The Empire That Was Russia:
The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record
'The photographs of Sergei Mikhailovich
Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) offer a vivid
portrait of a lost world--the Russian Empire
on the eve of World War I and the coming revolution.
His subjects ranged from the medieval churches
and monasteries of old Russia, to the railroads
and factories of an emerging industrial power,
to the daily life and work of Russia's diverse
'In the early 1900s Prokudin-Gorskii formulated
an ambitious plan for a photographic survey of
the Russian Empire that won the support of Tsar
Nicholas II. Between 1909-1912, and again in 1915,
he completed surveys of eleven regions, traveling
in a specially equipped railroad car provided by
the Ministry of Transportation...'
Snowflakes and Snow Crystals.
'This site is all about snow crystals and
snowflakes -- what they are, where they come
from, and just how these remarkably complex
and beautiful structures are created, quite
literally, out of thin air.'
'Pictures of vintage cookbook covers and
page illustrations, from wacky to wonderful.'
The Wartime Forties in Print.
'Celebrating the fabulous illustrators (and
graphic designers) of the 1940s, and the
illustrations and print design they created in
(circa wartime) 1940s.'
The Jazz Age in Print (20s-30s).
'Celebrating the fabulous jazz-age illustrators
and (graphic designers) and the illustrations
and print design they created in the 1920s and
The Red Menace -
Echoes of Communism & Cold War Fears.
'Anti-communist propaganda in posters and
advertisements, products, pulp fiction book
covers and jackets depicting communist and
socialist themes (including Soviet-era espionage
and spy novels), Soviet-era ephemera, from
behind the Iron Curtain, Czechoslovakia, etc....'
Germans from Russia.
Empress Catherine the Great of
Russia invited Germans to
settle the Volga basin in the 18th century;
subsequently many of these 'Volga Germans' from
Russia migrated again to North America. This is
their story. There's also a nice old photo
The Gauss Rifle.
'This very simple toy uses a magnetic chain
reaction to launch a steel marble at a target
at high speed. The toy is very simple to build,
going together in minutes, and is very simple to
understand and explain, and yet fascinating to
watch and to use. '
Scenic Mementos of Japan.
'In this electronic exhibition, images of scenes
from the 17th to the beginning of the 20th century
Japan are digitized and linked together by region,
period, and selected topics. It will be enable you
to retrace the memories of Japanese scenes.'
Selections of Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman
'During the late 1920s, early 1930s, and 1990s
the Library of Congress acquired a large collection
of Arabic script calligraphy sheets. This presentation
exhibits 355 Arabic calligraphy sheets, ranging from
the 9th to the 19th centuries...'
'... Calligraphy was a skill to be mastered, and
it was heavily used to express religious sentiment
and many other aspects of personal and cultural
This collection showcases stunning examples of
General Book of the Tarot.
have been numerous attempts to construct
systems of correspondence between the Tarot and
the Sephiroth of the Kabbalah. Another fertile
ground for this activity is to try to match the
Tarot cards with astrology. This book was one of
the first to try to make this connection. '
Presidents as Poets.
'Whether it be the anguished love poems of
a youthful George Washington, the religious
poetry of John Quincy Adams, the melancholy
verse of Abraham Lincoln, or the sturdy,
plainspoken poems of Jimmy Carter, many
presidents of the United States have turned
to poetry at certain points in their lives as
an outlet for their feelings and thoughts, or
to explore the resources of the English language.
Presidents as Poets: Poetry Written by United
States Presidents is a guide to the poetic
endeavors of U.S. presidents.'
The Diaries of John Quincy Adams.
'This website presents images of the 51
volumes of John Quincy Adams' diary in the
Adams Family Papers at the Massachusetts Historical
Society. Adams began keeping his diary, more than
14,000 pages, in 1779 at the age of twelve and
continued until shortly before his death in 1848.'
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
'Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a commanding
figure in the cultural life of nineteenth-century
America. Born in Portland, Maine, in 1807, he
became a national literary figure by the 1850s,
and a world- famous personality by the time of
his death in 1882...'
Voyager's Golden Record.
Messages to space.
'The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph
record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing
sounds and images selected to portray the diversity
of life and culture on Earth ...
Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115
images and a variety of natural sounds, such as
those made by surf, wind and thunder, birds, whales,
and other animals. To this they added musical
selections from different cultures and eras, and
spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five
Her Secret Past -
So Dainty, Perky and Fresh!
1950s fashion advertising for women.
'How ever did she get her skin so clear, her
bust so lifted (and pointy), her scent so fresh,
her waist so exquisitely slim, her skin so
hairless, her feet so corn-free? '
'The most refined woman of the past knew how
important the practice of complete hygiene was
to her chances of attracting and maintaining
that perfect husband in order to live forever
in pure marital bliss.'
His Secret Past - So Powerful, Potent and
1950s fashion advertising for men.
'How does he attain that perfect he-man voice
and body, stay rugged or smooth, so slender
and/or buff? How ever does he perfect his
many roles as man's man, dream date, husband,
father and provider? How ever does he do it?'
The Cliff House Project.
A fantastic house.
'The goal of this website is to preserve the
visual imagery of Adolph Sutro's Victorian Cliff
House. It was neither the first structure nor the
last to carry the name of Cliff House, but it was
certainly the most grand. Sadly, its existence was
short-lived. It was constructed in 1896 and, like
so many wooden structures of that era, burned
to the ground in September of 1907. '
John Leech Cartoon Archives 1841-64.
'From the first Punch magazine in 1841 until his
death in the 1864 John Leech's cartoons were a
major feature. This is an online archive already
containing over 600 chosen cartoons of his from
Punch over the period ...
The cartoons are very interesting, and cover all
sorts of interesting historical events including
the Great Exhibition, the Crimean War, the Chartist
Movement, changing fashion and changing attitudes
to class, servants and women. '
Vintage Sheet Music.
'Novelty, Parlor songs (or Parlour music),
American Popular Song (as well as other
countries), Newspaper supplements with sheet music,
Music of "Tin Pan Alley," etc. The majority of
which should be late 1800s through the 1950s.'
Atlas of Japanese Festivals.
'Japan was traditionally an agrarian society
centered on the cultivation of rice and other
crops. People lived by the rhythm of the seasons,
and the harvest was a major landmark in farm life.
Village festivals gave farming families the chance
to take time out from work and enjoy themselves for
a while. At some temples and shrines, festivals go
back several hundred years. '
Portraits of Eminent Citizens of Mysore
'King of Mysore Krishnaraja Wodeyar III
(a.k.a Mummadi Krishnaraj Wodeyar), during his
prosperous rule of the Mysore State during the
19th century, commissioned a large project to
document the portraits of some of the most eminent
citizens of his kingdom. This included poets,
athletes, musicians, scholars, and accomplished
11 Hour Star Trails.
'Fix your camera to a tripod, lock the shutter
open, and you can make an image of star trails -
graceful concentric arcs traced by the stars as
planet Earth rotates on its axis. '
Haiku Movie Reviews.
2001: A Space Odyssey -
'Great special effects, /
without help from computers! /
(Except HAL, of course.)'
In Pictures: Botswana's Bushmen.
'Botswana's San people, known as bushmen,
have won the legal fight against their
eviction from a game reserve in the Kalahari,
their ancestral homeland for more than 20,000
Gerald and Betty Ford Historical Photographs
'The primary focus of the collection is President
and Mrs. Ford's lives prior to their move into the
White House. Included are photographs covering his
childhood, high school and college years, service
in World War II, and homes in which he lived.
Another facet of the collection is early photographs
of Betty Ford's family and her early life. '
'These letters spell out the first seven lines of Chaucer's Canterbury
They were photographed in order, west to east, as I walked the
Pilgrims' Way from Winchester to Canterbury, 28 July-6 August
Disfarmer: Black and White Photographs of Rural America in the
'In the small mountain town of Heber Springs, the Arkansas artist known as
Disfarmer captured the lives and emotions of the people of rural America
between 1939-1945. Critics have hailed Disfarmer's remarkable black and
white portraits as "a work of artistic genius" and "a classical episode in
the history of American photography." ...'
The Ghosts of Shanghai.
'A vibrant Jewish community appeared on the banks of the Huangpu River in
old Shanghai, for a brief flash in history. Now scholars and former refugees
of this amazing enclave are trying to make sense of it all...'
Two dimensional worlds.
'How does gravity curve space? Well, imagine that the world is two
dimensional, like a rubber sheet..." '
'Sure, you've heard that before. But have you really thought about life on
that two dimensional sheet, or wondered where that analogy came from? When I
was 8 years old an older cousin of mine introduced me to Flatland and
Sphereland, and I was hooked. Of course, at the time, I missed the satire
and was merely enthralled by the animate polygons, but it was a
The illustrated 'Flatland'.
Glitter and Doom: German Portraits from the 1920s.
'Political, economic, and social turmoil shaped Germany's short-lived Weimar
These pivotal years also witnessed an incredibly creative period in German
literature, art, music, film, theater, and architecture...'
The Ayatollah's Book of Etiquette.
'From "A Clarification of Questions,"
by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, published in
1985 by the Westview Press. Khomeini's treatise
sets out his position on 3,000 questions of
everyday life. Translated by J. Borujerdi...'
112. Industrial alcohol used for painting doors,
tables, chairs, etc., is clean if one does not know
it was made of something inebriating...'
Presidential Campaign Memorabilia.
'This small exhibit in the lobby of the Herbert
Hoover Presidential Library-Museum features
political pins and other political memorabilia
almost exclusively from the Museum's collection.
Although the entire exhibit is housed in one
case, it features rare and special items from
campaigns from Abraham Lincoln to Al Gore and
George W. Bush. '
Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection.
Photographs of American life from
around the middle of the twentieth century.
Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus,
bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater.
The photographs in this collection bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938
to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as
well as other countries.'
Designs for Democracy.
American government advertising, propaganda, etc.
'Over the course of its history,
the U. S. Government has prepared, commissioned,
received, or approved designs for millions of
objects. From bridges to ships, from forts to
flags, from monuments to costumes, the Federal
Government has had a hand in the artistic and
utilitarian outcome of myriad projects. These
designs were created in fulfillment of a wide
range of Federal policies and programs. Each
represents the Government`s need for a rendering
of an object...'
Russian Collection - Passport Application
'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...'
The album contains the passport applications for
165 people who wished to return to their native
country. Every person was required to submit a
photograph, and details on where they were born
and when, what work they did in Russia, year and
name of ship on which they came to Hawaii, what
work they did here, how many children, and their
Memphis, Tennessee: Glory, Glory, Hallelujah.
'I've lived in Tennessee all of my life and had never seen the western half
of the state. So, last week I set out to fix that with a road trip to Memphis
... Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, and Elvis's
Graceland... at least that what the brochure said...'
Digital Sheet Music Collection.
'The University of Colorado at Boulder Music
Library has a large sheet music collection with
approximately 150,000 items including examples
from the late 18th through the 20th centuries.
This web site provides access to digital versions
of some of the categories of sheet music within our
physical collections, a new avenue to this interesting
genre. The sheet music digitized and presented here
was originally published between 1890 and 1922. '
Star Trails at 19,000 Feet.
'In myth, Atlas holds up the heavens, but in this
stunning view a mountain appears to serve as the
southern night sky pivots around a snowy peak. '
A professional cartoonist draws family and friends.
Imagine planting a line running 100 paces east. Then from
the end of that line, plant a line 100 paces north, then 100
west, 98 south, 98 east, 96 north, 96 west, and so on. This
makes a square spiral path 2 paces wide. How long is the
'On December 5th, a Croatian man named Nico awoke to find a map
his girlfriend had left him featuring a specific path she wanted him to take
to work; along the way he saw stencils, paint, aerosol, collage wheat
pastes & other art she had laid out in the pre-dawn hours letting him
know how much she loved him. The sights Nico saw, in order,
are collected here.'
Road Trip 2K6.
'My photographic adventure spanning five weeks and 16,148 miles of the
Western United States.'
The Williamson Tunnels.
'Welcome to the fascinating world of the Williamson
tunnels - a strange underground kingdom which has
lain beneath the city of Liverpool in north-west
England since the early 1800s.'
The purpose of their construction is not
known with any certainty. Theories range
from pure philanthropy, offering work to the
unemployed of the district, to religous extremism,
the tunnels being an underground haven from a
Slang of the 1920s.
'The twenties were the first decade to
emphasize youth culture over the older
generations, and the flapper sub-culture
had a tremendous influence on main stream
America; many new words and phrases were
coined by these liberated women. Many of
these are still used today!'
is a retired Russian Strategic Rocket Forces
lieutenant colonel who, on September 26, 1983,
averted a potential nuclear war by refusing to
believe that the United States had launched missiles
against the Soviet Union, despite the indications
given by his computerized early warning systems...
The Soviet computer reports were later shown to
have been in error, and Petrov is credited with
preventing World War III and the devastation of
much of the Earth by nuclear weapons. '
'101 years ago, his family
came to America on a boat;
he remembers his mother
negotiating for food for his family
and waving at the Statue of Liberty...'
Photographs of the very old.
The Wood Book.
'Martinus Houttuyn (1720-1798) was trained
in medicine but established his own printing firm
in his native Holland to publish natural history
'In 1773 the first 6 plates of 'Houtkunde'*
['A representation of inland and foreign wood']
were released as an unbound book with hand coloured
'Houttuyn combined with the printer JC Sepp and
ultimately 106 illustration plates were made and
released in book form accompanied by their species
and common names in english, dutch, german, french
A Fine, Useful Booklet and
Instruction in the Art of Measurement.
'In 1525, Albrecht Dürer published his manual
Underweysung der Messung ('Instruction in
Measurement'), a pioneering German-language
treatise on geometry and perspective. Dürer's
target audience were young, well-educated artists,
but, as the use of perspective became more
widespread, a need arose to instruct less
well-educated artisans in the rudiments of
the technique. The incipient market for a
Persepective for Dummies was recognised by one
Hieronymus Rodler, who, in 1531 published Eyn
schön nützlich büchlin und underweisung der
kunst des Messens, ('A Fine, Useful Booklet and
Instruction in the Art of Measurement')...'
Space Art in Children's Books
'With the discoveries by Robert Goddard and
Hermann Oberth of liquid-fueled rockets in the
1930's and the use of V-2 rockets in the 1940's,
rocket travel went from science fiction to science
fact in the public's mind. In post-World War II
America anything seemed possible, even going to
the Moon! There appeared in 1949, a book The
Conquest of Space , which led to a new trend
in children's books...'
Microbes in the Environment.
'Microbes are everywhere, sometimes more
apparent than others. This group is for
everyone fascinated by microbes and their
mesmerizing and colorful features, a way to
see microbes without a microscope (at 1X
magnification!) and appreciate their role
in the environment.'
Antique Farm Tools.
'Peter Charles Dorrington collected and
restored over 750 antique farm tools between
1985 and 2001. Most of these tools were
agricultural hand implements and fenland
tools that were used in England, Wales
and Scotland, dating from about 1600 to
1940, for example: "chaff cutters",
"flails", scythes", "dibbers" and
"breast ploughs". Photographs of roughly half
of the tools that are still in the collection
are included here.'
A Collector's Vision of Puerto Rico.
'The art and artifacts in this exhibition
present a sampler of Puerto Rico's history and
culture over centuries. They
part of a vast collection created by Teodoro
Vidal ... who
began a personal quest in the 1950s to
document the people, history, and culture of
Puerto Rico from the 1700s to the present. '
Everything I Learned at MIT.
'One day I decided to scan in the notes from
all the courses/classes I took at MIT, in my
four years there (1995-1999). Perhaps some of
them will be of use to you?'
notes on electrical engineering,
computer science, mathematics, physics, and
The Treasures of Timbuktu.
'Scholars in the fabled African city, once
a great center of learning and trade, are
racing to save a still emerging cache of
Article and photographs.
Project Matterhorn Publications and Reports
Early research into nuclear fusion.
'Project Matterhorn was the code name for the
controlled thermonuclear research effort started
by Princeton University in 1951 under the
leadership of Lyman Spitzer. In 1951,
Spitzer outlined the basic concept for
creating the stellarator, a device for
confining and heating ionized hydrogen gas to
release fusion energy for the production of power.
He was able to receive support from the US Atomic
Energy Commission as well as Princeton University
which lay the foundation for starting Project
The Policeman's Blog.
blog will do more to put people off calling
the police than anything, other than actually
calling the police." '
Christmas News Letters.
'Bragging Christmas letters: We have all
gotten them. You may have sent them. Jason's
soccer team led the division. Tiffany played
the lead in the term play, made the honor roll,
again, and was elected homecoming queen. Bill
got a promotion and a raise. Madge is quite
busy chairing three community charities...'