"....many a tragic episode in family life is superinduced by the baleful influence of a tortured stomach. Mighty is the hand that holds the ballot-box, but mightier is the hand that wields to advantage the pepper-box, the salt-spoon, and the sugar-shaker." read the entirely of Maud C. Cooke's, Breakfast, Dinner and Supper; or, What To Eat and How To Prepare It (1897)
online and enter a world of home remedies, large scale recipes, sound advice, leftover wizardry, squirrel stews, scientific digestion, and horrible things done to vegetables.
posted by The Whelk
on Jan 17, 2014 -
is an open access resource featuring human bones which have been digitised using 3D laser scanning, CT and radiography. The resource focuses on a wide range of pathological type specimens from archaeological and historical medical collections, specifically examples of chronic diseases which affect the human skeleton for which many of the physical changes are often not directly observable within clinical practice. Of major interest to many will be high fidelity photo-realistic digital representations of 3D bones that can be viewed, downloaded and manipulated on their computer, tablet or smartphone. [more inside]
posted by shoesfullofdust
on Dec 9, 2013 -
A few months ago there was a list of links to classic video game emulators posted.
Very recently, I'm pleased to report, those links all came true
. The Internet Archive bespoke upon aforementioned consoles, computers, and mileposts on our way to the tech utopia of today, (seriously, where's my flying car?) and they asked us to do something: Imagine every computer that ever existed, literally, in your browser
. And it was so.
I have absolutely no affiliation with jscott
, btw. Thought I should disclose that.
posted by jdaura
on Oct 25, 2013 -
"During his days as Harvard’s influential president, Dr. Charles W. Eliot made a frequent assertion: If you were to spend just 15 minutes a day reading the right books, a quantity that could fit on a five-foot shelf, you could give yourself a proper liberal education. Publisher P. F. Collier and Son
loved the idea and asked Eliot to compile and edit the right collection of works. The result: a 51-volume series of classic works from world literature published in 1909 called Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf
, which would later be called The Harvard Classics
." (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jul 11, 2013 -
("Almost nightly she bent iron bars, broke chains, supported enormous weights, including a 1,200-pound cannon on her shoulders..."
("...she became vice-president of the suffrage group that formed within the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1912"
("But by his own account he recalled only entering the ring, a blue sky and being carried away from the ring by Kate like a prize"
("... Sandwina had to crawl under barbed wire to get herself to a hospital. When she arrived, the hospital was full and she gave birth on the floor"
("After her retirement, Kate, Max and Ted opened a bar and grill in Queens, where the entire family performed on Saturday nights. Though advanced in age, Kate was still able to bend iron bars, lift heavy barbells and support her husband with an ease that showed she still possessed great strength"
), and devastatingly charming interview subject
("And, besides, a man who is embracing a woman wants to hold a supple and warm body in his hands - not a lobster!"
). Also: one of the subjects of the cutest marital photo of all time
posted by julthumbscrew
on Jun 7, 2013 -
is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public."
posted by chunking express
on Mar 11, 2013 -
"The Secret Gestural Prehistory of Mobile Devices
is cultural anthropology. It seeks to recover those moments of intuitive prehensile dexterity, when the famous and the ordinary alike felt the unconscious desire to occupy their hands for an as yet unknown purpose. Like Roy Neary's obsession with the image of Devil's Tower in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), this gesture was vague, uncanny and compelling. It is the intimation in images of a gestural second nature to come." [more inside]
posted by taz
on Mar 20, 2012 -
The Victorian Kitchen Garden is a 13-part TV series that aired in 1987 on BBC2.
It follows the month-by-month restoration of the Victorian walled kitchen garden at the Chilton Foliat estate in Wiltshire, England. Almost all the episodes are available to watch online
. (via hark, a vagrant)
It had three sequels - The Victorian Kitchen
, The Victorian Flower Garden
, and The Wartime Kitchen and Garden
- and inspired more recent historical reconstruction programs: Tales From the Green Valley
, A Tudor Feast at Christmas
, Victorian Farm
, Victorian Farm Christmas
, Victorian Pharmacy
, and Edwardian Farm
. (Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm previously.) [more inside]
posted by flex
on Feb 26, 2012 -
, "America's Presidential Historian," collector, author, and expert on White House ephemera, and one Jason Savedoff
, a Canadian golden boy who occasionally went by the name of J-Swing
at my old stomping grounds, and who has assumed a number of aliases since, have been charged with "conspiring to steal historical documents from museums in Maryland and New York, and selling them for profit."
Investigation has revealed further complications
posted by Hyperbolus
on Aug 6, 2011 -
"The Old Idaho Penitentiary
State Historical Site was a functioning prison for 101 years. It was built in 1870 and the first prisoners were brought in 1872. The buildings on the site were built by inmate laborers
. The Old Idaho Penitentiary grew from a single cell house into a complex
of several buildings holding Idaho's most notorious criminals. The Old Pen
received over 13,000 inmates with a maximum population of 603 inmates. There were 222 women inmates (including repeat offenders.) Closed after riots
in 1973, some say
posted by bwg
on Mar 9, 2011 -
Broadway, block by block, 1899. (SLNYPL)
"A 19th century version of Google's Street View, allowing us to flip through the images block by block, passing parks, churches, novelty stores, furriers, glaziers, and other businesses of the city's past."
posted by GrammarMoses
on Feb 15, 2010 -
You are interested in the unknown
... the mysterious
. The unexplainable
. That is why you
. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you
, the full story of what happened
on that fateful day
. We are bringing you all the evidence
, based only on the secret testimony
, of the miserable souls
, who survived this terrifying ordeal
. The incidents
, the places
. My friend
, we cannot keep this
any longer. Let us punish
. Let us reward
. My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts
of a flickr collection of old snapshots
posted by gamera
on Feb 14, 2009 -
- an excellent blog with a focus on art, medicine, death, and culture. Great viewing anytime, but it might also be a good reference source for any macabre seasonal celebrations!
posted by madamjujujive
on Oct 8, 2007 -