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30th June


Phoebe Anna Traquair: Illustrated Poems from the Portuguese.
'Phoebe Anna Traquair's exquisite illustrated manuscript of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'Sonnets from the Portuguese' is one of the National Library of Scotland's treasures.'
'Made in Edinburgh between 1892 and 1897, it is among the finest examples of the work of Scotland's leading artist of the Arts and Crafts movement. '

World's Largest Roadside Attractions.
With a picture of an enormous pineapple on the opening page.

Totem Poles.
Fine collection of vintage photos of totem poles from British Columbia.

The Indian Kitchen.
Photographs of kitchens of India.
'This collection of scenes in various forms of Indian kitchens were taken over several decades and across many social classes. A careful study of these photographs indeed provides an insight into many aspects of Indian culture. '

Songs of the Russian People.
'This book, despite its title, is a treasure-trove of Slavic mythology, tradition, folklore and ethnography. There are plenty of songs, not only from Russia but every part of the Slavic region from Serbia to Siberia. The songs are used as a starting point for a wide-ranging discussion of pre-industrial Slavic peasant life, including weddings, funerals, witchcraft, demonology, games, riddles, and seasonal traditions. '

Nagasaki Nightmare.
Artwork by atom bomb survivors.

Virtual Skies: Aeronautics Tutorial.

The Story of Rama.
'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...'

Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home, 1922.

Old Moon and Sister Stars.

Rosa Luxemburg Internet Archive.
German revolutionary.
"Freedom only for the supporters of the government, only for the members of one party -- however numerous they may be -- is no freedom at all. Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. Not because of any fanatical concept of 'justice' but because all that is instructive, wholesome and purifying in political freedom depends on this essential characteristic, and its effectiveness vanishes when 'freedom' becomes a special privilege." - from 'The Russian Revolution'.

The Universe in Color: Astrophotography by Robert Gendler.

Astrolabes of Africa.

The Anime Encyclopedia.

Jupiter Millennium Flyby.

Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation.

Shri Swaminarayan Temple, London.

Russian Primitive Art.

Paper Art: Collecting Drawings in Holland 1600-1800.

The Artist Turns to the Book. The art of books.

Palomar Observatory Astronomical Images.

Introduction to the Faroe Islands.

Shropshire Photographs.

Essentials of Music.

The Museum of Musical Instruments.

The Sargent Murals at the Boston Public Library.

Klee's Mandalas: How a Swiss Orientalist Mapped His Tibetan Cosmos.

Pibgorn. Comic.

Dog Eat Doug. Comic.

Bastard Operator from Hell.

'If you could tell a soon-to-be dad anything, what would you say?'
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27th June


The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha.
Life stories of the Buddha, illustrated by murals from different parts of India.

Tate Britain's Gallery of Odd Faces.

Your Mama's Mad Tedious: Diary of a Bronx Teacher.
'Special Education Teacher; U.C. Berkeley journalism grad; baseball addict; began teaching career in Vietnam. "Your Mama's Mad Tedious" was a sentence uttered by a student in ardent defense of my English class. '
How Aspergery are you? On teaching autistic children.

Propaganda - A Weapon of War.
'Propaganda - A Weapon of War is a small snapshot of Second World War propaganda that can be found in the National Library of Scotland's collections.'
'Between 1939 and 1945, both Allied and Axis Governments greatly influenced wartime behaviour and attitudes through propaganda. This took various forms: the printed word and pictorial leaflets, radio broadcasts and cinema and poster campaigns...'

Robotic Lego Rubik's Cube Solver.
'This robot solves the 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube'.

Old Knobbley.
'An ancient English Oak Tree called Old Knobbley inspires this site. Old K lives in Mistley, England and is over 400 years old. '

Earth, Sea and Sky - Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
Thanks, PK.

Calcutta Photo Gallery.

The Death of Che Guevara: Declassified.

Ode to the Nice Guys.

Pitchfork. Online music mag.
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26th June


Ray's Virtual Football Programme Museum.
'This site will display some interesting football programme covers from the past...'

Life at the Limits: Homeless in Guatemala.
Photo gallery.

The Inscribing of Paris Street Names.
Gallery.

Ulan Bator.
Photo gallery.

A Tribute to My Grandfather.
'During the 1950s and throughout the sixties, he built life-size statues of animals, relatives, religious figures, prominent Tennesseans and other famous Americans. He was a self-taught artist who made them out of concrete using pipes and wire as reinforcement. He used stove pipes as molds for making the pillars to the monuments. He inscribed captions at the base of his monuments. Most of the statues were placed in a row in clear view of people passing by on Buck Smith road...'

Corto Maltese. The great Italian adventure comic book character.
'Corto Maltese, the lonesome adventurous Royal Navy officer. Hugo Pratt is one of the 20th Century best illustrators. He was equally good in water colours as in Indian ink. Atmosphere is what characterises best Pratt's art. The purpose of these pages is to show you some significant pictures, beginning of course with his most famous character...'

Jataka Stories. Life of the Buddha, illustrated.

Understanding Slavery.

An Arthurian Miscellany.

Alyssa's Friend.
'This is a short story about childhood. Not the way people like to remember it, but the way it was. '
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25th June


Remembering Nagasaki.
Photographs and descriptions of the city just after the atomic bombing.

Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era.

The Art of the Motorcycle.

Scale Model of a Hydrogen Atom.

Weight Watchers Recipe Cards, circa 1974.

Painting the Weather.
'Painting the Weather draws together the most striking weather-inspired works housed in collections around the UK ... The website features over 100 paintings by 80 artists including Monet, Van Gogh and El Greco. There are special in-depth commentaries on 14 key works and routes into the show by theme, artist and where you live. '

The Grocery List Collection.
'This is the world's largest online collection of found grocery lists. More than 1,000 have been posted here and we have a lot more yet to be uploaded. And there is a book in the works. We rule. '

Coffins from Ghana.
Brightly painted fantasy coffins.

The 1562 Map of America by Diego Gutierrez.

The Unseen Anne Frank.
Previously unseen photographs.

Tibet in Black and White.
Photography.

Skeletal Systems of 22 Past and Present Cartoon Characters.
Interesting collection of drawings!

Milwaukee Neighborhoods: Photos and Maps 1885-1992.

"Monuments of the Future": Designs by El Lissitzky.
'The Russian artist El Lissitzky (1890-1941) was one of the great avant-garde figures of the early twentieth century. The Getty Research Institute holds a remarkable array of materials on Lissitzky, including book and periodical designs, his complete correspondence to his wife, Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers, photographs of his exhibition designs, his two personal address books, and additional manuscripts related to his life and work. '

Sunrise Solstice at Stonehenge.

Hideaway.
'The above scene was drawn to be an imaginary celestial place that would be calm and peaceful, and therefore titled Hideaway. '

Time Tales
'is a collection of found photographs. found at fleamarkets, thriftshops, some are scooped up from streets and alleyways, fallen from an overstuffed bag or torn pocket. others turn up in a cabinet's hidden compartment, found while wandering the rooms of an abandoned house. now the photos exist by themselves, lost in time. time tales does not want to reveal their mysteries. time tales asks to be the new home for lost photos, a resting place, for the nameless and the lost.'

Black Marigolds.
'This love poem of fifty stanzas was written by the Kasmiri poet Bilhana Kavi in the 11th century. The story runs that the Brahman Bilhana had a clandestine love affair with Princess Yaminipurnatilaka, the daughter of King Madanabhirama. He was discovered and Bilhana wrote this poem in prison before he learned whether he would be executed or banished. The historic outcome is unknown, which adds to the readers' suspense. '

Heartfield versus Hitler. Anti-fascist master of photomontage.

The Legacy of Genghis Khan. Art history.

Folk Art and Outsider Art: America Oh Yes!

The Cabala.
'This is a short monograph on the Kabbalah, written from a purely academic and somewhat critical point of view. The literature about the Kabbalah in the public domain in English is very limited. Most of the key texts and scholarly studies are in Hebrew, German, and other languages. So this well-crafted review of the literature is a real find. '

A Day in the Life of Wenzhou, a Chinese city.

Gang Research.

Transcontinental Railroad.
'On May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, a boisterous crowd gathered to witness the completion of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century: the building of the transcontinental railroad. The electrifying moment -- the realization of a dream first pursued by a farsighted and determined engineer decades earlier -- marked the culmination of six years of grueling work...'

Penny Illustrated Paper. Old British newspapers.

The Princess and the Press. Princess Diana and the media.

Yerkes Observatory Virtual Museum.
'Welcome to the Yerkes Observatory Virtual Museum. Yerkes Observatory, part of the Astronomy Department of the University of Chicago, was dedicated to the science of astronomy and astrophysics on October 21, 1897. To celebrate our centennial in 1997, we created this online museum to tell the exciting story of the building of the world's largest refracting telescope and the people whose tireless energy created this beautiful Observatory.'

The Canadian Atlas Online.

Hopes on the Horizon. Africa in the 1990s.
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19th June


Greetings from Milwaukee.
Collection of postcards from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820.
'The collection documents the travels of the first Europeans to enter the trans-Appalachian West, the maps tracing their explorations, their relations with Native Americans, and their theories about the region's mounds and other ancient earthworks. '

Lord Rosse's Drawings of Messier Objects.
19th century drawings of nebulae.

A Jewish New Year's Card Sent from the Lodz Ghetto in 1940.
'Pictured here is a Jewish New Year's Card sent from the Lodz Ghetto in 1940. The message on the card reads: "May you be inscribed for a good year." In the Lodz Ghetto, there were Youth movements ranging from Zionist groups (reflected in the greeting card to the left) to the Bund and the Communists with total membership in the thousands. The youth movement activities helped these young people forget, if only temporarily, the hunger and hardships that surrounded them. '

Miep and Dot - The Rescue of a Jewish Girl in Holland.

Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind and Spirit.
'In Vietnam, some journeys take place on roads, highways, railways, rivers and footpaths as family members come home for the New Year, hunters travel into the forest and city dwellers carry precariously balanced goods on bicycles and motorbikes. Other journeys are metaphorical: life is a journey marked by significant rituals, and the year is a journey mapped by a calendar. Souls travel to the netherworld, while gods and ancestors return to the human world during celebrations in their honor...'
More Jewish New Year cards - before, during and after the War.

Glimpses of Goa.
Photos, articles.

Cabspotting.
'Cabspotting traces San Francisco's taxi cabs as they travel throughout the Bay Area. The patterns traced by each cab create a living and always-changing map of city life. '

The Photographer Ernesto 'Che' Guevara.
Photos by Che Guevara.

Gallery of Regrettable Food.
'This is a simple introduction to poorly photographed foodstuffs and horrid recipes. It's a wonder anyone in the 40s, 50s and 60s gained any weight; it's a miracle that people didn't put down their issue of Life magazine with a slight queasy list to their gut, and decide to sup on a nice bowl of shredded wheat and nothing else. It wasn't that the food was inedible; it was merely dull...'

Children of the Forest God: The Tribals of India.
Articles and picture gallery.

Crescent Neptune and Triton.
Astro image.

7000 Stars and the Milky Way.
'This panorama view of the sky is really a drawing. It was made in the 1940s under the supervision of astronomer Knut Lundmark at the Lund Observatory in Sweden. To create the picture, draftsmen used a mathematical distortion to map the entire sky onto an oval shaped image with the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy along the center and the north galactic pole at the top. 7,000 individual stars are shown as white dots, size indicating brightness. '

'What is the most important thing your father ever taught you, either explicitly or through example?'

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Thanks, PK.

The Christian Catacombs of Rome.

Treasures of Sacred Maya Kings.

How to Draw Manga.

A-Z of Parliament.

Comic Art by Adrian Tomine. Generation X chronicled in cartoons.

George Eastman: The Wizard of Photography.

The Golden Crescent: Crossroads of Florida and Georgia.

Realm of the Unreal: A Page about Henry Darger.
'Henry Darger died in 1973 in a Catholic mission operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor. He was buried in a paupers' cemetery. He had no family or friends. The neighbors in his north Chicago apartment building remembered him as an odd, unkempt man who scavenged through garbage cans and talked to himself in numerous voices. He attended mass every day, often several times a day, but otherwise led a solitary life. '
'Unknown to his neighbors and to everyone, Darger had been creating and compiling a massive literary and graphic body of work since 1909. If Darger's landlord, photographer Nathan Lerner, had not sorted through the collection of scavenged debris in Darger's apartment after he moved to the mission, the writings and paintings certainly would have been lost. '

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial.

Legend of the Green Dragon.
'Welcome to Legend of the Green Dragon, a browser based role playing game, based on Seth Able's Legend of the Red Dragon.'

Medieval and Early Christian Art.

The Mystics of Islam, 1914.

Indian Mounds of Mississippi.

Michelangelo. Gallery.

The Making of Modern Michigan.

Ann Arbor 1900-75: A Woman's Town.

Australian War Memorial.

John Milton Reading Room.

Beijing's Baiyun White Cloud Taoist Temple.
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17th June


The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher.

The Good Wife's Guide, 1955.

The Great March, 1931.
'This is a collection of Post-Biblical Jewish stories, written for 3rd to 4th graders. However, this book is also thoroughly enjoyable for adults, not the least because of the finely-drawn illustrations. The anecdotes include sublime Talmudic humor, tales of resistance to injustice and persecution, and profound spiritual lessons. It also includes many incidents of cooperation between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Written in a time of looming peril for Jewish people, this book is still meaningful to people of all faiths today.'

The Key of Gold: 23 Czech Folk Tales.

Blogs by Iranians.

Heaven's Gate Documents.
'On March 22, 1997, almost the entire body of adherents to Heaven's Gate committed near-simultaneous suicide. They died in their mansion in a California suburb outside of San Diego by voluntarily ingesting large amounts of painkillers in applesauce. The last two left suffocated themselves. Heaven's Gate left behind 39 corpses and extensive documentation as to their beliefs--that they were disembodied extraterrestrials waiting for a mothership to take them home and the planet Earth was about to be 'recycled'...'

Tenderfoot Days, 1918.
'This is a memoir by a non-Mormon about his experiences in the prospecting camps of Utah at the turn of the 19th century. It was donated to sacred-texts by the anonymous volunteer who goes by the name of 'Some Dude'. This is a first-person perspective by an outsider to the then newly minted state of Utah, which gives both a sympathetic account of the Mormons, while bringing up some darker aspects about their history. '

Vermont Indicators Online.
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16th June


Images of Native Americans.

The New Jersey Churchscape.
'We've created a database and photographic inventory containing more than a thousand of the 18th & 19th century churches in the state and add to it each month. '

Asbury Park - Urban Exploration at the Jersey Shore.
'Founded in 1887, Asbury Park was once one of the Northeast's most popular seaside resorts. In the early 1900s, people who now vacation in the Hamptons would have had their summer homes in here. In the early to mid 1900s, Asbury Park was resilient, rebuilding entire sections of the beachfront after surviving devastating fires and hurricanes. Today, this same beachfront has yet to recover from a decline that began with race riots in the summer of 1970. By the 80s and 90s, Asbury Park was better known for corrupt politicians and improper land deals than for summer fun. Downtown, even the Asbury Park Press moved away...'

The Grain Elevators: Buffalo's Lost Industry.
'They serve as a monument to a bygone era; monolithic structures standing on water's edge waiting for lake and canal freighters that will no longer come. Today all except a few of these enormous buildings are abandoned and no longer serve the industry for which they were designed. As they stand in their decrepit state they remain a mystery to those who view them. Few venture close to investigate their design and operation. At one time in Buffalo's history, the grain elevators dominated the skyline of the waterfront and served as a symbol of Buffalo's industrial importance as the largest supplier of grain in the world. '

The Great Castles of Wales.

Amateur Science Experiments.
How do transistors work? No, how do they really work.

Blasts from the Past.
Half a century of Iranian underground revolutionary literature. Photo-essay.

Peruvian Graffiti.
A gateway to Peru.
'When I covered Peru as a journalist, I had to report on a lot of bad news -- flawed democracy, political violence, economic mismanagement, and other catastrophes. But I also prided myself in finding a positive angle for viewing what was happening in Peru: soup kitchens, education, popular expression, grassroots democracy, bootstrap capitalism, as well as the unique realms of the Andes, Amazon and Pacific Oceans and the contrasts between Lima and the provinces. As I got a chance to travel more broadly in the country, I discovered that its real worth was in its people and their continuing struggle to forge ahead...

'What is funny and/or interesting about potatoes? I've been given the opportunity to draw a weekly strip for a magazine with a very limited audience: potato farmers...'

Sumo: East and West.

In Search of Scotland. Scottish history.

The Laws of Texas.
'H.P.N. Gammel's The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 has long been one of the most important primary resources for the study of Texas' complex history during the Nineteenth Century. His monumental compilation charts Texas from the time of colonization through to statehood and reveals Texas' legal history during crucial times in its development. The Laws consist of documents not only covering each congressional and legislative session but comprise other documents of significance, including the constitutions, select journals from the constitutional conventions, and early colonization laws. '

Ignosticism.
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15th June


Interactive Dig Waka'.
'Greetings from Waka', a Maya site in northern Guatemala, where we'll be working for the next three months. Our joint American-Guatemalan investigation, the Proyecto Arqueológico Waka', will explore the site's role in the struggle for domination between the Maya superpowers Tikal, to the east, and Calakmul, to the northeast...'

Vintage Iranian Advertisements. Dr. Shah's constipation tea stands out.

The History of the British Transport Police.

The Official Web Site of Billie Holiday.

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Digital Collection.
'Paul Laurence Dunbar, born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 27, 1872, was the first African-American poet and novelist to attain international recognition. Dunbar was known for his use of dialect, but was also an accomplished poet and novelist in standard English. '

Driving Toward a Sun Halo. Astro image.

The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection.
'The Max Hunter Collection is an archive of almost 1600 Ozark Mountain folk songs, recorded between 1956 and 1976. A traveling salesman from Springfield, Missouri, Hunter took his reel-to-reel tape recorder into the hills and backwoods of the Ozarks, preserving the heritage of the region by recording the songs and stories of many generations of Ozark history. As important as the songs themselves are the voices of the Missouri and Arkansas folks who shared their talents and recollections with Hunter. '

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.

Ancient Mexico.

Comets & Meteor Showers.

The Trial of Lizzie Borden.
'Lizzie Borden took an axe,/ And gave her mother forty whacks,/ When she saw what she had done,/ She gave her father forty-one.'

Ex Church of Christ.

Who should I cheer for? The ethical World Cup.
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13th June


Parkitecture in Western National Parks.
'PARKitecture in Western National Parks celebrates the concept of designing with nature through the exhibition of black and white photographs and measured drawings of representative structures and sites in ten well-known parks. '

Heavens Above.
Satellite watching. 'Our aim is to provide you with all the information you need to observe satellites such as the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle, spectacular events such as the dazzlingly bright flares from Iridium satellites as well as a wealth of other spaceflight and astronomical information. '

9/11/2001: A Remembrance.
'One of the few good things that came out of the 9/11 tragedy was a high-water mark for unity and religious tolerance in the United States. At gatherings small and large Christians, Jews, Muslims and others jointly offered prayers for the dead and for world peace. In many communities, people of all faiths stood vigil to protect mosques. This outpouring of ecumenical support far outweighed the few random attacks on Muslims. And Muslims worldwide condemned the attacks as a distortion of Islam. This is worth remembering in light of subsequent events. '
'This page archives some key documents of the 9/11 attack, including the list of casualties, and the report of the US government commission, which was completed in 2004.'

Lost Indiana.

The Amish, 1938.

Pow-Wows.
'Written by a Pennsylvania Dutch healer in the 1820s, this book is a rambling collection of rural home remedies and folk invocations. '

Wells Cathedral.

Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture.

In Pictures | China's Village Ballot Box.

John Singleton Copley. Art.

Bisbee Deportation of 1917.
'The Bisbee Deportation of 1917 was an event specific to Arizona that influenced the labor movement throughout the United States. What started as a labor dispute between copper mining companies and their workers turned into vigilante action against the allegedly nefarious activities of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.). This site is a research-based collection of primary and secondary sources for the study of the deportation of over 1,000 striking miners from Bisbee on 12 July, 1917.'

The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page.
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12th June


Gallery of Fractals.

The William Blake Archive.

Centennial of St. James Cathedral Parish. Old photographs of a Seattle cathedral.
Nuns with car.

The Rochambeau Map Collection.
'The Rochambeau Map Collection contains cartographic items used by Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), when he was commander in chief of the French expeditionary army (1780-82) during the American Revolution. '

Grandiose Survey of Chinese Alcoholic Drinks and Beverages.

Portraits of Eminent Citizens of Mysore State.
'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 artists. '

Los Angeles Mapped.
Historical maps of LA.
'These diverse works of craftsmanship, precision, and imagination provide a guide to some of the most remarkable stories of the city's history: its discovery, its growth, and its industries, as seen by explorers, engineers, artists, residents, and boosters.'

Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives.
'Based on a traveling exhibit produced by the Gulag Museum of Perm, Russia and the National Park Service (NPS), the goal of this project is to educate Americans about the history of the notorious forced labor camp system and its impact on Russia and the world. Visit the online exhibit to learn more.'

Excavating Occaneechi Town.
Archaeology of an 18th century Native American village in North Carolina.

Hedgehog Weblog.

Vintage Hawaiiana.

Cases in Ghana Land Law.

Rajan P. Parrikar's Articles on Indian Classical Music.

Universal Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci Online.

The Bertrand Russell Archives.

Papers About MUDs.

Kierkegaard's Narrative. In popular books and films.

Victory in the Pacific.
'In this provocative, thorough examination of the final months of the war, American Experience looks at the escalation of bloodletting from the vantage points of both the Japanese and the Americans. As the film shows, most of the Emperor's inner circle was determined to continue the war even after losses in the Philippines in February 1945 cut off Japan's supply lines. And though he was warned that his country, brought to its knees by the conflict, might erupt in a Communist revolution, Emperor Hirohito believed that one last decisive battle could reverse Japan's fortunes...'

Native American Authors.

Bawdy Ballads and Far-Fetched Folklore: An Oral History of Rural North Carolina.

Troublesome Creek.
'By the late 1980s, Iowa farmers Russ and Mary Jane Jordan had accumulated a large debt. Faced with losing their farm, The Jordans came up with a dramatic solution to hold onto their family farm as massive foreclosures swept the nation...'

Rodrigo McCoubrey. Outsider artist.

Dick Thornburgh Papers.
'Dick Thornburgh served as Governor of Pennsylvania, Attorney General of the United States under two presidents and the highest-ranking American at the United Nations during a public career which spanned over twenty-five years. '

The Series Zealot.
'They tried to tell you it was bad for you, that series fiction was uninspired and that it retarded intellectual growth. But you didn't listen, you rebel, you. You read on, one Sweet Valley High or Nancy Drew after the other. And maybe, just maybe, you kept reading. Long after the other kids had sold their well thumbed copies at yard sales, you guiltily checked out Sweet Valley University from the library...'
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10th June


The Holocaust: Personal Histories. From the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Virtual Field Trip - Mali.
Aid workers visit Mali and keep this good online journal.

Macau: A Selection of Cartographic Images. Maps of Macau, 1655-1991.

Early American Paintings.

How Rocket Engines Work.

First Person Narratives of the American South.
' "First-Person Narratives of the American South" is a collection of diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives written by Southerners. The majority of materials in this collection are written by those Southerners whose voices were less prominent in their time, including African Americans, women, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans.'

The Road to Victoria Crater on Mars. Astro image.

Persian Love Songs.

The Handbook of Texas Online.
Texas history, geography and culture.

Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage.

The UN Chronicle.

Aztec History.
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9th June


World Cup Weblog.

Augustine Interviews God.
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7th June


Flying Ants. Explanation of 'social swarming', which often takes place on one day a year.
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6th June


World War II Poster Collection.

The Republic of Minerva.
A DIY 'micronation'.
'The Republic of Minerva was one of the few modern attempts at creating a sovereign micronation on the reclaimed land of an artificial island. The architect was Las Vegas real estate millionaire and political activist Michael Oliver, who went on to be involved in other similar attempts in the following decade...'

Che Guevara Photoset.

Zen Buddhism.
'This is a collection of texts which originally appeared at the Coombs Buddhism archive. This FTP archive, now defunct, was one of the pioneering Buddhist resources on the Internet.'

The English Renaissance in Context.

The Reports of the Surgeon General.

The Church in the Southern Black Community.
'"The Church in the Southern Black Community" collects autobiographies, biographies, church documents, sermons, histories, encyclopedias, and other published materials. These texts present a collected history of the way Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life. '

Yakshagana - The Celebration of the Celestials.
'Yakshagana (ya-ksha-gaa-na, roughly translated as Celebration of the Celestials) is a complete theater which includes song, dance and drama and, is extremely popular in Malenadu, Uttara and Dakshina Kannada districts of the Karnataka State ...'
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5th June


World Treasures of the Library of Congress: Beginnings '... explores, from the viewpoint of more than fifty cultures, accounts and depictions of the creation or the beginning of the universe; explanations of the earth and the heavens; fundamental or key myths and stories on the founding of civilizations, societies, and cities; and examples of early writing and printing. '

Derelict London.
'Derelict London is an unusual photographic portrait (of over 1000 pics) of the nations capital.'
'This is not a compilation of familiar tourist sights, as another of those is hardly needed, but a depiction of an (often un-picturesque) view of everyday life in London'
'This site is obviously not taken to illustrate London at its most beautiful or most successful...'

Siberian Digital Photo Collection.
19th century photographs of Siberian life.

NASA's Eclipse Home Page.

Legendary Lighthouses.
'This site explores the history, legends, lore and workings of lighthouses along American shorelines.' Photo galleries etc.

Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip.
'The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip is a multiformat ethnographic field collection that includes nearly 700 sound recordings, as well as fieldnotes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts documenting a three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern United States ... These recordings represent a broad spectrum of traditional musical styles, including ballads, blues, children's songs, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes, field hollers, lullabies, play-party songs, religious dramas, spirituals, and work songs. '

Space Age Pop Music.
1960s and 1970s lounge culture.

Visual Culture and Health Posters.
'Public health has a long and distinguished visual record. From seventeenth-century engravings to the latest digital images, visual representations have played a critical role in educating the public about modern health crises. But what purposes do these images serve beyond their immediate role in disease prevention and health education? What do they tell us about the history of health care, or attitudes toward our bodies, or the world that we live in?'

Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud.
"Whenever I draw a circle, I immediately want to step out of it."
'So said R. Buckminster Fuller, who, for the better part of the 20th century, went where no man had gone before as the maverick captain of the planet he called "Spaceship Earth." An architect, designer, engineer, poet, philosopher, author and global iconoclast, Fuller was a true visionary, a Renaissance man best remembered as creator of the geodesic dome. '

The Illustrated Book 1780-1830.

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy.
'In 1984, a professor at Rutgers University stumbled upon a trove of historic data in a courthouse in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Over the next 15 years, Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, a noted New Orleans writer and historian, painstakingly uncovered the background of 100,000 slaves who were brought to Louisiana in the 18th and 19th centuries making fortunes for their owners.'
'Poring through documents from all over Louisiana, as well as archives in France, Spain and Texas, Dr. Hall designed and created a database into which she recorded and calculated the information she obtained from these documents about African slave names, genders, ages, occupations, illnesses, family relationships, ethnicity, places of origin, prices paid by slave owners, and slaves' testimony and emancipations...'

'I don't seem to get very excited or enthusiatic or joyful or amazed about anything any more. How do I get that "exuberant enjoyment of life" feeling, or does it just wear off as you get older?'

True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students at the University of North Carolina.
'Among the topics treated in these essays are the establishment of the University, student discipline and faculty authority, the purposes of a university education in the antebellum period, the daily lives of students, the role of slaves and servants, the students' academic writing, their work in the debating societies, and their responses to the Civil War. '

The Book of Were-Wolves, 1865.
'Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) was a Vicar in the Church of England in Devon, an archaeologist, folklorist, historian and a prolific author. Baring-Gould was also a bit eccentric. He reputedly taught classes with a pet bat on his shoulder. He is best known for writing the hymn 'Onward Christian Soldiers'. '
'This book is one of the most cited references about werewolves. The Book of the Were-Wolf takes a rationalistic approach to the subject. '

Tibetan Buddhism Archives. 'Here, in no particular order, are miscellaneous articles about Tibetan Buddhism from various sources on the Internet, mostly predating the World Wide Web.'

The Church in the Southern Black Community 1780-1925.
'This compilation of printed texts from the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill traces how Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life. Coverage begins with white churches' conversion efforts, especially in the post-Revolutionary period, and depicts the tensions and contradictions between the egalitarian potential of evangelical Christianity and the realities of slavery. '

The Donald S. Fredrickson Papers.
'Donald Fredrickson (1924-2002) was an American physiologist and biomedical research leader who made significant contributions to medicine over the course of four decades. Fredrickson's system of classification of abnormalities in fat transport was adopted by the World Health Organization as an international standard for identifying increased risks of coronary artery disease linked to the consumption of fats and cholesterol. He also discovered two genetic diseases caused by disorders in lipid metabolism...'

The Real History of the Rosicrucians, 1887.
'This is Arthur Edward Waite's study of the elusive Rosicrucians, a secret society of which the first public notice was in early 17th century Germany. Was this an actual organization, or just a fantasy? No actual Rosicrucians ever surfaced, but there was plenty of documentation about them. The problem is that these documents are, for the most part, obviously fictional...'

Aino Folk-Tales, 1888.
'The Ainu are an ethnic minority in Japan, living primarily on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido, although there were also small populations of Ainu living on the island of Sakhalin and in the Kuriles until the end of World War II, when the Soviet Union took control of Sakhalin and the Ainu there fled. Until the Meiji Restoration of 1868, when Japan took formal possession of Hokkaido and began the systematic integration of the Ainu into the Japanese nation, the Ainu lived almost exclusively as hunter-gatherers north of the always advancing frontier of Japanese agriculture...'

Insecta Inspecta. All about insects.

St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg.
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3rd June


The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674-1834.
'A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.'

The World's Columbian Exhibition: Idea, Experience, Aftermath. The Chicago World's Fair of 1893.
'The World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893, was the last and the greatest of the nineteenth century's World's Fairs. Nominally a celebration of Columbus' voyages 400 years prior, the Exposition was in actuality a reflection and celebration of American culture and society--for fun, edification, and profit--and a blueprint for life in modern and postmodern America...'

McIntyre, Pennsylvania, The Everyday Life Of A Coal Mining Company Town: 1910-1947.
Photos, documents, memories of town residents.

United Nations Pictorial History.
The history of the UN in photos.

Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors.

Coin and Conscience: Popular Views of Money, Credit and Speculation.
'... Whether it was a humorous nineteenth century French lithograph of a self satisfied speculator at the Bourse or a stern sixteenth century Dutch allegory on the vanity of riches, he considered it important in documenting the subject. There are over one thousand woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs in the Bleichroeder Collection. It has been divided into the following general categories: views of stock exchanges, banks, mints, and treasuries; portraits of bankers, statesmen, and financiers; political and personal satires; national finance and taxation; images of money lenders, avarice, corruption, poverty, charity, and anti-Semitism; and a large number of prints on speculation and credit...'

The Man in the Panther's Skin.
'Georgia is a central Asian region which is situated in the mountains between the Black and Caspian seas. This, the 'Man in the Panther Skin' (also known as 'the Knight in the Panther Skin') is a 12th century medieval epic poem. It is considered one of the masterpieces of Georgian literature, and has been called the Georgian national epic. The author, Prince Shota Rustaveli, was a noble in the court of Queen Tamar, and served as her treasurer. He was also a painter who created frescoes in the Georgian monastery of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. '

Calvin Photographic Collection.
'During the mid-1800's photography became a popular hobby and natural tool for scientists. Samuel Calvin, Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of Iowa (1873-1911) and State Geologist, took more than 5,000 glass plate negatives, which he used to illustrate specific geological features for class instruction, public lectures, and publications. The photographic techniques are of high quality, and the images are as aesthetically pleasing as they are geologically informative. '
'In addition to geological landscapes and features, Calvin documented mines, quarries, mills, and other buildings. The collection also contains portraits of his family, colleagues, and classes in the field. While Calvin may have taken most photographs to exhibit geological features, the images are beautifully composed. Calvin did the developing himself, producing rich blacks and a full range of grays. The light, shadows, and reflections are wonderful. The abstract photographs of rock facades and specimen details are fascinating. Calvin was well aware of the drama of the landscape and, in the fashion of the late1800's, tried to capture nature.'

Documenting the American South: Library of Southern Literature.

Meltdown at Three Mile Island.

Songs of Kabir. Translated by Rabindranath Tagore.

Groklaw. A resource for things legal.

'How does one prove that all humans see the same colors? Is it possible?'
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