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31st August


British Seaside Nostalgia.
Old photos.

Old London Maps.
'Committed to granting free access to scores of rare maps and images of London from the medieval period to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. '

Ancient Tibet Photographs.
Old Tibet in black and white.

Ghost Towns of the Mojave Desert.

The Retro Graphics Archive.
Gallery of mid-20th century illustration.

Stones in My Pathway: Photographs of Mississippi Blues Culture.
'Son Thomas spent most of his life as a day laborer, grave digger, and part-time blues musician, while entertaining at local parties around Washington County. Despite international recognition late in life as one of the South's most important blues and folk artists, he still struggled to make a decent living with his art. The afternoon I spent with him talking about his life and hearing his music made an indelible impression on me. I vowed to come back as soon as I could. When I returned the following Spring, Son was lying in a hospital bed dying of a brain tumor...'

The Vincent van Gogh Gallery.
'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. '

The Upsidedown Map Page.
Maps with south at the top. 'It needn't be a Eurocentric world'.

The Relative Sizes of Planets and Stars.

Neglected Places.
Photos of places people don't care about anymore.

The City Beneath.
Photos of tunnels.

Trends in Japan.
What's hot.

Elementary French Geography Class, 1957.

Tlingit Tribes, Clans and Clan Houses.
Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Interactive map.

Vintage Postcards of Hamilton, Ontario.
'The approximately 1500 postcards in this collection show how buildings and streets looked in Hamilton, Ontario nearly 100 years ago. '

The New Orleans Kid Camera Project.
'An unfiltered view of New Orleans through the eyes of its youth'.

The Tarot Museum.
Tarot artwork, tarot history.

The Art of Buddhism.
'Buddhism arose in an area bordering present-day India and Nepal. As it spread across Asia, the religion both influenced and was influenced by the religious, cultural, and artistic life of the regions it touched ... This guide briefly introduces a few key points about Buddhism in India, Tibet, China, and Japan and presents examples of the majestic holdings of Buddhist art in the Freer and Sackler galleries. '

American Samoa Picture Gallery.

The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima.
'In September of 1945, Bishop Franklin Corley was sent to the Japanese city of Hiroshima as part of the American occupation forces then entering that country. As one of the first American soldiers to enter the stricken city, he encountered many of the people who were helping to re-establish order from the chaos. One of these people was Father P. Siemes, a German priest with the Novitists of the Society of Jesus in Nagatsuki. Father Siemes was directly involved in the post-bombing rescue, and had also witnessed the explosion itself while barely avoiding the bomb's lethal heat and shock waves...'

Evolution of Speechballoons.
'During the 18th century, British caricaturists changed the shape of speechballoons from gothic speech-bands or flags into fluffy balloons, our modern speechballoons. '
'I'm using the word speechballoon as the general, inclusive term. (The gothic form of speechballoons are speechbands, flags, scrolls or sheets of paper, the modern form of speechballoons are balloons, but also little rectangles, often rounded at the edges, or simply little blocks of text above the heads of the speaker etc, etc). '
'The 18th century term for speechballoons was 'labels'...'

'For most people, physical attraction is visual. So how do Blind people become attracted to someone in the absence of visual stimuli?'

'What would be the effects on the Earth if the Moon exploded?'
For starters - no major tides; much darker at night; no more eclipses. More seriously - possible loss of the Earth's meteorite shield; some scientists have speculated that the churning of the tides promotes life by circulating nutrients - this would end; possible orbital instability of the Earth. Also, one theory of why moths are attracted to lights is that they use moonlight for navigation.

Notting Hill Carnival Photo Gallery.

Gilmer Civil War Maps Collection.

Antarctica Pictures.
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27th August


The Nine Planets Solar System Tour.
'... The IAU has changed the definition of "planet" so that Pluto no longer qualifies. There are now officially only eight planets in our solar system. Of course this change in terminology does not affect what's actually out there. In the end, it's not very important how we classify the various objects in our solar system. What is important is to learn about their physical nature and their histories. '

Painted Product Murals.
'The painted graphic mural is a long tradition in Mexico and its influence can be seen in hand painted signage adorning the facades of many markets in East and Central Los Angeles. Here the murals are used for commercial purposes in depicting the products being sold inside. The hand painted look and feel of the signs is in contrast to the mass produced products they represent, a mix of corporate product design rendered with the hand of an idiosyncratic painter. '

Historic Photos of Newburyport and the Newburys, Massachusetts.

Drains of Canada.
A photographic tour.

Yoshitoshi: 100 Views of the Moon.
Somewhat spooky Japanese prints.
'Yoshitoshi's erratic career and personal life, punctuated by periods of mental instability and depression, mirrored the tumultous period during which he lived. Yoshitoshi was keenly interested in preserving traditional Japanese culture and values and he used his art to this purpose by choosing historic and legendary subjects for many of his designs. '

The Mutated Skeleton Cave. Illustrations of Creatures.
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26th August


The Tarot Museum.
Everything you ever wanted to know about tarot, plus extensive galleries of tarot decks.

The Destruction of Lower Manhattan, 1967.
Evocative photographs.

Buildings That Bless the Seaside.
British seaside architecture.

Germany in the 1980s.
Bleak, eerie black and white photographs.

10,000 Reasons the World Is Doomed.

Cao Dai.
'Back in the 1920s, in Vietnam, a group of men holding a séance had an experience that led them to found a new religion. It's called Cao Dai, and it includes not only attempts to communicate with spirits but the controversial teaching that all religions share a common principle...'
'... They also believe in saints, spiritual mediums who were influential and powerful during their lifetimes, the likes of Shakespeare, Joan of Arc, and Victor Hugo, the French poet and author of such classics as LES MISERABLES and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Hugo was chosen by God, they believe, to act as an ambassador for Cao Dai to the Western world.'
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25th August


Michigan State University Themed Licence Plates. Thanks, Bonnie.

Reindeer People of Mongolia.
Photography.

The British Landscape.
Urban photographs.

Photographs of Air Conditioners.

The Absinthe Museum.
'An extensive reference collection of original artifacts documenting every aspect of the history of La Fee Verte, from its use as a medicinal elixir in ancient times, to its heyday as a fashionable aperitif in the 19th century and its prohibition at the beginning of the 20th.'

Owen and Mzee's Web Log.
A hippo and a tortoise (one of whom is a tsunami survivor) are friends.

Hunting Horn Fanfares. Thanks, Bonnie.

Gamagon. Illustration.
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24th August


The Payphone Project.
Telephone booths and payphones from around the world.

The X-Ray Art of Photographer Judith K. Mcmillan.
X-ray plants.

1957 Home Meal Planner.
'A booklet on cooking and planning meals featuring some fun illustrations. As usual, there's no mention of who the artist is, so if you have a clue, let me know. '

Monsterosity.
Illustrated nasties. Funny too. Muhahahaha.

Water Figures Photo Gallery.
Pretty water patterns.

Green Is Beautiful.
Photo-pool for things green and growing.

Chinese Rural Architecture.
Photo-essay.

Illustrations of Robots.

100 Years of Illustration.

The Hmong Migrations: Paintings by Cy Thao.
'Beginning with the Hmong creation story of the original hatching from the egg of a butterfly to the everyday life of Hmong Americans in St. Paul, Minn., these images paint a history that emphasizes the resilience and determination of a people.'

Arthur Szyk: Artist for Freedom.
'Arthur Szyk (1894 - 1951) was one America's leading political artists during World War II, when he produced hundreds of anti-Axis illustrations and cartoons in aid of the Allied war effort. Throughout his career he created art in the service of human rights and civil liberties -- in his native Poland, in Paris where he was trained during the 1920s, and in America, the country he adopted in 1940. '

Cellblock Visions.
Art by prisoners.
'Because of who they are, how they live, and their histories of poverty, abuse, and violence, many inmate artists demonstrate extraordinary vision. They paint without ambition because they are going nowhere, without ego because it has been battered to shreds. No matter how restrictive, oppressive, and humiliating their lives are, they prove, through their art, that they are capable of acting out of their highest impulses. Transformation is a real possibility. No one knows that better than former Warden Jack Cowley. He was overheard talking to a fellow warden about an incorrigible troublemaker, an inmate who was sullen, uncommunicative, and quick to explode. "Bobby", Cowley raised his voice, "Put a paintbrush in the man's hand!"...'

Visual Dharma: The Buddhist Art of Tibet.

Place Names of the Yorkshire Dales.
'A place-name can contain a whole host of information which distinguishes it from other places in the immediate area - and Yorkshire Dales place-names are no exceptions. Information about the ancestors who gave their names to farms, fields, rivers, hills, valleys, towns and villages can easily be extracted. Yockenthwaite (Yoghan's or Eoghan's clearing) or Embsay (Embe's enclosure or hill) are such examples.'

Dmitri Debabov - Arctic Images.
Photographs of the Russian Arctic in the 1930s.

Macalester College Problem of the Week.
Hard maths puzzles.

Archival Field Photographs of the American Museum of Natural History.
Late 19th and early 20th photographs of expeditions to dig up dinosaur bones.

Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail.
Sikhism and Britain; intertwined history. (Lots of articles and old pictures).

Vintage Children's Illustration.
Set of illustrations.

Letters to Sala: A Young Woman's Life in Nazi Labour Camps.
'In 1991, as 67-year-old Sala Garncarz Kirschner prepared herself for triple bypass surgery, she opened a painful chapter of her past. For nearly five decades she had shielded her three children from her Holocaust years, never talking about her Polish Jewish family's experiences during World War II. '
'One summer day that year, she approached her daughter, Ann, carrying a red cardboard box that had once contained a "Spill and Spell" game. She held it out, saying, "You should have this." Within the box was a small, worn brown leather portfolio stuffed with letters, postcards, and scraps of paper-an amazing array of Polish, German, and Yiddish writing, some of it barely legible, tiny and cramped, some of it beautiful calligraphy. The postcards were covered with stamp-size Hitlers and thick "Z" stamps. "These are my letters from the war," Sala told her daughter. '

Bombay Bazaar.
Photo-essay.
'Pico observed: "Everything was happening everywhere, noisily, and the sheer energy and innocence ...recalled to me that more than a sage or a crone, Bombay really resembles a mischievous boy -- irritating, engaging, quick-witted, and so eager to make good. Things may be collapsing all around him, but still he cannot keep a smile from his face." '

Phisick Medical Antiques.
Vintage medical instruments (including quack instruments).
'The collection started out as a handful of medical items which were used for display and teaching purposes in a London General Practice. '
'Over a period of time they have grown in number and organising and developing the collection has turned into a labour of love.'
'It seemed a shame to have rare and beautifully crafted medical antiques collecting dust on a shelf without an audience - hence the birth of the website.'

Chick Tracts.
'What's 2 3/4 by 5 inches and can scare the hell out of you? ' Thoughtful, balanced article on Jack Chick's strange little fundamentalist comic tracts.

'My friends are wealthy. I am not. Why do I feel ashamed and inadequate?'

'Why doesn't the moon move towards the earth, and other satellite related questions.'

The Mayflies of North America.

Junko Mizuno. Horror-cute Japanese manga artist.

The World's Most Populous Countries.
The world mapped by population.

Pruned.
All about landscape architecture.

Jesus - With You Always. Illustrations.

Early Erotic Photography. Pre-1935.

Gustav Klimt. Art.
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20th August


Ads of the World.

Stefan Mart - 'Tales of the Nations'.
'Stefan Mart was the narrator and illustrator of the picture book Tales of the Nations, published in Hamburg in 1933 by the "Cigarettenbilderdienst Hamburg-Bahrenfeld" ("Cigarette Picture Service"). It won the hearts of innumerable children and grown-ups in the course of the six years that it was in print. This was due above all to the 150 colour illustrations: they were small in size, but strong in expression, each a microcosm packed with action, each a feast for the eyes like a beautifully set jewel; everything was finely-drawn and clear, indeed with the exaggerated clarity of the caricature; they all radiated the shining, flaming colourfulness of modern painting. These pictures stimulated the imagination and the emotions, moved to laughter and to tears, could frighten and warn. But above all, they gave rise to astonishment - and they have continued to do so to this day. '

Moscow Metro Photos.
'No vision, no interpretations, no artistic contributions or ambiguities. This is simply a faithful rendering of the decorations of the Moscow metro, through some 450 photos and 27 panoramas.'

Atomic Energy in Comic Books.

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

19th Century Advertising.
Advertisements in Harper's Weekly, 1857-72. The Civil War products (metallic legs, bullet-proof vests) are interesting.

Rand African Art.
Extremely impressive collection of African artwork.

Naxi Manuscripts.
'Selections from the Naxi Manuscript Collection features ceremonial writings of the Naxi people of Yunnan Province, China. The Library of Congress's Naxi collection is the largest outside of China and is considered one of the finest in the world. The Naxi use a unique pictographic writing system that is similar to the ancient Egyptian and Mayan writing systems. It is the only living pictographic language in the world today. This online presentation features 185 manuscripts, a 39½ -foot funerary scroll, and an annotated catalog of the entire collection. '

Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno, California.
'Like the name implies, these gardens are underground. Working alone during his spare time and using only hand tools, Baldasare Forestiere spent some 40 years sculpting an underground complex ...'

Railroad Maps of the United States 1828-1900.
'The Railroad maps represent an important historical record, illustrating the growth of travel and settlement as well as the development of industry and agriculture in the United States. They depict the development of cartographic style and technique, highlighting the achievement of early railroaders. Included in the collection are progress report surveys for individual lines, official government surveys, promotional maps, maps showing land grants and rights-of-way, and route guides published by commercial firms. '

Seattle's Waterfront 2002-1907.
'Two panoramic photographs of the waterfront of Seattle, Washington, taken from the same vantage point - 95 years apart. They are presented in three different sizes and four different methods, to accommodate many viewers' preferences. The first two methods are designed to work for Internet Explorer 4.0 and higher on Windows PCs, the second two should work in most any browser. '

To the Moon: Our Journeys to Luna (and Back).
'Recent discussions about restarting Manned Exploration of the Moon deserves some reflection on historical Lunar Missions. In all, since the first serious try in 1958 (USA's Pioneer 0), men have attempted 105 missions to the Moon, with two more slated in the next couple of years. (For this site, 'Attempted Lunar Missions' are defined as spacecraft that were launched with the goal of a lunar landing, flyby or orbit). Of these 105 attempts, only 46 completed their missions successfully. Americans launched 44 missions (with a 64% success rate), the USSR attempted 59 missions (with a 34% success rate). Japan has successfully launched one probe, with two more to come, and the ESA has a single probe en route to the Moon by 2005. '
'Did you know the first Earth Creatures to reach the Moon were not American Astronauts, but Soviet Turtles, or which year the first photos of the Moon's far side were taken? '
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19th August


Paper Airplanes.
Different designs and so on.

Mexican Retablos.
A devotional folk art - Mexican religious paintings.

Aviation Industry Safety Posters.

Before: Portraits of Current World Leaders.
Childhood portraits of Blair, Bush, Clinton, Castro, Ariel Sharon, the Dalai Lama, the Pope, Kim Jong Il, and others.

Elio.
A most talented, fun illustrator.

Motion Picture Purgatory.
Film reviews in comic form.

Vintage Japanese Children's Record Cover.
Nice.

The Evolution of Writing (In Western Europe).

What the Hell Is the Fibonacci Series.
A graphical representation. I don't know much about maths, but I know what I like.

Boston African Americana Project.
African American history. Old photos and more.
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18th August


The Abandoned City.
'On the outskirts of Taipei, Taiwan is an abandoned housing project. I think they were built in the early 80's as cheap housing that could expand vertically while maintaining a very small footprint. The 4 circular pods made it easy to manufacture meanwhile providing it's occupants with plenty of space...'

Spider Web Construction Gallery.
'This page presents a variety of spider webs, briefly describes how they are constructed and shows the spider itself. '

A Tumultous Assembly: Visual Poems of the Italian Futurists.
Art.

An Iowa Garden.
Gardening in a woods in eastern Iowa: a visual narrative.

Rural Decay.
Photo-pool.

Isfahan.
Photoset.
'The unique blue tiles of Isfahan's Islamic buildings, and the city's majestic bridges, contrast perfectly with the hot, dry Iranian countryside around it, Isfahan is a sight you won't forget. Not only is the architecture superb and the climate pleasant, but there's a fairly relaxed atmosphere here, compared with many other Iranian towns. It's a city for walking, getting lost in the bazaar, walking in beautiful gardens and meeting people.'

200 Motels - Las Vegas.
Photography.

Japan's Underground Photography.
'A enormous underground tunnel that runs through 40metres under the Hibiya Junction Tokyo or an underground dome that lies 500metres below deep in the mountains of Gunma...? In Japan unimaginably large spaces underneath our ground level lives exist. '

Walking New York.
'A fat lazy idiot tries to walk every street in Manhattan.' And chronicles the journey here.

Sedna at Noon.
'Standing on Sedna - the solar system's most distant known planetoid - your view of the Sun at high noon might look something like this. '

My brother had to take a personnel test for a potential employer and came back frustrated by one question. Does anyone know the answer?

Prehistoric carnivorous whale.

Planets plan boosts tally to 12. More planets, maybe.

Josh Agle aka SHAG: On the Shoulders of Giants. 'Out from Southern California Shag returned for his fifth solo exhibition of original paintings with shows in Melbourne and Sydney, both hosted by Outre Gallery (of course). This time around Shag looks to the classics of art history and takes inspiration from some of his favourite paintings infusing them with his own playful twists and crisp style. '

The Gashlycrumb Tinies.
L is for Leo, who swallowed some tacks.

Comic Creator Robert Crumb.

My Grandad the Nazi. 'Dan Tetsell grew up with an uncomfortable family secret - his grandfather was an SS officer. The more he's got to know about him, the more Dan realises his grandad was, in many ways, just an ordinary guy. And that's what's worried him. '

What if 9/11 Never Happened?

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Anarchist Symbolism.

Zohar: Bereshith to Lekh Lekha. 'This is the only extensive translation of a portion of the Zohar, the longest and one of the most important texts of the Kabbalah, in the public domain. '
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14th August


The Evolution of Desktops.
Computer desktop designs, 1984-now.

A Vision of Cuba.
'TIME's Edel Rodriguez, who fled the island in 1980, has captured Cuban life through his art'.

Hostage: The Jill Carroll Story.
An American reporter kidnapped in Iraq earlier this year tells her story.

Memorable Comets of the Past.
Historic comets, articles and images.

Yoshitomo Nara.
Manga-ish Japanese pop artist.

Men Are Fools.
Women Are Fools Too.
Cartoons.

Why are there so few female philosophers?

Advice for someone wearing glasses for the first time.
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13th August


Warlords of Afghanistan.
Profiles and caricatures of those who have played key roles in Afghanistan since the 1980s - both Afghan warlords and foreigners.

Cincinnati's Abandoned Subway.
'Abandoned tunnels are often the object of urban legend, but Cincinnati is in fact the site of the country's largest abandoned subway tunnel. But "abandoned" is not quite the word, as construction slowed to a stop in 1925 before even half of the 16 mile line was completed. Seven miles between Cincinnati's central business district and the industrial suburb of Norwood were tunneled, bridged, or graded, but no track was laid and no subway cars were ordered. No passengers ever rode between the six stations that were built. '

ASCII Art.
'ASCII art is an artistic medium that relies primarily on computers for presentation and consists of pictures pieced together from the 95 printable characters defined by ASCII. '
(o.~)

Cartes-de-Visite.
'One of my vices (a victimless one, I think) is collecting carte-de-visite photographs. Perhaps the word collecting is too puffed up - it implies more rigour and focus than I apply. Anyway, I sometimes wander into junk shops and rummage among the old photos. If a particular subject, a pose, or a photographer's insignia attract me, I might spend a dollar or two.'
What's a carte-de-visite? 'It's a small black and white photo stuck to a card. It was invented in the 1850s, became a world-wide craze soon after, and faded away by the 1890s. Holding one of these little cards evokes the Victorian world's social quirks and technological inventiveness.'

Playbills from Edinburgh's Theatre Royal.
'Welcome to the website where you can find out what was happening in Edinburgh's Theatre Royal at the start of the 19th century. '
'The Theatre Royal was extremely important in the revival of Scottish culture during this period, and is often associated with popular stage adaptations of novels by Sir Walter Scott. We have digitised a selection of over 240 playbills, which were used to advertise performances and events, using originals in the collection of the National Library of Scotland. '

'6' - Berlin. Berlin graffiti.
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12th August


Subterranea Britannica: Cold War.
Take a tour of some British Cold War installations (bunkers etc.).

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.'

Kudzu Covered Houses in North Georgia.
Photographs.

The Noble Dane: Images of Tycho Brahe.
'The Museum of the History of Science in Oxford has a fine oil painting in its collections of an imagined scene in the life of the sixteenth-century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601). It was painted in 1855 by Eduard Ender and shows Tycho demonstrating a celestial globe to the Emperor Rudolph II in Prague...'

Sullivan Ballou Letter.
Letter from a soldier in the American Civil War, to his wife. Considered a classic, written one week before he was killed.
'When he died, his wife was 24. She later moved to New Jersey to live out her life with her son, William, and never re-married. She died at age 80 in 1917. Sullivan and Sarah Ballou are buried next to each other at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, RI. There are no known living descendants.'

Alien Races from the Godzilla Films.
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11th August


Walk Sydney Streets.
'Alan, 92, walks every street in 210 suburbs of Sydney Australia - 558 photos'.
"You're a legend, Alan" - Hon Tony Abbott, Australian Minister for Health (Heart Foundation Week speech).

Metro Stations in Stockholm.
Photography.

Tiny Animals on Fingers.
Photoset.

Posters from Vietnam.
Small collection of propaganda posters.

John Muir National Historic Site.
'This exhibit celebrates John Muir, preservationist, writer and friend to America's first national parks. It features Muir's family and home in Martinez, California, including personal belongings, photographs, and specimens that he collected.'

'The Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty' by Julia Margaret Cameron.
Tour a classic 19th century, British photograph.
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10th August


Ruins of Southern California.
A tour of some abandoned places.

World's Largest Collection Relating to British Nostalgia and Advertising Memorabilia.
Get your traditional lawnmowers and giant sand timers here.

New York City Walk.
'Over a Two Year Period , I walked every street on the island of Manhattan. Every darn street. Here you'll find images of the walk and Manhattan 'off the beaten path'. Also an interactive map of my favorite streets. '

Pictures You Can't Take Any More.
'Picture taken by YOU of places or things that can not be taken anymore, either because the subject doesn't exist or government restriction will not allow any more pictures taken.'

Landscape in the Renaissance.
Art.

The Children's Doors in Albania.
Photographs.

Soviet War Photography: Images of the Second World War and Its Aftermath.

Russian Cinema Booklets from the 1920s.

Disneyland: 50 Years of Souvenirs.
Nostalgia.

Abe's Story...A Holocaust Memoir.
'Abram Korn was 16 when the Nazis invaded his hometown of Lipno, Poland, on September 1, 1939, the first day of World War II. He survived the entire war as a Jewish prisoner, enduring the ghettos, the horrific concentration camps, the Death March from Auschwitz. Astoundingly, Abe kept his sense of human dignity--with gangrenous feet he struggled to stay on the healthy-workers list; with scant supplies he bargained for food and coal and helped others survive. Abe always believed he could live one more day, and on April 11, 1945, when the Buchenwald camp was liberated, he was finally free...'

Yokohama Doors.
'Photographs taken in Nishi-ku and Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan, in August and October 2004 by Tom Gally'.

Yiddish Theatre Placards: Buenos Aires and New York.
'Placards from the two leading centers of Yiddish theater in their respective heydays: New York, 1890s-1910s (64 images), and Buenos Aires, 1930s-1940s (28 images)'.

American Popular Song Sheet Covers 1890-1922.
'Thousands of examples of the covers of popular American sheet music from 1890-1922, the first decades of a much larger collection that stretches to the present. '

Ocean Flowers: Anna Atkins's Cyanotypes of British Algae.
'More than 200 images of algae specimens, title pages, contents lists, and other texts, in cyantoype (blueprint), plus inscriptions and parts' wrappers.'

Posters of the Russian Civil War 1918-1922.
'213 posters, placards, and broadsides comprising one of the largest assemblages of such posters outside of Russia. '

Changing New York: Photographs by Berenice Abbott 1935-38.
Photography.

Staten Island in Vintage Postcards.
'768 postcards depicting the buildings, scenery, and daily life of Staten Island from the late 19th-century until well into the 20th-century.'

Collection of Indonesian Dance and Related Arts.
'Thousands of photographs of Indonesian costumes, theatrical performances, and dance movements taken by scholar Claire Holt and others, collected by her in travels through the region in the 1930s and later.'

Matchbox Cars of the 1970s.

Cuba.
Photography.
'I got the opportunity to go to Cuba for the first time in 1976 with the Venceremos Brigade. The Brigade had been going to Cuba since 1969, originally helping with the sugar cane harvest while learning of Cuban socialism. I, on the other hand, helped build a day care center alongside Cuban construction workers. During the day we hammered and sweated, at night we talked politics, and on the weekend we toured the island. I was impressed...'
'...With these photographs I have attempted to show everyday life in Cuba. The images here are meant to reinforce a belief that people are people, no matter where they live and no matter what type of social or political system they have chosen. '

Bywater Architecture.
The distinctive house styles of a New Orleans district.
'Bywater is an urban area of approximately 120 squares (blocks) with a mixed residential and commercial character. It began in the early nineteenth century as a Creole, downriver, suburb of the original City of New Orleans. Settlers included Creoles, "free persons of color", Germans, Irish, and later on Italian immigrants. These settlers gave Bywater a distinctively Creole look that contrasts with the American settled areas of uptown...'

Windows through the Curtain: Communist Store Windows.
Photography.
'Between 1986 and 1990, I made approximately 8,000 color, Hasselblad images on the streets of Communist Europe. I purposely avoided dramatic moments and newsworthy events. In a cityscape without commercial seduction, banality seemed to signify everything. At first I was interested in simple pedestrian traffic. Later I doggedly documented store windows. '

Apollo 8: The Earth First Seen.
'Apollo 8 was launched on December 21, 1968 with Astronauts Frank Borman, the commander; James A. Lovell, Jr., the command module pilot; and William A. Anders, the lunar module pilot. The primary purpose of the mission was to further progress toward the goal of landing men on the Moon by gaining operational experience and testing the Apollo systems...'
'... In this exhibition we present photographs of the training, launch, and mission, and the astronauts who participated in this enduring moment in history.'

El Gusano, A Living Ghost Town.
Photo-essay.
'El Gusano - The Worm - in the Mexican state of Guanajuato lies 15km down an unmarked dirt road. '
'It is a remittance town, dependent on those who left to work in the US, many of them illegally. '
'Mexicans working abroad sent home around $20bn last year.'
'Many in El Gusano do not want to leave their land, customs and memories but faced with a lack of opportunities at home and the lure of the US, there is often no choice. '

Iranian Revolutionary Posters.
'During the 20th century, ideological conflicts were often accompanied by vast outpourings of mass-produced images created with the specific intent to mobilize. Indeed, social upheavals and revolutionary struggles often give rise to innovative forms of political artistic expression. Posters produced and disseminated during the Islamic Revolution in Iran were no exception. '
Between Word and Image: Modern Iranian Visual Culture.
Iranian art and photography.
Abbas's Photographs of Iran.

Magellanic Morning.

Codex Canadiensis.
'This digitized collection contains images of 180 drawings that depict the Aboriginal peoples of North America as well as the fauna and flora of New France in the late 17th century. The original drawings, done on parchment with brown ink or brown ink and watercolour, are now held by the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.'
Thanks, PK.

Ward Lock Red Travel Guides.
Pre-1950s illustrated travel guides to Britain.
Via Coudal.

44 Turkish Fairy Tales, 1913.

Shunkoin Temple. A Zen temple in Kyoto with an interesting history.

Jack Chick: Christian Comics Pioneer. Fundamentalist comics/tracts.

Andi Watson. Comics artist and illustrator.
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6th August


The Photographs of Erik Petersen.
Stunning photographs of Denmark from around WW2. The text is in Danish but there is explanation in English here.

Cambodian Comics.
'Cambodia's arts scene includes a small but diverse comics industry. Tales range from historical drama to slapstick comedy. '

Japanese Postcards.
'The craze for postcards in Japan during the first decades of the twentieth century was so great that several women's magazines featured tear-cut cards to promote their sales. Department stores, breweries, and organizers of sporting events commissioned cards for advertising. Furthermore, postcards became the favored format for New Year's greetings--a popularity that continues today...'

Los Angeles Murals.

The Doorbells of Florence.
Photoset.

Antique Brass Microscopes.

California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties.

St. Louis City Hospital.
A history of a now-abandoned building. Photos.
'Think of this website as a very small part of the possible ways to document the graceful buildings of the City Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Everything here is just a selection -- literally, because I have so many items that cannot be adequately displayed online -- of some things one might find useful in considering the lives and deaths of the buildings. '
'Here you will find photographs, creative texts inspired by the City Hospital, images of artifacts and documents, and a basic history of the buildings. The author assumes that you can assemble a meaningful narrative from the items presented here; or, if you are familiar with the historical and geographical context of City Hospital, can connect these items to others in a way that reshapes your conception of the City Hospital. '

Combatants for Peace.
'We are a group of Israeli and Palestinian individuals who were actively involved in the cycle of violence in our area. The Israelis served as combat soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinians were involved in acts of violence in the name of Palestinian liberation. '
'We all used weapons against one another, and looked at each other only through weapon sights; however today we cooperate and commit ourselves to the following...'

A Cerro Tololo Sky.
Many stars.
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4th August


Tobacco Bag Stringing in North Carolina and Virginia.
'Throughout the tobacco-growing regions of the American South during the Great Depression, individuals and families earned much-needed income by sewing drawstrings into small cotton tobacco bags. This website presents images and text from a report in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill documenting tobacco bag stringing work in North Carolina and Virginia in 1939.'

Vintage Wallpapers from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Hugo Brehme: Postcards from Mexico.
'German photographer Hugo Brehme is considered one of the outstanding photographers of Mexico. He was born in Germany in 1882 and died in Mexico in 1954. For over 40 years Brehme celebrated Mexico's natural beauty in his scenic landscapes. More importantly, he portrayed with considerable sensitivity and artistry the rich ethnic mixture of the Mexican people and their built environment -- a testimony to the converging of diverse cultures and influences in an intriguing country that became his own.'

The Virtual Memorial Garden.
'The VMG, is not a place of death, but somewhere people can celebrate their family, friends and pets; to tell the rest of us about them and why they were special. '

Virtual Anaesthesia Textbook.

Gig Posters.
Rock gig poster art.

Wail of the Wayang.
Photo-essay.
'Once the top entertainers of colonial-era Singapore, the wayang, or Chinese street opera performers, are slowly becoming a dying breed.'

Sunday Scribblings.
A weekly writing challenge. E.g. :-
'You can take this prompt in several ways. My first thought was: "If I was born in Palestine/Sudan/Siberia/etc... to a farmer/refugee/seal hunter/etc... who might I have been?" '

Los Angeles in the 1900s: A Collection of Articles, Illustrations and Advertisements.
'Los Angeles Herald supports Board of Education policy forbidding married teachers.'
'Los Angeles population hits 102,479; city celebrates Halloween.'
'The Times accuses Herald reporters of boozing in a bar and carousing with low women in their rooms.'
'A mechanical computer is unveiled in L.A.; cop nabs bicyclists; Hollywood wants Sunset Boulevard finished ...'

An Alaskan Volcano Erupts.

Jijichama's Diary. Via Coudal.
The boyhood diary of Yoshio Nakatsu, who lived from 1900 to 1969.
'In Northern Kyoto, in a town called Hanase, where groves of cedars stand tall and beautiful, Yonejiro Nakatsu was born the third son ...'
'He urged each of his daughters to follow her individual path and with no lasting regrets he left behind words for each family member individually, and a feeling of ease and affection. His was truly a fortunate life. '

Landscapes of Myth. Art.
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3rd August


A History of the London Tube Maps.
Different incarnations of the Tube map, 1889-2002.

Far and Wide: The Golden Age of Travel Posters.
Travel posters from the 1920s and 1930s.

California in the 20s.
Old photos.

Napoleonic Satires.
Satirical caricatures of Napoleon.

In Pictures: Japan by Hiroji Kubota.
'Japan, an outdoor exhibition of monumental photographs by Magnum photographer Hiroji Kubota at More London on the Southbank, is the culmination of four years spent documenting his native country. '

North Korean Propaganda Art Gallery.
'These images have been selected to demonstrate the major themes in the art of North Korea encountered by everyday people, including architecture, billboards and monuments, posters, and other art dedicated to the personality cults of the late Kim Il Sung and his son, Kim Jong Il, the current leader of North Korea. '

Classic Illustrated Zoologies and Related Works 1550-1900.
'Scores of illustrated books from the 17th century to the early 20th depicting the fish, birds, and animals of the world. '

Icons and Images of Cultures: Plate Books from the Russian Empire, Early Soviet Russia, and Eastern Europe 1730-1935.
'Thousands of images, reproducing, often in their entirety, important illustrated books published in Russia and adjacent areas. '

Mountjoy Prison Portraits of Irish Independence.
'150 salt and albumen print photographs in two albums, of prisoners confined in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, in August 1857 and November 1866.'

10 Stories the World Should Hear More About.

Pictures with Stories.
An interesting photoset.

Iran 2005 Photoset.
Iranian images.

Big Dead Place.
Entertaining guide to McMurdo Station (near the South Pole), and Antarctica generally.
'In the constellation of complaints, food and mail are the brightest stars. There is little you can say about either subject that has not already been whined, moaned, or groaned about already. In the interest of craftsmanship, it is best to remember that if you are going to complain, then you should do so in a way that entertains those around you, because no one really feels sorry for you anyway. '

The Textile Arts of Madagascar.

Everest Panorama from Mars.

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Newspaper Birth, Marriage and Death Notices 1897-1900.
Human lives.
Via Coudal.

German Propaganda Archive.

My Mom Was A Schizophrenic.
A cartoon strip.

Russian Coins & Medals.
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