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28th March


The Tacky Postcard Archive.

The Ten Most Magnificent Trees in the World.

Ask Philosophers.
'This site puts the talents and knowledge of philosophers at the service of the general public. Send in a question that you think might be related to philosophy and we will do our best to respond to it. '

Working in Paterson.
Working class life in Paterson, New Jersey.

African American Photo Postcards.
'No other photographic format illustrates America during the period between 1905 and 1925, better than the photo postcard. The multitude of subjects found in any other photographic format can also be found on a photo postcard, with the photo postcard selected as the format of choice of many small town professional photographers and amateurs. Whether illustrating state fairs, store openings, railroads coming to town, sporting events, or just portraits of ordinary people, the postcard photographer was there to take the picture. '
'This exhibition deals with one of the many subjects depicted in photo postcards; African Americans. '

Winter on Mars.

Hill of Crosses in Lithuania.

The Paris Commune and the Aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War.
Photographs of the ruins of Paris 1870-71.

So Bad It's Good: LA's Mexican Murals.

Travelers in the Middle East Archive.
Travels to Egypt during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Eskimo Folk-Tales.
(1921)

Omaha Indian Music.
'Omaha Indian Music features traditional Omaha music from the 1890s and 1980s. The multiformat ethnographic field collection contains 44 wax cylinder recordings collected by Francis La Flesche and Alice Cunningham Fletcher between 1895 and 1897, 323 songs and speeches from the 1983 Omaha harvest celebration pow-wow, and 25 songs and speeches from the 1985 Hethu'shka Society concert at the Library of Congress. '

The Antonio Gramsci Internet Archive.
Socialist thinker who had a tragic life. Imprisoned by Mussolini. his 'Prison Writings' are a twentieth century classic. Gramsci was a key figure in the early Italian Communist Party, and was also responsible for the concept of 'cultural hegemony'.

The Lenin Internet Archive.
Works, bio, photographs.

The Comte de Gabalis.
'The book describes an encounter with a mysterious Comte de Gabalis, who is a master of the occult sciences. Gabalis initiates de Villars into the secrets of the elemental beings: the Sylphs of the Air, the Undines of the Water, the Gnomes of the Earth and the Salamanders of Fire. The Abbé is not sure whether the elementals are demons, while Gabalis encourages him to symbolically (?) marry one of the elementals. '

Forgotten Michigan: Metro-Detroit Urban Exploration.
With stories and a forum.

Chortens in Amdo, Tibet.
Photographs of Buddhist monuments.

Ketchup Art.

Early 18th Century Newspaper Reports.
'Trials at the Old Bailey, Hangings at Tyburn, Famous Criminals, Mobs and the Pillory'.

'How do I automate the mundane aspects my life?'

A Miracle in Stone: Or, The Great Pyramid of Egypt.
(1877) 19th century gibberish.

Sur La Lune Fairy Tales.

Responses to the Holocaust: A Hypermedia Sourcebook for the Humanities.

List of CIA Inspector General Investigations.

The American Red Cross Museum.
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21st March


London: A Life in Maps.

The Ralamb Costume Book.
'The 'Ralamb Costume Book' is a small volume containing 121 miniatures in Indian ink with gouache and some gilding, displaying Turkish officials, occupations and folk types. '
'They were acquired in Constantinople in 1657-58 by Claes Ralamb who led a Swedish embassy to the Sublime Porte, and arrived in the Library in 1886...'

Alaska and Western Canada Collection.
'The Alaska and Western Canada collection is a digital collection of historic photographs documenting the geographic area of Alaska and the Canadian provinces of Yukon Territory and British Columbia. The collection features images of the Seward Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands, and areas of interest in Alaska and the Yukon Territory relating to the Gold Rush of 1898-1900. Included also are images of mining activities, street scenes, Eskimo and Native Americans of the region, hunting and fishing, transportation, and World War II installations. '

Painted Houses of Borovsk.
'People of this small Russian town Borovsk are fond of painting their houses with different kind of stories. Some prefer pictures from past, some are more modern oriented. '

Cape Cod Gravestones.
'A major goal is to photograph and display the most interesting old gravestones in Barnstable County before they are lost to the ravages of time. A related goal is to provide reasonably complete gravestone records from the earliest in 1683 up to 1860 or later for all Barnstable County cemeteries. Information about the gravestone carvers and gravestone styles is included. Reference sources for cemetery surveys done over the last one hundred years are provided for further research.'

Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America.
'The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection is comprised of over 29,000 images primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures. Subjects are concentrated chiefly in the northeastern United States, especially the New York City area, and Florida. Included are the homes of notable Americans, such as Raymond Loewy, and of several U.S. presidents, as well as color images of the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. '

Gallery of Graphic Design.
Old advertising.

History of the Paris Commune.
Documents and photographs.

Saturn from Above.

The Secret History of the Cedar Valley.
'Our purpose is to collect together as much information about bands, venues, labels and zines of the Cedar Valley alternative / punk / underground music scene in Iowa from 1977-2007. '

The Watts Towers.
'Nuestro Pueblo, commonly called the Watts Towers, in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California, is a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet (30 m). The Towers were built by Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato ("Sam" or "Simon") Rodia in his spare time over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is a superb example of non-traditional vernacular architecture...'

Japanese Art on the Subject of Medicine.
'This collection of Japanese Medical Prints or Ukiyo-e is housed in the Clendening History of Medicine Library, at the Kansas University Medical Center. This group of prints is a small facet of the total donation that was donated sometime before May 1940, by Dr. Matthew Pickard.'
'Dr. Matthew Pickard was born in Odessa, Russia in 1874. After serving in the Russian Navy, achieving the rank of officer, he immigrated to United States. Pickard started at Kansas City Medical College in 1898 and practiced in Kansas City as a surgeon until his death in 1952. During the era of the Czarists, most educated Russians were fluent in several languages. After immigrating to the United States, Pickard added Chinese and Japanese to his verbal arsenal. He spent time travailing throughout Europe and the Orient. On the Island of Hokkaido he studied the Ainu, considered the aborigines of Japan...'

Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club Collection.
'The Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club was a women's organization in Cuba dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, women's issues, social welfare, and women's athletics. It was formed when two Havana women's clubs, the Lyceum and the "Tennis de Señoritas," merged in 1939. The Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club hosted art exhibitions, lectures, conferences, vocational classes, and a library. It's strong emphasis on social welfare led to the creation of the School of Social Service at the University of Havana. The club was also recognized as a nuturing environment for emerging and established Cuban intellectuals and artists. '
'In 1968, the Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club was shut down by the Castro government. Led by María Luisa Guerrero, several members continued meeting in exile in Miami. In the early 1980s, the Cuban Heritage Collection canvassed former Lyceum members to collect their memorabilia, photographs, exhibition programs, newsletters, and yearbooks. It is the over 300 items generously donated by former members that comprise the Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club Collection. '

Today in Literature.

Chess Variants.
'It is generally assumed that chess originated in India, 5-7 centuries after the birth of Christ. At that time, the game was not as we know it. During the course of history, many variants of the game were tried. Some were discarded immediately, some had for some time an enthusiastic following and then died out, while others stayed, and replaced the game as it formerly was known...'

20th Century Vintage Fashion.

Tales of the North American Indians.
(1929) 'Stith Thompson, a Distinguished Professor of English and Folklore at Indiana University, anthologized these Native American tales from the ethnographic literature. His chief contribution to the field was his 'Motif-Index of Folk Literature', which is a cross-cultural index of themes that occur in folktales.'

The Marx and Engels Internet Archive.
Very comprehensive collection of works, letters, images etc.

Codex Seraphinianus.
Explanation here :- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codex_Seraphinianus (''The Codex Seraphinianus is a book written and illustrated by the Italian architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during the late 1970s. The book is approximately 360 pages long (depending on edition), and appears to be a visual encyclopedia of an unknown world, written in one of its languages, an incomprehensible (at least for us) alphabetic writing.')

'College/DepressionFilter: How do I avoid further destroying my life?'

Foreign Relations of the United States.
'The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. The series is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian and printed volumes are available from the Government Printing Office.'
Beginning with the Lincoln administration.

Homosexuality in Eighteenth Century England.
Contemporary newspaper reports.

Romance Book Covers.

The World's Worst Comic Book Museum.
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15th March


Images of the Soviet Union.

Butlins Memories: A Brief History of British Holiday Camps.
'When Billy Butlin opened his first site at Skegness in 1936 a number of other camps were already in existence offering similar chalet accommodation, meals and entertainment. He didn't invent the holiday camp idea but simply took it to a much higher level. The Skegness camp offered more than anything ever attempted before and the immense scope of entertainment and attractions, along with the high-class interior features of many of the public buildings, was way larger and more impressive than anything ever seen in Britain...'

The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.
'In August 1923, William Dana Reynolds, with his wife Vera Hunt Reynolds and their young daughter Helen embarked from Honolulu on the Japanese steamship Taiyo Maru, bound for Yokohama. While at sea, the ship experienced and survived a tsunami only to arrive, badly damaged, in Yokohama Bay on September 8th as witness to the destruction caused by the Great Kanto Earthquake. Fully aware of the risks involved, eight of the male passengers decided to leave the ship and enter the city...'

Fort Peck Dam.
A great dam, a great website too.
'Nothing less than volumes could even come close to fully describing the magnitude of what occurred in Fort Peck, Montana., between the years 1933 and 1940. Researching and writing such a work, assuming that it lived up to the worthiness of the subject, could easily consume the lifetime of the most gifted author. The reason for that is simple-there is just too much to tell. I am contend that no visitor of average curiosity in the areas of history, anthropology or human development can visit Fort Peck without sensing the rich history and soaking up the vivid color splashed in the memories of workers, observers and residents, past and present...'

The Showgirls Collection.
'The Showgirls collection documents the unique history of the Las Vegas entertainment industry. Many artists and entrepreneurs were influential in the birth of a Las Vegas icon: the showgirl. Showgirls features unique materials relating to costume design and theatrical productions associated with the history of Las Vegas entertainment. '

Russian People 100 Years Ago in Colour.
Colour photographs of the Russian Empire between 1900 and 1910.

Chicago Anarchists on Trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair 1886-87.
'This collection showcases more than 3,800 images of original manuscripts, broadsides, photographs, prints and artifacts relating to the Haymarket Affair. The violent confrontation between Chicago police and labor protesters in 1886 proved to be a pivotal setback in the struggle for American workers' rights. These materials pertain to: the May 4, 1886 meeting and bombing; to the trial, conviction and subsequent appeals of those accused of inciting the bombing; and to the execution of four of the convicted and the later pardon of the remaining defendants...'

Early Stuart Libels.
' "Early Stuart Libels" is a web-based edition of early seventeenth-century political poetry from manuscript sources. It brings into the public domain over 350 poems, many of which have never before been published. Though most of the texts are poems of satire and invective, others take the form of anti-libels, responding to libellers with orthodox panegyric. '

The Euahlayi Tribe.
(1905) An account of living with a tribe of Austalian Aborigines.

An Album of Indian Gods.
'The Kalighat pictures "Indian gods" album was created in 1875 in West Bengal and is on display in 2 pages of thumbnail images in the Oxford Digital Library. '

Erbario Alchemico.
'The images here are from Erbario Alchemico, a 26 page illustrated manuscript that purports to document many of the important plants associated with alchemy.'

Bustamente Photograph Collection.
'The Manuel R. Bustamente Photograph Collection consists primarily of over 600 black and white photographs of Cuba from the early 1900s to the 1930s. Many of these images were published by New York-based Munson Steamship Line in its Cuba Review magazine. The Munson Steamship Line ran a passenger and cargo service between New York and Cuba. The photographs in the Bustamante Photograph Collection depict various aspects of the life, architecture, and culture of Havana and other Cuban cities and towns at the turn of the 20th century.'

Omaha Indian Project.
The Omaha tribe of Nebraska - photographs, artifacts, and texts.

Sorcerers of the Seventh Heaven: Nahua Art and Ritual of Ancient Southern Mexico.

19th Century Medical Caricatures: French Artists.
Vintage satirical illustration.

Cooltan Squat, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton 1994.
Photographs. 'Widely regarded as one of the most successful squats anywhere, Cooltan injected life into the local community by offering art galleries, cafe, theatre space, rehearsal rooms, offices for protest groups - and the best raves in town!'

Subway Sketches, NYC.

Unusual Wikipedia Articles.
'A cow with antlers atop a pole, electrical wiring in the background. Wikipedia contains many other images and articles that are similarly amoosing.'

Utopia Britannica.
The story of British communes and utopian experiments.
The history of the remote island of St. Kilda is quite interesting - http://www.utopia-britannica.org.uk/pages/StKilda.htm

19th Century Advertising History.
Advertisements found in the pages of 'Harper's Weekly', 1857-72.

Old Buildings of Lanark County.

Noam Chomsky Archive.
There's also a pretty good biography at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky

Infrared Astronomy.
Astro images.

Amusing America.
History of amusement parks, dance halls, etc.

The Pen and the Sword: Jewish Artist and Partisan, Alexander Bogen.
To be creative during the Holocaust was also a protest. Each man when standing face to face with cruel danger, with death, reacts in his own way. The artist reacts in an artistic way. This is his weapon" - Alexander Bogen.

Given two numbers, if we subtract half the smaller number from each number, the result with the larger number is three times as large as the result with the smaller number. How many times is the larger number as large as the smaller number?

Mobile Phone Prototypes (1973).

Unrealized Moscow (1930s to 1950s).

'So my girlfriend is recently being snubbed by her circle of (so called) girl friends. She feels quite hurt and rejected...'
They sound like a bunch of crapheads to me.

'What other styles are there for silly/affectionate note-writing?'

'How do I become less lazy?'

'What assumptions can generally be made about a person or potential partner based on their treatment of others?'

'How to grow a spine.'

Modest Needs.
'Modest Needs is a registered charity that works to stop the cycle of poverty before it starts for low-income workers struggling to afford emergency expenses like those we've all encountered before: the unexpected auto repair, the unanticipated trip to the doctor, the unusually large winter heating bill.'
Interesting US charity and a sad state of affairs that it's charity that's needed to prevent working people getting deeper into poverty for such things.
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7th March


The Life of Riley.
'Good Morning everyone. My name is Olive Riley. I live in Australia near Sydney. I was born in Broken Hill on Oct. 20th 1899...'

Australian Aboriginal Rock Art.
'These paintings depict totemic inhabitants of the Australian landscape in the 'dreamtime'. They constitute part of a text, the meaning of which is esoteric knowledge only known to Aboriginal elders. Beyond that we can't answer any questions as to their meaning or significance.'

Japanese Fashion.
Some nice photos of Japanese street fashion, as well as a history of kimono.

Diderot's Map of the System of Human Knowledge.

Walks In and Around London.
'Since 2003, members of the urban75 bulletin boards have been taking part in monthly leisurely walks in and around London...'
Photographs of London views.

Chichester Cathedral.
Photo gallery.
'Chichester cathedral's roots lie way back in 681, when Saint Wilfred came charging into Sussex to spread the word about Christianity, establishing a Cathedral in the small community of Selsey, south of Chichester...'

Flickers of Light.
Stories of the Righteous among the Nations.
'And yet, even within the horror that was Auschwitz, there were flickers of light. Despite the total dehumanization that was part of the camp system, there were remarkable acts of solidarity and humanity by camp inmates. Among them were non-Jews, who at risk to their own lives, sought to ease the pain, to give aid and to rescue Jews. They proved that even within the brutality and the murder, people could choose not to remain indifferent. These non-Jews are among the more than 21,000 who by 2006 have been recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations. Since 1963, as mandated by the Israeli Parliament, Yad Vashem has honored those non-Jews who, during the Holocaust, saved Jewish lives in circumstances that posed a risk to his or her life, without intending to receive a reward, monetary or otherwise. '

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project 1936-38.
The last American survivors of slavery tell their stories.
'Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. '

Fariba Amini, Conversations with my Father: Nosratollah Amini.
20th century history recalled by an interesting person - a former judge and mayor of Tehran, who was wed by Khomeini and imprisoned by the Shah.
'My father was born in June 1915 in the town of Arak, in west-central Iran, into a middle class family. He was named Nosratollah (God's Victory). The story goes that when he was a baby, the Russian army invaded Iran -- this was the time of World War I -- and a band of Russian soldiers had come to their house. Anticipating their arrival, everyone, including his parents, had left out of fear, and in the chaos little Nosratollah was left on top of the korsi, the traditional charcoal stove that was used to heat Iranian homes, with all the household money and jewelry stashed underneath. When the soldiers saw the little baby, they left, without touching or taking anything...'

The Wurst Gallery.
Artists' pictures of dogs.
'artists were invited to reserve a dog breed on a first come, first served basis. the only requirement was that the artist attempt to capture the look and spirit of their chosen breed in their own unique way.'

Tolkien's Oxford.
'This is a set of photos of places in Oxford associated with the life of J.R.R. Tolkien.'

Peter Menzel Photography.
Photojournalism - great images.

Clean, Green Machine: Philadelphia's Fairmount Water Works 1800-1860.
'Once the icon of Philadelphia's technological prowess, aesthetic sensibility, and civic goodwill, the Fairmount Water Works has sunk below the surface of popular and academic memory. The acclaim this water supply system evoked in the first half of the nineteenth-century may now seem curious to those who view this string of neoclassical buildings hugging the shore of the Schuylkill river. However, the Water Works provide an important key to understanding Philadelphia in the first half of the nineteenth-century...'

German Industrial Buildings 1910-25.
'These photos are from a small book called 'Bauten der Arbeit und des Verkehrs' (buildings of work and transport) 1925, one of 'Die Blauen Bücher' (the blue books), a series of thin paperback books on art and architecture.'

Mercury's Transit: An Unusual Spot on the Sun.
(Nov 14 2006) 'What's that dot on the Sun? If you look closely, it is almost perfectly round. The dot is the result of an unusual type of solar eclipse that occurred last week. Usually it is the Earth's Moon that eclipses the Sun. Last week, for the first time in over three years, the planet Mercury took a turn. '

Words of a Man's Mouth.
' "The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook." '
'This quote is the opening for the small book described below. In December of 2005 this autograph book was found at a used knicknack store in Hong Kong's central district and purchased for 380 Hong Kong dollars. The identity of the book's original owner is a mystery. The stories the book reveals are hidden in plain sight. Aside from a few quotations in English, the bulk of the entries are in Chinese. Tiny pictures of men dot the pages of the book...'

The William Morris Internet Archive.
19th century artist (a founder of the British Arts and Crafts movement), wallpaper designer, poet, translator of Icelandic sagas into English, and political activist. Morris had a pretty remarkable life.

The Gutenberg Bible at the Ransom Center.
'The Gutenberg Bible, the first substantial book printed with movable type, is one of the greatest treasures in the Ransom Center's collections. It was printed at Johann Gutenberg's shop in Mainz, Germany and completed in 1454 or 1455. The Center's Bible was acquired in 1978 and is one of only five complete examples in the United States.'

The Apotheosis of George Washington.
'Americans are everywhere given the message that they can look up to George Washington, but for those who walk through the Rotunda of the Capitol, the figurative becomes literal. Gazing upward to the dome, one sees Washington floating far overhead, a life-sized and heavenly vision. Constantino Brumidi's "The Apotheosis of George Washington" looms above. The old General and first President sits in majesty, flanked on the right by the Goddess of Liberty and on his left by a winged figure of Fame sounding a trumpet and holding a palm frond aloft in a symbol of victory. Thirteen female figures stand in a semi-circle around Washington, representing the thirteen original states...'

United States National Parks and Monuments Maps.

Cartoon Laws of Physics.

Propaganda Critic.
Site devoted to propaganda analysis - some good insights.
'It may seem strange to suggest that the study of propaganda has relevance to contemporary politics. After all, when most people think about propaganda, they think of the enormous campaigns that were waged by Hitler and Stalin in the 1930s. Since nothing comparable is being disseminated in our society today, many believe that propaganda is no longer an issue.'
'But propaganda can be as blatant as a swastika or as subtle as a joke. Its persuasive techniques are regularly applied by politicians, advertisers, journalists, radio personalities, and others who are interested in influencing human behavior. Propagandistic messages can be used to accomplish positive social ends, as in campaigns to reduce drunk driving, but they are also used to win elections and to sell malt liquor.'

There is an interesting five digit number A. With a 1 after it, it is three times as large as with a 1 before it. What is A?

'How does one live a meaningful life in a world that one has come to believe is meaningless?'

'I'm going to London for a week soon - do you know of any books/stories that would offer insight/history/accounts etc. to help me better appreciate my experience there. (maybe something like Bill Bryson's "Notes From A Small Island"- but more focused on Londontown?) '

Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection.
Interviews with American diplomats.
'The interviews in the collection are mostly with Foreign Service Officers but there also are some with political appointees and other officials. While some 1920s-, 1930s-, and World-War-II-era diplomacy is covered, most of the interviews involve post-World-War-II diplomacy, from the late 1940s to the 1990s. This collection captures the post-World-War-II period in vivid terms and intimate detail, documenting the way that U.S. diplomacy defends the United States and its interests in a challenging world. The narratives span the major diplomatic crises and issues that faced the United States during the second half of the 20th century and, as new interviews are added, will include developments in the 21st century. '

The Napkin Fiction Project.
Stories on the back of napkins - 250 of them.

The Match Workers' Strike.
'On an early July afternoon in 1888 a crowd of 200, mainly teenaged girls, arrived outside a newspaper office in Bouverie Street, off Fleet Street in the City of London. They had left their work at the Bryant and May match factory at Bow in the East End in protest when three of their colleagues had been fired. Management had accused them of telling lies about their working conditions to a radical journalist, Annie Besant. They had come to her for help. In June Besant had heard at a meeting of socialists in Hampstead that Bryant and May, had announced monster profits with dividends of 22 per cent contrasted with paying wages of between 4 and 8 Shillings [20 - 40p] a week ...'

John Foxe's Book of Martyrs.
16th century account of the persecutions of Protestants in England ... more background at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxe's_Book_of_Martyrs
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