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26th September


Going on holiday - back in mid-October!

Virtual Museum & Archive of the SEC and Securities History. Investment history.
'This virtual museum and archive preserves and shares the history of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and of the securities industry from 1929 to the present. It includes a wide range of primary materials, including a timeline, papers, photos, oral histories and original programs broadcast from this site, which contribute to the understanding of how the SEC has shaped and continues to shape U.S. and international capital markets. '

Rackenford, Devon. A slice of Devon village life.
'Rackenford is a small rural community in North Devon sitting on the edge of Exmoor between the market towns of South Molton and Tiverton. 30 minutes drive from great surfing on the north coast. Beautifully situated for a peaceful Devon Holiday...'

A Brief History of the Zapatistas.

Kodo Arts. 'Discover a cornucopia of hand picked, quality Japanese Antiques. '

Huge Magazine's Thrift Store Art Gallery. 'Welcome to the world's first on-line thrift store art gallery. Try to keep your eyes firmly tucked in their sockets and your jaw from hitting the floor as you gaze in wonder at our huge collection of masterpieces of the weird and the mundane. '

Mildred's House of Signage. Pictures of signs from the Chicago area.

New York City Garbage Sculptures. He scours New York streets seeking trash, and does clever things with it.

The Gunpowder Plot. 'The scene was the early 17th century Lambeth home of one John Wright deep in the suburbs of the City of London. Three British Catholic gentlemen met in secret to discuss their troubles. King James VI of Scotland had only recently taken on the English throne as James I but, despite promises of a relaxation in the anti-catholic laws, it now appeared that the new King would be even more severe in their persecution than his predecessor had been...'

National Cancer Institute. (US)

Joan's Monets. 'Every Christmas, My Aunt Joan gives me a Monet calendar. After a couple years the same old paintings became dull. So she started enhancing the master's works with a variety of stickers. Observe how dinosaurs, teddy bears, and farm machinery bring new life to tired old impressionism.'

Armeniapedia. The online encyclopaedia about Armenia and Armenians. Really excellent.

Manhole Cover Photography.

Online Writing Lab at Purdue. Good writing and style.

The Tamil People. History and culture.

Carolina Soul.

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918. 'The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI), at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. More people died of influenza in a single year than in four-years of the Black Death Bubonic Plague from 1347 to 1351. Known as "Spanish Flu" or "La Grippe" the influenza of 1918-1919 was a global disaster.'

All My Life for Sale.

Louise Michel, a French anarchist woman who fought in the Paris Commune.

Advice Bunny. 'Enter a yes or no question and the mysterious Advice Bunny will give you an answer.'

The Great Reporters. ' David Randall, author of The Universal Journalist, presents 13 in-depth profiles of the best journalists who ever lived - nine Americans and four Britons, ten men and three women, whose lives were full of adventure, wit and the ingenuity to bring the story home. '
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24th September


Rhondda Valley Images.
'I would like to present on these pages images of the Rhondda Valleys, both old and contemporary. Some are images of a time when our grand parents and great grandparents once worked their hearts out to earn a living from the coal mines. Others - many - paid the ultimate price of coal. As time permits I will add more and more to these pages, including the history of the Rhondda.'
Thanks, Phil.

Mary Cassatt. Online exhibit about the American Impressionist artist.
'Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) was a unique artist because she was a woman who succeeded in what was in the nineteenth century a predominantly male profession, because she was the only American invited to exhibit with a group of independent artists later known as the Impressionists, and because she responded in a very distinctive way to their mandate to portray modern life. '

Interactive Dig Sagalassos: City in the Clouds.
'In 1706, Paul Lucas, traveling in southwest Turkey on a mission for the court of Louis XIV, came upon the mountaintop ruins of Sagalassos. The first Westerner to see the site, Lucas wrote that he seemed to be confronted with remains of several cities inhabited by fairies. Later, during the mid-nineteenth century, William Hamilton described it as the best preserved ancient city he had ever seen...'

Megafauna.
'Extinct Animals. Normally one would hear those words used to describe the dinosaurs - or perhaps the Dodo Bird. But what people don't often think of are the thousands of interesting creatures that lived and died on this planet of ours in the "in-between" years. The last dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago, the last Dodo died over 300 years ago. The millions of years between the two (The Cenozoic Era) have been populated (off and on) by some of the largest mammals the world has ever seen. Some familiar, some bizarre - often gigantic, these Megafauna (Latin for "large animals") can be every bit as intriguing as the dinosaurs. '

Virtual Tour of HMS Belfast.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History.
'The story of Las Vegas' last hundred years is a distinctly American saga of optimism and opportunity. By 1999, it had become one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and could lay claim, in the words of one historian, to be "the first city of the twenty-first century." American Experience tells a rollercoaster story, peopled with unlikely heroes and villains, to trace the city's development from a remote frontier way-station to its Depression-era incarnation as the "Gateway to the Hoover Dam"; from its mid-century florescence as the gangster metropolis known as "Sin City" to its recent renaissance as a corporately-financed, postmodern, desert fantasyland.'

Jewish Mysticism, 1913.
'Although the Kabbalah has lately become 'trendy,' there is a dearth of well-written, scholarly books which give a larger perspective on the subject of Jewish Mysticism. In addition, many of the books on the subject are by Occultists, and however valuable they are, tend to have their own agenda. Abelson puts the Kabbalah into context as the outgrowth of a long-term evolution of Jewish mystical thought, starting with the Essenes and the Merkabah (Chariot) mysticism of the Talmundic era. He explains how neo-Platonism, Gnosticism, Christianity and other currents influenced and were in turn impacted by Jewish mysticism. This is a great backgrounder if you are interested in the Kabbalah or Mysticism at any level. '

Photographs of Meiji Japan, 1867-1912.

Mushroom Houses of Charlevoix, Michigan.
'Developer Earl Young's great gift to Charlevoix, Michigan, was a group of fairy tale mushroom houses that he built around the Boulder Park neighborhood near the city's lakefront starting in 1918...'

Spider-Woman. 'Spider-Woman is the codename adopted by a number of fictional characters in the Marvel Universe. There have been four female characters to adopt this name, three superheroines and one supervillainess. The original Spider-Woman appeared first in Marvel Spotlight #32 (February 1977).'
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23rd September


Human Origins. Smithsonian site. Take a look at the Hall of Human Ancestors.

The Classic Typewriter Page. Antique typewriters.

American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election.

French Revolutionary Pamphlets.

A Narrative History of Scotland.

US Civil War Cartes de Visite. 'The albumen photographs presented below are examples taken from an album of prominent Americans made during Civil War. The album is thought to have been assembled by John Hay (1838-1905), a personal secretary to Abraham Lincoln during the years 1861 to 1865. '

All About Jazz.

Traditions of Magic in Late Antiquity.

Japanese Horror Movies Database. 'Welcome to my homepage! I hope this site will make your blood freeze. '

The Surprising George Washington. 'In the autumn of 1787, newly returned from Constitution-making in Philadelphia, the proprietor of Mount Vernon turned his attention to more prosaic matters. George Washington needed a gardener, and he approached the job search with the same psychological insight that had so impressed his fellow delegates. At length he drew up a contract with a hard-drinking candidate, after solemnly binding him to perform his duties sober for one year "if allowed four dollars at Christmas, with which to be drunk four days and four nights; two dollars at Easter, to effect the same purpose; two dollars at Whitsuntide, to be drunk for two days, a dram in the morning, and a drink of grog at dinner and at noon."
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22nd September


Innocent in London. 'This Reuters story was written while the police were detaining me in Southwark tube station and the bomb squad was checking my rucksack. When they were through, the two explosive specialists walked out of the tube station smiling and commenting ?nice laptop?. The officers offered apologies on behalf of the Metropolitan Police. Then they arrested me. '

The Marx & Engels Internet Archive. Biographies, letters, works.

The Hotchkiss Map Collection.
'The Hotchkiss Map Collection contains cartographic items made by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss (1828-1899), a topographic engineer in the Confederate Army. Hotchkiss made detailed battle maps primarily of the Shenandoah Valley, some of which were used by the Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson for their combat planning and strategy. Several of the maps have annotations of various military officers, demonstrating their importance in the military campaigns. The collection also includes maps made or used by Hotchkiss during his post-war years, including maps with information about railroads, minerals and mining, geology and history, most of which focus on Virginia and West Virginia, but also cover other states and even the world.'

Pygmalion and Galatea in Myth and Art.
'Pygmalion saw so much to blame in women that he came at last to abhor the sex, and resolved to live unmarried. He was a sculptor, and had made with wonderful skill a statue of ivory, so beautiful that no living woman came anywhere near it. It was indeed the perfect semblance of a maiden that seemed to be alive, and only prevented from moving by modesty. His art was so perfect that it concealed itself and its product looked like the workmanship of nature. Pygmalion admired his own work, and at last fell in love with the counterfeit creation....'

Nationalities of China.

Moonglow Observatory. Night sky photography.
'Moonglow Observatory is a small astronomical observatory run by me, Fred Bruenjes as a hobby. One of my favorite activities is taking pictures of things in the night sky through my telescope, and so I created this website to share my best pictures with you. '

Feminist Science Fiction.

FBI Investigative Report on Porn Films in 1972-3.

FBI Research Reports on the Ku Klux Klan.

soc.culture.irish FAQ. Questions and answers about Ireland.
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21st September


Vindolanda Tablets Online. The Vindolanda writing tablets, excavated from the Roman fort at Vindolanda in northern England.

Portraiture in the US Capitol.

Understanding Evolution. 'Detailed explanations of the mechanisms of evolution and the history of life on Earth.'

Morgan Medieval Masterworks on View. Medieval art.

Interior of Saint Peter's, Rome.

Navajo Creation Myth.

Rabindranath Tagore: Thought Relics, 1921.

Twin Oaks Intentional Community. 'Twin Oaks is an intentional community in rural central Virginia, made up of around 85 adult members and 15 children. Since the community's beginning in 1967, our way of life has reflected our values of cooperation, sharing, nonviolence, equality, and ecology. '

Discovering Your Inner Computer Geek.

A History of the Crusades. Via MeFi.

Alive in Truth. New Orleans disaster oral history project. Via MeFi.

A Cultural Geography of the United States and Canada. Via MeFi.
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20th September


The Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library of Congress. 'The papers of the author, educator, and political philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) are one of the principal sources for the study of modern intellectual life. Located in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress, they constitute a large and diverse collection reflecting a complex career. With over 25,000 items (about 75,000 digital images), the papers contain correspondence, articles, lectures, speeches, book manuscripts, transcripts of Adolf Eichmann's trial proceedings, notes, and printed matter pertaining to Arendt's writings and academic career. The entire collection has been digitized and is available to researchers in reading rooms at the Library of Congress, the New School University in New York City, and the Hannah Arendt Center at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. Parts of the collection and the finding aid are available for public access on the Internet. '

Early Virginia Religious Petitions. 'Early Virginia Religious Petitions presents images of 423 petitions submitted to the Virginia legislature between 1774 and 1802 from more than eighty counties and cities. Drawn from the Library of Virginia's Legislative Petitions collection, the petitions concern such topics as the historic debate over the separation of church and state championed by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, the rights of dissenters such as Quakers and Baptists, the sale and division of property in the established church, and the dissolution of unpopular vestries. '

A Journey to the Earth's Interior, 1920.
'Marshall B. Gardner, a hollow-earth proponent, published the first edition of this book in 1913, after Peary reached the North Pole in 1909. Gardner thus had a much harder job than William Reed; that is, overcoming the public perception that the poles had been reached. '
'Gardner's book is in some ways superior to other books in this genre. He attempts to come up with a scientific hypothesis to explain the formation of hollow planets, instead of divine fiat or no explanation at all. He is also a lot more readable. One of the most enjoyable parts of this book is Gardner's fantasy account of a journey into the interior of the hollow earth, which, while not up to the standards of Jules Verne, seems almost plausible if you can suspend your disbelief temporarily. '

A Narrative History of London.

Vietnam - A Land of Enchantment. History, culture, a hypothetical family stay.

The Sati System. 'The Sati (Su-thi , a.k.a. suttee) is the traditional Hindu practice of a widow immolating herself on her husband's funeral pyre. Sati was prevalent among certain sects of the society in ancient India, who either took the vow or deemed it a great honor to die on the funeral pyres of their husbands...'

Moby-Dick. 'It was first published in expurgated form as The Whale in London on 18 October 1851, and then in full as Moby-Dick; or, The Whale in New York on 14 November 1851. Moby-Dick's style was revolutionary for its time: descriptions in intricate, imaginative, and varied prose of the methods of whale-hunting, the adventure, and the narrator's reflections interweave the story's themes with a huge swath of Western literature, history, religion, mythology, philosophy, and science. Although its initial reception was unfavorable, Moby-Dick is now considered to be one of the canonical novels in the English '

The Starbucks Union. A trade union for Starbucks coffee shop baristas.

Entrances to Hell In and Around the UK. Quite batty.

Earth Photography. Places and people.
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19th September


The Power of Culture. Culture as a driving force behind development. Dutch government site.

An Exhibition of Mississippi Mysteries.

The Life and Times of John "Mad Jack" Fuller: Squire of Brightling, 1757-1834. 'Jack Fuller led an illustrious life in a period of British history known for its eccentric personalities.'

Esoterica. Journal of the history of the Occult.

Doi Seals. Japanese print publishers' seals.

Uncultured Perl. History and culture of the Perl programming language, by its creator, Larry Wall.

ExpoMuseum. The history of the World's Fairs.

International Freedom Centre. 'Rising from the hallowed ground of the World Trade Center site, it will serve as the complement, and its building as the gateway, to the World Trade Center Memorial, playing a leading role in the Memorial's mission to "strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance, and intolerance." '

Science Fiction Weekly.

Beth Hatefutsoth. Museum of the Jewish people.
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17th September


Sister Cities International. In the spirit of internationalism.

Old Maps of Britain. 'Providing access to Britain's most extensive digital historical map archive. Find out where your ancestors used to live or check out what your neighbourhood looked like over a hundred years ago. '

Dawn of the Legend. Gallipoli and its role in Australian consciousness.
'25 April 1915 is a date etched in Australia's history. Its anniversary is commemorated across the country each year as ANZAC Day. To many this is Australia's most important national day...'

National Museum of Greenland.

Explore Cornell. Virtual tour of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Chicago Chinatown. History, map, tour, horrorscope etc.

Norman Rockwell Museum.

In Cold Blood. 'In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences is a book by Truman Capote, detailing the 1959 murder of Herb Clutter, a wealthy farmer from Holcomb, Kansas; his wife, Bonnie; sixteen-year-old daughter, Nancy; and fifteen-year-old son, Kenyon, and the aftermath ...'

Association of Hispanic Arts.

The MUDdex. History of online multi-user dungeons.
'I have collected here documents pertaining to the history of MUDS. Most of these documents are posts saved from Usenet, MUD-related mailing lists, or logs of MUD interactions. Many of them are of historical or humorous interest. '
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16th September


Iraq Museum International.

Theme Park Insider. All about theme parks.

Old Korea in Pictures. 'This site is dedicated to collect old pictures and drawings of Korea. If you have any pictures and want me to scan them to be put here, please contact me, so we can put them in the public domain. Most pictures will be from Seoul or Pyongyang, since most foreigners tended to live there. But nevertheless others might show up. '

Lives of the Greek Heroines, 1880. Illustrated Greek mythology.

Small Town Papers. Newspapers from small towns, USA.

The Mathematical Atlas: A Gateway to Modern Mathematics. 'This is a collection of short articles designed to provide an introduction to the areas of modern mathematics and pointers to further information, as well as answers to some common (or not!) questions. '

The Crumb Family Website. Robert Crumb, counterculture illustrator.

Kings Park Psychiatric Centre. Photography of an abandoned mental hospital.

Painting the Weather. The weather in art.

Mazes and Labyrinths, 1922. Illustrated history of labyrinths in various cultures.

Cut & Paste: A History of Photomontage.

Fugitive Images. 'Fugitive Images is an archive of street art, graffiti and obtrusive messy conversations held on New York City walls. '

4AD: The First 20 Years. Highly distinctive album and single covers.

Am Baile: A Scottish Heritage Resource. History and culture of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

Descent of Amida Nyorai. 'Amida Nyorai, or Amitabha Buddha in Sanskrit, one of the most popular Buddha images in Japan, is depicted here descending into this world in order to lead the souls of true believers to his Western Paradise. '

Eric Straw's Masks. Masks made from corrugated cardboard.

Celebrity Tattoos.

BuffMonster. Los Angeles street art and graffiti.

Achill Island, Ireland. 'This is Achill, a dynamic island community some sixty miles square. Where saints have walked; where a pirate queen ruled; where famine once stalked and emigration still does. Where tourism, fishing and unemployment shape the lives of some 2,900 people. Custodians of our past. Planners of our future in the new millenium. Proud, independent, hardworking. Full of warmth and good cheer. '

History of the Guillotine.

Katrina Timeline.
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15th September


Eye of Science.

Sacco Vanzetti Project. Two anarchists executed in Massachusetts in 1927.
'Sacco and Vanzetti were executed on August 23, 1927, a date that became a watershed in twentieth-century American history. It became the last of a long train of events that had driven any sense of utopian vision out of American life. The workings of American democracy now seemed to many Americans as flawed and unjust as many of the older societies of the world, no longer embodying any bright ideal, but once again serving the interests of the rich and the powerful. '

Live Aid. 'All you wanted to know about the greatest concert on Earth.'

Adventures of the Good Soldier Svejk During the World War. The only Czech book on most lists of 100 best books of the 20th century; Hasek's anarchic anti-war World War I classic.

Japanese Death Poetry. On a journey ill...

Irish Gaelic Translator. Many interesting articles.

Robert Louis Stevenson Collection. Scottish Victorian novelist and poet.

History of the Warren Country Canal, Ohio.

Delacroix at the Prado. Art.

Rape Crisis Information Pathfinder.
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14th September


The Heritage of the Great War / First World War 1914-1918.

Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting. 'Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting presents 470 interview excerpts and 3882 photographs from the Working in Paterson Folklife Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The four-month study of occupational culture in Paterson, New Jersey, was conducted in 1994. Paterson is considered to be the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in America. It was founded in 1791 by the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (S.U.M.), a group that had U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton as an advocate. The basis for Paterson's manufacturing potential was the Great Falls on the Passaic River. Paterson went on to become the largest silk manufacturing center in the nation as well as a leader in the manufacture of many other products, from railroad locomotives to firearms...'

The Phantom of the Poles, 1906.
'The hollow earth has long been a popular alternative theory of the shape of the earth. Typically this theory also posits large holes at the North and South Poles which would allow entry into the interior. In his 1906 book, The Phantom of the Poles, William Reed presents a collection of reports of polar explorers on strange and unexplained phenomena, such as warm winds, deposits of dust, rocks embedded in icebergs, large ice-free areas, fresh water areas in the open polar ocean, and bizarre auroras, all in support of his belief that the polar areas are the vestibule to the interior of the hollow earth. Reed believed that the poles were unreachable because they simply didn't exist.'
'However, three years later, on April 6th, 1909, Peary and Henson reached the North Pole (more or less: it is now thought that they missed it by about 20 nautical miles). And so Reed's primary assertion, that the poles cannot be reached, was soon to be invalidated by facts. Today the poles have been reached by land, air and in the case of the North Pole, by submarine; there is a permanent base at the South Pole, which you can view on webcam. The poles are no phantom. '

The History of Hereford Cathedral.
'The See of Hereford has been quoted as being "one of the few bishoprics which have come down almost without interruption from the first establishment of Christianity in our land until the present day." It is certainly considered the most ancient in England. Traditionally, the erection of the first Cathedral at Hereford or Caerfawydd, as the city was then known, was paid for by King Gerren Llyngesoc of Dumnonia (Devon & Cornwall) in AD 542; the Bishopric probably being transferred from the nearby Roman town of Magnis (Kenchester). A south-western monarch is, however, unlikely to have instigated such an undertaking in this part of the country and the dates are not quite right for this man. It seems clear that there has been some confusion with King "Gerascenus" of "Orcheus pagus". The existence of this little known King of Ergyng, the early British Kingdom that encompassed most of Herefordshire long before the arrival of the Saxons, is briefly recorded in the Life of his son, St. Mewen. His Welsh name was probably Gwrgan, as used some generations later in the Ergyng dynasty...'

Asuka Historical Museum.
'Asuka, some 1 300 and more years ago, was home to Japan's ruling dynasty and was thus, for more than a century,the capital of the country. It was at this time that our country adopted much of the relatively matured culture and administrative methodology of China and the Korean peninsula, and it was here that a unified national state was for the first time established in Japan.'
'It was here that Buddhism was introduced and Buddhist art saw its first flower. New types of knowledge and new working techniques were introduced one after another, and Asuka progressively consolidated its functions as the administrative and cultural center of the time. Even today, the palace and temple sites, kofun (tumulus graves), stone figures and other man-made reminders of the times are left behind in considerable number. Moreover, one may here appreciate retrospectfully, wistfully perhaps, the natural features and other places written about or associated with a great many of the famous poems in the Man'yoshu.'

Vintage Girlwatchers. 'This site exists to celebrate and preserve books and magazines about girlwatching and girl-photography from the fifties and sixties. '

Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields. (USA) 'As a pilot, a particular interest of mine has always been the abandoned airfields that dot the landscape of part of this country, as well as other unusual & little-known airfields. Both for their potential safety value to a pilot in an emergency, and also for their sometimes fascinating history, this particular topic has always held my curiosity. When I'm a passenger on commercial flights, I've always found myself looking out the window, constantly looking for airfields below. When I fly as a pilot myself, I've always tried to land at as many airports as possible, to learn a little about each one.'

A Short History of the Jews of Greece. 'Nikos Stavrolakis was one of the founders and director of the Jewish Museum in Greece from 1977 until 1993. During that time he was responsible for creating the basic collection of the museum consisting of religious, ethnic and historical artifacts-the sole remnants of a 2,400 year Jewish presence in Greece. He is the author of several books of Judeo-Greek Interest including an important guide to "Jewish Sites and Synagogues of Greece", a book on Judaeo-Greek cookery, "Cookbook of the Jews of Greece" and several other works. He has also followed a seperate career as a painter and illustrator and his works have been exhibited widely in the USA, UK, Europe and Israel. Of lesser importance to the reader, he was my ancient history teacher in highschool. '

Letters of Philip II, King of Spain 1592-97. 'Philip II, King of Spain - The Cuatro Villas de la Costa, Spain. A large and important collection of letters and other documents, almost all signed by the King, mainly to Diego de Orellana de Chaves, Corregidor of the Four Towns of the Sea on Spain's North Coast, on the naval war against England and France, etc. Spain (chiefly the various residences of the Court; Santander, Laredo, etc.), various dates from 20 November 1591 to 10 July 1597...'

Mad Scientists' Network. 'MadSci Network represents a collective cranium of scientists providing answers to your questions. For good measure we provide a variety of oddities and other ends as well. '

Rapanui: The Edmunds/Bryan Photograph Collection. 'Henry P. Edmunds and William A. Bryan were both photographers of the early 20th century. Although they lived very different lives, they shared the experience of Rapanui, or Easter Island, during the early 1900s. Both of them took remarkable photographs documenting Rapanui's archaeological wonders and everyday life, and some of these fascinating images are presented here.'

Murals and Sculptures by Jean Charlot. 'Born in Paris, Louis Henri Jean Charlot (1898-1979) was descended from those he would later refer to as "sundry exotic ancestors" (Charlot 1954:99). His father, Henri, was a French businessman, free-thinker and Bolshevik sympathizer born and reared in Russia. Anna, his mother, an artist and a devout Catholic, was the daughter of Louis Goupil, a native of Mexico City...'

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen. The autobiography of Liliuokalani, the last Queen of Hawaii.
'The extinct crater or mountain which forms the background to the city of Honolulu is known as the Punch-Bowl; at its base is situated the Queen's Hospital, so named because of the great interest taken in its erection by Emma, the queen of Kamehameha IV. Funds for the cause were solicited by the reigning sovereigns in person, and the hospital building was completed in 1860. Very near to its site, on Sept. 2, 1838, I was born...'

Fifty Years as a Center of Our Lives: College/University of Hawaii 1907-57. 'On 6 November 2002, The University of Hawaii at Manoa rededicated Hamilton Library following the construction of phase III and the renovation of phases I and II. As part of the celebration, the University Archives mounted an exhibit documenting the early years of the Manoa campus and focussing upon the role the University played in the lives of students, faculty and staff. '

Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India.

Prime Curios. Curiosities related to prime numbers.

Social Movements. 'The Social Movements Collection consists of pamphlets, brochures, and periodicals about the labor movement in the United States as well as global radical political movements, including anarchism, communism, and fascism. The bulk of this collection was acquired by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library in 1966 from Eugene Bechtold, a bookseller and former instructor at the Chicago Worker's School. Mr. Bechtold began collecting this material in the 1920s. The collection also includes items from the collection of John Reineke.'

Luann. Online comic.

Russian Passports. 'At the beginning of the 20th century Hawaii sugar plantation owners began to recruit laborers of European background. Former Secretary of the Territory of Hawaii and Director of the Bureau of Immigration, Alatau L.C. Atkinson, and a somewhat questionable Russian entrepreneur A. V. Perelestrous, traveled to Harbin, Manchuria to recruit Russian workers, primarily from the area around Vladivostok. Perhaps as many as 2,000 Russians and Ukrainians came to Hawaii...'
Via MeFi.
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13th September


Rachel Carson. Biologist, writer, ecologist, author of 'Silent Spring' - 'she challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the government, and called for a change in the way humankind viewed the natural world.'
"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction."

Soviet Children's Picture Books from the Twenties and Thirties.

The Takao Club. 'The Takao Club website presents a collection of fully illustrated explorations into the history and culture of Taiwan (Formosa), with particular focus on Takao (Takow, Kaohsiung). The site includes pages on Robert Swinhoe, Father Fernando Sainz, Mona Rudao, Lin Shao-mao, the ShaoChuanTou area of Kaohsiung, as well as on Camphor, Opium, Foxes and Betel Nuts.'

Zetetic Astronomy: Earth Not a Globe. 19th century eccentric British flat earther.
'Samuel Birley Rowbotham, under the pseudonym 'Parallax', lectured for two decades up and down Britain promoting his unique flat earth theory. This book, in which he lays out his world system, went through three editions, starting with a 16 page pamphlet published in 1849 and a second edition of 221 pages published in 1865. The third edition of 1881 (which had inflated to 430 pages) was used as the basis of this etext. '

The Carthedral. 'Carthedral is a 1971 Cadillac hearse modified with 1959 Cadillac tailfins. Welded on top is a VW beetle and metal armatures with fiber glass. Carthedral is a rolling Gothic Cathedral complete with flying buttresses, stained glass pointed windows, and gargoyles. Carthedral was designed and built by Rebecca Caldwell.'

Eddie Breen. 'Art can neither be good or bad, only interesting or boring, says Eddie Breen, the leading practitioner of piggyback art. He takes paintings that he considers boring or incomplete, and inserts nuns, flying jesuses, flame people, or demons, changing the meaning of the composition in ways to suit his visions, to coopt the elements and create his own worlds.'

Picturing Business in America. 'You've probably seen them. Maybe you've wondered about them. First invented in 1979, The Wall Street Journal's distinctive portrait heads, known as "hedcuts" or "dot-drawings" have attained the status of an American icon, readily identifiable with one of the country's best-known business publications.'
'In the spring of 2002, The Wall Street Journal donated a group of hedcuts, representing some of the United States's foremost business leaders of recent years, to the National Portrait Gallery. These portrait drawings, based on photographs, attest to The Journal's interest in the "primacy of the individual in both political and social systems." Dedicated to preserving American history by collecting portraits of women and men who have significantly influenced our culture, the National Portrait Gallery welcomes this gift, which helps to chronicle the history of business in our nation. '

Rapworld's History of Rap.

Crosses and Crucifixions in Bottles.

Boucher at the Prado. Rococo.

Rhetoric and Composition. Resources useful for rhetoricians.

Shakespeare Illustrated. 'Shakespeare Illustrated, a work in progress, explores nineteenth- century paintings, criticism and productions of Shakespeare's plays and their influences on one another.'

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.

Morris K. Udall - A Lifetime of Service to Arizona and the United States. 'Morris King Udall served with pride and distinction as Arizona's Congressman from District 2 from 1961-1991...'

Little Cowpuncher: Rural School Newspaper of Southern Arizona. 'Little Cowpuncher was the name of a mimeographed school newspaper, written and illustrated by Anglo and Mexican-American ranch children. It appeared from 1932 to 1943 at five different rural schools in Southern Arizona, where Eulalia Bourne was the teacher. '

The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of California.

The Wild Geese. The history of the Irish.

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung.

Velazquez at the Prado.

Sock Monkeys. 'A favorite classic childhood toy made from something as ordinary as a pair of socks- how wonderfully creative!'
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12th September


Language Museum. 'The Language Museum is a linguistic website which offers the samples of 2000 languages in the world. Every sample includes 4 parts: (1) a sample image, (2) an English translation, (3) the speaking countries and populations, (4) the language's family and branch. '

The Wesleys and Their Times. 'John Wesley is the founder of Methodism. His brother Charles wrote over 9000 hymns and poems. Don't miss the Methodist historical pictures in our online library. '

Arts of Korea at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Strange Fruit. The story of the anti-lynching classic protest song.

An Evelyn Waugh Website. 'Brideshead Revisited' and 'Sword of Honour'.

Irish Easter Rising 1916 Postcards. 'The images below are all from old unretouched postcards of the 1916 era. '
Irish History. Interesting collection of articles.

Russian Art Gallery - 'a showcase for painters from the former Soviet Union. We offer some of the finest examples of Russian, Ukrainian and other Realist, Impressionist and Contemporary paintings. '

Yuan Ming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness. 'History's most magnificent garden, the great Yuan Ming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness), was tragically burned in 1860. Built by six generations of Qing emperors, the garden spanned a three-hundred-fifty hectare area with a fairyland of hills, ponds, lakes, ancient trees and palaces filled with one and half centuries of imperial treasure collecting...'

Children of Resistance. (1988) Children in South Africa's anti-apartheid movement. ANC site.
'This basic moral evil can never end until apartheid itself is destroyed, and it was that knowledge which brought the children of Soweto out onto the streets over ten years ago, with no weapons in their hands. The only weapon they had was the moral rightness of their cause. They were met as always by naked force...'

Hooves & Rails: A History of the Tucson Street Railway 1897-1906.
'In the late nineteenth century, Tucson was a growing town with a strong desire to project a metropolitan image.'
'One key to continued development was the establishment of dependable public transportation to move Tucsonans around their newly bustling city. This is the story of the first streetcar line: the horse-drawn Tucson Street Railway.'

Sabino Canyon: Our Desert Oasis. 'Sabino Canyon is one of Southern Arizona's natural treasures. Fed by the waters of Sabino Creek and sheltered by the canyon walls, the plants and animals that inhabit the canyon offer an interesting contrast to those found in the surrounding desert. The shade and cool water attract visitors year-round. This exhibit invites you to take a virtual hike through Sabino Canyon.'

A Heritage of Loving Service: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Tucson, Arizona.
'Among the pioneers that came to Tucson in the 1870's were seven Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. They opened a school next to San Agustín Church for the children of Tucson and three years later one for the native American children at the San Xavier Mission. Later the parochial school was put under the direction of the Sisters and an orphanage was begun. In 1880, they took in the first patients at St. Mary's Hospital caring for the sick and injured of the Southern Pacific Railroad, County patients, and all who came. '
'This World Wide Web exhibit offers a digital history and tribute to the Sisters' contributions in Tucson and the region. Much of its content was contributed by Sister Alberta Cammack, CSJ. Sister Alberta is the foremost historian on the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in the U.S. Southwest and has written a number of short histories that appear in this site.'

Rembrandt at the Prado.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.

Suicide: Read This First.

US Naval Historical Centre. Many interesting bits and pieces.
John Ford remembers filming Battle of Midway. 'Recollections of Commander John Ford, USNR, Oscar-winning Hollywood producer and Chief of the Field Photographic Branch of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), concerning his experiences making combat motion pictures under battle conditions. His film of the Battle of Midway subsequently became a popular movie feature.'

Cornell Woolrich, Father of Noir Fiction.
'Born December 4, 1903, with the given name of Cornell George Hopley- Woolrich, the author most notably known for penning the short story that the Alfred Hitchcock movie, "Rear Window", was based on, was a pioneer of what has become to be known as noir fiction with his numerous novels and short fiction originally published in the pulp magazines of the 30's, 40's and 50's. '
'A protege of F. Scott Fitzgerald, his first novels were penned in the same vein, but later he found his true calling writing crime noir fiction, with many of his stories thrusting the main character of the story into situations totally out of his control.'
'Cornell Woolrich's life was as tragic as some of his stories, as he lived most of his life with his mother, in hotels, an alcoholic and a sexually conflicted and tormented individual.'

Titoville. Tito, the late president of Yugoslavia - very funny satire on a personality cult. Brilliant speeches and photographs.

The Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley Foundation. The subject and the author of 'Roots'.
'According to research done by Alex Haley, Kunta Kinte was an African from The Gambian town of Jufferee. According to Haley family history he was sold into slavery in a town called "Naplis."'
'Haley's research identified a slave ship, the Lord Ligonier, which salied from Gambia River, July 5, 1767, with 140 captured Gambians. It arrived in Annapolis, Maryland on September 29, 1767, with only 98 survivors. Haley believed one of those survivors was a seventeen-year- old Kunta Kinte...'

The Vodou Page. 'Greetings in the name of God/Goddess, the ancestors, and all the lwa! Welcome to the Vodou tradition. I am Mambo Racine Sans Bout, Mambo asogwe of the Vodou.'
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10th September


Ball of Dirt. A community for world travellers - photographs, stories, etc.
'This site lets anyone share their travel photos, stories and experiences on the web - for FREE! Friends can see where you are with maps, photos, blurbs and receive emails as you move around automaticlally - no need to write long boring group emails... You can also explore the world, read about new places and get the inside story from real travellers!'

An Asian Journey. (Time magazine)
Across the continent by train. Travelogues and photographs.

Ukraine Art. 'A collection of socialist realist painting from the former Ukrainian SSR 1949-1991.'

Jazzateria: Historical Roots of Jazz. Some early jazz greats.

Black & White in Wuthering Heights. Etchings inspired by Emily Bronte.
'In creating these etchings, I have tried not only to capture some of the extreme emotions which Bronte evokes, but also to encompass the cerebral enquiry that is at the heart of this extraordinary novel. '

The Retrocomputing Museum.
'The Retrocomputing Museum is dedicated to programs that induce sensations that hover somewhere between nostalgia and nausea - the freaks, jokes, and fossils of computing history. Our exhibits include many languages, some machine emulators, and a few games.'
'Most are living history - environments that were once important, but are now merely antiques. A few never previously existed except as thought experiments or pranks. Most, we hope, convey the hacker spirit - and if not that, then at least a hint of what life was like back when programmers were real men and sheep were nervous.'

Crazy Kent. Travels around North America, photographs from inside a garbage can. A commendable initiative.

Rubens at the Prado. Art.

Class & Colour in South Africa 1850-1950, Ray & Jack Simons, 1964. Book online at the ANC website.

Toilets of the World.
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9th September


J.S. Bach. The composer's biography, portraits.

The Chinese Cultural Revolution as History. Collection of articles.

Maps of Ireland.

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. History, culture, and the tribe today.

Texas Constitutions. 'Between the years of 1824 and 1876, Texas was at times a part of the United States of Mexico, an independent republic, and a state within the United States . Beginning in 1824, what we now know as Texas passed through many iterations-each with founding documents that can be accessed on this site. These founding documents legally established the entity of Texas, set forth the rights and responsibilities of its people, and defined the scope and powers of its government.'

Home on the Ranches. 'Ranches.org is home for several Texas Panhandle Ranches headquartered in Amarillo. These cattle companies are committed to improving the land, maintaining a diversity of wildlife and flora, while producing a quality beef product and profitability for the owners. Particular care is given to stocking rates, pasture resting and water. Grass and water are a rancher's assets. Both are renewable and allow continuous production of a high quality protein, if a rancher takes care of them. Ranchers are temporary stewards of the land and the livestock and their survival depends upon quality care of both.'

Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. 'According to his famous autobiography, written in 1789, Olaudah Equiano (c.1745-1797) was born in what is now Nigeria. Kidnapped and sold into slavery in childhood, he was taken as a slave to the New World. As a slave to a captain in the Royal Navy, and later to a Quaker merchant, he eventually earned the price of his own freedom by careful trading and saving. As a seaman, he travelled the world, including the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the Arctic, the latter in an abortive attempt to reach the North Pole ... '

The Rainforest Action Network.

Justice Africa. 'We work with a network of organizations based in different countries in Africa, initiating and supporting civil society activities for human rights, democracy, and peace in Africa. '
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8th September


The Iconography of Saint Sebastian. Huge collection.

Texas Beyond History. The virtual museum of Texas' cultural heritage.

The Art of John William Waterhouse 1849-1917. British Pre-Raphalite painter.

Pictures of the Past | China Around 1900. Vintage photographs.

Hymns & Spirituals from 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'.

Interesting Projects. Interesting inventions.
DIY cruise missile saga.

Freedom in Our Lifetime, by Archie Sibeko (Zola Zembe), 1996. The history of a South African freedom fighter. (ANC site).

The History of Hip Hop.

History of Suicide.
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7th September


Social Watch. 'Social Watch is an international NGO watchdog network monitoring poverty eradication and gender equality.'

Things Japanese. Online galleries of ukiyo-e, shunga, etc.

Norfolk Dialect.

Travelling Through Old East Germany. Former GDR travelogue.

Caravaggio at the Prado. Art.

Images of Native Americans. 'The Bancroft Library houses one the world's finest collections of research materials relating to the history of California and the American West, and this exhibition presents a selection of visual materials relating to Native Americans. The panorama of images selected includes illustrations from rare books, pamphlets, journals, pulp magazines, newspapers, and ephemera in addition to selections of original photographs, including stereographs, lantern slides, and cyanotypes.'

Bear in Mind: The California Grizzly at the Bancroft Library.

Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Visions of the Golden State. 'Looking Backward: 2000-1887, a utopian novel written at the end of the 19th century by Edward Bellamy depicts a society with a more ideal communal order and organization. The utopian novel provides a vehicle not only for examination of the foibles and defects of society, but also for suggestion of reform or a better way that humanity might proceed. Bellamy's Looking Backward serves as a springboard to ideas formulated in this exhibition which looks at the journey taken by the state of California during the last 150 years...'

The University of California at the Turn of the Century, 1899-1900.

The Lehmers at Berkeley. 'The professional careers of the Lehmer Family have been intimately tied to the University of California at Berkeley for a century. Derrick Norman Lehmer joined the mathematics faculty at Berkeley in 1900, and later served as Chair of the Department. Son Derrick Henry (Dick, as he was known to friends and family) received a bachelor's degree in Physics at Berkeley, and later continued the Berkeley tradition of the family as professor and Chair of the Mathematics Department. Emma Trotskaia received her B.A. degree in Mathematics from Berkeley with honors in 1928, and met her future husband through his father, her employer in the Mathematics Department ... '
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6th September


International Symbiosis Society. 'Founded at Woods Hole, Massachusetts in April of 1997, the International Symbiosis Society is primarily involved with the promotion of research and education in the growing field of symbiosis. '

Maine Memory. 'Maine's statewide online museum, archive, and educational resource.'

Historic Florida Maps.

Yorkshire Dialect. 'These pages are devoted to the description of traditional Yorkshire dialect. Although some reference is made to the modern administration areas of North, East and South Yorkshire, the variation in dialect is discussed in terms of the three Ridings ... '

Online Japanese Language Study Materials.

Wolof Online. Learn the West African language online.

Emile Henry 1872-94. 'On May 21, 1894 22 year-old Emile Henry went to the guillotine, his last words being: "Courage camarades! Vive l'anarchie!" Henry was the third in a series of French anarchists executed after carrying out "propaganda of the deed," after Ravachol in 1892 and Auguste Vaillant earlier in 1894. He was to be followed by Santo Caserio, an Italian - born anarchist who was to assassinate President Sadi Carnot on June 24, 1894. All were motivated by the same ideal, and all acted as if, as Ravachol said: "All that is needed...is a shove...and the revolution will take place." Henry's background, however, differed from that of the others...'

Topics on the Ramayana. 'The story of Sri Ramachandra, the prince of Ayodhya is the one most often told in India. Rama was the eldest son of king Dasharatha who had three wives. The youngest of the wives Kaikeyi tricked the king into making her son as the descendent to the throne and made Rama go to the forest in relinquishment...'

The Oliver Tambo Page. Selected articles, papers, speeches, statements and other documents 1960-1993. With a biography of the South African statesman. ANC site.

Motel Postcards from the Era of the Open Road.
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5th September


Eccentric New Orleans. Via MeFi.

English As She Is Spoke. Thanks to Grow A Brain and Dinesh.

Bureau of Public Secrets. Situationism.
Situationist International Anthology. 'Ken Knabb's translations from the notorious group that helped trigger the May 1968 revolt in France. Articles, film scripts and internal documents by Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneigem, etc., from the situationists' early experiments in cultural subversion and urban "psychogeography" to their lucid analyses of the Watts riot, the Vietnam war, the Prague Spring, the Chinese "Cultural Revolution" and other crises and upheavals of the sixties. Newly revised and expanded. '

American Notes: Travels in America 1750-1920. 'American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920 comprises 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. Also included is the thirty-two-volume set of manuscript sources entitled Early Western Travels, 1748-1846, published between 1904 and 1907 after diligent compilation by the distinguished historian and secretary of the Wisconsin Historical Society Reuben Gold Thwaites ... '

Kyushu and Okinawa Studies. The history of Japan's southern islands.

Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan.

Ship of Fools. The magazine of Christian unrest. Includes guides to churches around the world ('The Mystery Worshipper'), a Biblical curse generator, and Rev. Gerald.

The Buffalo Soldiers on the Western Frontier. 'Over 180,000 African-Americans served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Of these, more than 33,000 died. After the war, the future of African-Americans in the U.S. Army was in doubt. In July1866, however, Congress passed legislation establishing two cavalry and four infantry regiments (later consolidated to two) whose enlisted composition was to be made up of African-Americans. The majority of the new recruits had served in all Black units during the war. The mounted regiments were the 9th and 10th Cavalries, soon nicknamed Buffalo Soldiers by the Cheyenne and Comanche. Until the early 1890s they constituted 20 percent of all cavalry forces on the American frontier ... '

Varlam Shalamov 1907-82. Soviet dissident writer.
'Varlam Tikhonovich Shalamov was born in Vologda, Russia on June 18, 1907. His father was an orthodox minister and his mother was a teacher. In 1926 Shalamov entered Moscow University where he studied law. Around this time, he joined a group of Trotskyites. This involvement lead to Shalamov's first arrest in 1929 where he was sentenced to three years of hard labor in Solovki, an island converted from an Orthadox monastery to a Soviet work camp. He began to publish writing in 1932. During the purges, Shalamov was arrested again, charged with, "counter- revolutionary Trotskyite activities." This time Shalamov was sent to Kolyma. Kolyma has been called "the land of white death." Conservative estimates calculcate that 35 percent of the prisoners died in the Kolyma camps per year ... '

Citizen King. PBS film on Martin Luther King.
'Memorial in August 1963, when a 34-year-old preacher galvanized millions with his dream for an America free of racism. It comes to a bloody end almost five years later, on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee.'
'In the years since those events unfolded, the man at their center, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has become a mythic figure, a minister whose oratory is etched into the minds of millions of Americans, a civil rights activist whose words and image are more hotly contested, negotiated and sold than almost anyone else's in American history.'
'Citizen King pushes past the myths that have obscured King's story to reclaim the history of a people's leader. Using the personal recollections, diaries, letters, and eyewitness accounts of friends, family, journalists, law enforcement officers and historians, this film brings fresh insights to King's difficult journey, his charismatic -- if at times flawed -- leadership, and his truly remarkable impact. '

Africa Online.

Punk Bands. Punk music tribute site.

The Online Blues. 'Welcome to The Online Blues, what I hope will grow to be as comprehensive a repository of blues lyrics as possible.'

Chinese History. Excellent and comprehensive.

An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals 1490-1920.

Life Magazine Covers.

Windows through the Curtain. Photographs of store windows in Communist countries, 1986.

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs.

The Edmund Burke Collection. '1729-97, British political writer and statesman, b. Dublin, Ireland.- Burke left, in his many and diverse writings, a monumental construction of British political thought that had far-reaching influence in England, America, and France for many years.'
"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

Sylvain Marechal.
'On 15 August 1750 one of the most radical socialist atheists of all times was born in Paris. Sylvain Maréchal, a poet whose Manifest of the Equals was too much even for the egalitarian conspiracy of Gracchus Babeuf, was the author of an Almanach des Honnętes Gens, in which he proposed a new calendar replacing the names of the Saints with those of the "benefactors of humanity" -- philosophers, writers and scientists. '

Wyandot Nation of Kansas. With historical articles.

The Cellular Cosmogony, by Koresh (Cyrus Reed Teed), 1922.
'Teed, born in 1839 in upstate New York, served with the Union Army, and later became a herbalist and studied alchemy. In 1869 Teed had a vision in his laboratory, in which a beautiful woman spoke to him and revealed that he was to become a messiah, and reveal the true cosmogony to the world. Teed took the name Koresh (not to be confused with David Koresh of Waco). He preached that belief in the concavity of the Earth is equivalent to godliness. He proclaimed, "All that is opposed to Koreshanity is antichrist". After touring widely preaching Koreshanity, he settled in Chicago, and started a communal society, as well as a periodical, The Flaming Sword. Koreshanity, at its height, had a few thousand followers. In the 1890s Teed founded the town of Estero, Florida, near Ft. Meyers, and declared it the coming capital of the world. His followers prepared for eight million believers to show up. Only two hundred did. '
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2nd September


KatrinaHelp Wiki.

The Interdictor. 'This journal has become the Survival of New Orleans blog. In less perilous times it was simply a blog for me to talk smack and chat with friends. Now this journal exists to share firsthand experience of the disaster and its aftermath with anyone interested. '

Truth Laid Bear: Hurricane Katrina.

Poppy Z. Brite's Blog. A New Orleans writer.

Lost Poets of the Great War. The poetry of World War I.

Judaic Treasures. Judaica at the Library of Congress.

The Jotenkaku Museum: Ten Oxherding Pictures. A Zen parable in art.

Amish News. Pennsylvania's Dutch country.

The Making of Modern Michigan.

A Short History of Spectacles.

USS Missouri: Selected Views.
'USS Missouri, a 45,000 ton Iowa class battleship built by the New York Navy Yard, was commissioned on 11 June 1944. She spent the remainder of that year preparing for combat, transiting to the Pacific in November. Arriving in the war zone in January 1945, Missouri supported the Iwo Jima invasion, the Ryukyus campaign and raids on Japan's home islands during the following months. In May, she became Third Fleet flagship and was the site of the 2 September 1945 Japanese surrender ceremony that ended World War II...'

UNESCO's Slave Trade Archives. 'UNESCO has launched the Slave Route Project in 1994. It aims to break a silence and make universally known the issue of the transatlantic slave trade and slavery, its causes and dramatic results, by means of scientific work.'

The Song of Solomon.

The Art of the First Fleet. 'On 13 May 1787 eleven ships, now commonly referred to as The First Fleet, set sail from Portsmouth to establish a colony in New South Wales, Australia. They reached their destination on 18 January 1788, 18 years after Captain James Cook had first landed on the east coast of Australia at Botany Bay. One of the unplanned but long-lasting outcomes of this event was the large number of outstanding drawings of aboriginal people, the environment and wildlife found on arrival as well as of the early foundation of the colony.' Via Dinesh.

William Gedney Photographs and Writings. 'From the mid 1950s through the early 1980s, William Gedney (1932-1989) photographed throughout the United States, in India, and in Europe. From the commerce of the street outside his Brooklyn apartment to the daily chores of unemployed coal miners, from the indolent lifestyle of hippies in Haight-Ashbury to the sacred rituals of Hindu worshippers, Gedney was able to record the lives of others with remarkable clarity and poignancy. These photographs, along with his notebooks and writings, illuminate the rare vision of an intensely private man who, as a writer and photographer, was able to reveal the lives of others with striking sensitivity. Included here are selections from Gedney's finished prints, work prints, contact sheets, notes, notebooks, handmade photographic books, book dummies, and correspondence.'

Lafcadio Hearn. Writings on Japan by a 19th century Japan-phile.
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Biographies of Arthurian Characters. 'Brief sketches of the lives and deeds of the best known characters in the history and legend of King Arthur and some of the historians who wrote about him. '

Hispano Music & Culture from the Northern Rio Grande. 'Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting religious and secular music of Spanish- speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. In 1940, Juan Bautista Rael of Stanford University, a native of Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, used disc recording equipment supplied by the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center) to document alabados (hymns), folk drama, wedding songs, and dance tunes. The recordings included in the Archive of Folk Culture collection were made in Alamosa, Manassa, and Antonito, Colorado, and in Cerro and Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico. In addition to these recordings, the collection includes manuscript materials and publications authored by Rael which provide insight into the rich musical heritage and cultural traditions of this region. '

Cowboy Photographer: Erwin E. Smith. 'Erwin E. Smith (1886-1947) always wanted to be a cowboy and an artist. When he was a boy growing up in Bonham, a town in Fannin County in North Texas, the era of the great trail drives was over, and he feared that the old ways of the cowboy were disappearing. However, the legend and myth of the cowboy was just beginning. Popular literature, art by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, and the fledgling film industry promoted a romantic, yet often inaccurate, image of the cowboy. For his part, Smith resolved to honor the life of the cowboy by presenting as true a portrayal as possible. '

Against Terrorism, Against War - Melbourne Protests for Peace after 911. Documenting the post-9-11 peace movement in Melbourne.

The Englart Family - A Radical Family Portrait. 'Since the 1920s at least three generations of the Englart family have been involved with radical social change in Australia. This informal history of certain family members also documents the social history of Australia since the 1920s. In Vince Englart's essay on the family we learn some of the social history of Australia back to the 1850's when the Englarts first arrived from Germany. The story of the Englarts is an important and continuing contribution to the realisation of a more socially just, equitable, peaceful and democratic society in Australia. '

Anarchism in Sydney 1982-2002. A short history.

Reclaiming the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion and Eureka Stockade of 1854. Radical Australian history.

Atlantis, the Antediluvian World, 1882.
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1st September


The Zambezi Society. 'The Zambezi Society is the ONLY conservation group devoted solely to looking after the Zambezi, the finest and wildest river in Africa.'

Art & Architecture. Paintings, sculpture, etc.

Lord Shiva in Indian Art.

Lost Liners. The greatest lost liners in maritime history.

Penda of Mercia - 'a 7th-century King of Mercia, a kingdom in what is today the English Midlands. A pagan at a time when Christianity was taking hold in many of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, Penda participated in the defeat of the powerful Northumbrian king Edwin at the Battle of Hatfield Chase in 633...'

The Linux Documentation Project.

John Henry - The Steel Driving Man.
'Though the story of John Henry sounds like the quintessential tall tale, it is certainly based, at least in part, on historical circumstance. There are disputes as to where the legend originates. Some place John Henry in West Virginia, while recent research suggests Alabama. Still, all share a similar back-story.'
'In order to construct the railroads, companies hired thousands of men to smooth out terrain and cut through obstacles that stood in the way of the proposed tracks. One such chore that figures heavily into some of the earliest John Henry ballads is the blasting of the Big Bend Tunnel -- more than a mile straight through a mountain in West Virginia. '
'Steel-drivin' men like John Henry used large hammers and stakes to pound holes into the rock, which were then filled with explosives that would blast a cavity deeper and deeper into the mountain. In the folk ballads, the central event took place under such conditions. Eager to reduce costs and speed up progress, some tunnel engineers were using steam drills to power their way into the rock. According to some accounts, on hearing of the machine, John Henry challenged the steam drill to a contest. He won, but died of exhaustion, his life cut short by his own superhuman effort. '

The Max Schachtman Archive. 'A major figure in the American Trotskyist movement beginning in the 1930's. Leader of the minority section of the Socialist Workers Party that split with Trotsky over the analysis of Russia and formed, in 1940, the Workers Party (eventually the Independent Socialist League). Later, in the late 1950s, the ISL merged with the Socialist Party. '

Strawbale Homebuilding. 'For six years Earth Garden has been watching the strawbale building phenomenon grow in Australia and New Zealand, as people embrace this innovative and sensible building method, whether for its environmental, aesthetic or economic advantages over traditional building methods. '

Master Photographs from the Gilman Collection.

Adorning the World: Art of the Marquesas Islands.

The Tribes of Madhya Pradesh.

Layers of Meaning.

History of the Dollar. Via MeFi.

NOLA View. New Orleans hurricane stories.

Hurrican Katrina Aerial Images. Via MeFi. Barista.

American Red Cross News. Ways to donate to hurricane relief.
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