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31st May

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. A graphic novel about growing up female in revolutionary Iran, many extracts here.
'In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. '

Genmaps: Old and Interesting Maps of England, Wales and Scotland.

Levittown: Documents of an Ideal American Suburb.
'Levittown has long represented the paradigmatic postwar American suburb. Yet very little in the way of good critical work has been done on the history and significance of this American cultural icon. Over the past decade I have been assembling materials to provide an ongoing cultural history of Levittown and, through its story, to offer a more nuanced and sympathetic picture of American suburban life in the Cold War era. '

Lighthouse Postcards.
'This online collection showcases the lighthouse postcards in the Engineering Collections at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. '

'Oahspe is a book written in 1880 by an American dentist named John Ballou Newbrough [1828-1891]. He claimed that it was the result of automatic writing, dictated to him by spirits in a trance. In this trance he wrote the entire book on a very early typewriter (possibly the first such book ever written on a machine!). '

Sharaku. You may not recognise the name, but I bet you'll recognise the prints.
Sharaku '... was one of the great masters - and one of the great innovative and creative geniuses - of the Japanese woodblock print, in addition to being the greatest mystery in the world of ukiyo-e, and one of the great enigmas in all of world art.'
'First, little is known of him, besides his prints; not even his true name, or the date of his death, is known with any certainty. Second, and even more astonishing, his active career as a woodblock artist seems to have spanned a mere ten months, at the end of 1794 and start of 1795...'
The Mystery of Toshusai Sharaku.

How to Think Like a Computer Scientist.
'Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.'

Virtual Canberra. (Thanks PK).

Mantegna. Renaissance artist.

Idaho: A Portrait.

30th May

Bollywood Dreams. Photo-essay about the world of Indian film.

The Owl House.
The Owl House and the Camel Yard were home to the reclusive South African artist Helen Martins. A place of archetypal, almost mythic outsider art, Miss Helen transformed her home with the help of her collaborator Koos Malgas.

Paper Sculpture Photoset.

Beastly Garden of Wordy Delights.
'Words have always fascinated me. An avid reader from before the time I could see over the top of the check-out counter at the library, I have always found many words to be a delight to roll off the tongue or to sit there, oddly arrayed, on the page. While I usually did well on spelling tests, I often spent too much time mulling over the sound or appearance of words, so I was not always the fastest of test-takers..'

Earthshots: Satellite Images of Environmental Change.
'Earthshots is an ebook of before-and-after Landsat images (1972-present), showing recent environmental events and introducing remote sensing. Earthshots comes from the U.S. Geological Survey's EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls S.D., the world's largest archive of earth science data and the official National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive. '

Philip Buehler: Modern Ruins.
'I photograph modern ruins because I find it disturbing to find familiar objects and technology to be abandoned. I'm reminded that nothing is permanent, that everything is always in a state of transition. And we see ourselves in our own transitions, sometimes too focused on where we're going to notice and appreciate where we are.'

Jo Labadie and His Gift to Michigan. Labour history.
'As a believer in the power (and the right) of individuals to determine their own fate, Jo Labadie was responsible for organizing the first significant labor union in Michigan, the Knights of Labor. As a champion of freedom and the common man, he had his own printing press at his disposal and used it effectively to share his views. As an active author and organizer, he met and corresponded with many other people who were also actively working for human rights and workers' rights.'

Return with Honor.
'"Return with Honor" is the story of American fighter pilots held as prisoners of war in North Vietnam. Told by the men themselves, the film is "a major shift in the screen image of the Vietnam veteran," according to the New York Times. More than 20 veterans describe their captivity and their struggle to survive mentally and physically, and return with honor.'

Holocaust Survivors.
'Because history is not just about events, it is about human lives. Here we present history with a human face. '

Akan Cultural Symbols Project. The Akan people of Ghana, who are famous for their textiles.

The Blue Highway. History of the blues.

Surveyors of the American West. 19th century views of the West.

The Shakers.
'The Shakers were a unique Christian group who fled persecution in England, arriving in America in the 18th Century. They believed that their founder, Ann Lee, was the second coming of Christ ... Known for simple values, hard work, communal living and absolute celibacy, the Shakers went into a long decline during the 20th Century. They are only today represented by a few elders at one farm. '
Living a Tradition. The last surviving Shaker communities.
History of the Shakers. 'Strict believers in celibacy, Shakers maintained their numbers through conversion and adoption. Once boasting thousands of adherents, today the Shakers number less than a handful of people living in Maine.'

RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge. Histories of two RAF bases.

Kukai's Page. Founder of Shingon Japanese esoteric Buddhism.


Unforgivable Blackness.
'On July 4, 1910, more than twelve thousand people, mostly white men, gathered in a makeshift stadium in the little desert town of Reno, Nevada. They were gathered to see their hero, the retired white Heavyweight Champion of the World, Jim Jeffries, take back the title from the African-American current champion, Jack Johnson...'

The Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Berkeley Lab Photo Archive.

Joseph Leidy.
'One of the great American scientists of the 19th-Century, Joseph Leidy, possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world. Best known as the Father of American Vertebrate Paleontology, he also pioneered the fields of Parasitology and Protozoology, and was the preeminent Anatomist of his time. He was also an influential teacher of Natural History and an expert in areas as diverse as entomology, geology and pathology...'

The Joshua Lederberg Papers.
'Joshua Lederberg (b. 1925) is an American geneticist and microbiologist who received the Nobel prize in 1958 for his work in bacterial genetics. The National Library of Medicine is the repository for the Joshua Lederberg Papers, which range from 1910 to 1990s, the majority dating from 1945 to the present day. The collection contains laboratory notebooks, research reports, published articles and books, correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, speeches, news clippings, photographic prints, and audiovisual materials.'

The Foliage Network.
'Every autumn, puts on a brilliant show of color in many parts of the United States. From bright yellows to vibrant reds, the leaves transform, showing their rich and vibrant hues. From the Northeast United States, to the Southeast and Midwest United States, the foliage season begins in early September in the northern regions and ends in southern locations in late October or early November. Every year, people flock to these areas to take in the fall foliage, to catch a glimpse of natures splendor...'

Laotian. Laos society and culture.

The Gnostics and Their Remains, 1887.

29th May

A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way. A 1927 atlas of the night sky.

New York 1964 World's Fair.
'The 1964-65 World's Fair featured 140 pavilions on 646 acres, the old site of the 1939-40 New York's World Fair. Althought the majority of the pavilions were United States commerical companies, there were also 21 state pavilions and 36 foreign pavilions. It was the dawn of the space age and the fair's theme was "Man in a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe." '

Mathematical Imagery. The art of mathematics.

Telephone Wire Baskets from South Africa.
'For centuries South Africa's Zulu people have been famous for the sturdy and beautiful baskets they weave from grasses and palm leaf. The weaving was so tight that the best ukhamba baskets were actually used to store beer! Today these baskets are still woven in the countryside, but the Zulus living in urban area have invented a new kind of basket, the imbenge basket woven entirely of recycled telephone wire.'

A Book of Hours.
'From the large number still surviving, we know that the Book of Hours was the most popular book of the Middle Ages. Books of Hours were produced throughout Europe, but were especially popular in France and Flanders. These manuscripts were modelled on the Breviary used by the clergy, but in a shortened form and were used by the laity for their daily devotions. '

Spring Heeled Jack. A 19th century British urban legend. An early example of 'alien abduction'?
'Isolated accounts of a strange leaping man were in circulation as early as 1817 1, but the first confirmed sighting occurred in September 1837 in London. A businessman returning home late one night from work was suddenly shocked as a mysterious figure jumped with ease over the considerably high railings of a cemetery, landing right in his path. No attack was reported, but the submitted description was disturbing: a muscular human male with devilish features, which included large and pointed ears and nose, and protruding, glowing eyes...'

Jain Texts.

Planetary Fact Sheets.

Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor Of The Late Middle Ages.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project.

The Korean History Project.

Two Towns of Jasper.
'Whitney Dow and Marco Williams are old friends. Growing up, they didn't talk much about race. Then came one of the most appalling crimes in recent American history - the brutal murder of African-American James Byrd, Jr., who was chained to a pick-up truck and dragged to his death by three white supremacists in Jasper, Texas...'

27th May

Then and Now. Photographs of the East End of London, now and 100 years ago.

The World's Greatest Jobs. US president, aristocrat, porn star, pop star, scientific genius or mystic guru.

Kasparov vs. Deep Blue.

Mars Image of the Day.

Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses.

John Keats. Romantic poetry.

Dialogues of the Buddha, 1899.

Sayings of the Jewish Fathers, 1897.

The No Plays of Japan, 1921.

Legends and Romances of Spain, 1920.

Myths and Legends of the Sioux.

The Cherokee Ball Play, 1890.

The Papers of John Jay. First Chief Justice of the United States.

America's Jazz Heritage.

23rd May

The South Texas Border 1900-1920: Photographs from the Robert Runyon Collection.
'His photographs document the history and development of South Texas and the border, including the Mexican Revolution, the U.S. military presence at Fort Brown and along the border prior to and during World War I, and the growth and development of the Rio Grande Valley. '

The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal, 1909.
'In the 13th century, over a few decades, a huge literature emerged around an unlikely tale. Survivors of the core of early Christianity make a perilous journey to Western Europe. They begin a hidden bloodline, preserve immensely powerful relics of the crucifixion, and carry a secret which, if revealed, would turn the established church on its head. If this seems like déjà vu, it is...'

Hokkaido: Island of the Spirits.
'Welcome to the companion Web site to the NOVA program "Island of the Spirits," which leads viewers to Hokkaido, Japan, an otherworldly land of dense mountain forests, untamed creatures like the grizzly and wolf, and Japan's indigenous people, the Ainu. '
Ainu costumes, 1914.
Ainu men.
Ainu girls.

Early American Jewish Portraits. Portraits of Jewish-Americans before 1865.

A Magic Reality: Art from Oaxaca, Mexico.
'Oaxacan art draws its strength from native Indian culture, myths and legends. It is suffused with "magic realism" a folk surrealism in which people fly and mysterious juxtapositions are the norm. As poet Alberto Blanco has written, the artists of Oaxaca "all tend to depict one theme: the appearance in our history of another time and place. A space within another space. A time within another time." '

The Haitian Spirit: Paintings, Sculpture and Vodou Banners.
'Doubtless the most spectacular Haitian art form is the sequin-covered Drapo Vodou or "Voodoo Flag". Vodou banners derive directly from the practice of the Vodou religion, a syncretism of traditional African religions brought to Haiti by slaves, with the Catholicism of their former masters. The banners are traditionally the work of practicing vodou priests and their followers...'

Hindu Flying God & Goddess Ornaments.

Images of Jupiter's Moons.
From the Galileo probe.

The Liberation of Jane Johnson.
'Arriving by train from Washington D.C. on the morning of July 18, 1855 was Col. John H. Wheeler of North Carolina; his slave, Jane Johnson; and her two sons, Daniel and Isaiah. Wheeler was the American minister to Nicaragua, and his party was passing through, on their way to New York and then to Nicaragua. Unknown to Wheeler, Jane, who'd seen one son sold away, had no intention of traveling to Central America or remaining a slave...'

The Fantastic Illustration of Frank R. Paul 1884-1963. Vintage science fiction book and magazine covers.

Hawaiian Themed Butlins Bars.
'Butlins Beachcombers were a string of Tiki Bars situated within the Butlins Holiday Camp complexes during the 1960's & 1970's. It's widely believed that the owner of Butlin's, Sir Billy Butlin took the idea for the bars after a visit to the Beachcomber Bar at the Mayfair Hotel in London... '
They're all closed now but the site has pictures!
Thanks to Mr. Bali Hai, with whom we were privileged to discuss this topic last weekend!

Art for Housewives.
'... the purpose of this weblog is to collect information related to women, art and the home. You know, housewife stuff.And because recycling begins at home,our motto is make art not trash! '

'I'm not in the in-crowd at work--should I care?' High skoolish stuff. 'Us and them'.

'What is it like to give birth? I'm male, and one of the side affects is that I'll never get pregnant. I'm wondering what it's actually like to give birth to a whole new person. '

An Intermediate Polar Binary System. And a great astro image.

The Lusiad.
'Columbus was a failure. '
'He utterly failed to accomplish what NASA would call his 'mission profile,' that is, to find a practical trade route to India. Of course, he did get the biggest consolation prize in history... '
'Vasco da Gama, who sailed from Portugal in 1498, however, succeeded in achieving Columbus' goal. He rounded the Cape of Good Hope and reached India. This accomplishment was memorialized shortly thereafter by this epic poem written by a Portuguese sailor, Luis de Camõens. Unless you were raised speaking Portuguese, it is unlikely you've heard of Camõens. However, if you were, you probably already know that he's considered the Portuguese Shakespeare, and the Lusiads the Portuguese national epic. '

Che Guevara Photoset.

Trader Vic's Pacific Island Cookbook.

Devastation in Darfur. Editorial cartoons.

Popular Jokes & Pranks.


Traditions of the Hopi.

National Monuments of Jamaica.

Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan, 1918.

22nd May

The G. I. Jones Photographic Archive of Southeastern Nigerian Art and Culture. 1930s images of Nigeria.
'The photographs in this archive were taken in the 1930s by the late G. I. Jones. The photos included here are only a sample of the complete collection. '
'The photographs are unique for the creative brilliance of the art represented, the quality of the photography, and the cultural and historical significance of photographic records from this time period in Nigeria.'

The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg, Virginia.
'The Lyric Theatre opened on April 14, 1930 and quickly became a focal point of downtown Blacksburg. Designed by Roanoke architect Louis Philippe Smithey, the Lyric was one of only three theaters in the state built for the new "talkie" sound technology. Boasting a lobby, stage, orchestra pit, and balcony, the "fire-proof" building originally seated nearly 900. Built for $150,000 by the Blacksburg Realty Corporation (which is still the owner), it finally closed in the 1980s...'
Virtual tour. The Ghosts of the Lyric. Some strange events that happened there 1988-90.

William Hogarth and 18th Century Print Culture. 18th century British satirical prints.

League of Nations Photo Collections.
'Although the League of Nations ceased to exist in 1946, its archives and historical collections survive as invaluable resources for historical research. '
The Illustrated Album of the League of Nations.

19th Century Images of Albinism.
'People born with the genetic condition albinism i.e. a deficiency of the skin, hair and eye pigment melanin, have been the subjects of public curiosity over the centuries. They have been purported to have all sorts of supernatural powers such as mind reading and they were at times even suspected of witchcraft. Entrapeneurs such as Phineas Barnum employed "albinos" to appear in his American Museum and as part of his travelling sideshow, such as the Lucasie family from Holland and the Martin sisters...'

The Zora Neale Hurston Plays.
'The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress present a selection of ten plays written by Hurston (1891-1960), author, anthropologist, and folklorist. Deposited in the United States Copyright Office between 1925 and 1944, most of the plays remained unpublished and unproduced until they were rediscovered in the Copyright Deposit Drama Collection in 1997. The plays reflect Hurston's life experience, travels, and research, especially her study of folklore in the African-American South. '

The Shiki Internet Haiku Salon.

Cryptozoology. The study of animals that do not exist. link

20th May

Haiku of Kobayashi Issa.
'Kobayashi Issa was one of Japan's most prolific poets. He left in his journals over twenty thousand one-breath masterpieces for the world to enjoy. This website offers an archive of 7,000+ of those poems.'

Childe Hassam, American Impressionist.

EastEnders. All about the long-running UK soap.

IranSaga: Persian History and Culture.

Great Lakes Ice Atlas.

Rock and Roll Photographer Richard E. Aaron.

Starry Night Photography. Astro photos.

The Ladder: A Henry James Website. link

18th May

'How do I find a girl that I knew as a child/teen? All I have is her name (she may have changed it through marriage) and the town where she grew up? She doesn't live there any more.'

Everything you ever wanted to know about shoes and shoe comfort.

17th May

Digital Himalaya.
'The Digital Himalaya Project is digitising archival collections of ethnographic information from the Himalayan region. '

The Higgs Boson. What is the Higgs boson and why does it matter?
'The Higgs boson is a hypothesised particle which, if it exists, would give the mechanism by which particles acquire mass...'

Humor's Edge: Cartoons by Ann Telnaes.
'In 2001 Ann Telnaes became the second woman ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. One of the few women in this highly competitive field, Telnaes creates some of today's boldest political cartoons. '
'The world according to W.'

Scotland's Highland Clearances.
' 'Never again will a single story be told as though it is the only one' - John Berger. The Highland Clearances are stories of individual people, in some cases of their greed and in others of their suffering.'

Bob Hope and American Variety.
'Bob Hope was among the 20,000 vaudeville performers working in the 1920s. Many of these performers were, like Hope, recent immigrants to America who saw a vaudeville career as one of the few ways to succeed as a "foreigner" in America. Throughout his extraordinary professional career of nearly seventy years, Bob Hope practiced the arts he learned in vaudeville and perpetuated variety entertainment traditions in stage musical comedy, motion pictures, radio, television, and the live appearances he made around the world in support of American armed forces...'

The Hoover Dam: Lonely Lands Made Fruitful.
'... However, the structure that rose from the floor of Black Canyon was not one that inspired thoughts of practicalities. Almost from the beginning of its construction, the Hoover Dam possessed an epic quality that animated the national imagination. Perhaps originally it was the very bigness of the dam that attracted tourists and inspired writers. Soon it became apparent that the meaning of the dam itself was beyond even that of a structure that equaled the vast landscape it inhabited...'

Harlem History.
'... Harlem has been home to a variety of ethnic groups, black and white, since the turn of the twentieth century. As the ethnic landscape has changed, cultural and religious buildings have been reshaped to serve the evolving populations. Harlem has been called a state of mind, but it is also a real place, remembered in oral histories, described in photographs, and evaluated by scholars.'

How Does an Hourglass Measure Time?

Test your happiness. 'Psychologists say it is possible to measure your happiness. This test designed by psychologist Professor Ed Diener from the University of Illinois, takes just a minute to complete. '

'You are suspended in a large, hollow sphere. The inside of the sphere is perfectly mirrored. There is nothing else in the sphere, and all you carry is a flashlight. You turn the flashlight on. What do you see?'

Urban Experience in Chicago: Hull-House and Its Neighborhoods 1889-1963.

American Family: A Journey of Dreams. 'There can be no love without sacrifice, no choice without consequence, and no triumph without loss. This is AMERICAN FAMILY, the unforgettable saga of one family's struggle to grab hold of the American Dream.'

African-American Poetry 1760-1900.

Tokyo Food Page. Japanese food gallery.

The History of the Knights Templar, 1842.

Manuel I Comnenus. Life of a Byzantine emperor.

The Great San Francisco Earthquake.
'From Enrico Caruso to the ordinary San Franciscan, this film presents vivid memories of those trapped in the terrifying event of 1906. Four hundred eighty square blocks were reduced to rubble; thousands were killed, tens of thousands left homeless. Then the heroic struggle to rebuild a city from the ashes began.'

'In 1912 Harry Houdini was lowered into New York's East River in a crate wrapped in chains. The crowd of spectators gasped; reporters pulled out their stop watches. Houdini was out in less than a minute. The resulting media blitz established him forever as the world's greatest escape artist. On stage, Houdini subjected himself to the Water Torture Cell, being buried alive, and other perils of his own design. Throughout his rise from Hungarian immigrant to international star, Houdini confronted our greatest fears entrapment, pain, death -- and emerged victorious. '

Virtual Tour of Potsdam.

16th May

Jonas Hallgrimsson: Selected Poetry and Prose. 19th century Icelandic writer. There's an interactive map and virtual tour of Iceland referencing Jonas's work.

The Other Hawai'i: A Journey to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Lionel Hampton. Life and work of a jazz great.

Modern Haiku.

The Very Large Array of Radio Telescopes.

Hallowe'en Online.

Hadrian's Wall.

The French Foreign Legion.

15th May

The Galileo Project. 'The Galileo Project is a source of information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642). ' Biography, family, science, religion.

Around the World in the 1890s: Photographs from the World's Transportation Commission 1894-96.
'The World's Transportation Commission Photograph Collection contains nearly nine hundred images by American photographer William Henry Jackson. In addition to railroads, elephants, camels, horses, sleds and sleighs, sedan chairs, rickshaws, and other types of transportation, Jackson photographed city views, street and harbor scenes, landscapes, local inhabitants, and Commission members as they travelled through North Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania. '

'I'm a Fluent English/French speaker and my wife is a fluent English/Mandarin speaker. Living in an English-speaking country (Australia), in what language should we speak to our kids?'

'How can you make 25 using only the numbers 2,4,6,8?' Tricky, but there is an answer.

Descent Panorama of Saturn's Titan.

The Virtual Cave.
'From the comfort of your keyboard, browse the wonders of the underground! As a caver and photographer for over 30 years, I've collected images from caves all over the world. This site tells the story of caves in words and pictures: what's in them and how it got there. '

A Sock Knitting Tutorial.

'How can I measure the weight of my head without cutting it off?'

Race for the Super Bomb. 'At the dawn of the Cold War, the United States initiated a top secret program in New Mexico to build a weapon even more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Japan...'

The Puritan Migration. History.

Eri Takase: Fine Japanese Calligraphy.

13th May

A Look at Chinese Painting.
'On April 6, 1437, Yang Rong, a high-ranking scholar-official serving the emperor of China, invited eight important officials and dignitaries to his famous garden to view paintings and calligraphy, compose poetry, and play chess. One of these invited officials is seen above, brush in hand, poised to write a poem on the paper unrolled on the table before him. Two other guests admire a painting in the format of a hanging scroll. The servant on the left is readying another hanging scroll for viewing while two more hanging scrolls lie rolled up on the low table beside him. Yang Rong served at the court of five successive emperors, rising to the rank of grand secretary, the highest official position in the Ming dynasty court. '

Depicting Devotion: Illuminated Books of Hours from the Middle Ages.

Carrie Watkins Cook Book.
'Caroline Emma "Carrie" Watkins was the ninth of eleven children born to Waltus L. and Mary Ann Holloway Watkins. Born on July 1, 1854, Carrie began collecting recipes sometime between the ages of 14 and 15. This web site is a record of those recipes, ingredient lists, and cleaning solutions that she used during her lifetime. '

Deafness in Disguise: Concealed Hearing Devices of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

The Victoria Cross. Burial locations of Victoria Cross holders, as well as living holders.

Greenwood Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
'Herman Krueger, a native German and member of St. Peter's German Evangelical Church established Greenwood Cemetery on January 19, 1874. From the beginning the cemetery was intended to serve African Americans. Greenwood is especially noteworthy for being the first non-sectarian commercial cemetery for African Americans in the St. Louis metropolitan area...'

Terra Incognita.
'This exhibit features early printed accounts of exploration and cultural encounters between what is known as the Old World or Europe and the New World or the Americas. The people on both sides of these encounters viewed the people they met through the screen of their culture and how they perceived the world, including their myths, legends, and religious beliefs. Both sides often had to reconfigure and rebuild their idea of the world with this new knowledge.'

Art to Enchant: Illustrators and Shakespeare. 'We invite you to view a wide range of illustrated editions of Shakespeare from 1744 through 1986. Illustrators were challenged by the texts of this great dramatist, whose works were already visually represented on stage.'

Life In St. Louis: The Matthews Family 1851-1933.
'In 1851, the patriarch of the Matthews family, Leonard Matthews, arrived in St. Louis, Missouri. He established himself by co-founding a wholesale drug company and later a brokerage firm. In 1861, Leonard married Mary Spotswood Nisbet. Together they produced eight children: Mary Nisbet, Isabel, Nina, William Nisbet, Edmund Orville, Leonard, Jr., Lucy, and Claude Levering. This exhibit provides a picture of what everyday life was like for a prominent St. Louis family at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries through letters, autobiographies, journals, and newspaper articles. '

The Dred Scott Case.
'In 1846, Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filedsuit for their freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court. This suit began an eleven-year legal fight that ended in the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a landmark decision declaring that Scott remain a slave. This decision contributed to rising tensions between the free and slave states just before the American Civil War.'

'My father has primary liver cancer, how do I prepare for the coming months emotionally and financially?'

'When we hesitate when we speak, the most often heard sound is "um". Why is this? Is it learned? Mechanical? Is it the same in other languages?'

Chernobyl. 'The international communications platform on the longterm consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.'

Clarence M. Kelley Diploma Collection. 'Clarence M. Kelley was best known for his roles as Chief of Police in Kansas City, Missouri (1961) and Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1973 Nixon appointment). What many people do not realize is that Kelley was a Kansas City native who graduated from Northeast High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from the University of Kansas in 1936. He went on to earn the Juris Doctorate in 1940 from the University of Kansas City Law School. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1977. Clarence Kelley died in 1997...'

12th May

The Tale of the Armament of Igor. 12th century Russian ballad.

The Ainu Museum. Indigenous people of Hokkaido.

The Medieval Bookshelf: From Romance to Astronomy.

Titian and the Commander: A Renaissance Artist and His Patron.

Scene of the Crime: Photo by Weegee. Iconic American photographer.

The Australian Aboriginal Flag.

Luna Park Sydney. History of a Sydney Harbour amusement park.

The Man Behind Hitler.
'Goebbels, called the "genius of spin" and the "Reich-Liar-General," was a complicated man whose attitudes fluctuated between extremes of self-pity and grandiose excess. This American Experience program, produced by Lutz Hachmeister and Michael Kloft, shows how Goebbels constantly reinvented himself through the years of his greatest success, and allows the man to speak for himself through the diaries he kept...'

Waiter Rant. A rant blog by a waiter.

The Woolly-Thinkers Guide to Rhetoric.

MeowChat. A place for cats to talk about humans.

Amphibian Information Centre.

10th May

Lewis Wickes Hine: The Construction of the Empire State Building, 1930-1931. Photography.

Old Churches of Queen Anne's County, Maryland.

The Daily Kitten. Via MeFi.

Pieter Claesz: Master of Haarlem Still Life. Art.

Southeast Asian Monuments: A Selection of 100 Slides.

Milton-Ulladulla Budawang Aboriginal Tribal Group. A fascinating history.

The Irish Sketch Book, by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1845.

The Druid Path, 1917.
'This is a collection of short stories set in ancient and modern Ireland, by a now-forgotten popular author of the early twentieth century, Marah Ellis Ryan. Ryan was a novelist, actress and activist for Native American rights. This was her only book about Ireland, as far as I can tell. She tapped a huge body of tales, lore and song which was being rediscovered at the time by the 'Celtic Twilight' movement. '

The Catonsville Nine File.
'On May 17, 1968, nine men and women entered the Selective Service Offices in Catonsville, Maryland, removed several hundred draft records, and burned them with homemade napalm in protest against the war in Vietnam. The nine were arrested and, in a highly publicized trial, sentenced to jail...'

Killing House, Kailahun, Sierra Leone.
'Photojournalist Ben Phillips was travelling in August 2002 with another journalist in the Kailahun district of Sierra Leone. After a day spent with the Sierra Leone Army (SLA), who were patrolling villages at the Liberian border, his hosts took him to visit an abandoned building. As he entered he saw that there was dried blood on every surface, right up to the ceilings. He was in a 'killing house' used by the RUF rebels during the twelve-year civil war for punishment beatings, trials and executions. He took the photographs in this gallery. '

Open Air: The World Wide Guide to Farmers' Markets, Street Markets, Flea Markets and Street Vendors.

Tibetan Calligraphy.

Salsa in Cuba.

The Bela Kun Internet Archive. Hungarian Communist, executed by Stalin.

An Appreciation of Chinese Calligraphy.

Queen Lyrics. Bohemian Rhapsody etc.

Loving Long Island. All about Long Island.

9th May

Medieval Wall Painting in the English Parish Church.
'Vast quantities of Medieval Wall Painting have been lost forever, of course, but there is nevertheless more left on English church walls than is generally realised; paintings continue to be uncovered and more still are known to exist under layers of plaster. Some of these will come to light one day; in fact some are already doing so, as at Houghton-on-the-Hill, near Swaffham in Norfolk, which is included in these pages...'

Posters from the Paris 1968 Uprising.
'The posters of the Paris 1968 uprising comprise some of the most brilliant graphic works ever to have been associated with a social movement. Politics aside, from a design standpoint they are second to none. '

A Geographer on the Kiwai Coast of Papua New Guinea. Image gallery.

Aimee Semple McPherson.
'She's been written out of many history books, but Aimee Semple McPherson was one of the most famous female evangelists in the world. Described as "dynamic, irrepressible, and complex," she's been called the "most tragic figure in America." At the same time, she satisfied Americans' needs for spritual satisfaction, sensationalism, and sex appeal...'

Fargo, North Dakota. Vintage images and ephemera.
'Take a look at this picture, and tell yourself that things are better today. Cities today: Big white malls, clean black parking lots with a superstore rising like a cheap brick glacier, fast-food franchises, landscapes indistinguishable from any other city. Bah. I don't want to short-shrift convenience or harangue the auto culture, but they're thin comforts, and they have no weight...'

The Cator Collection of Baltimore Views.
'The Cator Collection of Baltimore Views, housed in Special Collections at Pratt's State Library Resource Center, consists of nearly 200 etchings, engravings, watercolors, prints and other lithographs, from 1752 to 1930. The images provide a visual timeline from the city's pastoral beginnings, through the civil war era, and into the early twentieth century.'

Witness to a Tibetan Sky Burial.
Not for the squeamish.

Sigmund Freud: Conflict & Culture.

Rumi Gallery: Persian Calligraphy.

Centropa: Connecting the World to the Lands of Jewish Heritage.

Dakota Culture & Language Wiki. Sioux culture.

Glenn Brady. Outsider artist.

8th May

Harmonia Macrocosmica. A 17th century atlas of the heavens.

Old Hampshire Mapped. 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century maps of Hampshire.

Images of Afghanistan in 1976-78.

The Museum of Fred. Collection of thrift store paintings.
'The paintings represented here were not created by well-known blue-chip artists. They were created by ordinary people. For unknown reasons they were donated to thrift stores where I purchased them. The previous owners felt they were not worth keeping. History typically ignores what happens in the average household. This is unfortunate because this is where our values are best represented. '

Clowns Without Borders 'offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency. '

1966 Moscow Postcard Set. Via Eye of the Goof.

Transparent Butterfly. Via MeFi. The glasswing butterfly has transparent wings.

Jupiter and the Red Spots.

Stone Soup. Web comic.

Solar Eclipses of Historical Interest.

A Dress A Day.

The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson.

Seeking Asylum in Burundi. Photo-essay.

Images of the California Environment.

6th May

Images of the American West.

Images of Life in Hong Kong.

English Church Photographs.

Roads to Ruin. German castles.

Deserted Farms. Photo-essay.

Weird Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Braves 1953-65. Baseball history.

Skating for Gold: Wisconsin's Olympic Speed Skaters.

Living Under a Mushroom Cloud: Fear and Hope in the Atomic Age.

Postcards of the Mexican Revolution.

Flowers of India.

The Cybermen. Enemies of Doctor Who.

5th May

American Environmental Photographs 1891-1936.

Annie Oakley.
'In 1926, just a few months before her death, Will Rogers described Annie Oakley as "the greatest woman rifle shot the world has ever produced." As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, she thrilled audiences around the world with her daring shooting feats. Her act helped fuel turn-of-the-century nostalgia for the vanished, mythical world of the American West. Over time she became an American legend -- the loud, brassy, cocksure shooter celebrated in the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." But that legend had little to do with the real Annie Oakley...'

Napoleonic Satires.

Wharram Percy: The Lost Medieval Village.
'Wharram Percy, located in Yorkshire, has been occupied by humans since the Iron Age. Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans -- all have lived out their lives in this high-wold village. As an archeological site, it was one of the most important peasant digs in England. '

Saturn in Blue and Gold. Astro image.

Amy on the Web. Culture blog.

The Galapagos Islands.

Inuit and Englishmen: The Nunavut Voyages of Martin Frobisher.

Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan.

Warriors of the Himalayas. Arms and armour of Tibet.

Bird Families of the World.

'Robert Francis Kennedy would almost certainly have been president if his violent death hadn't intervened. He was brave, claims one biographer, "precisely because he was fearful and self-doubting." This probing and perceptive biography reassesses the remarkable and tragic life of the third Kennedy son, the boy Joe Sr. called the "runt." '

The Irving Fine Collection. American composer.
'This first online release presents a selection of 57 photographs, a sketchbook that includes sketches for the woodwind Partita and a string quartet, a manuscript score for the String Quartet (1952), a recorded performance of the Quartet, and the finding aid for the collection.'

3rd May

Reclaiming the Everglades: South Florida's Natural History 1884-1934.

Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South.
'The following images are accompanied by excerpts of letters written by Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh between 1887 and 1889. The two artists wrote often to one another, friends, and relatives. Van Gogh's most frequent correspondent was his brother Theo, an art dealer in Paris in the late 1880s. The quotations reveal that both men were avid chroniclers of the subjects they painted: peasants, townspeople, landscapes, and houses. '

A Sun Halo over Utah.

Rabbit Mandala. Via MetaChat.

A Brief History of the "Clenched Fist" Image. Via MeFi.

The Cult of Saints. Medieval art.

Ensor's Graphic Modernism. Prints.

A Journey through Nepal. Photo-essay.

May Day Marches. Photo-essay.

Empire State Building. Photo-essay.

Fighting Hunger in Haiti. Photo-essay.

Science Fiction Reviews.

Texas Ranch House.

The History of Tudhoe Village: Dissent and Rebellion in County Durham.

Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song: Correspondence 1940-1950.

Surrealism: Desire Unbound.

Jidai Matsuri: Kyoto's Festival of Ages. Photo-essay.

Grays Lake Ecosystem, Idaho.
'This wetland system provides important habitat for breeding sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, Franklin's gulls, white-faced ibis, dabbling and diving ducks, a variety of shore- and grassland birds, as well as habitat for molting and fall-staging waterfowl and cranes. The area is significant for its high density of breeding sandhill cranes and as a reintroduction site for trumpeter swans. The rich wet meadow edges of the marsh provide foraging and nesting habitat for a diversity of water birds each year. '

2nd May

Japanese Prints and the World of Go. Classic Japanese art meets classic Japanese boardgame.

American Indians of the Pacific Northwest.
'This digital collection integrates over 2,300 photographs and 7,700 pages of text relating to the American Indians in two cultural areas of the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Coast and Plateau. These resources illustrate many aspects of life and work, including housing, clothing, crafts, transportation, education, and employment.'

Life's Greatest Miracle.
'The last months, weeks, and days of a woman's pregnancy are full of anticipation. Moms- and Dads-to-be and their families and friends are all wondering when the baby will arrive, how the delivery will go, and -- if the baby's sex is not known in advance -- whether it will be a girl or a boy. NOVA Online invites you to join in as the final countdown begins for one woman who has agreed to share her experience in real time. '

The Murthly Hours.
'The Murthly Hours is one of Scotland's great medieval treasures. Written and illuminated in Paris in the 1280s, it also contains full-page miniatures by English artists of the same period, and was one of the most richly decorated manuscripts in medieval Scotland. Medieval additions include probably the second oldest example of Gaelic written in Scotland. '

The Antarctic Sun. The electronic newspaper of McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

Nuestro Himno.
'"Nuestro Himno" is a Spanish translation of "The Star-Spangled Banner", the national anthem of the United States. "Nuestro Himno" is Spanish for "Our Anthem". The debut of the translation came amid a growing controversy over immigration in the United States.'

Kingdoms of Madagascar: Maroserana and Merina. Traditional art of Madagascar.

Coast. A journey around the coast of Great Britain.

The Freedom Trail.
'We are a 50 year old non profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Boston's distinct historic character and its important role in the American Revolution. We lead you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, every one an authentic American treasure.'

Anna Akhmatova.
Anna Andreevna Akhmatova (1889-1966) - "Anna Andreevna Akhmatova used poetry to give voice to the struggles and deepest yearnings of the Russian people, for whom she remains the greatest of literary heroines. She has lately come to symbolize for the world even beyond Russia the power of art to survive and transcend the terrors of our century." - Judith Hemschemeyer, A Stranger to Heaven and Earth.

The Thomas Jefferson Papers.

The Adoption History Project.

1st May

Euclid's 'Elements'.
'Euclid's Elements form one of the most beautiful and influential works of science in the history of humankind. Its beauty lies in its logical development of geometry and other branches of mathematics. It has influenced all branches of science but none so much as mathematics and the exact sciences. The Elements have been studied 24 centuries in many languages starting, of course, in the original Greek, then in Arabic, Latin, and many modern languages. '
'I'm creating this version of Euclid's Elements for a couple of reasons. The main one is to rekindle an interest in the Elements, and the web is a great way to do that. Another reason is to show how Java applets can be used to illustrate geometry. That also helps to bring the Elements alive. '

Art of Newar Buddhism, Nepal.

Exeter Cathedral Keystones & Carvings.

Freedom's Journal. The first African-American owned and operated newspaper publishes in the US, 1827-29.
'Freedom's Journal provided international, national, and regional information on current events and contained editorials declaiming slavery, lynching, and other injustices. The Journal also published biographies of prominent African-Americans and listings of births, deaths, and marriages in the African-American New York community. Freedom's Journal circulated in 11 states, the District of Columbia, Haiti, Europe, and Canada.'

African Rock Art.

Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section.
'... the family trees of cows and bees, the golden ratio and the Fibonacci series, the Fibonacci Spiral and sea shell shapes, branching plants, flower petal and seeds, leaves and petal arrangements, on pineapples and in apples, pine cones and leaf arrangements. All involve the Fibonacci numbers - and here's how and why. '

Remember the Alamo.
'In the early 1830s Texas was about to explode. Although ruled by Mexico, the region was home to more than 20,000 U.S. settlers agitated by what they saw as restrictive Mexican policies. Mexican officials, concerned with illegal trading and immigration, were prepared to fight hard to keep the province under their control. Caught in the middle were the area's 4,000 Mexican Texans or Tejanos.'
'With war on the horizon, the Tejanos had to pick a side. Many chose to fight with their Anglo neighbors against an army sent by Mexico City. The conflict pitted brother against brother and devastated the community. The Tejano gamble for a more prosperous future in an independent Texas proved tragic. Following the revolution, the Tejanos were overwhelmed by a surge of Anglo immigration -- leaving them foreigners in a land they had fought to defend. '

Baseball and Jackie Robinson.
'1997 marked the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's rookie season for the Brooklyn Dodgers. When he stepped onto Ebbets field on April 15th, 1947, Robinson became the first African American in the twentieth century to play baseball in the major leagues -- breaking the "color line," a segregation practice dating to the nineteenth century...'

The Skyscraper Page.

Body Modification Ancient and Modern. 'People around the world have been piercing, tattooing, and painting their bodies for ages...'

Present at the Creation. 'Monopoly. The Hollywood Sign. "The Raven." The Lincoln Memorial. Overalls. "New York, New York." Those and dozens of other uniquely American icons will be the subject of a year-long NPR series called Present at the Creation. '

Fushimi Inari Taisha.
'Fushimi Inari Taisha is a Shinto shrine located in a southeast section of Kyoto city. The Fushimi Inari (Fushimi being the name of the suburb in which the shrine is situated, Inari formed from the abbreviation for ine-nari meaning 'ripening of rice') was first built on Mount Inari in 711. It is dedicated to Uta Mitami No Okami (the god of agriculture) and four other deities who oversee the basic necessities of life; namely, food, clothing and shelter. In 816 the shrine was moved to its present location at the foot of the mountain. During the feudal age the shrine was given the first grade of court rank, and in 1871 this honor was elevated to the level of Kampei Taisha, the highest status among national shrines...'