even the varnish on
graphite...arranged to brew from him to you. To get
it, you need time...and the strength to believe.'
A pastoral virtual tour. 'The beautiful River Coquet
flows through the very heart of the historic county of
Northumberland. From the high Cheviots, through the
Simonside Hills and the Rothbury Forest, it winds its
way amongst some stunning countryside, much of it
within the Northumberland National Park. There are
marvellous views along the deep valley from the
surrounding roads and farmland and many ancient
bridges from which to get a closer look at the
bubbling waters. It is a wonderful course along which
to see tight river bends which may some day form
isolated ox-bow lakes. '
Shadowlander's Dream. Online manga. 'Somewhere
deep within a city whose inhabitants quietly slumber
something swiftly moved from shadow to shadow. If a
passerby happened to see it through the corner of
their eye it would simply have looked like a shadow
caused by moonlight through clouds. However this
shadow didn't truly exist in realm of the physical
eye. No, this shadow was of a different nature and it
had a purpose that dark night as it slid across the
ground toward an apartment that reached towards the
sky. Without of hesitation the shadow scaled the wall,
stopping from time to time to look at the sleeping
forms within... In search of something. '
Tichkematse: A Cheyenne at the Smithsonian. 'A fascinating early
employee of the Smithsonian Institution was Tichkematse (Squint Eyes), a
Cheyenne Indian who worked for the institution in a variety of
capacities between 1879 and 1881.'
'Raised to a life based on buffalo hunting, Tichkematse was among a
group of southern Plains warriors who were held as prisoners of war by
the United States government from 1875-1878. While imprisoned, he
learned to speak English and to read and write. Upon release he attended
school at the Hampton Institute in Virginia for about a year before
coming to the Smithsonian. There he was trained in the preparation of
bird and mammal specimens for study and display. He proved so able a
naturalist that he was detailed to accompany a government expedition
traveling the remote Florida waterways to counsel with members of the
Seminole tribe. Tichkematse used this opportunity to collect bird
specimens for the museum ... '
Floating World Gallery: Sosaku Hanga. Shin hanga and sosaku hanga
were distinct early 20th century printmaking movements; whereas shin
hanga aimed to make what had been cheap commercial printmaking into an
expensive art for a few collectors using traditional Japanese themes,
sosaku hanga aligned itself much more closely with the contemporary
Western art movements. More on this
History of Fashion 1900-1990. Use links at the top to navigate.
'The period between 1901-1910 is often called the Edwardian Era after
Queen Victoria's successor, King Edward VII. Sophisticates and the
French also refer to this time as La Belle Epoque, or "Beautiful Age,"
as there was a definite leaning toward classical aesthetics. It was an
era of beautiful clothes and the peak of luxury living for a select few:
the very rich and the very privileged through birth.'
'In retrospect we can see it is an era very separate from the 20th
century despite belonging at its start. The attitudes and lifestyles of
two decades were swept away by war and because the war was so huge in
its impact, a new socialism and sense of personal identity was born. The
masses started to reject the concept of privilege as the reason for a
better life. Clothes worn after 1915 could probably be worn today in
certain circumstances, but clothes before then are more in tune with the
elaborate clothes of 1770 and would only be seen today at a costumed
event or as bridal wear.'
'Paris was the absolute mecca of the fashion world, Picasso was in his
blue and pink period, the Wright brothers were making aviation history,
and San Francisco was devastated by an earthquake in 1906. Photography
reached a heyday and the first narrative film, 'The Great Train Robbery'
(1903) was released ... '
How to Make Fake Glass. 'Using sugar, a fake sheet of glass similar
to the type used for prop bottles in movies can be made. This is the
sort of "glass" that is often seen breaking in fight scenes in cowboy
films. The finished product is translucent and brown. '
Rain. 'Welcome!! Here is my first online shoujo
manga. "Back to my roots!" My affection for manga
started from shoujo stories and I still love this
'This short story contains 16 pages and is drawn in
japanese reading style, please read from right to
left. Will there be a continuation? I don't plan to do
that but who knows? Btw I made this story in English
and Deutsch, please choose which one you
prefer.' From Aoi Hayashi's Online
Tour of York. 'York is one of the most historic
cities in Britain, second only to London. It has been
capital of the North since the time of the Romans and
still outshines all rivals even today. A busy city,
overflowing with excellent shopping, markets and
places to eat and drink to suit all tastes. There is
theatre, cinema and street entertainment wherever you
turn. Lose yourself in the city's delightful
'snickelways' and discover a city buzzing with life.'
Rediscovery of Classical Antiquity.
'The remains of Greco-Roman antiquity—coins, gems,
sculpture, buildings, and the classics of Greek and
Latin literature—fascinated the thinking men and women
of the Italian Renaissance. The arts and the
humanities, they reasoned, had declined during the
"middle ages" that stretched between the end of
antiquity and their own time, but by emulating the
exemplary works of the ancients, even striving to
surpass them, contemporary artists and writers might
restore the arts and letters to their former grandeur.
In Renaissance Italy, the desire to know and to match
the excellence of the ancients often engendered
passionate endeavor. The Florentine author Niccolò
Machiavelli, for example, described his nightly
retreats into his library in these memorable words:
"At the door I take off my muddy everyday clothes. I
dress myself as though I were about to appear before a
royal court as a Florentine envoy. Then decently
attired I enter the antique courts of the great men of
antiquity. They receive me with friendship; from them
I derive the nourishment which alone is mine and for
which I was born. Without false shame I talk with them
and ask them the causes of the actions; and their
humanity is so great they answer me. For four long and
happy hours I lose myself in them. I forget all my
troubles; I am not afraid of poverty or death. I
transform myself entirely in their likeness." ... '
Reformation and art. 'Unleashed in the early
sixteenth century, the Reformation put an abrupt end
to the relative unity that had existed for the
previous thousand years in Western Christendom under
the Roman Catholic Church. The Reformation, which
began in Germany but spread quickly throughout Europe,
was initiated in response to the growing sense of
corruption and administrative abuse in the church. It
expressed an alternate vision of Christian practice,
and led to the creation and rise of Protestantism,
with all its individual branches. Images, especially,
became effective tools for disseminating negative
portrayals of the church (Satire on Popery, 53.677.5
and for popularizing Reformation ideas; art, in turn,
was revolutionized by the movement.'
Outsider artist. 'Bits and pieces of another life,
another view, another dream fall into Joe Day's head
and come out looking like the art below. An amazing
assemblage of paper, text, paint, drawing and symbols
combine to give us an opening never closed. His cities
preach, his hearts pump and Joe Day wonders where he
goes next. From the mind of Joe Day, life rearranged.'
Pyper. Outsider artist. 'Collectors statement...I
have eight of Pyper's drawings. Living with them,
seeing them everyday on the wall, something happens. I
begin to see the drawings in highway lines, in the sky
at night. Pyper's artwork requires its own explanation
because he says very little , reveals almost nothing
of his thinking. Mostly, I suspect, because the
drawings sort of come over him, arrive at the end of
his hand maybe complete. The drawings of Ian
Pyper...some in ink, marker or watercolors, metallic
ink on paper, plain and colored. So that's the
technical specs...the rest is up to you and him.'
Fantasies: Japanese Screens. 'Folding screens are
luxuriously beautiful and uniquely designed pictorial
compositions that present the social and cultural
ideals of their time. Golden Fantasies assembles
superb examples of folding screens, many from private
New York collections and previously unseen by the
public. The works in this exhibition fall into three
broad categories: works drawn from well-known
narratives, both classical courtly romances and
medieval warrior epics; idealized scenes of
entertainment, relaxation, pilgrimage, or labor; and
pastoral images that require the viewer's knowledge of
cultural characteristics to recognize the underlying
theme. Although the screens vary in their subject
matter and use, their portrayal of human activities
and diversions provides a common thread. In some
screens, scenes of people are depicted in a literal
fashion; in others, more oblique suggestions are made
through poetic and literary allusions.' Galleries.
Life at TJ's
Place. 'TJ's is a gentlemen's club in the
Midwestern United States. I'm Kevin, the assistant
manager. This is for all of you who think managing a
strip joint would be the world's greatest job.'
Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century
Japan. 'This exhibition explores the genesis of
the dramatic stylistic changes in Japanese art during
the brief but brilliant Momoyama period (1573–1615),
which witnessed the struggles of ambitious warlords
for control of the long-splintered country and Japan's
first encounter with the West. The first comprehensive
examination of the subject in the West, the exhibition
presents nearly 200 objects—paintings, ceramics,
lacquerware, and textiles from public and private
collections in Japan, the United States, and
Canada—that together illustrate the political,
economic, and social forces underlying the
unprecedented changes in the arts and aesthetics in
late-16th-century Japan. Chief among these forces was
Furuta Oribe's (1543/44–1615) innovative approach to
the practice of the tea ceremony, culminating in the
unique development of the strikingly bold and colorful
ceramics known as Oribe. The new creative energy that
marked this period found expression not only in Oribe
ceramics but in all the arts, which with their shared
motifs, designs, and compositions evidence a
collaboration among artists never before witnessed in
the history of Japanese art.' Galleries.
Sculpture in Spanish America. 'Painting and
sculpture workshops set up to produce images for Roman
Catholic worship proliferated in Spanish America from
the earliest days of Christian evangelization.
Imagenes, or freestanding images of Christ, saints,
and the Holy Family, were believed by European
missionaries to facilitate devotion and were closely
patterned after Spanish models. At times the figures
were dressed in actual clothes and adorned with
donated jewels. In many sculptures, however, garments
were carved and painted to simulate cloth ... '
in the Middle Ages. 'In keeping with Roman
tradition, the first Christians were buried outside
the city, often in catacombs. In time, the well-to-do
sought burial inside a church, usually under the
floor, or in a crypt, preferably close to the altar.
As interior space became scarce, churchyards were
created. The vast majority of people were simply
wrapped in a shroud before burial in a wood coffin,
but some were interred with objects symbolic of their
esteemed rank. A fifth-century chieftain might be
buried with his weapons, a bishop with his miter, or a
king with some of his regalia ... '
Cam. 'The 2004 eastern screech owl (Megascops
asio, formerly Otus asio) nesting season is underway
in this urban Austin, Texas, nest box.' Via
of the Past. 'Below is a category list of the
billboards that I have. These billboards haven't been
seen by anyone for as many as 50 years. They are all
original and never been used. The billboards vary in
size but most are about eight and a half feet by
twenty feet. I now have pictures to some of the
billboards. I will be continually adding more, so
please check back. The ones without pictures are going
to be added soon. Later I will have links to other
Antiques like Old Bottles, Old Bicycles, and Old
Lights fixtures and more.' Via
1935 US Plan for the Invasion of Canada. 'The
following is a full-text reproduction of the 1935 plan
for a US invasion of Canada prepared at the US Army
War College, G-2 intelligence division, and submitted
on December 18, 1935. This is the most recent
declassified invasion plan available from the US
archival sources. Centered pagination is that of the
original document. The spelling and punctuation of the
original document are reproduced as in the original
document, even when in error by present-day norms. '
Pattern Books in Eighteenth-Century America. 'The eighteenth century
in England was the golden age of books illustrating architecture and
furniture design. The approximately 250 different architectural titles
and 40 furniture titles published were a principal means for the
transmission of London designs throughout the English-speaking world,
and they deserve much of the credit for the pleasing proportions and
quality construction that characterize Georgian architecture and
furniture, be it from London, Dublin, or Philadelphia.'
'All the books recorded in America are British; so too are the
individual designs, excepting the French and German plates pirated by
Batty and Thomas Langley for The City and Country Builder's and
Workman's Treasury of Designs (1740). The books ran the gamut from
princely folio size to pocket handbook, but most were modest volumes
intended to guide tradesmen in constructing fashionable furniture. Aside
from Thomas Jefferson's copy of Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-
Maker's Director (1755 edition), no other design book has a history of
ownership by an American merchant, professional, or other member of the
colonial elite ... '
Woodcarvings. 'According to one Maori oral tradition, the art of
woodcarving was brought to their ancestors by the cultural hero
Ruatepupuke. In the story, Ruatepupuke's son Manuruhi offended Tangaroa,
the god of the sea. As punishment, Tangaroa abducted Manuruhi,
transforming him into a woodcarving to adorn the gable of his house
beneath the sea. Ruatepupuke descended into the sea in search of his
son, where he overheard the carved ancestor posts of Tangaroa's house
talking to each other. The posts told him where to find Manuruhi.
Angered by the mistreatment of his son, Ruatepupuke set fire to
Tangaroa's house. He then returned to the human world, bringing Manuruhi
and several carved posts with him, and introduced the art of woodcarving
to humanity. The reference to talking carvings in the story evokes the
aesthetic standards Maori carvers aspire to in creating their work. A
masterful carving is said
to "speak" to the viewer, while a lesser example remains silent.'
New York on
the Rise: Architectural Renderings by Hughson Hawley, 1880-1931.
'The 50 years that defined Hughson Hawley's career, 1880-1931, also saw
New York City emerge as the symbol of modern urbanism.
Architecture?particularly public and commercial buildings, churches, and
skyscrapers?became icons of the new metropolis, conveying the power and
pride of the premier city of a capitalistic democracy. Creating the city
of the twentieth century was the work of such architects as George B.
Post, Cass Gilbert, E. L. Roberts, Ernest Flagg, Josiah Cleveland Cady,
James B. Baker, and Francis H. Kimball, and the firms of McKim, Mead &
White and Clinton & Russell. Translating the architect's inspiration to
potential investors and the public was the work of the architectural
renderer. Hughson Hawley was the most accomplished and prolific
architectural renderer in the city's history. His success was due to his
present a work of architecture as a work of art. Through clear
perspective and distinctive use of color, Hawley made technically
complex ideas understandable and appreciated. The details of the
buildings Hawley presented were creatively fused, resulting in an
ensemble that assured a compelling addition to the cityscape. By seeing
and considering the works included in this exhibition and catalogue, we
are looking through a window onto a time when America's great metropolis
was born ... '
The Lost Museum. 'In 1841
the showman Phineas Taylor Barnum opened his American Museum in NewYork
City. Dominating lower Broadway at Park Row, in no time Barnum'sAmerican
Museum became the "most visited place in America." '
'For more than twenty years, for six days a week, fifteen hours a day,
city slickers and country folk alike flocked to the five-story building
to marvel at and mock its myriad of changing attractions.'
'A cornucopia of exhibitions offered visitors, in no particular order,
information and entertainment, scientific knowledge and trumped-up
fantasy, moral lessons and cruel voyeurism, the sacred and the
Maruyam. 'Maruyama-Shijo school, which developed in Kyoto in the
late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, owes its name to the
school's founders: Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795) and Matsumura Goshun
(1752-1811). Goshun's studio was on Shijo (Fourth Street), a central
location in downtown Kyoto. Depictions of landscapes, flowers, birds,
and figures by artists of the school are characterized by a greater
naturalism than had been seen in earlier Japanese paintings. '
Henryk Sienkiewicz. Nobel literature laureate, 1905. A Polish writer
before there was an independent Poland. Biography, speech and stamps!
Amy Johnson. Exhibit from the Science Museum, London. 'Amy Johnson
was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia, which
she achieved at the age of 26. Her flying career began in 1928 and other
triumphs included becoming the first female ground engineer licensed by
the Air Ministry, and being awarded the C.B.E. for her flying
achievements. ' 'All her accomplishments were well recognised at the
time. Not only was she formally acknowledged by dignitaries, but also
received much public interest, becoming a celebrity of the day ... '
Museum Online Academy. African American history. 'In 1999-2000 the
Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
renovated its facility to focus on the collection, storage and study of
artifacts. This on-line academy is presented as part of the museum's
recommitment to identify, study, preserve, and collect African American
historical materials. '
Irish Verse, 1922. 'Arranged along national
themes, the 181 poems in this unique anthology were
expertly selected by the most esteemed Irish-American
poet, professor and critic of his generation.'
Hals. Online gallery. 'Dutch painter (b. 1580,
Antwerpen, d. 1666, Haarlem).'
Aboriginal Rock Art. 'These reproductions of rock
art from Australia are from The Native Tribes of
Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer and F. J. Gillen
. Although these images are clearly in the
public domain, if you use them please respect their
Euahlayi Tribe, 1905. 'This is an effort by K.
Langloh Parker to describe in formal terms her
understanding of Euahlayi society. The resulting
ethnography is factual and well written. Parker was
obviously also familiar with the anthropological
literature. She was hardly the detached observer that
modern ethnography demands, however, at that time this
methodology had not been invented yet. This is not
necessarily a bad thing. As Andrew Lang points out in
the introduction, she lived in close contact with
aborigines for many years, and as a female she had
access to the women of the tribe, a viewpoint for
which we have no other source from that time period. '
Airstream. 'On these pages you will find a broad
collection of topics related to the restoration of
"Vintage Airstream" travel trailers. Vintage
Airstream's have enjoyed a recent rise in popularity
as people look back to simpler, less hectic times -
escaping the cheap throw away quality that exists
today - seeking instead the high quality "Machine Age"
design and craftsmanship of the early Airstreams. '
Now! 'is a national, daily, independent,
award-winning news program airing on over 140 stations
in North America.Pioneering the largest public media
collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast
on Pacifica, community, and National Public Radio
stations, public access cable television stations,
satellite television (on Free Speech TV, channel 9415
of the DISH Network), shortwave radio and the
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
'consists of a uniform series of large-scale detailed maps, dating from
1867 through1969 and depicting the commercial, industrial, and
residential sections of cities. The maps were designed by surveyor D.A.
Sanborn in 1866 to assist fire insurance agents in determining the
degree of hazard associated with a particular property. The D.A. Sanborn
Co. was the first company to offer insurance maps on a national scale in
response to the growth of urban communities after 1850. The company's
surveyors meticulously documented the structural evidence of
urbanization - building by building, block by block, neighborhood by
neighborhood, community by community.'
Manuscript. 'The Auchinleck Manuscript (NLS Adv MS 19.2.1) is one of
the National Library of Scotland's greatest treasures. Produced in
London in the 1330s, it provides a unique insight into the English
language and literature that Chaucer and his generation grew up with and
were influenced by. It acquired its name from its first known owner,
Lord Auchinleck, who discovered the manuscript in 1740 and donated it to
the precursor of the National Library in 1744.'
Diva Photography 'has
been a ten year project to explore creative images of women. This site
displays only some of the 12000 images I've taken and reminds me that
work is never finished.........' Not work-safe.
The Women of India: Girl Culture. 'Inspired by Lauren Greenfield's
photographs on the same name, and similar theme, we've complied this
exhibit of Indian women (girls, women, and ladies) going about their
Intermountain Ski Instructors Association Records.
'The Intermountain Ski Instructors Association Records (1937-1998)
contains correspondence, financial documents, meeting minutes, event and
committee records, and newsletters pertaining to this association and
other ski-related organizations. The Intermountain Ski Instructors
Association was formed in 1950. The purpose of the organization was to
promote skiing by providing competent ski instructors. In addition to
certifying instructors, the Intermountain Ski Instructors Association
also conducted free clinics, sponsored a demonstration team, supported
area competitions, and distributed a newsletter to members, area
operators, the media, and various national ski organizations. An
inventory is available.'
American Red Cross History Timeline.
'In October 1863, The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was
created in Geneva, Switzerland, to provide nonpartisan care to the
wounded and sick in times of war. The Red Cross emblem was adopted at
this first International Conference as a symbol of neutrality and was
to be used by national relief societies. The symbol is composed of
five equal squares, sometimes referred to as a Greek cross. It was
chosen because it is a reverse of the colors of the Swiss flag and
because the red cross on a background of white was easily recognized and
reproducible on battlefields ... '
American Traditions: A Taste for Folk Art. 'The definition of
American folk art is notoriously difficult to pin down. In the twentieth
century "folk art" has embraced everything from Pennsylvania German
frakturs to eccentric architectural environments. Holger Cahill in his
landmark exhibition American Folk Art: The Art of the Common Man in
America, for the Museum of Modern Art in 1932, looked to the pre-industrial
past for "the simple and unaffected childlike expression of men and women
who had little or no school training in art, and who did not even know
that they were producing art." In the 1940s, art critic and collector Jean
Lipman pointed to folk art as the product of a great democracy. It was
spontaneous, home-grown, non-derivative, and non-academic. Three decades
later, Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., and Julia Weissman in their book
Twentieth Century American Folk Art and Artists, expanded the scope to
include living artists, and asserting that "the vision of the folk artist
is a private one, a personal universe, a world of his own making,"
unaffected by the mainstream art world ... '
The History of the BBC.
'Innovative, progressive and pioneering - the British Broadcasting
Corporation has proved a powerful force in the 20th century - providing
entertainment, education and information, and captivating millions of
viewers and listeners at home and abroad. ' 'The following pages give
a short history of the BBC, with highlights from each decade. '
Ukiyoe. 'Ukiyoe, literally "images of the floating world", refers
to prints and paintings portraying courtesans, actors, and scenes of
the pleasure quarters and theater milieu of Edo (later Tokyo), for which
the historical period of 1615 to 1868 was named. The style was developed
to suit the tastes of the rapidly rising mercantile society. '
Americana. 'An exhibition of printed books and manuscripts from
Glasgow University Library originally held in the Hunterian Museum,
Spring - Summer 1975. ' 'An exhibition of books and manuscripts
relating to the history of the Americas, drawn mainly from the Hunterian
collection. The non-medical section of Hunter's library reflects interests
both deep and wide: fine topography, botany, zoology, astronomy,
numismatics, fine art, and certain aspects of vernacular literature.
A strong section of books on exploration and travel contains a wealth of
Americana as well as important materials on the East Indies and on
contemporary voyages to the South Seas.'
The American Lung Association Crusade. Online exhibit. 'The
American Lung Association is the oldest voluntary public health agency
in the United States. The original name of the ALA was the National
Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis (NASPT),
formed in 1904 to combat the deadliest disease of the time. The name was
changed to the National Tuberculosis Association (NTA) in 1918, and
finally, with the decline of TB and the rise of other serious lung
diseases, to the American Lung Association (ALA) in 1973. The American
Lung Association of Virginia (ALAV) has been similarly renamed since
its formation in 1909 as the Virginia Anti-Tuberculosis Association.
Today, both the national and state associations are dedicated to the
prevention, cure, and control of all lung diseases.'
'The ALA is perhaps best known as "The Christmas Seal People." Since
1907, the Christmas Seal Campaign has raised many millions of dollars
toward the fight against lung disease. The fame of the Christmas Seal
makes the holiday season the perfect time to honor the work of the
ALA.' 'This exhibit recounts the origin and early history of the
The American Mission: Maryland Jesuits from Andrew White to John
Carroll. At Georgetown University. 'In the fall of 1976, the Special
Collections Division produced this major exhibition as a feature of the
University's celebration of the bicentenary of the American Revolution.
The emergence of the internet now permits us to share again the riches of
our origins. ' ' ... The story of the Jesuits of English-speaking
America is largely forgotten. They came to Maryland only shortly after
their better-known brothers reached Canada and more than fifty years
before Eusebio Kino travelled north to California. But they had no
romance. The dreams of a new Christian empire, of a European system
translated whole onto the American wilderness, were not theirs, nor
did they find the heroic martyrdoms of an Isaac Jogues or a Jean de
Brébeuf. In their day they published no annual letters, and no historian
since has imparted to their story the epic vigor with which Francis
Parkman chronicled the Canadian Jesuits. ' 'Yet this small group of men
laid stronger foundations for Catholicism in America than did the
Spanish in California or the French in Canada. This exhibit, by
recapturing some of that forgotten history, offers a glimpse of the
world of those gentlemen of Maryland who, but for a few Franciscans,
were the whole of the Catholic Church in British North America. British
in culture themselves, they made it possible for the Irish and later
Catholic immigrants to adopt the Anglo-American culture without leaving
their faith. John Carroll, the first national leader of the Church in
America, emerged from this group and helped shape its evolution in the
early national period ... '
Christmas at War. British soldiers' experiences of wartime at
Christmas in the World Wars.
Fleshbot. Sex and erotic news blog.
The Art of the Book in the Middle Ages. 'Before the invention of
mechanical printing, books were handmade objects, treasured as works
of art and as symbols of enduring knowledge. Indeed, in the Middle Ages,
the book becomes an attribute of God.' 'Every stage in the creation
of a medieval book required intensive labor, sometimes involving the
collaboration of entire workshops. Parchment for the pages had to be
made from the dried hides of animals, cut to size and sewn into quires;
inks had to be mixed, pens prepared, and the pages ruled for lettering.
A scribe copied the text from an established edition, and artists might
then embellish it with illustrations, decorated initials, and ornament in
the margins. The most lavish medieval books were bound in covers set with
enamels, jewels, and ivory carvings ...'
is a term broadly used to indicate an eighteenth-century Japanese
painting style inspired by the ideals of the Chinese literati. This
foreign influence entered Japan during the Edo period (1615-1868),
despite the country's self-imposed isolation of the time. '
An American Philosopher: The Career of Tom Regan. 'Tom Regan, a
professor of philosophy at NC State, is considered the philosophical
leader of the animal rights movement in the United States. This exhibit
highlights Regan's career as a philosopher and leader in the contemporary
animal rights movement. He has written or edited more than twenty books
and numerous articles. '
NC State Sports, Illustrated: Football and Basketball Program Cover Art
1931-1972. 'The NC State men's basketball and football game programs
held by the University Archives in the NCSU Libraries' Special
Collections Research Center trigger memories for alumni and other sports
fans who attended games in past decades. In addition, the programs' cover
illustrations and advertisements document changes in American graphic
design, historical events, and patterns of consumption. Along with game
tickets, T-shirts, and other athletics-related ephemera and memorabilia,
they provide a record for an important part of student life and American
A little bit of Italy in Manchester, England. 'In
the 19th century there was an exodus of Italian
immigrants, due to the political and economic
situation, travelling from every region of Italy,
particularly southern Italy, Lazio and Campagna, to
the UK. Some settled in the Ancoats area of the city
of Manchester, north west England, and for the next
hundred years they created what became known as
Manchester's Ancoats Little Italy.'
'They enhanced the Catholic Whit Walk, they pioneered
the British ice cream industry, and survived the
turmoil of the second world war. '
'The many families who brought colour and life to this
area are a constant source of interest to those
interested in genealogy and their family history.'
Folk-Tales, collected by Knud Rasmussen, 1921.
'These stories were collected in various parts of
Greenland, taken down from the lips of the Eskimo
story-tellers themselves, by Knud Rasmussen, the
Danish explorer.' 'No man is better qualified to
tell the story of Greenland, or the stories of its
people. Knud Rasmussen is himself partly of Eskimo
origin; his childhood was spent in Greenland, and to
Greenland he returned again and again, studying,
exploring, crossing the desert of the inland ice,
making unique collections of material, tangible and
otherwise, from all parts of that vast and
little-known land, and his achievements on these
various expeditions have gained for him much honour
and the appreciation of many learned societies ... '
Gallery. 'We specialize in late 18th century and
19th century Japanese Woodblock Prints.
We have an extended collection of Ukiyo-e classical
representing most of the well known artists of the
era. ' Gallery here.
Amalie Dietrich, 1821-91. A German naturalist in
Australia. 'Amalie Dietrich was a German naturalist who helped
introduce Australia's natural wonders to Europe. She spent nearly ten
years (1863-1872) in the barely-settled wilds of northern Queensland,
collecting for the Museum Godeffroy in Hamburg, Germany. 26 May 1996
marked the 175th anniversary of her birth. '
'Amalie Nelle was born in 1821 into a working-class family in the Saxon
village Siebenlehn, at a time when scientists were generally upper-
class, well educated and male. In 1846 she married Wilhelm August Salomo
Dietrich, a frustrated doctor who had been forced into pharmacy by
family circumstances. He and Amalie planned to earn their living as
professional naturalists by selling their specimens to museums and
collectors. Wilhelm taught Amalie a great deal about collecting, but she
had also learnt much about natural remedies from her mother. For many
years the Dietrichs worked in this field, collecting around Europe. They
had one daughter, Charitas, born in 1848 ... '
America at Work, School and Leisure, 1894-1915. 'Work, school, and
leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915 are featured
in this presentation of 150 motion pictures, 88 of which are digitized
for the first time (62 are also available in other American Memory
presentations). Highlights include films of the United States Postal
Service from 1903, cattle breeding, fire fighters, ice manufacturing,
logging, calisthenic and gymnastic exercises in schools, amusement
parks, boxing, expositions, football, parades, swimming, and other
sporting events ... '
Top Left Pixel. 'daily dose
of imagery is a simple view of my day to day visual experience. You can
simply call it my photoblog. I post one photo a day on this web site. It
could be untouched or altered. I started this experimental project as a
visual practice. '
The Nanzenji. 'Nanzenji, located in the Higashiyama district of
Kyoto, is a historical Zen monastery with grand temple halls. Its origin
can be found in the Kamakura period (1185-1333), when the Emperor
Kameyama (later Cloistered Emperor Kameyama; 1249-1305, r. 1259-74)
converted his imperial villa into a Zen temple. In the Muromachi period
(1392-1572), Nanzenji was designated above the Gozan ('Five Mountains',
the five major Rinzai Zen monasteries) of Kyoto and Kamakura, making it
the highest-ranking Rinzai monastery in Japan. It was also once a
flourishing center of Zen culture, focused around its many prominent
abbots, who were renowned Japanese Gozan monks and Chinese Chan masters
who came to Japan. This privileged status has contributed to Nanzenji's
unique existence outside the traditional boundaries of Zen lineage...'
Lech Walesa. Nobel peace laureate, 1983. Biography, acceptance
America in Caricature 1765-1865. 'This online exhibition highlights
selections from a rich collection of political cartoons in the Lilly
Library. The caricatures depict times of turbulence in American history
and range in date from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 and to
the presidential elections of 1860 and 1864 which brought Abraham
Lincoln to the White House. To facilitate browsing, the exhibition is
divided by time period and includes a section on the history of
caricature. As you visit the online galleries you will sample the works
of notable artists and publishers who sought to portray and comment upon
the events forging America's future. '
America on the Move. 'See how we got here. Transportation
transformed America. Choose from these three interconnected
routes to explore how transportation shaped our lives, landscapes,
culture, and communities. '
Byzantine Medieval Hypertexts.
'Yes, the idea of hypertexts from the Middle Ages sounds absurd. We
think of the Middle Ages as a time of rampant illiteracy and premature
death. We remember stories of monks meticulously scribing away in Latin
to preserve the heritage of Western civilization against the onslaught
of the barbarian hoards, but we tend to forget that the Renaissance was
conceived and transmitted to the West through Byzantine monks
meticulously scribing away in Greek and Slavic scripts under far greater
pressure from the Eastern invasion. '
'The information on this website presents the theory of hypertext and
its medieval application in Byzantine manuscripts, using examples from
the Theodore Psalter, a manuscript created in 1066 in the Stoudious
monastery near Constantinople. Hypertextuality in this case manifests as
a complex interaction between the text and the illustrations in the
manuscript and the text as it relates to other manuscripts and its
'Mesoamerican manuscripts, or codices, described wars, victories,
famine, pestilence, religious events, and other elements of ancient
Mesoamerican culture. They also often functioned as calendars. Priests
had a central role in Mesoamerican society and culture and undoubtedly
were the creators of the content of the codices. The priests used the
codices on a daily basis, and it is likely that they closely supervised
the production of the manuscripts. Working within the constraints of the
priests' dictates, guilds of scribes and other crafts developed high
standards for manuscript production. Experts from the guilds were
assigned to make paper, build the structure of the manuscript, create
the pigments, and illustrate the manuscripts ... '
Exploration of the Colorado River of the West.
'John Wesley Powell, director of the U.S. Geological Survey, leading a
team accompanied by artists and photographers, produced an extensive
scientific report of his travels that underscored the spectular features
and economic possibilities of the American West. Powell was the first
government scientist to fully understand the climatic challenges of the
region. Apparently, Powell was reluctant to write this book. It was only
after the House of Representatives refused to consider his request for
funding of future explorations that Powell agreed to publish the story
of his first expedition. The book became one of the best and most
popular adventure narratives in American literature. Powell's potent
prose and the book's illustrations brought the drama of the remote and
demanding Western landscape to an awed and eager Eastern audience ... '
Bizarre Persistence of Vision. Animation toys.
'Motion pictures developed from many different traditions, including
theatre and magic shows, but also from the Victorian fascination with
the phenomenon of persistence of vision. The human brain retains an
image for a fraction of a second longer than the eye actually sees it.
That is why the world doesn't suddenly go black every time you blink.
When you watch a movie, what you are actually seeing are individual
still frames of film projected at 24 frames per second. Each of these
frames is separated by darkness, so you are sitting in a dark theatre
about half of the time. The images are discontinuous; that is, all of
the action that happened between the frames is not represented. Because
of persistence of vision, what you perceive is one image blending into
the next, giving the illusion of movement and continuity. The dark
spaces are "ignored" by the brain.'
'Persistence of vision has been known about for a long time, but an
article written by Roget (of Thesaurus fame) in the early 19 th century
spawned popular interest. After this many novelties and popular
entertainments were invented based on the principle. (Most with
classically based names - the Victorians felt using a Latin or Greek
name gave credibility to their inventions. This tradition of naming
cinematic equipment and processes lasted much longer; hence Technicolor,
Panavision, CinemaScope, and even television.) What follows is a brief
description of the principal designs, and notes on constructing models
of them. There were many more devices invented than those listed here,
which were the major, most influential designs. '
Stroud, in the Cotswolds. The
website of 'the arts and crafts capital of the Cotswolds' has an
interesting set of articles on the town's history, as well as images.
Check out the piece on
Laurie Lee, of 'Cider with Rosie' fame.
For Pete's Sake. 'Slice of life' web comic.
'I met Pete. He is a bundle of energy and ADHD-powered absurdity and
confusing stuff. Not a day passes that he doesn't do something that'll
break someone's brain...'
The Great Mirror
'is a collection of about five thousand photographs taken over the last 30 years by Bret
Wallach, a geography professor at the University of Oklahoma. With few exceptions, the photos
show cultural rather than physical landscapes and are intended to illuminate the people who have
shaped these landscapes and are reflected in it. ' Via
wood s lot.
'Every child is a unique individual, however children, in contrast to adults, are
often unpredictable and not conscious of themselves to the same degree as adults. They have
neither the experience of the past nor a sense for the future with which the experience of aging
and death are connected. For this reason, for a long time the concept of childhood as a state of
paradisical innocence was presumed. The idea of the uniqueness of every child was, however,
less prevalent in the 19th C, since the Victorian ideal encouraged the representation of children
as "small adults." Predominently in the carte-de-visite production of photographers like
Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri and Mayer & Pierson, the presentation of the individual child was not the
goal, but rather the depiction of a predetermined pose in a predetermined setting. In addition, the
necessarily long exposure times encouraged children to hold a rigid pose in contrast to their natural
100 Things About Me:
A Webring. '100 Things About Me is a webring linking 'about me' pages
with a twist--a list of 100 things about you. The ring is open to those who have participated in the
100 Things About Me meme by writing an autobiographical 100 things list. However, this is not a
webring for your blog or personal site. Just the 100 things, please. '
William Simmonds. An artist of rural Britain. 'Most of the
drawings shown here were done in the 1920's and include visual notes
made on journeys to Wales, France and elsewhere. They show the precise
construction of various artefacts and one of the great delights of his
work is that nothing was too small for his notice. Thus his drawings
have considerable value for the rural historian, particularly as many
are carefully located and dated. Simmonds worked with a variety of
It's a Wonderful Life.
'It's A Wonderful Life (1946), originally made for Liberty Films, is one
of the most popular and heartwarming films ever made by director Frank
Capra. It was actually a box-office flop at the time of its release, and
only became the Christmas movie classic in the 1970s due to repeated
television showings at Christmas-time when its copyright protection
slipped and it fell into the public domain. Frank Capra regarded this
film as his own personal favorite - it was also James Stewart's favorite
of all his feature films ... '
Shipton: The Yorkshire Sibyl Investigated. 'This
essay about Mother Shipton was written in the year
1881; it gives the text of the earliest Mother Shipton
prophecies, which primarily concern events from the
reign of Henry the Eighth. As it turns out, these were
also spawned after the fact, penned by a notorious
plagarist. The three earliest texts mention nothing
about horseless carriages, submarines, the telegraph,
iron boats, let alone predict the year the world will
end ... '
Alexandra Kollontai Archive. 'Russian
Social-Democrat from 1890s, active in international
Socialist Women's movement, and a member of the
Mensheviks before 1914. Elected to Central Committee
in 1917 and Commissar for Social Welfare in the Soviet
government. With Bukharin in 'Left Communist' faction,
opposed signing of Brest-Litovsk Peace (Lenin was for
signing immediately, Trotsky for delaying in hope of a
revolution in Germany, the WO advocated a
revolutionary war against Germany); leader of the
Workers OppositionSent to diplomatic posts in Mexico
and Scandanavia. Sympathised with the Left Opposition,
but subsequently 'conformed' ... ' Image
Victor Serge Archive. 'Victor Lvovich Khibalchich
(better known as Victor Serge) was born in Brussels,
the son of Russian Narodnik exiles. Originally an
anarchist, he joined the Russian Communist Party on
arriving in Petrograd in February 1919 and worked for
the newly founded Communist International as a
journalist, editor and translator. As a Comintern
representative in Germany he helped prepare the
aborted insurrection in the autumn of 1923.' 'In
1923 he also joined the Left Opposition. He was
expelled from the party in 1928 and briefly
imprisoned. At this time he turned to writing fiction,
which was published mainly in France. In 1933 he was
arrested and exiled. After an international campaign
he was eventually deported from Russia in April 1936
on the eve of the Moscow Show Trials ... '
Prime Minister. Satirising the Australian
PM. Excerpt from Ask John :-
'I'm not sure Mel Gibson films are the best place to
get advice from. Like, did you see that Man Without a
Face one? It was all about how you shouldn't be mean
to people who are different from you. As if. Follow
that advice, and you can kiss the next election
goodbye. He was also in this film called "Hamlet", but
it wasn't in English, or something. Though there were
swords, and that was cool.'