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30th November


Look-In Picture Strip Archive.
'If you were a child of the seventies or eighties growing up in the UK and watching such exciting ITV television series like *Timeslip, The Tomorrow People*, *The Six Million Dollar Man, Charlie's Angels, Space:1999, The A-Team and Robin of Sherwood,* to name but a few, you may have also been a regular reader of the children's magazine Look-in. If you were, this is the website for you!'

Girl Solo in Arabia: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta.
'Carolyn McIntyre will travel from the Moroccan City of Tangiers through 46 countries as she attempts to recreate an epic journey made 700 years ago by the famed Islamic scholar and traveler Ibn Battuta.'
'Along the way she will visit:
'Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Oman, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Italy, Spain, Mali, Mauritania, Niger.'

Of McMansions and Shantytowns.
'If you've ever driven south from San Diego and crossed into Mexico, you know that the border marks a distinct line between two dramatically contrasting cityscapes, with a surprisingly short distance of blurring between the two. The typical pastel stucco dwellings that sit on well-watered lawns in southern California, sit in a second incarnation atop steel frames in Tijuana, steadied by retaining walls made of old tires.'
'The dense shelters people construct from various discarded and salvaged materials become squatter settlements - settlements because once established, they cannot legally be demolished, and ultimately must be provided with basic utilities and infrastructure from the government. But don't let this picture lead you to believe that the manicured and carefully-spaced homes north of the border have the upperhand; Teddy Cruz will give you a lot of reasons to see that squatters know a thing or two about good urban development...'

Box of Apples: Fruit Crate Label Art.
'BoxOfApples.com is the online museum (and gift shop) of fruit crate labels from the early 1900s to 1950s. Back in the days of our grandparents and their parents, people did their produce-shopping at markets that were more like a farmer's market than today's grocery stores. The fruit and vegetables would be displayed in their shipping crates somewhere near the railroad tracks, probably under a big shed. Each crate would have a label (up to a foot square) showing the name of the packer, and a colorful design to differentiate the brand. Fruit crates disappeared with the advent of self-service supermarkets and cardboard boxes, but thousands of vintage labels have survived in mint condition, rescued from warehouses and print shops, mostly on the West Coast. '

London Placard Carriers and 'Sandwich Men' 1820-1840.
'Much like today, London was plastered with advertising, with armies of chalkers and 'external paper hangers' decorating blank walls, empty shops and wooden hoardings with advertisements. '
'The combined inconveniences of an advertising tax and increased competition for poster space led advertisers to a simple conclusion - make the messages become mobile! ...'

Japanese Temple Geometry.
'During Japan's period of national seclusion (1639--1854), native mathematics thrived, as evidenced in *sangaku*--wooden tablets engraved with geometry problems hung under the roofs of shrines and temples '
'Of the world's countless customs and traditions, perhaps none is as elegant, nor as beautiful, as the tradition of *sangaku*, Japanese temple geometry. From 1639 to 1854, Japan lived in strict, self-imposed isolation from the West. Access to all forms of occidental culture was suppressed, and the influx of Western scientific ideas was effectively curtailed. During this period of seclusion, a kind of native mathematics flourished...'

San Francisco in Ruins: The 1906 Aerial Photographs of George R. Lawrence.
'THE YEAR was 1906, and the citizens of San Francisco must have found it a wildly incongruous sight--grown men at child's play in the midst of tragedy. Less than three weeks before, the earth had shaken and the city had burned. The disaster began with an earthquake in the early morning of Wednesday, April 18, and when the fires were extinguished three days later, at least two hundred thousand San Francisco residents were homeless. Yet on the afternoon of May 5, a small group of men was flying kites near Folsom and Sixth streets. '
'The man in charge, George R. Lawrence, was anything but mad. As soon as news of the disaster had reached Chicago, he made plans to go to San Francisco with his Captive Airship and crew. With the Captive Airship he knew he could take aerial photographs of the prostrate city that no one else in the world could take. He was gambling by going to the devastated. city, but he took the chance knowing there would be an international market for his photographs if he succeeded. '

Pictures of Earth from Space.

Sideshow World.
Circus sideshows - trained fleas and stuff.
The Insect Circus, Hoxton.

World Trade Center, September 13, 2001.
'These photos were taken at Ground Zero, the World Trade Center site in New York, on September 13, 2001. '
'They were taken by someone named "Ed" who was allowed into the area by a member of the emergency response crew, at a time when all civilians -- including most journalists -- were forbidden to enter the area. As a result, these photos are just about the only close-ups ever taken of the World Trade Center site so soon after the 9/11 attacks.'

Pictures of Writers on German Stamps.

A Walk Through Harlem, New York, November 2005.

Seventy-six Twins.
Collection of photographs of identical twins.

2006 Transit of Mercury.
'On Wednesday, November 8, 2006, a transit of Mercury was visible in the afternoon and evening for much of the North America. It began around 2:12 p.m. EST and continued until 7:10 p.m. EST, though *sunset occured before *then for many viewers. During the transit, the silhouette of Mercury was visible by day as the innermost planet passed directly between the earth and the sun...'

Women in British World War II Advertising.
'... a brief look at how women were represented in popular advertising in the wartime Britain of the 1940's...'

Murals in Tehran Metro Stations.

A Russian Miners' Village.
'This is a photo session from a miner's village in Russia. These photos are made nowadays though when watching them it might seem that they are made in the previous century.'
'A few days ago in Russian newspapers there was an article that 25% of Russian families sometimes experience lack of the money to buy simple bread, and I suppose that more than 40% of families live in the similar conditions, especially in countryside, and the same time in major cities there is a class of very rich people, buying Ferraris and soccer players for their teams worth of tens millions dollars...'

The Weekly World News.
It's all true, you know. Especially the bits about aliens.

The World Carrot Museum.

Green Aurora over Lake Superior.

Art Created by People with Alzheimer's.

Homeless in San Francisco.
Photographs.

Tokyo Shop Windows.

Posters of Assad.
Syrian propaganda posters.

Abandoned Castle.
'A series of photos of Gosford Castle in Northern Ireland. One of the largest castles ever built in Ireland in the unique style of Normandic revival, which sadly has lain empty for nearly ten years now. It is slowly but surely turning into a ruin.'

Eyes.
'Some photos I've taken of (my) eyes. Almost close up and digitally worked out in Photoshop. I like eyes, hope you like them, too. :)'

San Francisco Murals.

Modern Military Ruins of San Francisco.
'In 1990, the San Francisco Bay Area was home to several large U.S. military facilities.'
'By 2000, they were all gone.'
'These are scenes from the Bay Area's recently-abandoned, Cold War-era bases: Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard (San Francisco), Treasure Island Naval Station (San Francisco), Alameda Naval Air Station (Alameda), the SF-88 Nike Missile Site (Marin Headlands), Hamilton Field Air Force Base (Novato), Mare Island Naval Shipyard (Vallejo), Naval Security Group Activity base (Skaggs Island), and portions of Moffett Field Federal Airfield (Mountain View). '

Cactus.

'Do drains really drain counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere?'

'How do parrots mimick sounds like b, p, m, v? They don't even have lips.'

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24th November


Banned Books.
An exhibition of of books which have survived fire, the sword, and the censors.
'Robert Vosper had, above all, a commitment to the library as the home of free and open inquiry. During the McCarthy reign of terror, early in Vosper's tenure-1951 to 1960-as Director of Libraries at KU, he and the equally committed Chancellor, Franklin D. Murphy, supported what became an internationally noted exhibition on intellectual freedom. Demand for its catalogue was so great that it was repeatedly reprinted until 20,000 copies had been distributed. Fifteen years later, on May 6, 1970, at UCLA, in response to intense pressure to close the library at the time of anti-war rioting and police action on the campus, Robert Vosper posted a notice which expresses the essence of his library faith...'

Hell Money.
Images of the banknotes sometimes burned in Chinese funerals.
'Surviving relatives want to send gifts to make the afterlife as comfortable as possible. Aside from intricate paper objects such as houses, cars, clothing, watches, mobile phones, appliances and even domestic helpers, Hell Bank Notes are most popular. Burning sends them on their way.'

The Nixon-Presley Meeting, 21 December 1970.
When Nixon met Elvis.
'On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley paid a visit to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House in Washington, D.C. The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon a six-page letter requesting a visit with the President and suggesting that he be made a "Federal Agent-at-Large" in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. The events leading up to and after the meeting are detailed in the documentation and photographs included here, which include Presley's handwritten letter, memoranda from Nixon staff and aides, and the thank-you note from Nixon for the gifts (including a Colt 45 pistol and family photos) that Presley brought with him to the Oval Office...'

Stagestruck!: Performing Arts Caricatures at the Library of Congress.
'Oscar Cesare (1885-1948) drew theatrical caricatures for the New York Times at a time when Al Hirschfeld was just beginning his career at the newspaper. A skilled and versatile cartoonist and illustrator, Cesare used diverse styles to create his images...'

Washington As It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak 1923-59.
'Spanning from the mid 1920s through the 1950s, the Theodor Horydczak collection (about 14,350 photographs online) documents the architecture and social life of the Washington metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of commercial, residential, and government buildings, as well as street scenes and views of neighborhoods. '

Find a Grave.
Millions of cemetery records. Graves of famous people.

Prints Abound: Paris in the 1890s.
'Paris witnessed an explosion of printed imagery in the 1890s. Painters such as Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec delved into printmaking, creating original prints for posters, albums, books, periodicals, music primers, song sheets, and even folding screens. '

American Patriotic Melodies.
'Here you can listen to Kate Smith sing "God Bless America," page through a manuscript of Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" or learn about the origins of our national anthem -- "The Star Spangled Banner." A combination of hymns, national songs, music of the theater, radio and television, military themes, and poetry, all of this music demonstrates that while over history many things have changed, this expression of pride and hope remain a constant part of the American experience.'

The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux.
A medieval prayer book.

Fallout Shelter Handbook 1962.

US Navy Historical Photographs.

Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou.
(... or 'voodoo').
'Vodou is Haiti's mirror. Its arts and rituals reflect the difficult, brilliant history of seven million people, whose ancestors were brought from Africa to the Caribbean in bondage. In 1791 these Africans began the only successful national slave revolt in history. In 1804 they succeeded in creating the world's first Black republic: the only one in this hemisphere where all the citizens were free. Their success inspired admiration, fear and scorn in the wider world...'

Pet Food Labels.
Vintage labels. 'These labels range in date from the 1920s to the 1960s.'

Japanese Yakuza Film Posters.

Dressed to the Nines: A History of the Baseball Uniform.

The Mandela Page.
'This page contains a selection of Mandela resources available from the ANC web site and other places'.
'Mandela for President' posters, 1994.

Exploits of Lord Krishna.
'While Lord Krishna is widely worshipped among Hindus as an avatar of Lord Vishnu, the cause for his popularity is his intensely human form as described in the Hindu epics. His exploits (collectively called "Krishna Leela") are a popular theme for Indian artists over centuries...'

Sunday School Books: Shaping the Values of Youth in 19th Century America.
'This collection presents 163 Sunday school books published in America between 1815 and 1865, drawn from the collections of Michigan State University Libraries and the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University Libraries. They document the culture of religious instruction of youth in America during the Antebellum era. They also illustrate a number of thematic divisions that preoccupied nineteenth-century America, including sacred and secular, natural and divine, civilized and savage, rural and industrial, adult and child. '

Painting with Marxism.
Soviet socialist realism and Mexican murals.

Prairie Settlement.
'This digital collection integrates two collections from the holdings of the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Solomon D. Butcher photographs and the letters of the Uriah W. Oblinger family. Together they illustrate the story of settlement on the Great Plains. Approximately 3,000 glass plate negatives crafted by Butcher record the process of settlement in Nebraska between 1886 and 1912. Butcher photographed actively in central Nebraska including Custer, Buffalo, Dawson and Cherry counties. The approximately 3,000 pages of Oblinger family letters discuss land, work, neighbors, crops, religious meetings, problems with grasshoppers, financial problems, and the Easter Blizzard of 1873. Uriah Oblinger came from Indiana to Fillmore County, Nebraska in 1873 to claim a homestead for his family. In the eloquent letters exchanged between Uriah and his wife Mattie, and in letters to other family members, Oblinger expresses very personal insight into the joy, despair, and determination in their struggle to establish a home on the prairie. '

Prince Edward Island 1841 Census.
'The colony of Prince Edward Island grew swiftly through the first half of the nineteenth century. It was a time when emigrants poured out of the British Isles. Many Scots came because of the foreclosure of their ancient rights on the land. Irish made the perilous crossing of the North Atlantic owing to worsening economic conditions and in the late 1840s because of famine. The English and Welsh emigration, though not as dramatic, was steady and brought many new farmers, shipbuilders and merchants...'
Life on Prince Edward Island today.

Ad*Access.
'The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies through images preserved in one particular advertising collection available at Duke University.'

Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.
'The Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War is an enterprise to record the personal experiences of the men and women who served on the home front and overseas. '

A History of Manga.
Japanese comics and their huge cultural impact.

When Everybody Called Me Gah-bay-bi-nayss: "Forever-Flying-Bird" An Ethnographic Biography of Paul Peter Buffalo.
A Native American life.
'Paul Buffalo's mother, herself an Ojibwa medicine woman, told Paul, her oldest son, shortly before she died, that she had a dream revealing that one day someone would come to write down their Indian ways of life. She told him that when that time came he should speak of those things she had taught him: "You are the oldest and I have taught you my ways. Someday someone will ask you about these things. I have dreamed about that. Keep these things that I have taught. Someday people will want to hear about them again." ...'

Abandoned Shopping Carts of Los Angeles.

Twenty Voices: Survivors of the Armenian Genocide.

Timbuktu to W2.
'An exhibition of sumptuous black and white photographs of the people and architecture of the west African country of Mali by Stuart Redler is being shown simultaneously in both London and Timbuktu.'

Jewish Architecture.
'English Heritage says Jewish is at risk as the community diminishes. Liverpool's Princes Road Synagogue is one of the buildings appearing in a new guidebook...'

Indian Campus Lingo.
Campus expressions and slangs of India.
'Gandhi -- A good student who doesn't smoke, drink or eat meat. Example: "He was a Gandhi till 3rd semester, but now doing joints". '

The Dull Men's Club.
A place for dull men to share ideas and each other's company.

The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie.
'Andrew Carnegie's life embodied the American dream: the immigrant who went from rags to riches, the self-made man who became a captain of industry, the king of steel. He preached the obligation of the wealthy to return their money to the societies where they made it -- then added, says Carnegie's biographer, Joseph Frazier Wall, "a very revealing sentence. He wrote, 'and besides, it provides a refuge from self-questioning.'" '

Saturn at Night.

In Pictures: Life in a Squat.
'As part of a series on housing and ways of life in the UK, anarchist Jan Maat talks about living in a London squat.'

Colourful Moon Mosaic.

A Leonid Meteor Over Sweden.

Semiconductor Technology 101: The Basics of Chip Making.

The Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.
Number patterns.

The Story of Beowulf.
'This is a long out-of-print retelling of the Beowulf saga. A prose translation, it captures the mood of the original without being self-consciously archaic. The black and white illustrations are stylized and sometimes a bit cartoonish, and nicely dimensionalize the story. '

The Hindu Universe.

Robot Gossip.
Gossip about robots, of course.

Classic Feminist Writings.
'Second wave' writings from the 1960s and 1970s.

'How do I ask someone out?'

'How do I get more respect at work?'

'How do I propose?'

NASA Dawn of the Apollo Program Slides.
'Collection of 20 3x4 inch glass slides that appear to be from a government presentation on the early Apollo program. The best I can tell, the slides date from 1959-1963.'

Farm Tomita.
'... famous for its lavender gardens and other colorful flowers.'

Moldovan Orphanage.
'These images were shot in several institutions in Moldova, Europe's poorest country.'

Hanko - Summertown.
'Scenes and details from the southernmost city in Finland located by the Baltic Sea.'
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18th November


Harajuku Girls.
Japanese street fashion.
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17th November


Souvenirs.
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16th November


The Workhouse.
'The Workhouse often evokes the grim world of Oliver Twist, but its story is also a fascinating mix of social history, politics, economics and architecture. This site, www.workhouses.org.uk, is dedicated to the workhouse - its buildings, inmates, staff and administrators, even its poets...'

My Cancer.
'After that day, your life is never the same. "That day" is the day the doctor tells you, "You have cancer." Every one of us knows someone who's had to face that news. It's scary, it's sad. But it's still life, and it's a life worth living. "My Cancer" is a daily account of my life and my fight with cancer.'

Kyoto Travel Guide.
A nice virtual visit.

The Mathematical Art of MC Escher.
'Maurits Cornelis Escher, who was born in Leeuwarden, Holland in 1898, created unique and fascinating works of art that explore and exhibit a wide range of mathematical ideas...'

'Astounding Science Fiction' Magazine Covers 1930-Present.
Fantastic (geddit?) collection of pulpish sci fi magazine covers.

Toy Ray Guns.
'Whimsical and zany, these fanciful objects conjure fond childhood memories of Buck Rogers and Captain Video, of backyard spaceships that blasted off for high adventure in the endless reaches of space. The stuff of fancy, toy ray guns are powered by pure imagination, by our almost unlimited capacity to wonder. Yet they represent other things as well. They are weapons intended to protect us from our deepest fears of the dark unknown, and they remind us of our vulnerability in the face of an endless and mysterious cosmos.'

Spark Museum: Vintage Radio and Scientific Apparatus.
'Welcome to my "virtual" radio and scientific instruments museum where I display the radios and other items I have collected over the past 35+ years. '

Enduring Outrage: Editorial Cartoons by Herblock.
'This exhibition features original work by the Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Herb Block and draws from the generous gift of 14,000 original drawings and more than 50,000 preparatory sketches donated to the Library of Congress by the Herb Block Foundation in 2002. The exhibition focuses on themes of enduring importance to Herblock that continue to resonate in American society today The exhibited works cover most of the presidential administrations from the 1940s through the 1990s. In true Herblock form, the cartoons critique and comment on Democrats and Republicans alike.'

An Otter Family Album.
'My name is Scott Shannon, and for the last 23 years, I have observed a population of seacoast-dwelling otters in far-northwest California. '

The Culture and History of the Americas.
'To celebrate the donation of the Jay I. Kislak Collection, the Library of Congress presents The Cultures and History of the Americas, an exhibition featuring fifty highlights from the more than 4,000 rare books, maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. Like the collection itself, the exhibition focuses on the early Americas from the time of the indigenous people of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean through the period of European contact, exploration, and settlement.'

Annie Oakley.
'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. Although famous as a Western sharpshooter, Oakley lived her entire life east of the Mississippi. A champion in a man's sport, she forever changed ideas about the abilities of women, yet she opposed female suffrage. Her fame and fortune came from her skill with guns, yet she was a Quaker. This probing American Experience production examines the dramatic life of a uniquely American icon whose complex character manifested many of the paradoxes of the nation.'

The Leopold and Loeb Trial.
'Few trial transcripts are as likely to bring tears to the eyes as that of the 1924 murder trial of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold. Decades after Clarence Darrow delivered his twelve-hour long plea to save his young clients' lives, his moving summation stands as the most eloquent attack on the death penalty ever delivered in an American courtroom. Mixing poetry and prose, science and emotion, a world-weary cynicism and a dedication to his cause, hatred of bloodlust and love of man, Darrow takes his audience on an oratorical ride that would be unimaginable in a criminal trial today....'
(Leopold and Loeb, both brilliant young men, murdered a young boy 'because they could', claiming inspiration from the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche; one of them was later murdered in prison, the other lived to a ripe old age. The story of the crime was the inspiration for the Hitchcock movie 'rope').

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Persian poetry celebrating life and laughter.
'The Rubaiyat is not a single poem, but is rather a collection of verses written by or attributed to 'Umar Khayyam, the Persian mathematician, philosopher and astronomer who lived from ca. 1048 - 1122. '

Japanese Labour and Social Movement Posters.
'Ohara Institute for Social Research owns about 1400 posters of labor and social movements in the post-1945 period. Many of the posters are those in the second half of the 1940s and the 1950s when labor unions, legalized for the first time in 1945, engaged in intense struggles with employers and the government in order to win better wages and working conditions.'

Chronicles of Oklahoma.

Caltech Oral Histories.
The story of the California university, by its scientists, teachers, and administrators.

Harvard Magazine Personals.
Some of these are pretty funny.

How Products Are Made.
'How Products Are Made explains and details the manufacturing process of a wide variety of products, from daily household items to complicated electronic equipment and heavy machinery ... For example, you can find here descriptions of Air Bag, Air Conditioner, Artificial Snow, Automobile, Battery, Blue Jeans, Chewing Gum, Coin, Compact Disc, Credit Card, DVD Player, Fireworks, Hologram, Jet Engine, Laser Pointer, Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), Nuclear Submarine, Paint, Popcorn, Refrigerator, Telephone, Television, Temporary Tattoo, Vaccine, Vacuum Cleaner or Watch. '

Kongo Arts.
Central African art.

Beyond Face Value: Depictions of Slavery in Confederate Currency.
'Many Southern notes did not feature images of slavery; this exhibit focuses on the ones that did. This collection features notes issued and circulated in the South during the Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction Eras. Notes were issued by various entities, including the Confederate government, state governments, merchants, and railroad companies.'

How to Complain.
A useful reference.

Hopelessly Wrong Predictions.

Kitab al Khazari.
'Framed as a dialog between the king of the Khazars, a Central Asian kingdom, and a Rabbi, the Khazari is an exposition of late medieval Jewish philosophy. Legend has it that the king of the Khazars held a symposium to decide whether his people should convert to Judaism, Christianity or Islam. This book is a fictional account of the Jewish side of this debate. '

Sunrise and Sunset Scenes of the World.

Solitary Tree, Near Green Lane, East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.

Cambodia.

Warsaw.

Ganesh.

Interesting advice/discussion on how to make a pass at someone.
In a good way!

Journal of 17th Century Music.
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12th November


Le Tumulte Noir: Paul Colin's Jazz Age Portfolio.
'In 1925, Josephine Baker (1906-1975) and the musicians and performers of her troupe, La Revue Nègre, exploded on the stage at Paris' Théâtre des Champs-Élysées with a wild new dance called the Charleston. The Jazz Age was at its height, and Baker was destined to become its high priestess.'
'Four years later, French poster artist Paul Colin (1892-1985), Baker's one-time lover and life-long friend, published a portfolio of vividly colored lithographs titled "Le Tumulte Noir" ("The Black Craze") which captured the exuberant jazz music and dance that dazzled Paris.'

The Last Best West: Advertising for Immigrants to Western Canada 1870-1930.
'This virtual exhibition is about the Canadian government's role in advertising free land in The Last Best West to farmers and farm workers in Britain, the United States and Europe. These were the only immigrants targeted by the government, apart from domestic servants. The Canadian Pacific Railway, and other rail and ocean transportation companies, helped promote government land in western Canada to would-be immigrants.'
'The exhibition presents images of western Canada that appeared in posters put out by the government and the big transportation companies. Also on view are colourful government pamphlet covers; newspaper advertisements for immigrants; promotional photographs and notices. Photographs of touring exhibition wagons, and displays of prairie wheat at large agricultural shows and small country fairs, are also included.'

The Thirteen Previous Dalai Lamas.
Potted biographies.

The Rosa Luxemburg Internet Archive.
German revolutionary.

The Antislavery Literature Project.
'Antislavery literature represents the origins of multicultural literature in the United States. It is the first body of American literature produced by writers of diverse racial origins. It encompasses slave narratives, lectures, travel accounts, political tracts, prose fiction, poetry, drama, religious and philosophical literature, compendia, journals, manifestoes and children's literature...'

Bright Cliffs Across Saturn's Moon Dione.
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11th November


Micro Images.
Collection of images taken under the microscope.

Art from North Korea.
'This rare collection of gouaches and paintings offers us a glimpse of how the Kim Jong Il regime interprets the domestic and international challenges facing the nation. Meant for a domestic audience, these works are only rarely seen abroad. Produced by state-run studios, they are meant to rally the population behind the political project of the nation. '

Paris-Anglo.
Good online guide to Paris, as well as being a collection of vignettes of Paris life.

Waterford, Wisconsin Local History.
Old photographs.
'Western Racine County pioneer families began staking their claims in the Waterford area in the fall of 1836. The early years of settlement are documented here by a collection of historical artifacts digitized from a variety of formats including books, manuscripts, photographs, maps and newspapers. '

Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904.

The Mapmaker's Wife.
'The Mapmaker's Wife tells the extraordinary story of Isabel Godin, the first woman to travel down the length of the Amazon. Her journey brought an end to the first scientific expedition to the New World, which was led by Charles Marie de La Condamine.'
'The Upper Amazon that Isabel Godin traveled through in 1769-1770, where she ended up lost and abandoned, remains a pristine wilderness. It is one of the most remote regions in Ecuador, rarely visited by outsiders. To research The Mapmaker's Wife, Robert Whitaker retraced her path from Riobamba to Andoas.'
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9th November


Leonardo da Vinci's Animated Illustrations.

Do You Believe?: A Ghostly Gallery.
19th century photographs of ghosts, spirits and ectoplasm. Spooky stuff.

Exploring 20th Century London.
'Explore London's history, culture and religions from the collections of the Museum of London, London's Transport Museum, The Jewish Museum and Croydon Museum and Heritage Service.'

Boring Postcards.
'I first became a collector of boring and inappropriate postcards when I discovered that Southampton University had issued a series of Christmas Cards with images of its 1960s concrete tower blocks! Since then, I have come across many more examples of useless postcards, some of which are available via the following thumbnails...'

Space Age City.
'Explore the Jetson-esque coffee shops, space age motels and atomic bowling alleys. Exaggerated Modern buildings reflected the optimism of mid-century America.'

The Diary of John Cam Hobhouse.
'John Cam Hobhouse (1786-1869) was Byron's best friend. Educated at Westminster and Trinity College Cambridge, he travelled east with Byron in 1809, was Best Man at Byron's wedding in 1815, travelled across Switzerland in Byron's company in 1816 after the separation, around Rome with Byron in 1817, and lived with Byron in Venice in the same year. He met Byron at Pisa again in 1822, after Byron's facetious poem on his imprisonment in Newgate, My Boy Hobby-O, had almost terminated their friendship...'

Strange Maps.
Documenting unusual and fictional cartography.

Barren Lands Digital Collection.
'This site documents two exploratory surveys of the Barren Lands region west of Hudson Bay, in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the area now known as Nunavut. Drawing on materials from the J.B. Tyrrell, James Tyrrell and related collections at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, it includes over 5,000 images from original field notebooks, correspondence, photographs, maps and published reports. '

Chinese Public Health Posters.

Strange Soviet Buildings.
'Some of the buildings have weird history. For example the building number 3, the "Friendship" hotel attracted a great part of attention from USA intelligence agency. They thought it was some sort of missile launching site.'

Alphadrome Vintage Tin Robots and Space Toys.

Broseley Clay Tobacco Pipes.
A rustic craft - clay tobacco pipes from Shropshire!
'I am a clay tobacco pipe enthusiast, having researched, excavated, collected and lectured on tobacco pipes for more than 20 years. Broseley's clay tobacco heritage stretches back just over 400 years, a tobacco pipemaker being recorded in the town in 1590...'

Taoism and the Arts of China.

Vintage Hungarian Posters.

Historic Pittsburgh.
Old maps and photographs. Nice.

We Met the Space People.
'This is a UFO contactee account by two sisters from the Midwest US in the late 1950s. The Mitchell sisters, Helen and Betty, are approached by space aliens, who can pass for human beings, in (of all places) a coffee shop in St. Louis, Missouri. On a second encounter (again in the coffee shop) they are given a schematic for a communicator, which they build, and through it they receive messages from the Space People from Mars and Venus. Unlike the more aggressive aliens of later decades, they wait until the third date to take Helen on a ride to the mothership. There she learns that the aliens have one-piece uniforms that 'feel like satin,' speak a Universal Language, and play a game like shuffleboard when off-duty. '

Chinese Miniature Liqueurs.

Vintage Photos and Postcards of Santa Ana, California.

The Adelphi Theatre, London, 1806-1900: A Calendar of Performances.

The Barbara McClintock Papers.
'Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) was an American geneticist who won the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of genetic transposition, or the ability of genes to change position on the chromosome. The American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia is the repository for the Barbara McClintock Papers, which range from 1927 to 1991. The collection contains laboratory notes, correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, lecture notes, photographs, charts, illustrations, and audiovisual materials.'

Every Mother's Son.
'In the late 1990s, three victims of police brutality made headlines around the country: Amadou Diallo, the young West African man whose killing sparked intense public protest; Anthony Baez, killed in an illegal choke-hold; and Gary (Gidone) Busch, a Hasidic Jew shot and killed outside his Brooklyn home. "Every Mother's Son" tells of the victims' three mothers who came together to demand justice and accountability. '

The Ebay Haunted Painting.
'Over the past two years, the Internet has been buzzing with rumours about a curious item labelled 'the E-bay Haunted Painting'. Here Gavin Bevis takes a look at the phenomenon that got the web world talking...'
(This painting does send a shiver up your spine. Be warned).

Historical Maps of Pennsylvania.
'Welcome to Historical Maps of Pennsylvania, showing images of the region and state from the 16th to the 21st century. Pennsylvania was founded in 1681, after a petition to the King of England from William Penn...'

Colonial American Currency.

Poetry Daily.
A poem a day, with archives.

The Daily Zen.

'The Atlantic' Fiction Pages.
Lots of highbrow reading material.

Insults: They Just Don't Make Them As They Used To.
A collection of notable insults.

Modern Haiku.
A journal of haiku and haiku studies.

Six Word Short Stories.

Abandoned Outdoor Swimming Pool on the Isle of Man.

Los Angeles Angels 1961-65.
Baseball memorabilia.

Birmingham.
'Photos from in and around my home city of Brum.'

Frinton-on-Sea.
'Sleepy little seaside town in Essex'.

Trees in Spring, Summer, Autumn.

Songbirds.

Moon.

'At my workplace, people are constantly coming up to me and telling me to smile. I don't want to smile. I'm just not that person. It's usually the same ten or so people every day, and it's beginning to grate on my nerves. These guys don't realize that I will smile when I have reason to, not when they want me to. I do not work closely with them or know them well at all, aside from first name/department.'
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3rd November


Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.
'A dictionary of the slang of the British underworld produced in 1811. '

Leather Puppets of India.
'The arrival of the puppeteers' team to an Indian village is welcome news to young and old villagers alike. The artists belong to a nomadic tribe of Gypsies and hence are always on the move. They carry their own baggage, which consists of huge leather bags containing puppets, musical instruments and a few utensils. They pitch a homemade, moderate-sized tent under a tree and commence their activities...'

The Gospels in Medieval Manuscript Illumination.
'This exhibition explores the Gospels as they appeared in Medieval manuscript illumination. It presents books, manuscripts, and leaves drawn primarily from the Museum's manuscripts collection.'

Myths over Miami.
The mythology of Miami's homeless children.
'Captured on South Beach, Satan later escaped. His demons and the horrible Bloody Mary are now killing people. God has fled. Avenging angels hide out in the Everglades. And other tales from children in Dade's homeless shelters.'

The Human Factor.
Photographs of work.
'In the 1930s Harvard Business School colleagues Donald Davenport and Frank Ayres contacted leading businesses and requested photographs for classroom instruction-images Davenport hoped would "reveal the courage, industry and intelligence required of the American working man." They amassed more than 2,100 photographs, from strangely beautiful views of men operating Midvale Steel's 9,000-ton hydraulic press to women assembling tiny, delicate parts of Philco radios. Now students, and America's aspiring corporate managers, had visual data to study "the human factor," the interaction of worker and machine. '

'Noa Noa' by Paul Gauguin.
Polynesian folklore.
'This slight travelogue of an artists' journey into the heart of the primitive both enthralls and informs. Written as a potboiler after he returned to France, there are two distinct parts of this book. The first part is an extended narrative of Gauguin's entry into the slow rhythms of Polynesian village life. Late in the book we hit folklore paydirt. In an extended passage, Gauguin's Tahitian child-concubine relates to him the Tahitian cosmogony, with a number of myths, legendary genealogies, ethnoastronomy, and a deluge story...'

'I hate winter. How can I make the next four months better than they would be otherwise?'
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1st November


Gods of Japan: A-Z Photo Dictionary of Japanese Buddhism.
'My reasons for creating this photo dictionary are quite simple. First and foremost, this project is a labor of love. Second, it is a tribute to Kamakura, my home for the past 12 years, and home to dozens of temples from the Kamakura Era (1185-1333), which still house and display wondrous life-size wooden statues from the 8th century onward. Third, this project was prompted by a dissatisfaction with existing literature on Japanese Buddhist art -- especially sculpture...'

Masterpieces of Persian Painting.

Picasso's 'The Tragedy': Metamorphosis of a Painting.

American Lighthouse Postcards.

Kentuckiana Digital Library.
Vintage Kentucky newspaper pieces, photographs, family histories, and so on.

Liberian Refugees Yearn to End a Life of Fleeing.
Photo-essay.

Slash Magazine.
'This is a celebration of the first punk publication in Los Angeles, Slash Magazine. It is also a tribute to the late Claude Bessy, the editor of the incendiary magazine, as his editorials are being published here for the first time since the late 70's by kind permission of his wife, Philomena. '

In Pictures: Sahel Train Journey.
Pictures of a 1000km West African train journey.

Somme Soldiers.
Photographs of WWI soldiers.

Crescent Rhea Occults Crescent Saturn.
'Soft hues, partially lit orbs, a thin trace of the ring, and slight shadows highlight this understated view of the majestic surroundings of the giant planet Saturn. Looking nearly back toward the Sun, the robot Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn captured crescent phases of Saturn and its moon Rhea in color a few months ago.'
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