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25th January


Metro-land: Railways around Amersham & the Metropolitan Line.
The London Underground, and London's northwestern suburbs and beyond.
'The name "Metro-land" was created in 1915 by the publicity department of the Metropolitan Railway. "Metro-Land" became the name of the annual publication of the railway's booklet which described the area the railways served through north west London, into Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The Railway set up a separate company to develop housing and shops along the Metropolitan's line. Much of the area was extensively developed between the World Wars and created a distinctive atmosphere...'

Britannia Illustrata.
'Johannes (Jan) Kip and Leonard Knyff were both expatriate dutch artists who settled in Britain towards the end of the 17th century. They collaborated to produce one of the preeminent historical works on British topography, landscaping and architecture with the release in 1707 of 'Britannia Illustrata: Or Views of Several of the Queens Palaces, as Also of the Principal seats of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain, Curiously Engraven on 80 Copper Plates'...'

Persian Zodiac.
'These images come form an egyptian manuscript from the 14th/15th centuries. It reproduces a persian astrological treatise from ~9th century - 'Kitâb al-Mawalid' - by Abû Ma'shar, said to have been the most influential document in the development of western astrology...'

The Mongolian Legend of Molon Toyin.
A 19th century Mongolian manuscript.
'From the paucity of information around online about Yeke riti qubil?an tu molon toyin-u eke-yin aci-yi qari?ulu?san tu?uji bölüge ('Tale how the very miraculous Bodhisattva Molon toyin repaid to his mother good actions') it seems Molon Toyin was one of Buddha's 10 known disciples.'
'The classic Molon Toyin (Maudgalyayana) legend has the pious monk making a descent into the underworld to rescue his mother. During his journey he encounters 8 hot and 8 cold versions of hell in which the damned are seen suffering their punishments...'

Vintage DIY Advertising.

Fabric of Their Lives.
The quilters of Gee's Bend, Alabama.
'Annie Mae Young is looking at a photograph of a quilt she pieced together out of strips torn from well-worn cotton shirts and polyester pants. "I was doing this quilt at the time of the civil rights movement," she says, contemplating its jazzy, free-form squares...'
'... Six of Young's quilts, together with 64 by other Gee's Bend residents, have been traveling around the United States in an exhibition that has transformed the way many people think about art. Gee's Bend's "eye-poppingly gorgeous" quilts, wrote New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman, "turn out to be some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced...." '

The Diaries of Franz Kafka 1910-1923.
The great writer's diaries are being put online - day by day, in German and English - in weblog form.
'Diaries in the public domain seem natural candidates for the weblog format. While the Kafka Project has already made the critical edition of Kafka's diaries available online, this site aims to supplement that work by providing a public-domain translation in English and a space for discussion (in the event of a talkative readership). '

Sub-Urban: UK Urban Exploration.
'Sub-Urban documents our Urban Exploration exploits from locations across the UK. Our primary interest is and always will be drains and draining, which we have interspersed with exploration of derelict and abandoned buildings from exuberant victorian mansions to colossal power stations.'

The Internet Rainbow.
'Each visitor gets a personal color and becomes part of the internet rainbow. There are currently 136120 rays of light.'

Cute Overload.
Pictures of cute animals. :) :) :)

ChicKnits.
Entertaining writing about the art and social phenomenon of ... knitting.
'I started this site in 2001, when myself and friends started to get reacquainted with the Fine Art of Knitting. One thing rather quickly led to another and before long, Chic Knits became a collection of many resources for the growing number of new millennium knitters.'

The idler and the devil.
A puzzle.

Turkey in Cinemascope.
Panoramic Turkish landscape photographs. Just lovely.

Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection.
Historic American maps.
'Here the researcher will find an America drawn by cartographers who imagined the New World based upon the earliest explorations of the Eastern coastline, as well as the geographically maturing images of mapmakers whose creations reflect an increasing European expedition into the American continent. A colonial presence manifested itself in forts, then settlements, and then as a nation conceived of thirteen revolutionary colonies...'

Early Maps of Russia.

Fifty Fantasy and Science Fiction Works That Socialists Should Read.
Changing the world, one book at a time. List composed by China Mieville, who is both a science fiction writer and a socialist. In fact, it's a good list for anyone who's interested in big ideas and good writing, and includes works such as Bulgakov's satirical fantasy 'The Master and Margarita', Ursula Le Guin's 'The Dispossessed' (about an anarchist society and how it might work), William Morris' 'News from Nowhere' (a 19th century vision of utopia), etc.

Articles on Japanese Mythology & Folklore.
'The first gods summoned two divine beings into existence, the male Izanagi and the female Izanami, and charged them with creating the first land. To help them do this, Izanagi and Izanami were given a halberd decorated with jewels, named Amanonuhoko (Heavenly Halberd of the Marsh). The two deities then went to the bridge between heaven and earth, Amenoukihashi (Floating Bridge of Heaven) and churned the sea below with the halberd. When drops of salty water fell from the halberd, they formed into the island Onogoro (self-forming). They descended from the bridge of heaven and made their home on the island...'

88 Temples of Shikoku.
Pilgrimage to the smallest of Japan's four main islands.
'Shikoku is an island of legend. Oh, it really exists. But as a friend told me, it seems imbued with mystery. Every tree, every stone, seems to have a legend attached. Many of these center on Shikoku's most famous son, the monk Kukai who later became known as Kobo Daishi, or "Great Teacher/Saint Who Spreads Widely the Buddha's Teaching."...'

Cassell's 'Old and New Edinburgh'.
'Cassell's Old and New Edinburgh by James Grant was printed as a periodical in the 1880s and is now seen as a set of three or six volumes, and describes its history, its people, and its places by using anecdotal historical text with endless illustrations. These volumes were a gift from my uncle, Bill Smith. As someone who has lived in Edinburgh for more than 50 years, the illustrations still thrill and excite me no matter how often I look at them. For this reason I wanted to put them online in such a format that Edinburgh school children and students might easily download the images or text whilst researching the history, architecture, society of Edinburgh's Old or New Towns.'
Thanks to peacay.

Unreality TV.
All about UK reality television. Lively commentary.

Invented Languages.
Klingon, Elvish, Esperanto, etc.

Tobacco through the Ages: A Timeline.

Wee Planets.
Set of 360 degree photographic panoramas, projected to look like small planets. Photography and optical illusion.

Mandela Way T-34 Tank.
'On a small piece of scrubland on the corner of Mandela Way and Pages Walk in Bermondsey, London, there lies a non-functional Soviet T-34 battle tank.'
Which was once painted pink!

Waking up to Snow.

2006 in Review.
Collection of mainly US editorial cartoons.

'I don't think I'm interested in anything, in any realm. I used to have interests and ideas and goals but I feel like I've slowly lost all of that. '

'What sort of condiments go well with a hard boiled egg? '

How to deal with an unwelcome guest?
A good insight :- ask culture vs. guess culture.
'In some families, you grow up with the expectation that it's OK to ask for anything at all, but you gotta realize you might get no for an answer. This is Ask Culture.'
'In Guess Culture, you avoid putting a request into words unless you're pretty sure the answer will be yes. Guess Culture depends on a tight net of shared expectations. A key skill is putting out delicate feelers...'

'What can I do with a dead bird?'

Scott Teplin's Weekly Sketches.

Chris Ware.
Illustrator and comics artist.
'Chris Ware, one of many artists whose work has appeared in Raw magazine, has drawn for many publications, including New City and the New York Times. He was inspired by Joost Swarte and other European "clear line" artists as well as the classical American newspaper comics. But Ware also has a lot of his own ideas. He is particularily famous for his 'Miniature Workings', do-it-yourself kits integrated in his comics, like his 'The Acme Novelty Library', in which the reader has to assemble a bookshelf and the books to put in it. Many fans are now addicted to these stylish kits. Chris Ware is a master of composition and color and held to be one of the bright hopes of the American comic.'

Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustration.
Thanks to peacay.

Albums of Woodcuts from 19th Century Novels.
Thanks to peacay.
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18th January


The Wonderful World of Early Photography.

Tracked in America.
Stories from the history of US government surveillance.
'Tracked in America introduces the stories of 25 individuals who have been targeted by the U.S. government. The stories span from World War I to the post-9/11 world. Six eminent historians provide historical perspective and context to the time periods in which these individuals were under surveillance. Together, the profiles convey the courage of these individuals and reveal a dangerous pattern of government surveillance.'

Zoomorphic Calligraphy.
Or, writing that looks like animals.
Depictions of living things were forbidden in much of the Islamic world for much of its history; calligraphy that looks like the creature it is meant to describe was an acceptable method of visual portrayal.

The Cherry Blossom Book.
'Japanese album of coloured woodblock prints from 1921 that depicts 112 varieties of the Cherry Blossom tree.'

The Concept of Mammals.
18th century zoological illustrations, fantastic beasts.
'German naturalist Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber (1739-1810) trained as a physician and went and studied botany in Sweden under the great Carolus Linneaus. He would eventually edit one of Linneaus's publications and he also included the Linnean binomial species naming system for the first time for some of the animals depicted above.'

Follow the Sun: Australian Travel Posters 1930s-1950s.

Rare Medical Images.
'This exhibit displays hundreds of images from medical and natural history texts, most of which were printed before 1800. They are organized by theme: diagnostics, human body, imaging, instruments, physician-patient culture, portraits, public health, reproduction, reproduction instruments, therapeutics. The Clendening Library encourages educational use of the images at no charge. '

The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection.
'Alfred Russel Wallace co-discovered the theory of evolution by natural selection. The Wallace Collection brings together a remarkable selection of digitised letters, notes, articles and even insect specimens collected by Wallace himself.'

The Pan-American Highway: A Photographic Voyage.
'The Pan American Highway system connects North and South America, from Alaska to Argentina.'
'In Latin America, a 10,000-mile portion of the highway stretches from the U.S. / Mexican border to the southern tip of Patagonia.'
'Hit the road with Aurora Photographer Melissa Farlow as she travels through Mexico, Peru and Chile along the Pan Am Highway.'

Historical Atlas of the 20th Century.

Village India.
'It is often said that India is a nation of villages. While the urban population has dramatically increased over the last couple of decades, the rural economy and life is central to India's existence and identity. This section at Kamat's Potpourri is an attempt to provide graphic insights into the lifestyle and social infrastructure of rural India. The photographs were taken over a fifty year period, and many of the means or tools may no longer be available or practiced. However, we feel they are of historical importance, and wish to document the rural life in India during the twentieth century.'

The Ruins of Fordlandia.
'In the early 20th century, a cartel of Dutch and English rubber barons had a stranglehold on the vast majority of the world's supply of rubber. At that time the sole source of rubber was the South American tree Hevea brasiliensis, whose sap is natural latex. In the 1870s a gaggle of entrepreneurial smugglers had secreted a stash of wild rubber tree seeds out of the Amazon rain forest, which they used to establish sprawling plantations in East Asia. These smothered the output of Brazil, causing their owners to eventually enjoy the majority of the world's rubber business.'
'But by the late 1920s, the infamous automobile tycoon Henry Ford set out to break the back of this rubbery monopoly. His hundreds of thousands of new cars needed millions of tires, which were very expensive to produce when buying raw materials from the established rubber lords. To that end, he established Fordlândia, a tiny piece of America which was transplanted into the Amazon rain forest for a single purpose: to create the largest rubber plantation on the planet. Though enormously ambitious, the project was ultimately a fantastic failure...'

Unwritten Literature of Hawaii: The Sacred Songs of the Hula.
(1909) 'Emerson's classic study of the Hula is a gold-mine of information for explorers of Hawaiian language, music, dance and culture. He gives the full annotated Hawaiian text of the songs, along with a free English translation. '

Peruvian Folk Art: Retablos by the Jimenez Family and Others.
'The term retablo traditionally applies to a broad variety of religious images which are painted and sculpted over much of Latin America. The word is derived from the Latin retro tabula, which means behind the (altar) table, where devotional images were typically placed...'

I have a basket containing five apples. How do I share the five apples between five children, giving each child one apple each, but keeping one apple in the basket?

My Happy Soviet Childhood.
Photographic memories of the USSR.

Skyscraperpage.
Major skyscrapers of the world compared, on one page!

Sleeping with Cannibals.
'For days I've been slogging through a rain-soaked jungle in Indonesian New Guinea, on a quest to visit members of the Korowai tribe, among the last people on earth to practice cannibalism. Soon after first light this morning I boarded a pirogue, a canoe hacked out of a tree trunk, for the last stage of the journey, along the twisting Ndeiram Kabur River. Now the four paddlers bend their backs with vigor, knowing we will soon make camp for the night...'

The Doctor Who Scarf.
'When Tom Baker was cast as the Doctor, costume designer James Acheson picked up a load of wool and asked a knitter called Begonia Pope to knit a scarf for Tom. She inadvertently used all the wool Acheson had given her, resulting in a scarf that was some twenty feet long. This unusual scarf was well received by the cast and crew and after being shortened slightly, it was worn by Baker beginning on "Robot." The pattern for this scarf is shown here...'

Why Mommy Is a Democrat.
Politics for kids. 'Democrats make sure we all share our toys, just like Mommy does...'

The Japanese Calendar.
'... traces the history of the Japanese calendar based on the National Diet Library's calendar collection, with special focus on the Daisho-reki calendar consisting of months, some with 30 days, others with 29, which was used in the Edo period (1603 to 1867). It also includes notes on how to better appreciate it.'

TV in Japan.
'This is what TV is like. In Japan.' Pop culture.

The Five Smallest Countries in the World.

Texas Historic Sites Atlas.

Share the Perspective of Genius: Leonardo's Study for the Adoration of the Magi.
'In 1481 the monks of San Donato a Scopeto near Florence commissioned Leonardo da Vinci to paint an altar-piece celebrating the Adoration of the Magi. In one of the preparatory drawings, Leonardo drew with meticulous accuracy a refined perspective grid in order to place the architectural structures, the human figures, and the animals in a realistically proportioned way...'
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11th January


Secret Underground Cities in Britain.
Hidden architectural reminders of the Cold War.

American Steel and Coal Industries Ads, 1966.
Vintage advertising.

Rugs of War.
'War rugs' of Afghanistan.
'The traditional knotted rugs made by the semi-nomadic Baluch people of northern Afghanistan are famous for their distinctive designs, their rich yet subdued palette and the quality of their construction and materials, which feature traditional patterns and motifs.'
'The "war rug" is an evolution of these Baluch rugs through the inclusion of militaria and other references to the experience of war and conflict in the region. These significant changes became apparent almost immediately after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, when rug-makers began incorporating complex imagery of war planes, helicopters, machine guns, maps and texts into their designs.'

Plains Indian Ledger Art.
Native American art in ... accounting ledgers.
'Beginning in the early 1860s, Plains Indian men adapted their representational style of painting to paper in the form of accountants ledger books. Traditional paints and bone and stick brushes used to paint on hide gave way to new implements such as colored pencils, crayon, and occasionally water color paints. Plains artists acquired paper and new drawing materials in trade, or as booty after a military engagement, or from a raid...'

Droplet - Amateur Microscopy of the Protozoa.
Photography of microscopic beings.

Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company 1880-1920.

Volcano of Delight: Historic Sheet Music 1800-1922.

The 1000 Mangas by Hokusai.
Classics of Japanese art - illustrations to Chinese poems, the life of Buddha, etc.

In Pictures: The Malakand Siege of 1897.
'A collection of pictures from the late 19th century showing Britain's campaign against Pashtun tribesmen in what is now Pakistani NWFP has for the first time been publicly released. '

Wisconsin Historical Images: Tall-Tale Postcards.
'Photographer Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. specialized in the tall-tale postcard, extolling Wisconsin's agricultural abundance through images of oversized produce and animals. Staging his friends and family to pantomime story lines, Johnson added enlarged fruits, vegetables and animals to fit the background and included titles that attributed bountiful crops to local communities. Johnson's tall-tale postcards affirmed the American myth of abundance - a myth often at odds with reality. '

Moscow Metro Guide.
Photographs and history.

Twenty Full Moons.

History of the Button.
'Tracing the history of interaction design through the history of the button, from flashlights to websites and beyond.'

A Knight's tour.
Imagine a knight in the centre square of a 5 x 5 chessboard, or a 5 x 5 area of an 8 x 8 chessboard if you prefer.
Is it possible for the knight to visit each square in the 5 x 5 area once and only once, only using the legal moves of a knight in chess?

Vintage Camera Ads.

Tokyo Subway Platform.
About the Tokyo subway.

Panama Railroad Liners Brochure.
'We hope to bring a memory or two back to our Canal Zone compadres of those wonderful vacation trips on the PRR liners - the SS Cristobal, SS Ancon and SS Panama. '

Jim Woodring Virtual Exhibition.
Surreal illustrations.
'Jim Woodring, the son of a toxicologist and an inventor, was born in 1952 in Los Angeles. After a childhood made interesting by hallucinations, paranoia and other torments, he visited a Surrealism retrospective in the Los Angeles County Art Museum in 1968, which opened his eyes to the possibilities of making art from otherworldly experiences. Woodring's post-high school years were lived out against a background of drugs, alcohol, underground comix, literature and 17th-century Dutch painting. '

A Selection of Letters Written by Florence Nightingale.

150 Years of Advertising in the Netherlands.
'In the Netherlands, the history of modern mass advertising dates from around 1850. But advertising did not really get off the ground until 1869, when the stamp duty on newspapers and magazines was abolished. From then on, more and more posters and hoardings, advertising such products as Sunlight soap, Van Houten chocolate, Singer sewing machines, Philips light bulbs, Verkade biscuits and Delft salad oil, were to be seen on the streets in ever-growing numbers. Most of these brands still exist and have an advertising history going back over 100 years. Their names keep recurring in this collection, together with almost 1,000 other brand names.'

Coffee Ads.
Collection of vintage advertising.

Gallery of Rubik Cubes.

Citroen Brochures and Photos 1957-74.

Massive Corporation.
'Our goal is to make sure corporateness is woven into the fabric of our company - into all our processes, into day-to-day business practices, creating a mindset within every employee and manager that will allow them to consciously think about corporate massiveness in everything that they do. ' Satire.

Anatoly Vasilievich Lunacharsky's Revolutionary Silhouettes.
Biographical sketches of Bolsheviks, by someone who knew them.

The September 11th Sourcebooks.
'... The Archive's mission is to put on the record the primary source documentation that can enrich the policy debate, improve journalism, educate policymakers, and ensure that we don't reinvent the wheel or repeat the mistakes of the past...'

Raphael, 'The School of Athens', Rome 1508.
'This is one of greatest art treasures in the world. It is a fresco 9 feet high and 27 feet wide (2.8 x 8 meters)...'
Virtual tour of a work of art.

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention 1774-1789.
'The Continental Congress Broadside Collection (256 titles) and the Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection (21 titles) contain 277 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. '

Devil Worship in France.
'In spite of the sensational title, this book is actually a debunking of a notorious late 19th century hoax. Leo Taxil, a French anti-clericalist, suddenly converted to Catholicism in the 1885 and wrote a number of books in which he claimed that Freemasonry was a world-wide satanic conspiracy. Taxil started an anti-Masonic newspaper. In 1887 Taxil even had an audience with Pope Leo XIII, who subsequently sanctioned his anti-Masonic campaign. '
'Waite systematically debunks Taxil in this book, citing factual inaccuracies, plagarism, and sheer absurdities. Waite is in top form here, witty, sarcastic, and utilizing extensive firsthand knowledge of Victorian mystical and masonic groups to demolish Taxil.'
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4th January


Memories of Florence Morgan.
Memories of West Midlands working class life between the World Wars (my new web project).

Boring Postcards.
'Postcards were created to be boring. Postcards are meant to communicate the impossible message: "It's great fun here! Please envy us!" '
'This group is an atttempt to collect boring postcards. '

The Great War: Postcards.
Hundreds of thumbnailed images of World War I postcards, propaganda and otherwise.

Apollo Lunar Surface Journal.
'The Apollo Lunar Surface Journal is a record of the lunar surface operations conducted by the six pairs of astronauts who landed on the Moon from 1969 through 1972. The Journal is intended as a resource for anyone wanting to know what happened during the missions and why...'

Earthrise.
'As the Apollo 8 command module rounded the farside of the Moon, the crew could look toward the lunar horizon and see the Earth appear to rise, due to their spacecraft's orbital motion. The famous picture that resulted, of a distant blue Earth above the Moon's limb, was a marvelous gift to the world. '

FSA/OWI Photographs.
America during the Depression.
'The black-and-white photographs of the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are a landmark in the history of documentary photography. The images show Americans at home, at work, and at play, with an emphasis on rural and small-town life and the adverse effects of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and increasing farm mechanization. Some of the most famous images portray people who were displaced from farms and migrated West or to industrial cities in search of work. In its latter years, the project documented America's mobilization for World War II. '

The Mongols in World History.
Genghis Khan, maybe somewhat misunderstood. Nice collection of articles and Mongol art.
'Most Westerners accept the stereotype of the 13th-century Mongols as barbaric plunderers intent merely to maim, slaughter, and destroy. This perception, based on Persian, Chinese, Russian, and other accounts of the speed and ruthlessness with which the Mongols carved out the largest contiguous land empire in world history, has shaped both Asian and Western images of the Mongols and of their earliest leader, Chinggis Khan.'
'Such a view has diverted attention from the considerable contributions the Mongols made to 13th- and 14th-century civilization. Though the brutality of the Mongols' military campaigns ought not to be downplayed or ignored, neither should their influence on Eurasian culture be overlooked.'

Marxist Children's Literature.
Texts and illustrations.
'...Oh Flies, if you wanted to, if you really wanted to, you could be invincible! True, the Spiders are still strong today, but they are few. Even if you Flies are quite insignificant and without influence, your numbers are legion, you are life itself, you are the world-if you really wanted to. If you only united, you would at one blow of your wings tear apart all the threads, sweep away all the cobwebs that ensnare you today, that make you writhe and die of starvation. You could banish poverty and slavery-if you really wanted to...'
- From Wilhelm Liebknecht, 'The Spider and the Fly'.

'A contestant on a gameshow is given the choice of three doors. Behind one door is a speedboat; behind the others, dusty bins. The contests picks a door. The host, who knows what's behind the doors, opens another door, which has a dusty bin. He then says to the contestant, "Do you want to pick the third door or stick with your original choice?" Is it to the contestant's advantage to switch doors?'

Evidence from Scripture and History of the Second Coming of Christ.
'This is a collection of lectures by William Miller (1782-1849), a 19th century preacher who managed to convince himself and thousands of others that Jesus would return in 1844...'
'... As the deadline approached, his followers grew into a huge movement. The calculations were refined by his disciples, and October 22, 1844 was determined to be the day. As that date approached, Millerites sold their homes and business, and flocked to the hills to await the last judgement. Of course, nothing out of the ordinary occurred, and most of Miller's followers melted away as quickly as they had joined. This became known as 'the Great Disappointment.' '

"I Do Solemnly Swear..."
American presidential inaugurations.
'In this special presentation are more than forty items including photographs, manuscripts, campaign posters, letters, broadsides, and inaugural speeches. This unique selection of items offers a glimpse into the history of American presidential inaugurations. Eighteen presidents are featured in the display--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, William Harrison, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. '

Jazz Age Comics.
A nice anthology of vintage comic art.

That Roundhouse.
An Iron Age-style roundhouse in Wales.
'This is an ecohome of wood frame, cobwood and recycled window walls, straw-insulated turf roof, with solar power for electricity, compost toilet and reed beds for grey water. We designed and built it over the winter 1997/8, and it was turned down for planning permission several times. After several court appearances, we decided to demolish it over Easter 2004, but changed our minds after demonstrations of huge public support in its defence...'

Hokusai's Illustrations to 100 Poems by 100 Poets.
Japanese art.
'Katsushika Hokusai illustrated 89 of the 100 poems. The very short poems (tanka) were mostly written by noble members (Emperors, princesses) and high functionaries at the Imperial courts between 800 and 1200 AC. 20 poems were written by women...'

Dore's Illustrations to Dante's 'Inferno'.

Village in Ukraine.
'They are processed but still they depict the true spirit of old slavic village that still can be met in Ukraine.'

A History of the Aluminium Cap of the Washington Monument.

Portraits of Eminent Indians.
'Mass reproductions of grayscale photographs was an expensive proposition for publishers of periodicals, newspapers in the early part of 20th century and this gave rise to the art forms of cartoons, and pen and ink portraits, which could be reproduced just in black and white without the shades of gray.'
'Indian publishers during the 1950s and 1960s called upon artist V.N.O'key, more than anyone else, to provide these portraits for their publications. An excellent photographer and a fine artist, O'key was very well versed in art form of pen and ink portraits, as one can see from this collection.'

Introduction to Microbiology.

Illustrators' Visions of Santa Claus.
Vintage illustration.

James Brown: Life in Pictures.
'James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul", who died on Christmas Day, is pictured in customary pose performing in Westbury, New York, in 1972.'

'How do you justify how much to spend on yourself when there are so many out there without? And, how much should you give to charity?'

Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River.
A fascinating map. Via Coudal.

2001: A Space Odyssey.
Movie stills.
Via Eye of the Goof.

The Vintage Nurse.
Vintages images of the nursing profession.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia.
The oldest cemetery in Atlanta.

Posters of the Films of Luis Bunuel.

Old Photos from Russia.

Vintage Men's Mags.
Pulp.

Living and Breathing in Iceland.
Photographs of humans and other creatures.

Atlas of Plucked Instruments.
Musical history.

The Rebirth of the Tale of Genji: Costume History in Japan.

Africa in 2006: In Cartoons.
African cartoonists look back.

Kwanzaa Celebration Postage Stamp.
'Kwanzaa is a non-religious African American holiday that takes place over seven days, from December 26 to January 1. It draws on African traditions and takes its name from the Swahili phrase for "first fruits." ...'

The Most Dangerous Roads in the World.
Photographs.

Beatles Stamps.
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