Calvin Photographic Collection.
'During the mid-1800's photography became a popular hobby and natural
tool for scientists. Samuel Calvin, Professor of Natural Sciences at the
University of Iowa (1873-1911) and State Geologist, took more than 5,000
glass plate negatives, which he used to illustrate specific geological
features for class instruction, public lectures, and publications. The
photographic techniques are of high quality, and the images are as
aesthetically pleasing as they are geologically informative. '
'In addition to geological landscapes and features, Calvin documented
mines, quarries, mills, and other buildings. The collection also
contains portraits of his family, colleagues, and classes in the field.
While Calvin may have taken most photographs to exhibit geological
features, the images are beautifully composed. Calvin did the developing
himself, producing rich blacks and a full range of grays. The light,
shadows, and reflections are wonderful. The abstract photographs of rock
facades and specimen details are fascinating. Calvin was well aware of
the drama of the landscape and, in the fashion of the late1800's, tried
to capture nature.'
Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection.
'Charles Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University
alumnus, bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his
alma mater. The photographs in this collection bridge a thirty-two year
span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the
United States as well as other countries.'
'Indiana University's Digital Library Program and the Indiana University
Archives invite you to explore what Cushman saw. Here you can view his
photographs as well as read contextual information about Cushman's life
Newport Pagnell Historical Society.
History of an English town.
'The Society collects archive photographs of Newport Pagnell. This photo
shows the old town fair that was held on the market hill, and more
recently on the Bury Field common. '
American Masters - Edward Curtis. The
photographer of the American Indian.
'The work of Edward Curtis has stirred heated controversy on and off
Indian reservations since its rediscovery in the 1970s. Curtis has been
accused of posing his subjects, fabricating traditional Indian life from
his own imagination, and perpetuating the myth of the vanishing
'This site focuses on the complexity of the controversies surrounding
Curtis and his work. Streaming video clips of interviews with Native
Americans and scholars reveal passionate, personal and unique
relationships to Curtis' photographs. Visitors can hear what Indian
people are saying about the photographs; how scholars analyze the
controversy; and how filmmaker Anne Makepeace views the debate.'
Get Free -
'This project was started by a few high school dropouts; we wanted to
build a resource and a network for other dropouts and any youth who want
to get out of school, but it quickly became something deeper.'
Every day millions of kids have their natural search of knowledge
crushed by schools that connect learning with pain and force instead of
excitement and discovery. Reading is hated because of years of useless
short stories and imposed novels, history feared because of one-sided
textbooks that shorten years into paragraphs and repeated math that may
or may-not be used in the future are shoved down throats ... '
Riyad al-Turk. Syrian dissident.
'Riyad al-Turk, the 71-year-old secretary general of Syria's outlawed
Communist Party Political Bureau (CPPB) is perhaps the most
widely-respected authentic communist in the Arab world. Among
secular intellectuals, he is beloved for refusing to endorse Syria's
dictatorial regime while enduring horrendous torture and over seventeen
years of imprisonment. To the Islamic fundamentalists, he is admired for
having raised his voice in protest against the Assad regime's brutal
suppression of the Islamist opposition. And to supporters of human
rights everywhere, he symbolizes the pervasive, tragic tendency of
authoritarian Arab governments to mistreat their society's most educated
and principled public figures.'
William Faulkner's 1949 Nobel Speech.
"Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long
sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems
of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up?
Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten
the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone
can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth
the agony and the sweat."
'Angkor was the site of a series of capital cities of the Khmer empire
for much of the period from the 9th century to the 15th century CE.
Their ruins (13°24'N, 103°51'E) are located amid forests and farmland
to the north of the Great Lake (Tonle Sap), near present day Siem Reap,
Cambodia, and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site...'
Ruth First. South African Communist and
'Following a UNESCO conference at the center in 1982, First was killed by
a letter bomb widely believed to have originated from military sources
within South Africa. Until her death she remained a 'listed' communist
and could not be quoted in South Africa. Her close friend, Ronald Segal,
described her death as "the final act of censorship". Presidents,
members of parliament and ambassadors from 34 countries, attended her
funeral in Maputo.'
The Kojiki, translated 1919.
'The Kojiki is one of the two primary sources for Shinto, the Japanese
national religion. It starts in the realm of myth, with the creation of
Japan from foam. Innumerable gods and goddesses are described. The
narrative moves from mythology to historical legends, and culminates in
a chronology of the early Imperial line. '
Pacific Northwest Garden History.
200 Years in Northwest Gardens
Gardening from the Days of Tall Ships, Voyageurs, Oregon Trail
Emigrants, Pioneer Mothers, Black Robes, Empire Builders, Victorian
Ladies, Early Horticulturists, and Other Settlers'
Tertium Organum. Esoterica.
'Ouspensky (1878-1947) was a mystic who traveled widely in Europe and
the East looking for esoteric knowledge. He later studied with G.I.
Gurdjieff. In this book, he uses the concept of the fourth dimension as
an extended metaphor for the esoteric nature of reality. Einstein and
other physicists had at that time validated the study of higher
dimensions, and Ouspensky was fixated on this idea. One can only wonder
at what he would think of string theory, parallel universes, and the
holographic universe hypothesis (the latter of which he prefigures in
this book). '
The Robert Johnson Notebooks.
'On November 23, 1936, Robert Johnson recorded his songs for the first
time in San Antonio, Texas. This first of two sessions was
unceremoniously squeezed between W. Lee O'Daniel & His Hillbilly Boys
the day before, and Hermanas Baraza con Guitarras the day after. Yet out
of this modest recording session, after which Robert Johnson collected
his money and disappeared again into the Mississippi Delta, came a
powerful and unique sound which forever changed music in America. '
An Aboriginal language of South Australia.
'In Adelaide, 1840, a remarkable event occurred. Reverends Teichelmann
and Schürmann published their work Outlines of a Grammar, Vocabulary,
and Phraseology of the Aboriginal Language of South Australia. The
amazing feature relates to its creation. Two German priests recorded
essentially the language of the Kaurna people for the English speaking
colonists to read. Indeed, these two remarkable men began teaching the
Kaurna children in their own vernacular until forbidden to do so by the
Travelling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the
'This digital collection presents 7,949 publicity brochures, promotional
advertisements and talent circulars for some 4,546 performers who were
part of the Chautauqua circuit. These talent brochures are drawn from
the Records of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau, held by the University of Iowa
Libraries. One of the largest booking agencies for the Chautauqua
performers, the Redpath bureau managed a vast talent pool. Performers
and lecturers were familiar names as popular entertainers or well known
in the political, religious, and cultural worlds. '
What Was Chautauqua?
'Founded in 1874 by businessman Lewis Miller and Methodist minister,
later Bishop, John Heyl Vincent, Chautauqua's initial incarnation was in
western New York state on Lake Chautauqua. The programming first focused
on training Sunday school teachers but quickly expanded its range and
was the first to offer correspondence degrees in the United States. This
summer camp for families that promised "education and uplift" was too
popular not to be copied and in less than a decade independent
Chautauquas, often called assemblies, sprang up across the country
beside lakes and in groves of trees. As with the early lyceum movements
and Chautauqua assemblies, the goal of the Circuit Chautauquas was to
offer challenging, informational, and inspirational stimulation to rural
and small-town America. '
A 16th century English manor house.
'Take a peek at our wonderfully authentic 16th Century Manor House with
our virtual tours.
Pass by the magnificent fire-place, and visit the Parlour Chamber with
its scrumbled walls.
Upstairs you can see the family Bible Box,
and the beautiful quilt and bed hangings stitched by the Oakwell
Imagine John Batt working on the estate's accounts in the small study,
imagine the hustle and bustle of the kitchen with its wonderful charcoal
The Maximilien Robespierre Archive.
'Leader of the left Jacobins and head of the French revolutionary
government, 1793-94. The day on which he fell from power was 9 Thermidor
(July 27, 1794) in the new revolutionary calendar.'
Alexander Vaisman. Artist.
was born in 1967 in Chernovtsy (Czernowitz), a city with a long-standing
and strong Jewish tradition, once an important Jewish center in Eastern
Europe. Alexander graduated from the Chernovtsy Musical College and worked
as a book illustrator and poster designer. Currently Alexander lives in
Israel with his wife and four children. '
Nuclear Mishap in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
'On Tuesday, 24 January 1961, at about 12:30 a.m., two hydrogen bombs
fell to earth near the tiny farming village of Faro, NC. '
'Obviously, neither bomb yielded its awful potential, or the world
would today be mourning an infamous catastrophe. The two model MARK
39 devices came down when the B-52 bomber in which they were riding
suffered structural failure and disintegrated in mid-air 12 miles north
of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC. The plane exploded
as it fell. Five crewmen parachuted to earth safely. Three died -- two
who went down with the doomed bomber, and one who was found two miles
from the crash site hanging by his parachute in a tree, his neck
Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic
'The Exhibition, on view from April 10 - October 11, 1999 at the American
Museum of Natural History, documented one of the greatest tales of
survival in expedition history: Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 voyage
to the Antarctic. Just one day's sail from the continent, the ship
Endurance became trapped in sea ice. Frozen fast for ten months, the
ship was crushed and destroyed by ice pressure, and the crew was
forced to abandon ship. After camping on the ice for five months,
Shackleton made two open boat journeys, one of which-a treacherous
800-mile ocean crossing to South Georgia Island-is now considered one
of the greatest boat journeys in history. Trekking across the mountains
of South Georgia, Shackleton reached the island's remote whaling station,
organized a rescue team, and saved all of the men he had left behind.'
'CoinArchives.com is a repository of coins previously featured in major
'It brings together the text, images, and prices realized from catalogs
issued by some of the world's most prestigious coin firms. With this
site, you can search and view coin lots from a growing database of
USS Arizona BB-39.
'This site is dedicated to the preservation of the history of this great
'The items available on this site as well as the links provided have been
chosen for the ability to provide a wealth of information without the need
for expending a great amount of time searching the internet.'
'My involvement with the U.S.S. Arizona is strictly as a student of
history. My research activities began in 1973 while working on a high
school history project. These activities are still going strong today.'
Margaret Walker. A Southern writer.
"Let a new earth rise. Let another world be born. Let a
bloody peace be written in the sky. Let a second
generation full of courage issue forth; let a people
loving freedom come to growth. Let a beauty full of
healing and a strength of final clenching be the pulsing
in our spirits and our blood. Let the martial songs be
written, let the dirges disappear. Let a race of men now
rise and take control. "
Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier.
'Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection is a multi-
format ethnographic field collection of traditional fiddle tunes
performed by Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia. Recorded by folklorist
Alan Jabbour in 1966-67, when Reed was over eighty years old, the tunes
represent the music and evoke the history and spirit of Virginia's
Appalachian frontier. '
Rare books on early museums.
'Why are centuries-old natural history books vital to scientific
research? Our scientists consult early printed materials to compare
historical descriptions with modern specimens. '
History of the Metropolitan Police. (UK)
'A comprehensive history of the Metropolitan Police from 1829 to the
present. In these pages you will find descriptions of famous and lesser
known events throughout the history of The Met as well as biographies of
key figures and details of famous cases ...'
'VietQuoc is the shortened form of VietNam Quoc Dan Dang (also known as
VNQDD, or Vietnamese National Party). The Viet Quoc Spirit has been one
that leads generations of Vietnamese in struggling for independence,
freedom and prosperity of Vietnam since 1927. '
'This homepage is of a group of Viet Quoc members of all ages, to
express their opinions about VietNam and promote the Viet Quoc Spirit in
the common struggle for the better life of the Vietnamese people .'
Temples and Castles: 19th Century Indian
'The architecture of the country may be considered as a great stone
book, in which every tribe and race has written its annals and recorded
its faith and that in a manner so clear that those who run may read ' -
James Fergusson, 1866.
The Evolution of the American Front Porch.
"Porches are as synonymous with American culture as apple pie. While not
unknown in colonial times, they rose to nationwide popularity in the
decades before the Civil War, and remained in fashion for almost one
hundred years. Ironically, the very social and technological forces that
made them both popular and possible were eventually responsible for
'Greetings! Welcome to Bootleg Toys The Undiscovered Playthings. Here
you will find pictures of my collection of bootleg toys from around the
world. Well, actually most of the bootleg toys here are from Southern
California. These toys are not for sale. They are here only for your
Documenting History: Teenie Harris Archive.
'Teenie Harris' photographs are unsurpassed in the range of subjects
they portray and for their ability to evoke the spirit of an era and to
display the humanity of a people. Harris' 40-year career with the
Pittsburgh Courier, one of the largest and most influential Black
newspapers in the country, began as the nation emerged from the
Depression and ended with the Civil Rights Movement. Numbering upwards
of 80,000 images, this archive represents the largest single collection
of photographic images of any Black community in the United States-or
the world, for that matter.'
An Atlas of the Universe.
'This web page is designed to give everyone an idea of what our universe
actually looks like. There are nine main maps on this web page, each one
approximately ten times the scale of the previous one. The first map
shows the nearest stars and then the other maps slowly expand out until
we have reached the scale of the entire visible universe. '
The Wars of
the Roses. Online historical survey.
'The Wars of the Roses were a series of civil wars fought in medieval
England from 1455 to 1487 between the House of Lancaster and the House
of York. The name Wars of the Roses is based on the badges used by the
two sides, the red rose for the Lancastrians and the white rose for the
Yorkists. Major causes of the conflict include: 1) both houses were
direct descendents of king Edward III; 2) the ruling Lancastrian king,
Henry VI, surrounded himself with unpopular nobles; 3) the civil unrest
of much of the population; 4) the availability of many powerful lords
with their own private armies; and 5) the untimely episodes of mental
illness by king Henry VI ... '
'A series of drawings from an isometric perspective, in the style of a
computer game. The subject of each drawing is the image, or images, that
created a popular cultural event. Historical events (like the
assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel) are
used interchangeably with fictionalized events (like the picnic scene
from The Sound of Music).'
'Sarah also known as the " Hottentot Venus " was a indigenous woman
taken from the Cape to Europe by her Dutch employer and put on display
by an animal trainer to show off her distinct anatomy. She didn't share
in the profits as she was promised and died in exile far from her
motherland and tribe. After Cuvier made a plaster cast of her body, it
was dissected and her organs were still on display in Musee de l Homme,
Paris up till 1974. '
The Birth of a Nation, 1915.
'Its release set up a major censorship battle over its vicious,
extremist depiction of African Americans, although Griffith naively
claimed that he wasn't racist at the time. Unbelievably, the film is
still used today as a recruitment piece for Klan membership - and in
fact, the organization experienced a revival and membership peak in the
decade immediately following its initial release. And the film stirred
new controversy when it was voted into the National Film Registry in
1993, and when it was voted one of the "Top 100 American Films" (at #
44) by the American Film Institute in 1998.'
'Film scholars agree, however, that it is the single most important and
key film of all time in American movie history - it contains many new
cinematic innovations and refinements, technical effects and artistic
advancements, including a color sequence at the end. It had a formative
influence on future films and has had a recognized impact on film
history and the development of film as art. In addition, at almost three
hours in length, it was the longest film to date. However, it still
provokes conflicting views about its message. '
'HungerWeb is for researchers, educators, policy influencers, operations
personnel, other professionals and students using the Internet to help
find solutions to hunger at the global, national, community and
household level-or for anyone who is interested in learning more about
the subject. '
The Peleliu Project.
''The Story of Peleliu brings back the images of that horrible battle in
the South Pacific through the eyes of a Marine, who was there, and a son,
who went back in search of his father's past. Fee brings an interpretation
through his vision of the island, and the documents of his father's diary
and photographs bring us the raw reality of man made destruction and
death. Fee, while known for his silver and selenium prints of surrealistic
nudes and landscapes, has taken a colorful, tragically beautiful road to
this present exhibition of The Peleliu Project.'
American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology.
'From 1936 to 1938, over 2,300 former slaves from across the American
South were interviewed by writers and journalists under the aegis of the
Works Progress Administration. These former slaves, most born in the
last years of the slave regime or during the Civil War, provided first-
hand accounts of their experiences on plantations, in cities, and on
small farms. Their narratives remain a peerless resource for
understanding the lives of America's four million slaves. What makes the
WPA narratives so rich is that they capture the very voices of American
slavery, revealing the texture of life as it was experienced and
remembered. Each narrative taken alone offers a fragmentary, microcosmic
representation of slave life. Read together, they offer a sweeping
composite view of slavery in North America, allowing us to explore some
of the most compelling themes of nineteenth-century slavery, including
labor, resistance and flight, family life, relations with masters, and
religious belief. '
The Sky Report from the Harvard-Smithsonian
Centre for Astrophysics. Guide to the night
Benedictine Archabbey of
'The foundation of the monastery was instrumental in the development of
the Christian culture in medieval Hungary. It is a "world heritage",
indeed, which opens a window onto the reality of God as well as onto the
values of universal human culture. '
'Hereby we present a sense of this rich heritage via the World Wide Web.
Glencoe Mill Village, North Carolina.
'Glencoe Mills, Inc. was incorporated in 1880 by James H. and William E.
Holt, sons of the great textile pioneer E. M. Holt. Glencoe was the last
water-powered mill developed by the Holts. The mill closed in 1954, and
through the years the mill village was gradually vacated. Listed many
years ago in the National Register of Historic Places, Glencoe has been
described by the National Park Service as "a nationally significant site
representative of the Southern textile mill village and its role in the
industrialization of the American South." The National Park Service is
considering listing Glencoe as a National Historic Landmark, the highest
historical designation in the United States...'
Vintage Bourbon Street Burlesque.
Orleans in the Forties and Fifties was often heralded as "The Most
Interesting City in America." Bourbon Street was its epicenter, and it
became world famous for its concentration of nightclub shows featuring
exotic dancers, comics, risque singers, and contortionists, backed by
live house bands. Along a five-block stretch, over fifty acts could be
seen on any given night ... '
When They Were Young: A Photographic Retrospective
'These pictures, selected from among thousands of images in the Prints
and Photographs Collections of the Library of Congress, capture the
experience of childhood as it is connected across time, different
cultures, and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Whether encumbered by
poverty or born into privilege, boys and girls look unflinchingly at the
lens and toward the future. Their honest gazes reveal who these children
are and how they view themselves and their world-with implications of
the vast roads that lie ahead.'
Nights. Night photography of locations in
US Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection.
'The Digital Library Program is proud to present the U.S. Steel Gary
Works Photograph Collection, a series of more than 2,200 photographs of
the Gary Works steel mill and the corporate town of Gary, Indiana held
by the Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest. In
images of compelling diversity, historians and the general public can
view all aspects of this planned industrial community: the steel mill,
the city, and the citizens who lived and worked there.'
Face of Tomorrow.
' What is the face of London, New York, Paris? What does a Londoner, a
New Yorker, a Parisian look like?'
'The Face of Tomorrow is a concept for a series of photographs that
addresses the effects of globalization on identity.'
'The large metropolises of the world are magnets for migrants from all
parts of the planet resulting in new mixtures of peoples. What might a
typical inhabitant of this new metropolis look like in one or two
hundred years if they were to become more integrated? ... '
'Photographs of signs
'That transcend their objectivity
'To reveal our humanity'
The Vincent van Gogh Gallery.
'Welcome to The Vincent van Gogh Gallery. For nearly nine years now I've
worked hard to ensure that this website remains the most thorough and
comprehensive Van Gogh resource on the World Wide Web. To the right is
a table detailing the contents of the entire site. I'm proud to say
that I have the privilege of displaying 100% of Vincent van Gogh's
works and letters--a complete, online catalogue raisonné of Van
Gogh's oeuvre. As you explore these pages, you'll see the culmination
of thousands of hours of work. But that's just the beginning
Roger L. Stevens Presents.
'This exhibition examines Stevens's career through the great number
of stage productions that Stevens presented or fostered indirectly, for
example, through the NEA. His achievements manifest Stevens's deep
commitment to raising the quality of life for all Americans and his
special place as one of the nation's foremost cultural leaders.'
Rebkong (Amdo) Paintings.
'A series of tangkas from the Rebkong region of Eastern Tibet (Qinghai
Provence, China) commissioned between 1942 and 1954 by a single family.
The majority of tangkas represent notable figures and deities from the
Longchen Nyingtig cycle of Terma (Revealed Treasure teachings). '
Chapters on Jewish Literature.
'These twenty-five short chapters on Jewish Literature open with the
fall of Jerusalem in the year 70 of the current era, and end with the
death of Moses Mendelssohn in 1786. Thus the period covered extends
over more than seventeen centuries. Yet, long as this period is, it
is too brief...'
What to See in England.
'This book is intended to put in the smallest possible space the means
by which one may reach the chief places of interest in England and Wales.
It will possibly make many holidays, week-ends, or isolated days more
enjoyable by placing a defined objective before the rambler. Places
within an hour or two of London are in the front of the book, so that
as one turns over the pages one is taken further and further afield...'
Two Little Savages.
'Yan was much like other twelve-year-old boys in having a keen interest
in Indians and in wild life, but he differed from most in this, that he
never got over it. Indeed, as he grew older, he found a yet keener
pleasure in storing up the little bits of woodcraft and Indian lore
that pleased him as a boy...'
Night Sky Events. Astronomical and
"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should
burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in a magnificent
glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man
is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong
them. I shall use my time."
- Jack London.
Le Tournesol by Edward Steichen.
'Edward Steichen created Le Tournesol (The Sunflower) in the years after
World War I, when he painted, photographed, and gardened at his home in
Voulangis, France. Steichen was an enthusiastic gardener, breeding new
varieties of delphinium and raising sunflowers and other magnificent
blooms. In 1920 he painted this abstract portrait of a golden,
black-eyed sunflower bent over a portly vase, a work that combined
his passions for painting, photography, and gardening with some of
the most contemporary ideas in modern art.'
Kogoshui: Gleanings from Ancient Stories.
'In order to offer oriental scholars of the West material indispensable
to the study of Japanese history and religion-particularly Shinto, the
national religion of Japan-we venture to publish an English translation
of the Kogoshui, an historical book of old Japan, together with some
brief introductory remarks and an ample supply of critical notes,
resulting from our study of the book for years. We trust that it may
prove a useful supplement to the Kojiki and the Nihongi, which have
long been familiar to foreign students of things Japanese, through
the excellent translations of Prof. B. H. Chamberlain and W. G. Aston
Call to Duty. The World War II history of
Outagamie County, Wisconsin.
'Outagamie County residents met the nation's call to duty in World War
II. Thousands of the County's young men joined the armed services. They
fought in jungles in New Guinea, landed on beaches in Normandy and at Iwo
Jima, and flew over the Himalayas into China. Their parents, siblings,
sweethearts, children, and friends championed them on the home front.
Those at home rationed food, bought defense bonds, and made the machinery
The Jazz Photography of Russ Escritt.
'This site contains Black and White photos of Jazz Musicians taken by
Russ Escritt. The images were shot at various venues in and around
Birmingham UK and at the Brecon Jazz Festival.'
'Tweedledum and Tweedledee 1,2,3,3' - The Albert Langer Story.
Australia's last political prisoner -
jailed for telling people how to vote without being
forced to choose the 'lesser of two evils'.
'Mr Langer's activity regarding the method people should use when voting
in a House of Representatives election has been subject to the AEC's
attention for a number of years, including in relation to the 1987,
1990 and 1993 elections. On the day the writs were issued for the General
Election, 29 January 1996, Mr Langer contacted the AEC and informed an
officer that he intended to distribute election material that advocated
`optional preferential' voting. He subsequently faxed a copy of the
material to the AEC. The material was also published as an advertisement
in The Australian on 31 January 1996. The material encouraged people
to vote for neither of the major parties by placing the same number
in the square of the candidate for each of the major parties after
first voting for other candidates as illustrated below (Note: In
the material Mr Howard and Mr Keating are referred to as Tweedledum
and Tweedledee). The method advocated by Mr Langer for voting in the
House of Representatives would result in the vote being formal but
being exhausted, as no further preferences could be distributed,
before it could flow to either major party (see below for further
information on formal voting)...'
The V-J Day Kiss.
'It seems as if everybody's claiming to be the sailor--or the nurse he's
kissing--in the famous photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE
magazine 50 years ago on V-J Day, August 14, 1945.'
'The most recent claimant is Carl "Moose" Muscarello, an ex-cop from New
York, who has been identified by the self-proclaimed then-nurse, Edith
Shain as the man who kissed her in Times Square. They've appeared on
television last week to broadcast their claims. But LIFE magazine has
never identified the couple in the historic embrace--and probably never
'In the past, some dozen ex-sailors have claimed to be the amorous seaman.
And at least two other former nurses have identified themselves as his
partner in Eisenstaedt's classic image.'
Taking America to Lunch.
'For generations, the lunch containers many of us have hauled to
school and work have reflected American culture. No meal has received
more cultural attention to its transport than our lunch. Of all the bags,
boxes, trays, cans, and cartons carried over the past century, the most
message-laden is the child's metal lunch box. This selection of boxes and
their drink containers from the collections of the Smithsonian's National
Museum of American History explores that colorful heritage. '
'This collection of ballads was edited by John Ashton, whose own
Introduction is worth reading. The material in the book dates from
the first half of the 19th century.'
'When we think of folk ballads, we tend to think of familiar classics
like those found in the Child collection: songs that have been adapted,
performed, and memorized for centuries, handed down through the
generations. But as browsing through Modern Street Ballads will remind
you, for every timeless "Barbara Allen" there were dozens of topical
ditties hastily composed and soon forgotten. And for good reason. Many
of the ballads you'll find here feature awkward diction, clumsy rhyme,
and dubious scansion. Others deal with highly specific and ephemeral
events or trends. And yet, tossed-off hack jobs though some of these
pieces may be, all of them provide a fascinating glimpse into the daily
concerns of the average British citizen of the period.'
'Part of Lancaster County's old-fashioned charm and homespun warmth stems
from our Amish population -- the families, farmers and craftsmen who
follow a deeply religious, family-centered lifestyle that has maintained
this tradition through a simple way of life that has not adopted the
mainstream culture, yet has adapted in many necessary ways throughout
the last 300 years.'
'Forgoing "outside world" luxuries, the Amish who grace our small towns
and farmlands present a fascinating and authentic horse-and-buggy contrast
to the hustle and bustle of the 21st century.'
Richard Tuttle: The Presence of Simple
'Explore Richard Tuttle's expansive, forty-year career through video
of the artist at work, critical responses, and artworks that defy
conventional notions of material, form, process, and craft. Tuttle:
The Presence of Simple Things is produced in conjunction with the
retrospective exhibition The Art of Richard Tuttle, on view July 2
through October 16, 2005. '
'View 253 digitised Renaissance festival books (selected from over 2,000
in the British Library's collection) that describe the magnificent
festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700 -
marriages and funerals of royalty and nobility, coronations, stately
entries into cities and other grand events.' Via