Monday, 27 April 2009

Cassini's Continued Mission.

Pictures of Saturn and its moons.

Travel Graphics from the 1920s and 1930s.

'This is a virtual online gallery I've created to display and share the best items in my collection of 1920s and 1930s travel-related ephemera.'

'... My basic passion is paper items such as travel brochures, airline time-tables, ocean liner time-tables, auto road maps, luggage labels, advertising, and graphic design publications from the 1920s and 1930s, primarily in Europe but also Asia and, to a small degree, the U.S.A.'

Vintage US Postcards, by State.

'We SPECIALIZE in old historic postcard views from throughout the United States and pay special attention to downtown views of the local businesses complete with an emphasis on railroad depots, streetcars, movie theaters, opera houses, hotels, restaurants, churches, the city park, library and cemetery, bridges, fire department facilities, gas stations, hospitals, orphanages, civil war monuments, post office, schools and roadside views. '

Thaipusam in Singapore.

'Thaipusam is a Hindu festival. After fasting and praying devotees make a pilgrimage of about 3 kms along a set route from one temple to another. Some carry pots of milk while others carry kavadis, large stainless steel structures, that are often held in place with skewers into their bodies. Some also have skewers through their cheeks and tongues.'

We Live in East Germany.

Cold War propaganda booklet.

Reflections in Waterdrops.

Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent.

'is collection contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, 50 hours of sounds from forty-five different countries, as well as a large number of difficult to find texts that librarians, scholars, and other subject specialists have deemed important to these fields of study. '

Durer's Tarot.

'a Tarot deck by Giacinto Gaudenzi, inspired by German engraver Albrecht Dürer'.

Cardiff at Night.

Pictures of bad behaviour.

'St Mary street in Cardiff - a street with many big clubs, bars and pubs. This set shows scenes seen by me on weekend nights in this area.'

Songs of the Yukaghir.

'The poetry of the Yukaghir, a poor hunting tribe in eastern Siberia, consists of improvisations or verses handed down from narrator to narrator or from singer to singer through generations. Verses handed down in this way can be expected to vary from person to person. As can be seen, verses from these people deal with familiar themes in human life: experience of aging, expression of love, appeals to a harsh environment for relief, and celebration of a birth.'

Images from the History of Medicine.

Vintage Clothing Labels.

Folk Tales from the Russian (1903).

By Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano de Blumenthal - what a delightful name!

The Devils of Loudun.

'This is an account of the possesion of the nuns of Loudun. In 1634 the Ursuline nuns of Loudon were allegedly possessed by demons. This is one of the largest cases of mass possession in history. Father Urbain Grandier, a local priest, was interrogated under torture, convicted of being responsible for the possessions (as well as sorcery), and subsequently burned at the stake. This is a 19th century translation of the primary account of the episode, originally written in French by Des Niau in 1634.'

From the Dungeon to the Dictionary.

Magocracy, libram, and other excellent words.

Querying the Hive Mind.

'I have reached the end of the Internet. Well, my Internet, anyway. Please recommend some sites that will refresh my surfing experience.'

'How to be charming.'

'What are the cleverest, wittiest picture books you know? '

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