Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Wharram Percy.

A lost medieval village in Yorkshire.

Yale University Library: The Map Collection.

Including historical maps of the world -

Vietnamese Propaganda Artist.

'Mr Dung started his career during the war and has charted Vietnam's transition to the outward-looking nation it is today. His latest assignment was a poster for this year's Apec summit. '

Flight Attendant Uniform Collection.

'Sometime in 1980 I was given my first uniform by one of my mother's friends. I was so excited and I wanted to have more uniforms. In 1982 I heard that two charter airlines were introducing new uniforms. I wasted no time, I called these airlines and as a result I was invited to pick up a set of old uniforms. Between 1982 and 1993 I didn't do much to obtain any more uniforms, something I really regret now as I could have had many many more! Most of my uniforms were obtained between 1993 and today. At the moment my collection contains almost 600 different uniforms from various airlines worldwide. '

License Plates of the US and Canada Used During 1976.

Photographs of Isolated Buildings.

Photographs of Vintage Actresses.

Selected American Civil War Photographs.

'The Selected Civil War Photographs Collection contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men. '

Neon Signs Photo Pool.

Danish Posters.

'1100 posters from the Danish Museum of Art & Design ranging from 1911 to 2002. '

The Decorated Letter.

'On the pages of medieval manuscripts, vines and luxuriant leaves twist together to create letter forms. Within the letters, fantastic figures of humans, animals, and mythological beasts clamber through the tangled foliage and occasionally transform into letters themselves. Other letters contain simple author portraits or serve as a frame for scenes of important events in a story. This exhibition examines these different letter types in medieval manuscripts and explores what they reveal about changes in manuscript illumination over the course of many centuries. '

The Russian Revolution: A Gallery of Photos.

Selections from the Poetry of the Afghans (1869).

'This is an anthology of English translations of Pushto poets from the 16th century on. Most, if not all, of these poets are Sufi. They utilize the poetic vocabulary of Sufiism: the tavern, the wine, the flowers, etc., all actually technical terms describing the soul's progression on the mystical path towards God. Raverty's introductory essay, "Remarks on the Mystic Doctrine and Poetry of the Sufis" provides a skeleton key to the symbology.'

Weekly Puzzle.

There are 3 bags. One contains 2 gold coins, another has 2 silver coins and the 3rd has one of each. You pick a bag at random, and without looking inside take out one coin. It's gold. What is the probability that the other coin in that bag is also gold?

Eye Candy.

The Grenville Diptych. 'The Grenville Diptych was produced for Richard Temple-Grenville, Marquess of Chandos the son of the first Duke of Buckingham and Chandos between 1822 and 1839. The diptych shows 719 quarterings of the family. The left hand panel of the diptych lists the quarterings. These include ten variations of the English Royal arms, the arms of Spencer, De Clare, Valence, Mowbray, Mortimer, and De Grey, among others. '

La Catrina. 'In Mexican folk culture, the Catrina, popularized by Jose Guadalupe Posada, is the skeleton of a high society woman and one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico.'

Etna eruption seen from the International Space Station.

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