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DOCUMERICA Project, Charles O'Rear, Make Love not War, Lincoln Nebraska 1973

Highlights from the DOCUMERICA Project

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency initiated the DOCUMERICA Project in the 1970s to capture images relating to social and environmental issues, as well as everyday life. The digitized photographs were provided by the U. S. National Archives and published on Flickr without any copyright restrictions. Here are some highlights of the project.

Abraham Eleazar, Uraltes chymisches Werk, 1760, via e-rara.ch

Abraham Eleazar’s Uraltes Chymisches Werk (Age-Old Chymical Work)

Nothing is known of Abraham Eleazar, supposedly a Jewish alchemist and author of this remarkable book about ancient alchemy: Uraltes chymisches Werk… (“Age-Old Chymical Work”) which was first published in Erfurt in 1734 (Source). The Jewish Encyclopedia states that the Eleazar’s name was likely to be fictional, and the real author might have been Julius […]

NASA: Crab Nebula

I HEART HUBBLE: Crab Nebula

Most detailed image of the Crab Nebula This new [2005] Hubble image – One among the largest ever produced with the Earth-orbiting observatory – shows gives the most detailed view so far of the entire Crab Nebula ever made. The Crab is arguably the single most interesting object, as well as one of the most […]

Natuurkundig instrument en modellen, Nicolaas van Frankendaal, Kornelis van Tongerlo, 1759

Nicolaas van Falkendaal’s scientific instruments

From the collection of the Rijksmuseum, these illustrations of scientific instruments appeared in Natuurkundige lessen, door proefneemingen bevestigd, eerste deel, written by Jean Antoine Nollet and published (?) by Kornelis van Tongerlo in Amsterdam im 1759. There is no further information about Dutch engraver Nicolaas van Falkendaal (1720–1791), who is credited as the creator of […]

Cape Mountain Zebra, Robert Jacob Gordon, 1777 - 1786

Robert Jacob Gordon’s Africa

Dutch explorer and naturalist Robert Jacob Gordon (1743–1795) went on several expeditions in southern Africa. On his travels, he kept detailed and meticulous records of the geology, flora and fauna of the Cape region, as well as observations on the indigenous peoples he encountered. He even spoke “Hottentot” and Xhosa. His notes and hundreds of sketches […]

Spirit Photography, unknown photographer, Preus Museum

Spirit Photography

Spirit photography, an effect created through multiple exposure, was a rather fashionable hoax in early photography. When the medium was still new and mysterious, “the idea of a photograph capturing the latent image of a spirit seemed quite possible.” (Kristi Finefield) This coincided with a rising interest in the paranormal (séances, spiritism). The photographs here are […]

The Marsh King's Daughter, Hans Christian Andersen, illustration by W. Heath Robinson, 1913

Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875) remains a beloved Danish writer, well-known for his children books. For this edition of his collected fairy tales, Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales (1913), illustrator W. Heath Robinson created some enchanting visualisations. Scroll down to browse through the entire book, or download it in different formats at Archive.org. Read the book: Source: Archive.org, Public […]

Knight's Tour Problem, Chess, Mémoires présentés à l'Institut Egyptien, 1862

A Chess Problem

Taken from the Journal of the Institut Egyptien <al-Qāhira> in Cairo*, these geometric illustrations are about the Kight’s Tour Problem (Problème du cavalier in French), a mathematical problem in chess where the knight visits every square only once.   * Mémoires ou travaux originaux présentés et lus à l’Institut Égyptien: Mémoires présentés et lus à l’Institut Égyptien, published between 1862 and 1916. […]

Dagol Prince of Darkness (Der Fürst der Finsternis), Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae..., Wellcome Library, London, ca. 1775

A Compendium about Demons and Magic

These illustrations originate from a compendium about magic and demonology from ca. 1775: Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros. Anno 1057. Noli me tangere. The book, which is owned by the Wellcome Library in London, was written in German and Latin and features 31 water-colour drawings of demons, and several pages of […]