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Modernist Posters That Taught 1930s Kids How To Take Good Care of Books 

This group of five posters by graphic artist Arlington Gregg, commissioned during the latter half of the 1930s by the Illinois division of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project, instruct young library patrons in good book hygiene. Show More Summary

When the Stamp Act Congress Convened

On 7 Oct 1765, the Stamp Act Congress convened at City Hall in New York (shown here). It was a week behind schedule.As proposed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives back in June, this was a convention of delegates from the colonial...Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~

nonas octobres rites in honour of Jupiter Fulgur — the deity who was responsible for daytime lightning was worshipped at a shrine in the Campus Martius rites in honour of Juno Quiritis — a divinity possibly originally from Falerii and brought to Rome by evocatio in 241 B.C. was also worshipped at a shrine in […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/06/15

2015.10.05: Antonio La Penna, Rodolfo Funari, C. Sallusti Crispi Historiae I: fragmenta 1.1… — BMCR (@BMCReview) October 6, 2015 2015.10.06: Thomas Van Nortwick, Late Sophocles: The Hero's Evolution in Electra… — BMCR (@BMCReview) October 6, 2015 It's pretty much neck & neck — I guess the OLD and Lewis & Short have the […]

Tintin drawing earns $1.23 million at Hong Kong auction

A rare original drawing of Tintin by Belgian cartoonist Georges Prosper Remi, better known as Hergé, has sold at auction in Hong Kong for $1.23 million. The India ink and gouache drawing depicts Tintin and his dog Snowy riding in a rickshaw on the streets of Shanghai while a police officer keeps a watchful eye [...]

Shenandoah Valley’s Third Winchester battlefield opens visitors center

As preservation of major battlefield goes, Third Winchester is a youngster. Although the battle on Sept. 19, 1864, is considered the turning point of Confederate domination of the Shenandoah Valley and the combined casualties were close to 8,000 men, Third Winchester land always seemed safe in the hands of local farmers. That changed in 1995, […]

Archibald Robertson’s Views of Besieged Boston

I was delighted to discover last week that the New York Public Library’s digital image collection includes the illustrations from Archibald Robertson: His Diaries and Sketches in America, 1762-1780, published in 1930.The image aboveShow More Summary

The Empire of Songhai

Songhai was a powerful West African state that reached its zenith in the 1400s, following the decline of Mali, and lasted until 1591.

The Effects of Abolition in Africa

The abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade ended a horrific trade in human beings, but it also had many unintended consequences in Africa.

This Day in Ancient History ~

pridie nonas octobres ludi Augustales scaenici (day 2 — from 11-19 A.D. and post 23 A.D.) — — festival in honour of Augustus involving primarily mime and pantomime theatrical displays ludi Augustales scaenici (day 4 — from 19-23 A.D.) 105 B.C. — the Cimbri inflict a massive defeat on Roman legions at Arausio 68 B.C. […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/05/15

Hear The Epic of Gilgamesh Read in the Original Akkadian & Enjoy the Sounds of Mesopotamia — Open Culture (@openculture) October 5, 2015 Bradley's Arnold Question Thread More Summary

Original drawings of Nazi booby trap bombs found

In 2005, the British National Archives released drawings and photographs of Nazi bombs disguised as everyday objects that had been collected by agents of the security service MI5 during World War II. The quotidian objects packed with hidden explosive devices would not be out of place in an episode of Get Smart: chocolate bars, Thermos [...]

“I Have Been on the Battlefield”

Over the past few days I’ve been working through wartime accounts of camp servants who took part in battles in one form or another. It’s…

Beautiful Early-20th-Century Watercolors of Apple Varieties You Don't See Much Anymore

The USDA's National Agricultural Library offers a digital collection of pomological watercolors—illustrations of fruit cultivars commonly grown between the years 1886 and 1942. In those years, the department's Division of Pomology employed...Show More Summary

A Mystery Button from “Parker’s Revenge”

Last week I showed this photo of an artifact found during the archeological study of the “Parker’s Revenge” area in Lexington. On Saturday I attended Dr. Meg Watters’s progress report on that work, which included a better photo of this item, and I was quite intrigued. Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~ iii nonas octobres

iii nonas octobres mundus patet – the mundus was a ritual pit which had a sort of vaulted cover on it. Three times a year the Romans removed this cover (August 24, Oct. 5 and November 8) at which time the gates of the underworld were considered to be opened and the manes (spirits of […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/04/15

Saving the Villa of the Mysteries #ancient #history — (@LatinDiscussion) October 4, 2015 In praise of the British School at Rome. — The Classics Library (@stephenjenkin) October 4, 2015 @DorothyKing I was trying to see if the panel in the wall behind (in the painting) was it… I don't think so — rogueclassicist […]

Crowds wait 10 hours to spend minutes with “China’s Mona Lisa”

Along the River During the Qingming Festival is a 12th century painted handscroll by Song Dynasty artist Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145) which is widely considered the greatest painting in China. Some scholars have dubbed it “China’s Mona Lisa,” because of its immense cultural hold, but artistically it has nothing in common with Renaissance portraiture. The almost [...]

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