Posts tagged with ‘C19th’

Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon

This is a grim but fascinating book. Obviously I knew that black people in the southern states of the US had a pretty rough time of it in the period between the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement, what with disenfranchisement and segregation and lynching. But I didn’t appreciate that slavery re-emerged and continued […]

Birds in London by W. H. Hudson (1898)

I downloaded this from Project Gutenberg after reading Hudson’s novel Green Mansions. The novel — a rather peculiar romance about a wild girl found living in the Venezuelan jungle — has has not aged particularly well; personally I found Birds in London much more interesting, although non-London non-birders will inevitably find it less so. Some of it is interesting […]

C19th email scams & adulterated booze

Some less political stuff from P.T. Barnum’s The Humbugs of the World. This is one of several mail scams: The six letters all tell the same story. They are each the second letter; the first one having been sent to the same person, and having contained a lottery-ticket, as a gift of love or free charity. […]

‘The Cult of Beauty’ at the V&A

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900. I’m tempted to sum up the exhibition as ‘The Pre-Raphaelites and their furniture’, given my recent post about how much I dislike the Pre-Raphaelites. But actually the exhibition is rather broader than than that. The Pre-Raphs do feature heavily, but it’s also the Arts and Crafts movement, […]

Why I hate the Pre-Raphaelites*

When I was at university I overheard a conversation when someone said: I just don’t understand how you can say you like both the Pre-Raphaelites and Vermeer. It has stuck with me ever since. It’s just a perfect one-line bit of art criticism. It always seemed like it ought to make a great parlour game†: […]

‘Points of View’ at the British Library

I just visited the slightly uninspiringly titled ‘Points of View’ exhibition at the British Library, which is an exhibition of nineteenth century photography. I’ve been very impressed with the BL’s temporary exhibitions since they moved to the new site; they obviously have an absolutely staggering amount of stuff in their collections and they do a […]


::: Early Advertising of the West, 1867-1918 ::: Endless amounts of fascinating ephemera. Check out some of the sample searches on the right. via Coudal, I think. ( tags: advertising USA C19th )


Solargraphs show half a year of sun – New Scientist 'These pinhole photographs, exposed for six months, capture the journey of the sun from the winter to the summer solstice.' Cool and completely beautiful. ( tags: Bristol photography ) What killed Dr Granville’s mummy? – New Scientist interesting little article about a Victorian mummy dissection […]


BibliOdyssey: Monograph of Spiders ''Monographie der Spinnen' was the first ever German monograph on spiders and one of the earliest publications anywhere devoted solely to spiders.' ( tags: illustration spiders C19th )


BibliOdyssey: Exotic Moths Old moth illustrations. ( tags: moths C19th ) Peregrine Falcon Acting Pretty Cocky Since Being Taken Off Endangered Species List | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source "There was a time when many of us feared we would never see this majestic creature again, when we did everything in our power […]


MTMG Victorian Sports Personality of the Year 2008 « More Than Mind Games ‘In 1876, on May 25, at David M’Garrick’s Benefit he carried off the Egg Diving (12 eggs thrown in, 2 dives allowed); first dive, 9; second dive, 10; total, 19; and the following day, May 26, he met Mr. Charles O’Malley on […]


Charles Darwin’s Beagle Diary – 5th September 1833 ‘This is a dark picture; but how much more shocking is the unquestionable fact, that all the women who appear above twenty years old, are massacred in cold blood. I ventured to hint, that this appeared rather inhuman. He answered me, “Why what can be done, they breed […]


Billys and Charleys | MetaFilter Great post at Metafilter: 'In 1857, hundreds of strange objects suddenly started appearing in London antique shops: coins and medals, vases and statues, all made out of soft metal with weird designs and cryptic lettering. They were the work of two illiterate London mudlarks, William Smith and Charles Eaton, who […]

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The final chapter of The Origin of Species — Darwin’s ‘Recapitulation and Conclusion’ — states the case for evolution as well as any short account I have ever read. It’s tightly written, it argues a case, it summarises all the different kinds of evidence and shows clearly why they are important. It’s pithy, confident: great stuff.  […]


THE ORWELL PRIZE 'The Orwell Prize, Britain’s pre-eminent prize for political writing, is publishing George Orwell’s diaries as a blog. From 9th August 2008, Orwell’s domestic and political diaries (from 9th August 1938 until October 1942) will be posted in real-time, exactly 70 years after the entries were written.' ( tags: GeorgeOrwell diaries 1930s ) […]


the nonist: Vin Mariani The C19th tonic wine and its celebrity endorsements. ( tags: cocaine wine C19th )


cursivebuildings Old stereoscopes animated to give a sense of depth. Via Metafilter. ( tags: C19th photos stereoscopic )


The Royal Society – Article Interesting. 'It is widely believed that Charles Darwin avoided publishing his theory of evolution for many years… This essay demonstrates that Darwin's delay is… overwhelmingly contradicted by the historical evidence.' via Carl Zimmer ( tags: C19th CharlesDarwin evolution history )


Charles Darwin’s Beagle Diary: 9th May 1833 After a period of being a bit dull, Darwin's Beagle diary livens up as he goes ashore and meets some gauchos. "I here found out I possessed two or three things which created unbounded astonishment. — Principally a small pocket compass." ( tags: C19th CharlesDarwin Uruguay history )

Millais at the Tate

I went to see the Millais at the Tate today. After my scathing comments about the Pre-Raphs last year, it may not surprise you that I was a bit half-hearted about visiting this. But I’ve got a Tate membership, so I didn’t have to pay, and the exhibition is about to close; so I thought […]

Moby Dick

I thought I ought to reread some of those Great Novels which are sitting on my shelves and I haven’t read for years. I’m not sure why I picked up Moby Dick in particular, but after a few pages I was thinking oh, man, I’d forgotten how funny this book is, and so brilliantly written. […]

All Persons Visiting the Whale

More from the ephemera collection at the British Library. You might also want to look at the Wonder of the Sea and American Jack, the Frog Man. Not to mention A.H. Minting, the Marvellous Spiral Ascensionist.

The Mammoth Brigade of Black Comedians

More fascinating stuff from the British Library collection; this poster is from 1892.