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20th May

Goya's Caprichos. Print gallery. 'Images of all 80 of Goya's Caprichos are now available for online viewing.'

Prints by Rembrandt. Collections of images of Biblical subjects, portraits, landscapes etc. Great online collection.

Leicester Cathedral. A medieval English cathedral; with a virtual tour and history.
'900 years ago the Normans began to build the original church. It was rebuilt and enlarged between the 13th and 15th centuries and became the 'Civic Church' with strong links with the merchants and guilds (Guildhall). Just over 100 years ago the Victorian Architect, Raphael Brandon magnificantly restored and, in places, rebuilt the church, including the addition of a 220ft spire ... '

Kamagasaki. 'Kamagasaki, is the largest slum in Japan. Located in the south end of downtown Osaka, Kamagasaki is a one square kilometer "city within a city". It is the home to some thirty thousand day labor workers, some three thousand homeless, and close to ninety yakuza (Japanese Mafia) offices. There are almost no social benefits for the people in Kamagasaki, and like the elderly workers that live here, the town is dying. I started to photograph this town back in 1989. Originally, I thought that by showing the Japanese the truth about this "city", that no "normal" Japanese would enter, I could help the people regain a "normal" life ... '

San Diego Stories. With an image gallery.

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village. 'You have arrived at the home page for Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village. This folk art environment is the single handed work of self taught senior citizen Tressa "Grandma " Prisbrey. '
'Located in Simi Valley California, Bottle Village is lauded by art scholars, The State of California, The National Register of Historic Places and in exhibitions, as a major artistic achievement. '
'Unfortunately, Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village is disintegrating. The 1994 Northridge earthquake struck 8 miles away and badly damaged the Village. We hope this web site will get the word out that help is needed now. Furthermore, it's a wonderful way for you to become educated, enlightened, and entertained by a remarkably inventive everyday woman and her famous creation ... '

The Walam Olum, 1995. 'This controversial work is purportedly a translation of a sequence of pictographs which give the epic of the Delawares, a tribe which lived in the central Eastern seaboard. Taken at face value, this would be one of the few actual written texts from Native North America, including a clear account of an eastward migration over the 'stone-hard water'. The source of the document, as well as aspects of the Delaware text, and some of the historical episodes have been called into question. I'm not going to rehash this discussion here, but offer some comments based on the content of the text ... '

Kyoto Journal Gallery. Photographs of Asia.

The Book of Sand. A hypertext/puzzle, written by Jorge Luis Borges. 'Welcome! This web site contains, in eight randomly numbered pages, the text of Jorge Luis Borges' story The Book of Sand (as translated by Norman Thomas di Giovanni), with pictures and animations based on old engravings and photographs. It is, I hope, an intriguing presentation of one of Borges' lesser-known works. But it also offers a unique opportunity for readers to interact with the story.'
'The Book of Sand site is a hypertext, with a nonlinear structure and dynamic images. This story is well-suited for such a presentation, since it deals with a supernatural book whose many pages are in no discernible order. And the story's spare, haunting atmosphere comes through clearly, if not more strongly, when it is read in short, random fragments. But the site is also a puzzle -- because only you, the reader, can decide in what order to view the pages. Borges' original story provides an authoritative ordering of the text, but that authority has been removed from this version...'

The Years of Entanglement: Yugoslavia 1981-1990. Photo-essay.
Tito. Even in the late 1980s (when I went to what was then Yugoslavia), he was fondly remembered.
I like the image of Milosevic for sale at a newsstand selling porn magazines - another Yugoslav institution...

'The Old Forest Pines', by Susan Fenimore Cooper.
'Just at the point where the village street becomes a road and turns to climb the hillside, there stands a group of pines, a remnant of the old forest. There are many trees like these among the woods; far and near such may be seen rising from the hills, now tossing their arms in the stormy winds, now drawn in still and dark relief against the glowing evening sky. Their gaunt, upright forms standing about the hill-tops, and the ragged gray stumps of those which have fallen, dotting the smooth fields, make up the sterner touches in a scene whose general aspect is smiling ... '

Dear Bess: Love Letters from the President. An exhibit of personal letters between Harry and Bess Truman. You can see scanned versions of the letters here.
'I like Stalin. He is straightforward, knows what he wants and will compromise when he can't get it. His Foreign Minister isn't so forthright.'

The Roadable Times. Flying cars and roadable aircraft.

The Friendship 7 Transcript. 'John Glenn blasted into orbit on February 20, 1962, part of a space race between the United States and the Soviet Union in which the Americans were lagging. The successful completion of Glenn's mission (he orbited the Earth three times) did much to restore American prestige worldwide...'

The Innocence Project. 'The Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law was created by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld in 1992. It was set up as and remains a non-profit legal clinic. This Project only handles cases where postconviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. As a clinic, students handle the case work while supervised by a team of attorneys and clinic staff.'
'Most of our clients are poor, forgotten, and have used up all of their legal avenues for relief. The hope they all have is that biological evidence from their cases still exists and can be subjected to DNA testing. All Innocence Project clients go through an extensive screening process to determine whether or not DNA testing of evidence could prove their claims of innocence. Thousands currently await our evaluation of their cases.'
'DNA testing has been a major factor in changing the criminal justice system. It has provided scientific proof that our system convicts and sentences innocent people -- and that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events. Most importantly, DNA testing has opened a window into wrongful convictions so that we may study the causes and propose remedies that may minimize the chances that more innocent people are convicted.'

Tales of People at War. From Somalia to Nepal. Via MeFi.

Buddha kakapos. Thanks, James.

19th May

1978 Moped Trip. 'In the summer of 1978 I undertook a 3-month 11,500-mile journey by moped from Toronto to Alaska (USA) and back to Toronto.'
'This website contains a complete travelogue of this trip, with over 300 photographs and a description of the trip, plus technical information about the moped and details of the trip.'
Via MeFi.

Choose Your Own New York. 42 possible endings. Via MeFi.

Toy Rayguns of the 1930s and 1940s. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Vintage Pin-Ups. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Private Art: WW2 Letters To and From Home. Via Sugar & Spicy.

The Love Letter Collection. An ongoing collection of anonymous letters. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Lala Raja Deen Dayal, 'pioneer Indian 19th century photographer(1844-1905). has left for us an exquisite photographic record of British India, of a bygone Colonial era influenced by Native Princely India- its picturesque opulence, rich costumes, whiskered nobility, hookah bearers, royal palaces, hunts, and parades, elephant carriages, historic events - golden moments captured on "silver" plates for posterity.'
'It was not only in his portraitures and "sovereign scenarios" that Lala Deen Dayal excelled. His lens captured the culture and tradition of India's rich architectural heritage, temples, monuments, forts, views, and memorials. His extensive series of Indian views forms a timeless travelogue of the country ... '

19th Century Italian Photos. Online gallery over two pages.

The Heritage Trail. 'The home of British heritage on the web.' Interactive map and image library of abbeys, cathedrals, castles, ancient sites, piers etc... Very large site, lots to see here.

Art Behind Bars 'was started in June, 1994 by Lynne Vantriglia. An artist herself, Lynne has always believed that everyone has some creative vein within themselves that can be tapped, for the joy of creativity as well as for art's therapeutic value. With that in mind, she began an art program for women in the Monroe County Detention Center. The 2-hour art sessions are only for inmates with good conduct. One of the goals of this program is to complete artwork that when sold raises money for other organizations in the community and helps to promote awareness of ART BEHIND BARS. A class for male inmates began in November, 2001, thanks to a partnership grant between the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the State of Florida, Div. of Cultural Affairs, the Fla. Arts Council, and the National Endowment of the Arts. '
'In addition to their record of community service, they have launched numerous successful careers in the arts, as well as cottage industries, giving former students viable post-incarceration career paths. Many other inmates have been able to pursue further art education upon transfer to prison, because of their participation in the program ... '

Death Row Speaks. 'This site serves as a voice for those condemned to death and for their families, friends, and supporters. We are engaged in the process of demonstrating the humanity of these individuals who are more than the crimes for which they have been sentenced to die. '

From Windmills to Whirligigs. 'We (Karen, Natalie & Mike) were looking for a unique science and art connection to wind. We found it with Vollis Simpson and his windmill-powered whirligigs ... ' Fantastic!

Art Cars in Cyberspace. Lots and lots of images, as well as techniques for making them!

Greek Painted Pottery. 'The pottery made in Greece between about 1000 and 300 BC has been preserved in large quantities. Most examples come from graves discovered not only in Greece, but also in many parts of the Mediterranean region, particularly in Italy, where pottery was exported in large quantities in antiquity.'
'The 'fine' pottery with figure decoration, especially that made in Athens between about 625 and 300 BC, is of great importance to archaeologists and historians because shapes and styles of decoration can be dated closely, often to within twenty years of manufacture. The quality of potting and painting of the finest examples make them attractive to collectors, and for that reason many vases have been stolen from their country of origin without any documentation. '
'The ability of scholars to recognise individual painters who lived more than 2500 years ago, in the absence of signatures and contemporary literary documentation, has made the study of Greek figure-decorated pottery a subject in the History of Art. The connoisseurship of Greek, particularly Athenian, vases is a model of excellence, combining close personal examination of the objects with rigorous documentation of shapes, techniques, and styles of decoration ... '
With drawings!

A Selection of Prints - Bracquemond , Buhot, Corot, Manet, Goya and more...
Courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Gods, Ghosts, & Ancestors: Folk Religion in a Taiwanese Village. 'This book describes the religious beliefs and practices of an agricultural village of Southern Taiwan in the middle 1960s. The village has a temple, and some religious activity centers there. But far more activity is connected to the business of daily life in individual households and groups of households. Far from the world of organized Buddhism, Taoism, or Confucianism, village religion centers on the spiritual forces that local people believe impinge upon them in the form of gods, who help them, ghosts, who trouble them, and the family dead, who can themselves become gods and ghosts. And underlying theme of morality prevades all of this, but so does opportunism and manipulation. '
'This book is unusual in being one of a very small number of religion-centered ethnographies of any Chinese population. '

Saganet: Icelandic Medieval Literature. Images of manuscripts and books published before 1901. Browse the collection.

Exploring Themes in American Art. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Scenes from everyday life - abstraction - historical subjects - landscapes - seascapes - portraits.

Edmonton Stories. 'Some call it the City of Champions, others call it Deadmonton. We've got the Oilers and Eskimos and Trappers, and, of course, "the" mall. We live farther north than any sane person would even consider... and we are proud of it. We are defined more by a hockey player who hasn't lived here in years than by the local heros and events that make us proud to be from where we are from. Within the 9000+ kilometres of our metropolitan area, we all have one thing in common. We are all Edmontonians. This site is our story.'

Portland Stories. Oregon tales.

18th May

A Taste of Africa has a new home.
'Taste of Africa is my online journal intended to update my family and friends about my life as a development worker in this part of the Horn of Africa. I am in Somaliland, a country longing for an international recognition. I decided to put my stories online for my friends, family and for those who like me, wanted to know more ... '

War Posters. 'Propaganda, the systematic dispersal of a doctrine, peaked in the United States during World War I and World War II. The United States government utilized propaganda measures to mobilize its citizens and make them more aware of the immediate tasks of preparing for war and the goal of winning the war. In the absence of media such as television, posters played a key role in spreading the word. Their key to effectiveness was that they were immediate, inexpensive, and easily understood. '
Via Life in the Present.

Picturing the Century. Via Life in the Present.

The Soviet Union in Pictures. Via Life in the Present / gmtPlus9.

Historic Texas Postcards. Via Life in the Present.

a good place for a cup of tea and a think. Via Linkmachinego.

eggbaconchipsandbeans. Via Linkmachinego.

Lingnan Art. 'Since late nineteenth century, the Lingnan School of painting has exerted tremendous influence on the painting development of the Lingnan area, so much so that it brought forth a new movement in Chinese painting in the first half of the twentieth century. This was the result of the heroic effort of Gao jianfu (1879-195 1), Gao Qifeng (1889.-1933) and Chen Shuren (1883-1948). The success of these three painters was so prominent that they are hailed,as the 'Three Masters of Lingnan'. To trace the early styles of the painting of the Lingnan School, we shall have to study the work of the famous flower painters, ju Lian (1828-1904), ju Chao (1811-1865), Song Guangbao (19th century) and Mengjinyi (19th century.
Via wood s lot.

Paul Robeson. Via wood s lot.

Picturing Ourselves: The Construction and Documentation of Identity in African American Portraiture 1880-1920. 'This site lets you read studio photographs of African Americans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as history. Contrasting these personal photographic images with public ones, like commercial or documentary photos, reveals the gap between how African Americans wanted to see themselves and how they were most commonly seen by others. '

Antiqua Medicina from Homer to Vesalius. 'Although the Greeks created rational medicine, their work was not always or even fully scientific in the modern sense of the term. Like other Greek pioneers of science, the doctors were prone to think that much more could be discovered by mere reflection and argument than by practice and experiment. For in their time there was not yet a distinction between philosophy and science, including medicine. Hippocrates was the first to separate medicine from philosophy and disprove the idea that disease was a punishment for sin. Much of the traditional treatment for injuries and ailments practiced by the Greeks stemmed from folk medicine, a characteristic shared by the Greeks with other societies to this day ... '

Postcards from Iceland. Check out the art of Einar Jonsson.

Geisha and Maiko. Photographs.

The Doctors' Trial. 'On December 9, 1946, an American military tribunal opened criminal proceedings against 23 leading German physicians and administrators for their willing participation in war crimes and crimes against humanity. In Nazi Germany, German physicians planned and enacted the "Euthanasia" Program, the systematic killing of those they deemed "unworthy of life." The victims included the mentally retarded, the institutionalized mentally ill, and the physically impaired. Further, during World War II, German physicians conducted pseudoscientific medical experiments utilizing thousands of concentration camp prisoners without their consent. Most died or were permanently crippled as a result. Most of the victims were Jews, Poles, Russians, and also Roma (Gypsies). After almost 140 days of proceedings, including the testimony of 85 witnesses and the submission of almost 1,500 documents, the American judges pronounced their verdict on August 20, 1947. Sixteen of the doctors were found guilty. Seven were sentenced to death. They were executed on June 2, 1948. '

The Inventor's Finest Creation: Thomas Edison and the Making of a Myth. 'By mid-1888, the Wizard of Menlo Park appeared to have lost a bit of his magic. After Edison revolutionized the world with the phonograph in 1877 and played Prometheus in his invention of the incandescent light two years later, little had emerged from his New Jersey invention factory that really grabbed the attention of America. Worse yet, news just had come that a group including Alexander Bell stood poised to release a new and improved phonograph and top Edison's prized creation.'
'That May, Edison, who for the past 11 years had tinkered with the phonograph, resolved to best Bell's "graphophone." In what newspapers soon called the "phonograph vigil," Edison locked his team into his West Orange laboratory, not to emerge until the group could boast of the "perfect" phonograph. Three sleepless days (or what some newspapers exagerrated to a "sleepless, five-day orgy of toil") later, Edison's team burst forth from the labs not only with a better phonograph, but with America's imagination soon to be regained ... '

The Machine in the Parlour: Naturalising and Standardising Labour and Industry Through the Stereoscope. 'By the end of the 19th century, a growing number of Americans began to question the benefits of mass production and industrialization. They cited, among other things, the degrading effect of industrial work on laborers, both physically and mentally. The 1890s also saw two of the most vocal and violent outcries against industrial labor practices in history: the Homestead Strike of 1892 and the Pullman Strike in 1894. At the same time, the factory system was becoming one of the primary ways of defining American society in contrast with other, especially non-European, societies. Many began to see mechanization of almost all facets of everyday life as an inevitable aspect of the progress of American civilization. '
'Much of the debate surrounding the merits and downfalls of industrialization took place through the growing number of images, especially photographic images, available to a wider and wider audience. Countless historians have commented broadly on the impact that photography had on late 19th- century American consciousness. A smaller number have discussed the widespread presence of the stereoscope (shown on the right) in the middle-class Victorian parlor as a quintessential source of didactic entertainment ... '

Interurban Rail: Incorporating the Hinterlands. 'As cities developed at odd intervals across the United States throughout the nineteenth century they found they required infrastructures for transporting their citizens. Mass transit was born. Most cities adopted some sort of system that involved cars on rails. The major difference among these systems was the method of power. A few cities adopted either steam or cable power. While steam power was noisy and caused pollution, each was a maintenance nightmare. Most cities relied on horses, and some of these cities extended their lines to include outlying areas. However, the range and pace of these lines was limited by the stamina and speed of their horses. Additionally, an epizootic epidemic in 1872 crippled transportation in almost every North American city ... '

Santos in Oaxaca's Ancient Churches. 'Welcome to this study of the santos in the 16th-century Dominican churches of Oaxaca, Mexico. The term santos refers both to "saints" and to the statues of the saints that have graced Mexico's churches almost from the beginning of the period of Christianization. Many santos were imported from Spain or produced in Mexico by artists of Spanish birth, but soon their production was undertaken by the indigenous people. In the summer of 1991, thanks to a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, we visited churches, chapels and coventos in the states of Oaxaca, Yucatan, and Chiapas. 31 of these were Dominican churches in Oaxaca, established by the Dominican friars invited by Hernan Cortes. '
'We had the opportunity to observe the interdependence of the public and religious institutions in the towns of the Central Valley, and in those of the Mixteca Alta. We began our study of the polychrome art of 16th century Oaxaca with a visit to the restored Santo Domingo, in the state capital. There we had the great fortune of encountering Padre Paco, the Dominican Superior, and at that time in charge of the parish ... '
Starting with San Miguel Achiutla.

Timeline of the American Civil Rights Movement. Articles and images.
Oliver Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

Small-Town America. '12,000 photographs of the Mid-Atlantic states New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from the 1850s to the 1910s, from the Robert N. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views at the New York Public Library. The views show buildings and street scenes in cities, towns, and villages as well as natural landscapes. They also depict agriculture, industry, transportation, homes, businesses, local celebrations, natural disasters, people, and costumes. '

Berkshire History. The English county. Historical gazeteers, interesting buildings and local legends - take a look at the story of the Ghost of Lady Hoby.

Heian Jingu Shrine, Kyoto. 'Emperor Kammu was born in 737 as the crown prince of Emperor Konin and ascended to the throne in 781 as the 50th Emperor of Japan. Realizing that the capital of Heijo was small in scale and beneath the dignity of our country, Emperor Kammu transfered the capital to Nagaoka in the province of Yamashiro and, further picking the adjoining districts of Kadono and Atago in 793 as the best possible site for the capital, began to construct a new palace. In the following year, the seat of government was moved to the new capital called the Heian Capital ... '
The Garden.
Festival of Ages.

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum. 'Our mission is to promote, honor and celebrate the legacy of A. Philip Randolph and contributions made by African-Americans to America's labor history. At our facility this celebration begins with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, as we educate the public about their legacy and contributions. ' African-Americans in US railroad history, African-Americans in the Civil War, and more...

Treasured Churches of Cincinnati. 'It is possible to learn about much of the history of Western architecture for the past two Christian millennia by visiting a few of the many Catholic churches of Cincinnati that were built since 1840. During the 19th century, for the first time, detailed and scholarly knowledge of the architectural styles of the past developed. Architects became fascinated with this and so was born "historicism." This lead to what Augustus Welby Pugin, the dedicated English spokesman for Gothic as the "one true style," called "the carnival of architecture," known more commonly today under the name Ecclecticism ... '

Churches and Cathedrals in Germany. Photos and articles.

17th May

Rwanda: Photo Essay by Kimberlee Acquaro. 'This photo essay documents Rwandan women's emerging rights and roles in the country's reconciliation and reconstruction.'
'Joseline with her 5 month old son on her back works with her secretary. Like women everywhere she struggles to balance the demands of her family and her job.'
'Joseline survived the genocide in hiding. She returned to her village to find that her parents, five of her siblings and her sister's family had been slaughtered. In 1999, as a 23 year old mother of three, with only a primary school education, she campaigned in the new government's first elections and won her position as head of development in her village - overseeing the public health, finance, infrastructure and education of one of the country's poorest areas ... '

Father Jacques. 'During the Holocaust, relatively few people rescued Jews in German- occupied Europe. Indifference, antisemitism, and fear all deterred rescue efforts. But among those risking imprisonment and even death to save Jews were individual Christian clergy, who hid thousands of Jewish children in religious institutions or with willing families. In Belgium, Father Bruno, a Benedictine monk, rescued more than 300 Jews; in France, the Protestant pastors André Trocmé and Edouard Theis worked with local villagers to shelter several thousand Jews in and around Le Chambon-sur- Lignon ... '

Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 'Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the few church leaders who stood in courageous opposition to the Fuehrer and his policies. To honor his memory, the Church Relations department of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has asked Victoria Barnett, author of For the Soul of the People, Protestant Protest Against Hitler, to write an essay about Bonhoeffer spanning the years from the rise of Nazism until his death in the Flossenbürg concentration camp in 1945.'
'The following story will give the reader some sense of the conflict within the Protestant church, as well as the remarkable response of one pastor/theologian to that conflict and to the turmoil within the nation itself. '

Fall in Kyoto. Photographs.

Diamond Geezer. A really great weblog with a particular focus on London life. This month, Diamond Geezer celebrates 25 years of the Jubilee line, station by station. Don't miss Diamond Geezer's A-Z of London.

All Aboard: The Role of the Railroads in Protecting, Promoting and Selling Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. 'As late as 1850, much of the territory west of the Mississippi was only roughly sketched geologically and geographically. Exploratory expeditions modeled after that of Lewis and Clark became the primary taxonomical tools for the largely unexplored and unsettled Rocky Mountain West. Until the Civil War interrupted these surveys, most expeditions were sponsored by the military in order to settle territorial disputes or provide cartographic information for proposed wagon routes. By 1867, renewed interest in exploration for settlement and economic development emerged. Between 1867 and 1870, the United States sponsored what were known as the Great Surveys, four extensive campaigns of comprehensive research on the western landscape sponsored by the government but subsidized by private enterprise as well ... '

Inland Navigation: Connecting the New Republic 1790-1840. 'Land, in Alexis de Tocqueville's vision of Democracy in America, was one of the primary causes that allowed a democratic republic to flourish in the New World. The land, considered uninhabited by the encroaching Europeans, provided a safety valve for the cities, a never-ending abundance of open space for farming and free enterprise; it was a land where every son, not just the eldest, could expect a homestead. The holdings of the United States in de Tocqueville's time were rapidly expanding. Beginning with the Treaty of Paris of 1783 in which England ceded the land from the Appalachians to the Mississippi River to its victorious rival, Americans pushed west. A decade later, Thomas Jefferson brought about the Louisiana Purchase, an addition of nearly 830,000 square miles of unexplored plains and mountains. Merriweather Lewis and William Clark were sent by Jefferson to the Pacific coast and returned with tales of land and wilderness that fired the eastern imagination for a century to come. The 1840's saw the Mexican- American War and the annexation of Texas, as well as continued migration west as settlers, gold rushers, Mormons and adventurers followed the call of the open land ... '

Visionary Art. 'Welcome to Visionary Art. Thanks so much for stopping by our home for what is commonly known as Folk Art, Outsider Art or sometimes Self Taught Art. We try to be more than just an online gallery, we strive to be an educational source as well. '
Images of Christ.

The Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection. 'Comprising nearly 1,700 flutes and other instruments, statuary, iconography, books, music, tutors, patents, and other materials mostly related to the flute, the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection draws its holdings from all over the world and represents the work of at least 460 European and American instrument makers. Its highlights include 40 flutes from the workshops of Theobald Boehm, Rudolph Greve and Carl Mendler, Munich; a flute (DCM 0916) that once belonged to King Frederick II of Prussia, designed by his teacher, Joachim Quantz; numerous flutes from the respected house of Rudall Carte, in London; 17 crystal flutes by Claude Laurent of Paris, one (DCM 0378) made in 1813 and presented to U.S. President James Madison; a 22-karat gold flute (DCM 0010) designed and made primarily by Dayton C. Miller himself between 1902 and 1905; more than 130 Native North and South American flutes; seventeenth-to-eighteenth-century jade examples from China; an elegantly decorated early-eighteenth-century oboe (DCM 0158) by Hendrik Richters, Amsterdam; and an early-nineteenth-century ivory clarinet in D (DCM 0443). Recent additions include an early-twentieth-century silver Boehm system flute by William Meinell, New York, with original case; a pair of silver clarinets (A and B-flat) by William S. Haynes, Boston, with original case, from late in the first quarter of the twentieth century; a seventeen-keyed bassoon, from an anonymous late-nineteenth-century maker; and a soprano sarrusophone (DCM 1479) made by Buffet-Crampon, Paris, ca. 1920 with original case ... '

The Kyoto Shimbun News: Cherry Blossoms. 'Cherry blossoms are called the symbol of Japanese culture, and have been composed in many tankas (Japanese poems) from old times. From March to April, when the news of cherry blossoms flowering is received from south, people go to see cherry blossoms in a body. Cherry blossoms are in bloom in a short period. Above all, Someiyoshino, which account for 90 percent of all species of Japanese cherry blossoms, is in bloom only 5 days. People enjoy the beauty of the flowers, and feel sorry for them to fall. Kyoto has many famous sights for cherry blossoms. Please enjoy beautiful photos of cherry blossoms. '
Photos of festivals, autumn leaves and snowscapes of temples and shrines, also from the Kyoto Shimbun News.

Wonder Tales from Scottish Myth and Legend, 1917. 'The myths and legends of Scotland are full of what is called "local colour". They afford us not only glimpses of ancient times and of old habits of thought and life, but also of the country itself at different times of the year. In the winter season the great mountain ranges are white with snow and many inland lochs are frozen over, but along the west coast, which is washed by the warm surface waters of the Atlantic and bathed in mild moist breezes from the south-west, there may be found sheltered and sunny spots where wild flowers continue to bloom. The old people believed that somewhere in the west the spirit of Spring had its hiding-place, and they imagined this hiding-place to be a green floating island on which the sun always shone and flowers were always blooming...'

The City of Greater New York. 'In 1898, three cities and nearly forty municipalities united to create today's five-borough Greater New York City. The Tribune called the Consolidation "the greatest experiment in municipal government the world has ever known." ... ' Online exhibit from the Museum of the City of New York.

Hoax Photo Gallery. 'When Daguerre's discovery of the art of photography was announced to the world in 1839, many scientists, such as Dr. Bird of Philadelphia, found the concept so extraordinary that they insisted the announcement had to be a hoax. Photography was, of course, quite real, but it has proven to be a favorite tool of hoaxers since its invention. What follows are some notorious photographic fakes arranged in chronological order from the Civil War to the present. '

Shiny Plastic Bag. Fab Canadian weblog.

Beyond the Walls: Churches of Jerusalem. Articles and photos.

8:1. Online comic.

16th May

What to do with disturbing search requests. Something of a classic.

Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About. Via MeFi.