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15th April


Sports Temples of Boston. 'The Boston Public Library, leading a consortium of partners, has assembled images of the greatest sports battlegrounds in Boston. These images span 100 years from 1872 through 1972. These "Sports Temples" are buildings with rich histories and have become consecrated ground in the history of sports in Boston. Some are world famous, others all but forgotten; some are still standing and some have been demolished. But they all, at one time, echoed with the roar of the crowd and bore mute witness to the feats of generations of athletes.'

Tall Buildings.

Unified Vision: The Architecture and Design of the Prairie School. 'In the late 19th century, Louis Sullivan conceived the idea of an authentic American architecture suited to the needs of people living in the modern age.'
'Employing his principles of unified design, Sullivan's followers, including Frank Lloyd Wright, William Gray Purcell, and George Grant Elmslie, developed what is now known as the Prairie School.'

World Trade Centre Memorial Competition. "In its powerful, yet simple articulation of the footprints of the Twin Towers, "Reflecting Absence" has made the voids left by the destruction the primary symbols of our loss. It is a memorial that expresses both the incalculable loss of life and its consoling renewal, a place where all of us come together to remember from generation to generation."

A Weekly Dose of Architecture.

Notes on the Book of Revelation, 1876.

Chess. The articles has links on strategy, tactics and famous chess games - the 'Game of the Century', Kasparov vs. the World ('By all accounts, Krush's leadership on the bulletin board was the decisive influence in enabling world-class play by the World Team. The communal creation of an analysis tree bears striking resemblance to the process behind open source software, and the creation of Wikipedia content. While chess lovers can take from the game lessons in the opening, middlegame, and endgame, fans of open collaboration can learn about the importance of courtesy, patience, inclusiveness, and the attribution of original ideas.').

Einstein: Image and Impact. Life and work.

History of Bhangra. 'Bhangra is a lively form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region in Southeast Asia. As many Bhangra lyrics reflect the long and often tumultuous history of the Punjab, knowledge of Punjabi history offers important insights into the meaning of the music. While Bhangra began as a part of harvest festival celebrations, it eventually became a part of such diverse occasions as weddings and New Year celebrations. Moreover, during the last thirty years, Bhangra has enjoyed a surge in popularity worldwide, both in traditional form and as a fusion with genres such as hip-hop, house, and reggae. As Bhangra continues to move into mainstream culture, an understanding of its history and tradition helps to appreciate it.'

Vintage Postcards of Korea.

Basic Bakunin. 'The aim of this pamphlet is to do nothing more than present an outline of what the author thinks are the key features of Mikhail Bakunin's anarchist ideas. '
'Bakunin was extremely influential in the 19th century socialist movement, yet his ideas for decades have been reviled, distorted or ignored. On reading this pamphlet, it will become apparent that Bakunin has a lot to offer and that his ideas are not at all confused (as some writers would have us think) but make up a full coherent and well argued body of thought. '

The Duke Jazz Archive. 'Welcome to the Jazz Archive, a compilation of Professor Jeffrey's students' webpages on jazz artists spanning all the important genres of this artform. Click on any of the artists' names below to explore them in depth. '

Thrilling Detective. Pulp fiction.

Joan of Arc. 'This is a collection of information designed to present Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) as she was described in the historical documents. Site includes an overview of her life and trial, excerpts from the trial documents, letters, and other such manuscripts (either in translation and/or in the original Latin and French). See the categories below. '

Miao Folklore. 'Chinese Miao Minority textiles are full of fascinating imagery. Our young Chinese friend Jessy Zhang has kindly made notes on the tales she has heard related by Miao women--stories explaining their popular textile imagery. Below are some of these accounts, in her own words. '

Nuba Survival.
Nuba culture. 'The Nuba peoples possess extraordinarily rich and varied cultures and traditions. Sometimes it is said that they live on "ninety-nine hills". A measure of the variety of Nuba cultures can be obtained by looking at the linguistic variety, as summarized by an early anthropologist of the Nuba, Siegfried Nadel, 1947: "It has been said that there are as many Nuba languages as there are hills. This is but a slight exaggeration. Students of the Nuba languages have reduced this bewildering complexity to certain comprehensive categories..." '
Stick fighting.

Robert Frost. 'Robert Lee Frost, b. San Francisco, Mar. 26, 1874, d. Boston, Jan. 29, 1963, was one of America's leading 20th-century poets and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. An essentially pastoral poet often associated with rural New England, Frost wrote poems whose philosophical dimensions transcend any region. Although his verse forms are traditional - he often said, in a dig at arch rival Carl Sandburg, that he would as soon play tennis without a net as write free verse - he was a pioneer in the interplay of rhythm and meter and in the poetic use of the vocabulary and inflections of everyday speech. His poetry is thus both traditional and experimental, regional and universal...'

Walt Whitman. 'Young Walt, the second of nine, was withdrawn from public school at the age of eleven to help support the family. At the age of twelve he started to learn the printer's trade, and fell in love with the written and printed word. He was mainly self-taught. He read voraciously, and became acquainted with Homer, Dante, Shakespeare and Scott early in life. He knew the Bible thoroughly, and as a God-intoxicated poet, desired to inaugurate a religion uniting all of humanity in bonds of friendship.'
'In 1836, at the age of 17, he began his career as an innovative teacher in the one-room school houses of Long Island. He permitted his students to call him by his first name, and devised learning games for them in arithmetic and spelling...'

Antonello da Messina. Art.
'Antonello da Messina was a Sicilian painter and one of the first Italian masters to use the Flemish technique of painting in oils.'

Biography of Mary, Queen of Scots. 'Mary I of Scotland (Mary Stuart or Stewart) (December 8, 1542 - February 8, 1587), also known as Mary, Queen of Scots, was the ruler of Scotland from December 14, 1542 - July 24, 1567. She is perhaps the best known of the Scottish monarchs, in part because of the tragedy of her life.'
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14th April


The Kabuki Story. 'This project was devised to enable school students to explore Edo period Japan via one of its major art forms. '

Italian Painters 1200-1750. Virtual tour.

World's Columbian Exposition: Idea, Experience, Aftermath. Tour the Chicago's World Fair of 1893.

The Virtual Museum of Vintage VCRs.

Gallery of the Absurd. 'This site is dedicated to exposing absurdity hiding in such obvious places that nobody seems to notice! It is perhaps a little bit of Jay Leno's "Headlines" mixed with Andy Rooney, Don Novello, Consumer Reports' "Selling It," etc., etc., but mostly just my bizarre sense of perception...? '

The Hal Draper Internet Archive. American socialist. 'From 1932 until his death in 1990, Hal Draper was a prolific Marxist writer and a socialist activist. He is one of the few people from that era who maintained and expanded this American socialist tradition which has almost disappeared. '

Tourism of Cambodia. Travel, history, culture, province guide, learn some Khmer phrases.

"Ow We Spake" : The Dialect of the Black Country, in the English West Midlands.

Fyodor Dostoevsky - High Spirit, Low Spirit. Life and work.

Biography of Bertrand Russell. 'Continuing a family tradition in political affairs, he was an influential libertarian activist for most of his long life. Millions looked up to Russell as a prophet of the creative and rational life; at the same time, his stances on many topics were extremely controversial. Born at the height of Britain's economic and political ascendancy, he died of influenza nearly a century later when Britain's empire had all but vanished, and her power had dissipated in two victorious, but debilitating world wars. As one of the world's most well-known intellectuals, Russell's voice carried enormous moral authority, even into his late nineties. '

Stoicism. 'Stoicism is a school of philosophy founded (308 BC) in Athens by Zeno of Citium (Cyprus). It teaches that altruism is the primary good in life and is all that is required for happiness. Virtuous people can remain independent of society but they must help others... '
'The first Stoics derived their ethical teachings from Diogenes and his fellow Cynics. Diogenes, like Socrates, favored simple living, without luxuries and tried to reduce life to its bare necessities. He lived in a clay tub, ate raw meat and masturbated in public to demonstrate his self-independence.'

Full Moon, Lake and Leonids Indeed. What a great picture.

The Pope Blog. Unofficial news from the conclave. Via MeFi.
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13th April


A Travel Guide to the Tale of Genji.

The Cryptid Zoo: A Menagerie of Cryptozoology. The study of animals that don't exist.

The East Yorkshire Mystery Files. Paranormal Yorkshire.

Gateway of Africa. African music.

Photographs of Geneva.

The Battle of Stalingrad.

Texas Tides: Early Texas History.

The Man of Sorrows, by John Nelson Darby. A Victorian Christian text.

Weird Tales. 'In 1923, J.C. Henneberger began Weird Tales--The Unique Magazine. Throughout its 30-year history, the obscure pulp published some of the most outré fiction ever issued. The stories were odd, macabre, and completely unique. Weird Tales existed in a void, and the stories published therein reached pinnacles of strangeness never equalled. '

Genesis: A Photographic Essay.

Frank Frazetta. Fantasy art.

Mabuse. Art. 'Mabuse, real name Jan Gossaert (Gossart) (1478?-1532), was a Flemish painter from Maubeuge (now in France). In the employ of various nobles, Mabuse worked in many cities of the Netherlands and in Italy, where he became aware of new approaches to anatomy and perspective and of classical motifs. He combined these Italian Renaissance elements with the liveliness and precise technique of Flemish painting in such works as Saint Luke Painting the Virgin (1515?, National Gallery, Prague); Neptune and Amphitrite (1516, Staatliche Museen, Berlin); and Jean Carondelet Adoring the Virgin and Child (1517, Louvre, Paris). He also painted many versions of Adam and Eve and many portraits of men.'

Vintage Postcards of Great Britain.

Punjabi Recipes.

Cuban Postcards.

The Purple People Eater. A piece of 50s pop culture.

Japanese Beauties. 'Last, and certainly not least, is my personal Japanese Beauty, my wife, Chie. Married in 1967, we are still together and have had a wonderful life together.'

The Evil Eye, 1895.
'There is another concept of "why bad things happen" that probably predates the theory that there is one centralized source of evil. This is, to use a computer anology, a peer-to-peer theory of evil. The evil eye is a widespread belief that unlucky events can ensue if you attract the attention of particular people. These people, sometimes involuntarily, sometimes voluntarily, can cast a malignant spell on others simply by looking at them. '
'This lavishly illustrated work is the classic study of this superstition. Starting with a mass of anecdotes from contemporary observations in Italy and rural England, Elworthy, using all of his skills as a folklorist and etymologist, delves deeper. He gives examples of the belief on a world-wide basis and far back in time, to classical paganism and beyond. He also elaborates all of the methods that have been used to ward off the jettatura, including talismans, spells, spitting, hand gestures and many others. '

Hebcal: Jewish Calendar Tools.

Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Poker Hand Nicknames.

Rest Area 300m.

Tibet Online.

The Great Speckled Bird. Mini-article and links about the counterculture publication. Thanks, Mr. Pate!
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12th April


Lowell Observatory Star Tales. Astronomy.

Street Markets of Africa. Photography.

Photographs of Vitebsk, Belarus.

Streets of Japan. Photography.

Streets of Greece. Photography.

Street Art in Valencia.

Derwent Valley Mills. 'In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire became inscribed as a World Heritage Site.'
'This international designation confirms the outstanding importance of the area as the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.'
'Stretching 15 miles down the river valley from Matlock Bath to Derby, the world Heritage Site contains a fascinating series of historic mill complexes, including some of the world's first 'modern' factories. '

Poetry 180. A poem a day for American high schools.
'Welcome to Poetry 180. Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.'
'Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. I have selected the poems you will find here with high school students in mind. They are intended to be listened to, and I suggest that all members of the school community be included as readers. A great time for the readings would be following the end of daily announcements over the public address system.'

The History of the Devil and the Idea of Evil from the Earliest Times to the Present Day, Paul Carus, 1900.
'This massive work on the history of evil, particularly as symbolized by the Christian devil, was written on the cusp of the 20th century by Paul Carus, who wrote such other books as 'Buddha, the Gospel'.'
'At that point in history it seemed apparent that evil would soon be eliminated by the onrushing forces of rationalism and modernism. The devil had been reduced to a literary character, always ready to make a silly bargain for a soul. This trivialized image is perpetuated to this day. Satan in the cinema is either represented as a hideous special effect or a comic, bumbling trickster. Long gone is the noble adversary of Jehovah, as portrayed in the Bible, Milton or Dante. '
'However, the 20th century brought total war; genocide; death camps; nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; mind control; double-speak; ecological destruction; and finally indiscriminant mass terror. Evil was back and it was unmistakable. No wonder that opinion polls in the United States show that a large proportion of the population believe in the existence of the devil.'

Vintage Postcards of Mexico.

Tupperware.
Potted history of the Tupperware company.

John Wayne's Birthplace.

The Four Seasons of Japan / Winter - Spring - Summer - Autumn.

Zabalaza. A website of southern African anarchism.

The Runic Alphabet. 'The Runic alphabets are a set of related alphabets using letters known as runes, formerly used to write Germanic languages, mainly in Scandinavia, and the British Isles. In all their varieties, they may be considered an ancient writing system of Northern Europe ...'

The Hula Pages. "Hula is the language of the heart and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people."

Nadine Gordimer. Nobel literature laureate, 1991.

History of Brazil.

Hanuman. The protector, monkey deity of Hinduism.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, North Carolina. 'Carl Sandburg, nationally renowned poet, biographer, lecturer, newspaper columnist, folksinger, author of American fairytales, and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, provided broad and enduring 20th century insight into the circumstances, worth and spirit of the American people. He passionately championed for the everyday working person, those who may neither have had the words nor the power to speak for themselves. '

Nick Anderson, Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist.

Max Ernst: A Retrospective. 'A founding member of the Surrealist group in Paris, German-born Max Ernst (1891-1976) was one of the most inventive artists of the 20th century. His paintings, steeped in Freudian metaphors, private mythology, and childhood memories, are regarded today as icons of Surrealist art. '
Images.

Kalidasa: Shakuntala, and Other Works, 1914. Hindu texts.
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11th April


Remembering Casper | Major John M. Walsh.

The Legacy of Grammy Mirk. 'Grammy Mirk died when I was eight years old. Growing up, I have come to know her through the recollections of older family members. Because she was extremely judgemental, she showed different parts of herself to different people. In turn, they became polarized in how they viewed her. Since a grain of truth exists in everybody's perspective, I have attempted to create a composite sketch of her as seen from many different perspectives. This website is a collection of oral histories of those who have survived her.'

Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life.

Baja California 1967-92: Photographs by Harry Crosby.

Baja California 1949-50: Photographs by Marquis McDonald.

Southern Poverty Law Center.

Sir Frederick Ashton. 'Frederick Ashton was probably the greatest British choreographer of the 20th century, whose works helped establish the supremacy of The Royal Ballet ... '

Trading Places: The East India Company and Asia 1600-1834. 'Imagine an England without tea in china cups, without pepper, chintz or chutney; imagine an India without cricket or gin and tonic, a world without Bombay or Singapore.'

Henry Purcell 1659-95: The Glory of the Temple and the Stage. 'Henry Purcell, one of England's greatest composers, died in November 1695, and is buried in Westminster Abbey. '

The Earth and the Heavens: The Art of the Mapmaker.

Pictures of Health.

Dreams of Vietnam.

Ancestors in the Americas. 'Welcome to the web site for the PBS series ANCESTORS IN THE AMERICAS by Loni Ding. Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing yet least known groups of immigrants in the United States. Join us for an exploration of their history and stories.'

Ancient East Asia. 'Welcome to Ancient East Asia, an independent website devoted to the archaeology and prehistory of China, Japan and Korea, inviting contributions from archaeologists, scholars and interested members of the public.'

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Women Make Movies. 'Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. '

John William Waterhouse, 1849-1917. A small online gallery.

Marxist Humanism. 'Marxist Humanism emerged partly as a result of disillusionment with the "state socialism" of the Eastern European states, including Yugoslavia, where Tito's regime had been relatively liberal and independent of Stalin, later reflected in the Prague Spring, and in the more liberal regime of Edward Gierek in Poland, and partly in response to the same social forces which were growing up in the capitalist countries and would burst forth in 1968 through the student uprisings beginning in Paris, and the failure of the Communist Parties to adequately respond to these sentiments...'

Yirmumah. Online comic.

butternutsquash. Online comic.

Todd and Penguin. Online comic.

Sinfest. Online comic.

Atland. Online comic. '...your weekly dose of fantasy hijinks as presented by Nate Piekos. Join us as we follow our intrepid heroes on their quest across the whole of Atland to save humanity from a centuries-old evil! (...of course...) The way is fraught with dangerous monsters, ancient magic and hopefully some cold ale and tavern girls with more than three teeth. To delve into the background of this mysterious realm, just explore ye olde links above and enjoy!'

Our Victory, Day by Day. A Russian news agency's countdown to the anniversary of the end of World War II. Via MeFi.

Ellis Parker Butler. American author, humorist and speaker. 'Mr. Butler was -- by any measure and by many times -- the most published author of the pulp fiction era. '
Via MeFi.

Maps of Human Population Through History. Via Incoming Signals.

Comic Book Cultures. 'Comic books have been an integral part of American culture since the 1930s. They have both influenced our collective imagination and echoed the concerns of the eras in which they were published. This popular form of entertainment contains indicators of the changing interests of a substantial segment of the American population over a wide swath of time. Comic books show us our fantasies, dreams, and fears as interpreted by writers and artists. Particularly illuminating is the changing notion of heroes over the decades, from the Nazi-hunters of the WWII era to the jingoistic vigilantes of the 1980s. Comics? interpretations of social issues and representations of particular groups have significant implications for understanding ideology and cultural history. ' Via Bibi's Box.
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9th April


Shots of War: Photojournalism During the Spanish Civil War.

The EServer Poetry Collection. From Maya Angelou to Wordsworth, via Beowulf.

A Virtual Tour through UC Berkeley's History.

Mapping the Icelandic Genome. 'An ANTHROPOLOGY of the scientific, political, economic, religious, and ethical issues surrounding the deCode Project and its global implications. Jointly organized by the Anthropology Department at the University of California at Berkeley and the Institute of Anthropology at the University of Iceland. '

Viettouch. Vietnamese culture, history, society. 'Viet Nam is a multidimensional society with 54 ethnic groups embodying vast cultural, language and musical diversities. True to nature, our entire group couldn't be more diversely passionate and dynamic as far as our backgrounds, philosophical values and approaches. The wonderful common link is that we're all proud of our heritage in our own ways. We're in a unique position as Vietnamese diaspora which helps to further diversify our perspectives on presenting the multifaceted Viet Nam.'

Guide to Pittsburgh.

Recipes. 'Welcome to the World-Wide Web version of the EServer's recipe folder. Drop me a line if you have any brilliant (or even marginal) ideas for this folder. Or mail me recipes, especially good vegetarian ones.'

The Aberree. The 'non-serious voice of Scientology'.
'The Aberree was a 'zine, or newletter, published from 1954 through 1965. The editor, Alphia Hart, and the publisher, Agnes Hart, put out ten issues a year. '
'The Aberree started out as "the non-serious voice of Scientology" and ultimately encompassed all kinds of spiritual and self-help interests, from psychic phenomena and UFOs to improving eyesight.'
'The Aberree shows that convention and uniformity weren't the whole story of the 50s, by a long shot. It also shows that Scientology, which has grown famous for its attempts to silence dissent and criticism, was trying to squelch debate 50 years ago ... with similarly ineffective tactics.'

What If...

The Cartoons of Leslie Illingworth, 1902-79. 'Leslie Gilbert Illingworth was born in Barry in 1902. He attended Cardiff Art School and then took a job with the Western Mail. He was then awarded a scholarship to Slade School of Art, and after completing his studies, returned to Cardiff to work for the Western Mail as a cartoonist. Illingworth joined the Daily Mail in 1939, and drew cartoons that were to lift Britain's morale during the Second World War, commenting on Churchill's leadership and Allied military victories. After the war ended, Illingworth was able to concentrate more on domestic issues in his cartoons, but kept a keen eye on foreign affairs, especially when they related to Britain.'

September 11, 2001. 'The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project captures the heartfelt reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Patriotism and unity mixed with sadness, anger, and insecurity are common themes expressed in this online presentation of almost 200 audio and video interviews, 45 graphic items, and 21 written narratives.'

Kinsey. 'Alfred Kinsey was a little-known biologist at Indiana University when, in the 1940s, he began compiling exhaustive data from tens of thousands of interviews about the sexual practices of men and women. The results of that research were the explosive, best-selling Kinsey Reports. Implicit in the revolutionary studies was a plea for greater tolerance. "Such terms as abnormal, unnatural, oversexed, and undersexed," wrote Harper's Magazine, "have little validity in the light of Professor Kinsey's revelations."'
'The man behind the inflammatory reports seemed at first glance an unlikely "revolutionary." Publicly, he was an erudite, tweedy academic, but in private Kinsey was far more complex. As his interest in sex research deepened so did his wide-ranging sexual experimentation. Though his work was groundbreaking and up-ended established ideas about sexual practices in America, his own sexual orientation and personal beliefs almost certainly shaped and biased his findings. Through interviews with his research assistants, his children, people who took his sex questionnaire, his biographers, and intellectual historians, this probing documentary assesses Kinsey's remarkable achievements, while examining how his personal life shaped his career. '

Up from Slavery: An Autobiography, Booker T. Washington, 1901.
'The son of a slave, Booker Taliaferro Washington worked his way out the salt furnaces and coal mines to develop the esteemed Tuskegee Institute. This autobiographical work demonstrates his forceful and potent voice in the fight for African-American equality in turn-of-the-century America.'

Folklore of British Columbia. Indigenous lore.

Animefringe. Anime/manga.

Soma, Offertory and Elixir. Tibetan art. 'This Tibetan offertory cover is a rare and exceptional object which has until now only been described briefly. It is a head, skinned rather than stripped of flesh, in gilt iron with traces of colour - red for the mouth and blue for the hair; it is 36 cm in height, 19 cm in diameter at the ears and 16 cm at the base. The information indicating that Giuseppe Tucci wrote an article on the subject has not yet been verified, his archives being sealed. However, using the information obtained in his research, we will try to support the hypothesis of the object's function in rituals, and this will lead us to India, Gandhara and Tibet. '

Boris Kustodiev, 1878-1927. Russian artist.

Biography of Voltaire, with links.

Lore of the Cat. Folklore.


The Tiger in the House, Carl van Vechten, 1922. On the relationship between cats and humankind.

The Theatrical Baroque: European Plays, Painting and Poetry 1575-1725.

Women's Legal Rights in Ancient Egypt.

The Scientific Article: From Galileo's New Science to the Human Genome.

Saraswati. Hindu goddess of learning, consort of Brahma.
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8th April


The Phynodderre and Other Legends of the Isle of Man, 1882. 'In no part of the British Islands has the belief in the existence of Fairies retained a stronger hold upon the people than in the Isle of Man. In spite of the tendency of this matter-of-fact age to destroy what little of poetry, romance, and chivalry Nineteenth Century education has left to us, there lurks still in many countries, and especially in mountainous districts, a half credulity in the supernatural ... '

Rio de Janeiro in the Thirties. Photography.

Haiku World.

Hymns of the Christian Church, 1909.

The Massie Affair. 'In the early years of the 20th century, at a time when the U.S. Navy dominated Hawai'i, Americans thought of the islands as their paradise in the Pacific. But in September 1931, an explosive incident shook the semblance of tranquility and exposed the racial tensions roiling beneath the surface ... '

Tour the Greenbrier Bunker. 'During the Cold War the United States government maintained a top-secret underground bunker in the mountains of West Virginia. Built under The Greenbrier, a luxurious Southern resort, the facility was designed to house the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate in case of nuclear attack. Compromised by an investigative reporter in 1993, the bunker is now open to the public. With the code name "Project Greek Island", it remains a sobering reminder of how America lived with and prepared for the possibility of a Soviet nuclear attack. '

Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt. 'To preserve, care for, and use the AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, heighten awareness, and inspire action in the struggle against HIV and AIDS. '

Cressing Temple. 'Cressing Temple is a scheduled ancient monument in Essex, UK. It is made up of a group of remarkable farm buildings and a walled garden. The site has its origins in the 12th century, when it was founded by the Knights Templar ... '

Impressionism. Artists, images. 'The Impressionists are unrivalled in their popular appeal and their paintings are among the best loved in the world. Drawn together by a common desire to bring a new kind of realism to painting, they astonished their contemporaries with their revolutionary treatment of colour and light. Sunlight and dappled water, the evanescent atmosphere of outdoor scenes and fleeting moments in everyday life characterize their work at its most delightful. '

A Heifer of the Sun, 1904. Hindu myth.

Channel 4 UK Election Fact Checker.

Vintage Paperbacks & Digests. Via MoFi.

Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary, 1891. Via Languagehat.
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7th April


Unveiling Maps of Britain. Historical cartography.

Sploid. A 'news of the weird' blog.

The Gallery of China. Chinese art.

Boston at the Movies: First Films of the City 1901-1905.

Search for the Maya Underworld. Interactive archaeological dig in Belize.

Sagalassos: City in the Clouds. Interactive dig of this classical city in southwestern Turkey.

Pompeii: In Vesuvius' Shadow. Interactive dig.

City of Sydney: Virtual Tour.

Women in the US Senate. Photo-essay.

The Descent of the Sun, 1903. A fairy tale of India.

The BDSM Library. Not safe for work.

The Annotated New York Times. Via MeFi.
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6th April


Charting the Nation: Maps of Scotland 1550-1740.

If You Had X-Ray Vision What Would You See? X-ray visions brochure.

Rio and Sao Paulo Street Leaflets.

Travel in Korea.

The Cervantes Project. Life and work.

The Culture of Camellias: The Phelps Memorial Collection of Garden Books. 'Among the University of South Carolina's hidden treasures is one of the major collections in the United States of rare illustrated books about the camellia, its history, cultivation, and early varieties. The collection was formed by Mrs. Sheffield Phelps (Claudia Lea) of Aiken. Mrs. Phelps was the first president of the Garden Club of South Carolina (1930-33), and her daughter Miss Claudia Lea Phelps succeeded her as the Club's third president (1936-38). The Phelps Memorial Collection of Garden Books was donated to the University by Miss Phelps in 1959 on her mother's death, with additional acquisitions in the 1980s after the dispersal of the Phelps home at Rose Hill, in the centre of Aiken. The Rose Hill gardens were well known for their trees and shrubs, including many camellias. There are camellia varieties named for both Mrs. Phelps and Miss Claudia Lea Phelps. '
'This exhibition tells the story of how camellias were brought from the Far East in the early 1700s to Europe, and then to America, how they were identified and named, and how the major varieties were developed by 19th-century specialist growers. The exhibit includes some of the very earliest published depictions of the camellia, from as far back as 1702, as well as gorgeous handcolored copperplate engravings from the heyday of camellia books in the early and mid 19th century. '

History of the Habsburgs. 'Habsburg (sometimes spelled Hapsburg, but never so in official use) was one of the major ruling houses of Europe ... '

Watton, Norfolk. A virtual tour, history.

Airline Timetable Images. 'Welcome to Airline Timetable Images, a site devoted to the collecting of airline timetables. Here you will find images of many timetables, both old and new. The majority consists of system timetables from the collections of Björn Larsson and David Zekria. A growing number are contributions from other collectors.'

Hotel Luggage Labels.

Bengali Literature.

Transit - San Francisco Graffiti. Via gmtPlus9.

Travel Brochures from 1930s Russia. 'Russia in the period before the mid 1930s employed some brilliant graphic design in its arts, propaganda and newspapers and magazines. There was less of a spillover into travel-related graphic design as in other countries. However, these pages showcase some of the examples in my collection.'
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5th April


Duccio's Madonna and Child.

Derelict London. "For fans of the capital's hidden underbelly, these abandoned and derelict buildings carry a melancholy poignancy"

The Japanese Page. Japanese language resource.

Follow the Sun: Australian Travel Posters 1930s - 1950s.

The Ravachol Reference Archive. 'Born François Koeningstein in 1859, Ravachol was perhaps the purest avatar of the 'bomb-throwing anarchist.' In a period that didn't lack for other violent anarchists, like Auguste Vaillant and Emile Henry, Ravachol managed to capture the imagination of those opposed to the corrupt order of the French Third Republic. The novelist Paul Adam was able to say of him: "In this time of cynicism and irony, a saint is born to us." '

The James Madison Papers. 'The James Madison Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 12,000 items captured in some 72,000 digital images. They document the life of the man who came to be known as the "Father of the Constitution" through correspondence, personal notes, drafts of letters and legislation, an autobiography, legal and financial documents, and miscellaneous manuscripts. '

The Holy Father. Vatican site about recent Popes.

Treasures of the Vatican Library.

The Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce, 1911. 'Since the material here represents the view of one individual and was written in the early years of this century, there will no doubt be material here that you will find sexist, nationalist, racist, or just generally offensive. Proceed at your own risk. '

How to really confuse your party guests.

Greentea Design. Oriental furniture.

Natural Magick. 'Giambattista della (John Baptist) Porta (1535-1615), was a Neapolitan scholar of notable ability who had devoted great attention to the study of natural and physical science. Porta visited most of his known world to gather and perfect the knowledge utilized in his writings. His first work, "Magiae naturalis"- "Natural Magick" was first published in 1558 in "four" books (written, according to the author, "Porta, " when he was fifteen years old, - see "Preface To The Reader" in "Natural Magick"). It was later expanded to twenty books compended into one volume in 1584. In this form the book had a great vogue, being translated from the original Latin into the principal European languages, and republished in the Latin edition in many places for a hundred years. The translation presented here is the final compendium of his life's work, completed when he was fifty years old ... '
Via Bibi's Box.
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4th April


Postcards from the Attic. 'This project was prompted by my father giving me several hundred postcards sent between 1900 and 1910 by members of my family.'

Scientific Identity: Portraits from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology.

An Introduction to Astrology, 1852. 'First published in 1647, as Christian Astrology, this is one of the best known post-classical works on Astrology. the present edition, heavily edited by 'Zadkiel,' was released under the current title in 1852. As the planet Uranus ('Hershel'), discovered in 1781, is mentioned throughout, and Neptune, discovered in 1846, is not, we can bracket the date of composition of the revised edition to the mid-19th century. '

Akuma de Sourou. Manga. 'Akuma de Sourou is one of those typical shoujo manga stories about a shy girl and a mean guy, but I love Takanashi-Sensei's dialogue she uses. It's more realistic (somewhat) and there's barely that mushy stuff that shoujo mangas usually use. I also like Takanashi-Sensei's wardrobe and hairstyles she uses for all the characters...'

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.

The Monarchs of Scotland. 'Scotland (Alba, Scotia) was first united as a state by Kenneth I in the 9th century. It ceased to exist as a separate kingdom following the Act of Union 1707 with England.'

Biography of Salvador Allende - 'president of Chile from 1970 until 1973, when he was overthrown in a military coup d'état (see Chilean coup of 1973), during which he died, quite probably by suicide, although some of his supporters believe he was killed.'

The Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island.

The Chaotic Truth.

Tibetan Liberation Comics.

About European History.
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2nd April


The Advertising Artwork of Dr. Seuss. 'Before Theodore Seuss Geisel found fame as a children's book author, the primary outlet for his creative efforts was magazines. His first steady job after he left Oxford was as a cartoonist for Judge, a New York City publication. In 1927 one of these cartoons opened the way to a more profitable career, as well as greater public exposure, as an advertising illustrator. This fortuitous cartoon depicts a medieval knight in his bed, facing a dragon who had invaded his room, and lamenting, "Darn it all, another dragon. And just after I'd sprayed the whole castle with Flit" (a well-known brand of bug spray). '

Lore of the Unicorn, 1930. Folklore.

Swinging Through Time. The story of jazz in Detroit.

Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity. American Institute of Physics exhibit. 'Marie Sklodowska Curie discovered the mysterious element radium. It opened the door to deep changes in the way scientists think about matter and energy. She also led the way to a new era for medical knowledge and the treatment of diseases.'

Race and Ethnicity. 'The Race and Ethnicity collection, one of over forty literary collections on the EServer, consists of reference material, essays, and other works addressing issues of race and ethnicity in the United States. '

Mexican Movie Gallery. 'Overlooked and under appreciated by most US movie poster collectors, marquee art from south of the border offers a no-holds-barred plethora of often shocking and bizarre images. '

Ancient Chinese Fables.

Marx and Engels' Writings.

Moliere in English.

Early British Trackways, Moats, Mounds, Camps and Sites, 1922. 'This was the first book about ley lines. Ley lines are alignments on the landscape of natural and artificial features, some of which follow perfectly straight tracks for miles. First discovered in Britain by the author of this book, Alfred Watkins, a photographer and inventor, ley lines were pursued eagerly by organized clubs in the period between the world wars. Interest in leys died out after the 1930s, but was revived in the 1960s, after the publication of a popular book on the subject, The View Over Atlantis, by John Michell. Latter-day ley-hunters took the concept much further than Watkins and the earlier enthusiasts. Dowsing, flying saucer paths, crop circles, biodynamic farming, and feng shui have all been associated with ley lines. '

Ramakrishna, His Life and Sayings. 'Ramakrishna (1833-86), was a Bengali Hindu sage. Although theoretically a high-caste Brahamin by birth, he came from a poor, low-caste village and had little or no education. He did not know a word of Sanskrit and his knowledge of the Vedas, Puranas, and Hindu Epics was obtained orally (in the Bengali language). In spite of this, he managed to convey in his aphorisms the essence of the Hindu religion. Ramakrishna also worshipped with Muslims and Christians, and propounded a simple approach to religious tolerance: "Creeds and sects matter nothing. Let every one perform with faith the devotions and practices of his creed. Faith is the only clue to get to God." (#200).'

Morals and Dogma, 1871. Freemasonry. 'This is Albert Pikes' 861 page volume of 'lectures' on the esoteric roots of Freemasonry, specifically the 32-degree Scottish Rite. Until 1964, this book was given to every Mason completing the 14th degree in the Southern jurisdiction of the US Scottish Rite Freemasons. Masonic lectures are standard oral presentations given during initiation to a new degree. Lectures provide background material for initiates and the discuss duties of the degree in general terms.'

Biodiversity on the Internet.

Time Slips. 'Developed by Anne Basting (PhD) in 1998, the TimeSlips Project has generated hundreds of stories, produced plays and art exhibits, and rekindled the hope for human connection among people struggling with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia. '

The Life and Works of Herman Melville. Author of 'Moby Dick'.

The Cervantes Project. Life and work of the author of 'Don Quixote'.

JFK / The Kennedy Assassination. 'This web site is dedicated to debunking the mass of misinformation and disinformation surrounding the murder of JFK. If you are believer in Oswald as a lone gunman, you are likely to enjoy this web site, since most of that misinformation and disinformation has come from conspiracists. But if you are a sophisticated conspiracist, you likely understand that the mass of silly nonsense in conspiracy books and documentaries does no service to the cause of truth in the assassination, and simply buries the "case for conspiracy" under layers of bunk. '

Willa Cather. 'Willa Silbert Cather was born December 7, 1873, near Winchester, Virginia. When she was nine years old, her family moved to the town of Red Cloud, Nebraska, later the setting for a number of her novels. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After college she spent the next few years doing newspaper work and teaching high school in Pittsburgh. She moved to New York City and worked for six years on the editorial staff of McClure's Magazine. Cather won the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for One of Ours. She died on April 24, 1947. '
Cather quotations.

College Humor. Online American student rag.

The Prophetic Art of Prognosis. 'The raging presence of prognosis has a lot to do with the raging authority of death.'

Religion in the Lives of the Ancient Egyptians.

The Persistent Puppet: Pinocchio's Heirs in Contemporary Fiction and Film.

The Power of Tiananmen: Intellectual Activity and the Student Movement. Chinese student politics.

Lakshmi. Beloved Hindu goddess, spouse of Vishnu.
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1st April


Dignity and Defiance: The Confrontation of Life and Death in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Visas for Life. The Sugiharas and the rescue of thousands of Jews.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

The Missions of Alta California: Photographs by William Henry Jackson.

Trains Across America. Rail history.

Pueblo Pottery.

Cornish History and Folklore.

Haiku Hut.

Ganesh. The beloved elephant-headed god.

Comet Pictures.

The Art of Giotto. 'A key figure for the whole of Western art, Giotto rivaled his fellow Florentine as well as with contemporary Dante in his richness of emotional expression and radical innovations. '

Dwight D. Eisenhower's Birthplace.

New England Ruins. Photography of abandoned places by Rob Dobi.

The Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma has a newsletter.

Politics of the United Kingdom. Great article, links.

Old Computers. Rare, vintage and obsolete computer technology.

Akuma Na Eros. Manga, information, image gallery.

Jain Temples. A worldwide guide.

Alan Ayers. Romance book cover artist.

Diversatech. 'Pictures of an abandoned insane asylum. Diversatech is now an industrial campus that was once the Manteno State Hosiptal for the insane in Manteno, Illinois. Some of it is used today as warehousing and distribution centers for many large companies, but most of it is still in the abandoned state that it was left in over 20 years ago (still furnished).'

Analysis of the Personality of Adolph Hitler. 'In 1943, the Allied forces wanted to understand Hitler's psychological makeup in order to predict, to the extent possible, his behavior as the Allies continued their prosecution of the war and his response to Germany's defeat. The Allies were also seeking to understand the German national psyche to gain an understanding of how to convert them into a "peace-loving nation." '
'This report was written for the OSS by Dr. Henry A. Murray, pre-war Director of the Harvard Psychological Clinic and head of the OSS. Dr. Murray obviously was forced by circumstances to psychoanalyze his subject from a distance. He gathered information from a variety of second-hand sources, such as Hitler's genealogy; school and military records; public reports of events in print and on film; OSS information; Hitler's own writings, Hitler biographers; and "Hitler the Man - Notes for a Case History," an article written by W.H.D. Vernon under Dr. Murray's supervision. From these resources and his "needs theory" of personality, Dr. Murray created a psychological profile that correctly predicted the Nazi leader's suicide in the face of Germany's defeat. '
Via MeFi.

Bully.
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