Photo Journal: Roadside Chef.
'Mary Uduru is one of the many Nigerians
struggling to live on less than $1 a day,
despite the country's vast oil wealth ...
Mary works from dawn to dusk cooking and
selling food on the roadside in the small
central town of Makurdi.'
The Bhagavata Purana.
The deeds of Vishnu and his avatars.
'The images above come from a 45 feet long,
17th century silk-paper illuminated scroll,
which is obviously mounted in a wooden box.'
'WordMap is a maze of words, each connected to others that differ by a
single letter. For instance, the word about is linked to abort because
you can make one from the other by changing the u to an r. Likewise,
about is also linked to abut and bout by removing a single letter, and
also to abouts by adding the letter s...'
Tilak of Tibet
Reveals Life's Purpose.
'This long-forgotten esoteric novella, written in the waning days of
World War II, is a series of parables held together by a fictional
Tibetan character, Tilak. The author expounds on a diverse set of
esoteric themes, including reincarnation, soulmates, auras, karma,
lost continents, and ascended masters. Although plainly written, fans
of the genre will enjoy this short book, which appears on the Internet
for the first time at sacred-texts. '
A Twist of Reed.
'Artist and illustrator Edward Tennyson Reed
(1860-1933) was a Punch Magazine contributor
from 1889 until his death, despite retiring as
parliamentary caricaturist in 1912. He reintroduced
something of the grotesque to the Punch profile
and had a deft hand at sketching facial attributes
amidst often absurd scenes...'
Early 20th Century Balkan Aspirations.
A 1912 map, the Eastern Question and 20th
'At the beginning of the twentieth century, the
Ottoman Empire was called the 'Sick Man of Europe'
because it didn't seem able to hold on to its
possessions in the Balkans. However, as the Balkan
nations managed to cast of the Ottoman yoke,
their own overlapping territorial claims led to
conflicts that have dominated the region up until
Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie
'Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and
Erie Canal captures the culture and music of
the men, women, and children who worked and
lived along the Ohio and Erie Canal. Nye,
who was born and raised on a canal boat,
never lost his love of the "Big Ditch."
After the canal closed permanently in
1913, he devoted considerable time and
energy to preserving its songs and stories...'
Monsters of Wall Street.
Gargoyles of lower Manhattan.
'I find it rather funny that these oh-so-serious
financial folks are racing about on former cow
paths with silly ornamental owls and jaguars
perched over their heads. And they don't even
know it. '
A Visual Journey: Photographs by
Lisa Law 1965-71.
Photographs of Sixties America.
'Lisa Law's photographs provide glimpses into
the folk and rock music scenes, California's
blossoming counterculture, and the family-centered
and spiritual world of commune life in
New Mexico. They are moments that she lived,
witnessed, and recorded on the frontier of
Cherry Knowle Hospital.
An abandoned asylum.
'In 1891, the Borough of Sunderland decided
to construct a psychiatric facility in Ryhope
due to good rail service and a scenic view of
the North Sea, and from 1893 to 1895 the Sunderland
Borough Asylum was constructed (also known as
Sunderland Lunatic Asylum). Designed by noted
asylum architect G.T. Hine, the old asylum is
a prime example of the compact arrow echelon
plan where wards were stepped out from the
central services, similar to a Kirkbride plan
Roman numerals puzzle :-
You're given the symbols IX. Using any one symbol what would you have to
add to it to equal 6?
An Example of Time Dilation.
There was a young lady called Bright Who could travel much faster
than light She left home one day In a relative way And returned
the previous night!
Montreal Expo 1967.
'These photos were found on the street in Cambridge, MA. They were
originally glued onto scrapbook sheets like this. I've attempted to
arrange them in a sensible order based on page numbering and picture
content, but this is the best I could do.'
Photographs. 'Participants include Polish asbestos removal crews,
Filipino nannies, Chinese garment and restaurant workers, homeless
senior men, migrant workers in Long Island, domestic violence victims in
the Bronx, Local 32-B janitors and doormen, and students from throughout
the city. '
WikiTravel Guide to
'Hell (also known as Hades and Aitch Ee Double Tooth Picks) is a place
of eternal damnation in the Underworld. It is (for many travelers) the
ultimate destination. Hell is popular with travelers rich and poor
alike, at all times of year. The good news is that going to Hell
requires little planning, but it's not for everyone. '
'Die Schlachthof is located in Weisbaden, Germany. It is an abandoned
slaughterhouse that graffiti artists use to express themselves. The
artists here are so amazing. I love their colors, ideas, and styles.'
The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairytale.
'The first totally American fantasy for
children, it is one of the most-read children's
books. It has also engendered a long series of
sequels, stage plays and musicals, movies and
television shows, biographies of Baum, scholarly
studies of the significance of the book and film,
advertisements, and toys, games, and other Oz-related
'On the Road' Map: Kerouac Traces His Trip.
'Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell (MA) Jean-Louis
Lebris de Kerouac, and in spite of his fancy name,
his French-Canadian parents had to emigrate to
Massachusetts to find work. When he died in St
Petersburg (FL) 47 years later, Kerouac's total
estate amounted to under 100 dollars. Yet he'll
be immortal as long as books are read, if mainly
for just one of his several works: 'On the Road',
based on his hitchhiking trips around the US...'
Postcards of places, people and things referenced
A Vulture's View of Ethiopia.
An old map of Ethiopia dating from the Italian
"ETHIOPIA AT STAKE. A Portfolio of Maps
Expounding the Strategical Position of the Oldest
Unconquered Nation in the West."
Children of Our Town.
' 'Children of Our Town' 1902 with wonderful
Art-Deco illustrations by E. Mars and M.H.
Squire and verses by Carolyn Wells is online
at the Library of Congress. There is perhaps
more than a little irony attached to the social
(or is it instructive?) commentary in the book,
such as it is, in so far as only the children
of the wealthy would have had the opportunity
to see the book. 'Our Town' refers to New York
Shake! Rattles of the Northwest Coast.
'Rattles have been an integral part of Northwest
Coast First Nations culture from time immemorial.
Found throughout the breadth of the Pacific coastal
region, these wondrous creatons, some exquisitely
crafted complex sculptures, some simple yet resonant
objects, are voices that communicate a multitude of
The Whole World in a Cloverleaf.
A symbolic, 16th century map of the world.
'The map shows a world divided into three parts
(Europe, Asia and Africa), connected at a
single central point: Jerusalem. This is
essentially still the same symbolic map of the
world as the one first devised by Saint Isidore
in the seventh century. Isidore's 'T and
O'-shaped map, itself inspired by Scripture,
influenced Christian European mapmaking up
until the age of discovery...'
Total Lunar Eclipse: March 3 2007.
'On March 3rd, the Moon slide through the heart
of Earth's shadow producing a red and turquoise
lunar eclipse visible from parts of all seven
continents...' Photo gallery.
An imaginary city in one man's head.
'Hello, let me introduce myself, my name is
Gilles Trehin, I'm born in 1972, I live in
Cagnes sur Mer, near Nice, in south-east of
'I'm told I have autism, some say I have Asperger's
syndrome (it's very similar). Maybe it is the reason
I have been drawing since the age of 5 and I have
always been fascinated by big cities and
'In 1984, I started to be interested by the
conception of an imaginary city called Urville.
The name came from "Dumont d'Urville", a scientific
base, in a French territory of the Antarctic. Since
then, I made many (200) drawings of Urville, and
I wrote a historical, geographical, cultural and
economic description. I also have a book published
by Jessica Kingsley Publisher in English, about
Urville in March 2006. My greatest pleasure is
to be invited to give a lecture on Urville because
I can make it exist!'
Chinese Propaganda Poster Pages.
'This site is dedicated to the Chinese propaganda
poster as it has been produced from 1937 till the
present day. So-called propaganda art has played a
major supporting role in the many campaigns that
were designed to mobilize the people, and throughout
the People's Republic, the propaganda poster has
been the favored vehicle through which art conveyed
model behavior. I've been collecting these Chinese
political posters for many years now, and have
brought together quite a nice collection of some
2,000 titles, spanning almost six decades of Chinese
poster production. '
Gastronomic Cartography: The France of
'This brilliant map is in a gang of one, for
the time being - gastronomic cartography. An
intriguing category nonetheless: La France des
pains ('The France of Breads') visually
demonstrates the place of origin of France's
different local types of bread. It turns out
they come in a lot more shapes than the one
foreigners (non-French foreigners, that is)
usually associate with a French baguette...'
Century 21 Exposition.
The future's just not what it used to be...
"In 1957 Paul Thiry, one of Seattle's earliest
pracitioners of European Modernism, was appointed
prinicpal architect of Century 21, the 1962
Seattle World's Fair. The Ford pavillion, part
of the Triangle of the Future, was located near
the south gate on Boulevard 21. Under its geodesic
dome, visitors were entertained by a simulated
flight to outer space in a model rocket ship.
An auto show was also part of the attraction at
the pavillion, where the Ford Motor Company
displayed some of the consumer products it
had in development."
The Native Tribes of North
'This massive anthropological study of
the central Australian tribes is one of the
primary sources for information on these cultures.
Based on first-hand scholarly study just prior to
the twentieth century, Spencer and Gillen describe
their complex rituals and belief systems, including
initiation ceremonies, kinship, mythology and
material culture. The picture that emerges is
that of a sophisticated culture living under
what most others would consider very marginal
'Sister Aimee tells the dramatic life story
Aimee Semple McPherson, the controversial,
charismatic, wildly popular evangelist who was
instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism
into mainstream culture and American politics.'
'McPherson began her mission humbly, traveling
across the country staging tent revivals. In 1921,
at the age of 31, she settled in Los Angeles,
founded the Church of the Four Square Gospel,
and built the Angelus Temple, where she often
preached before a packed house of 5,000 believers
using elaborate musical productions worthy of
'The interior of our bodies is hidden to us.
What happens beneath the skin is mysterious,
fearful, amazing. In antiquity, the body's
internal structure was the subject of speculation,
fantasy, and some study, but there were few
efforts to represent it in pictures. The invention
of the printing press in the 15th century-and the
cascade of print technologies that followed-helped
to inspire a new spectacular science of anatomy,
and new spectacular visions of the body...'
Wrong Side of the Tracks.
Urban decay in Detroit.
'It's always fun to go up north here in
Michigan, to the country, where people are
scattered and open land is plenty. You find
little towns where small, old houses sit on
grasslands or prairies, seen only by the few
cars that drive through on old roads that go
unnoticed by most people as they pass the area
on the highway...'
'...The only thing is, this house and the
backwoods that contains it aren't up north;
they're in the middle of the city of Detroit.'
Drawing a pretty cool cartoon monster.
'This is a walkthrough of my painting process
for Calamity Katie, I spent a lot of time
giving her face an interesting and monstrous
look, mostly through the characterisation of
her features and with the use of colour and
The Old Order and the New:
P.H. Emerson and Photography 1885-95.
Photographs of traditional Norfolk life.
'This exhibition explores British photographer
Peter Henry Emerson's decade-long work to document
the people and landscape of the Norfolk Broads, a
network of freshwater rivers, lakes, and marshes
in East Anglia, on England's eastern shore. Drawn
to rural subjects, Emerson was fascinated by the
region's traditional ways of life and concerned
that they were threatened by industrialization
First-Person Narratives of the American South
It includes the diaries, autobiographies,
memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave
narratives of not only prominent individuals,
but also of relatively inaccessible populations:
women, African Americans, enlisted men, laborers,
and Native Americans...'
New Philadelphia: A Multiracial Town on the
Imagine villagers filling baskets with a
bounty of apples, corn, and wheat, while
chickens clucked and pigs rooted in nearby
pens. Picture farmers hitching mules and oxen
to carts filled with vegetables, fruit, and
grain to sell at markets. Listen for loud
clanging from the blacksmith's shop as hammers
shaped hot metal into shoes for mules and
'But New Philadelphia was not a typical pioneer
town. It was the first town platted and registered
by an African American before the American Civil War.
A formerly enslaved man called "Free Frank" McWorter
founded New Philadelphia in 1836 as a money-making
venture to buy his family out of slavery. Census
records and other historical documents tell us
that New Philadelphia was a place where black
and white villagers lived side by side, but we
know that the town's dead lie buried in cemeteries
separated by color. '
Turkish stampede in
Thrace, a small detachment found itself confronted
by a wide and deep
river. However, they discovered a boat in which two
children were rowing
about. It was so small that it would only carry the
two children, or one
How did the officer get himself and his 357 soldiers
across the river and
leave the two children finally in joint possession of
their boat? And how
many times need the boat pass from shore to shore?
Nostradamus, The Man Who Saw Through Time.
(1941) Entertaining nonsense.
'This book, published in the early days of World
War II, is partially a biography of Nostradamus,
partially a historical novelization of incidents
in his life, and an attempt to associate his
predictions with historical and future events.
McCann is at his best in the former parts of the
book. He immerses us in the life and times of
Nostradamus. Although many of the episodes are
fictionalized, they make pleasant reading and
appear to be historically accurate. The attempts
to match Notradamus' predictions with historical
events of the rennaissance are for the most part
very well reasoned, and range from plausible to