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piggiwiggi pyramidalis and more from edward lear s nonsense botany 1871 7 which sees the victorian artist and
Piggiwiggi Pyramidalis and more — from Edward Lear's "Nonsense Botany" (1871-7), which sees the Victorian artist and writer turn his peculiar brand of verbal and visual invention to the world of plant taxonomy. More here:
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one of several wonderful plantscapes from austrian botanist kerner von marilaun s pflanzenleben 1887 more here
One of several wonderful “plantscapes” from Austrian botanist Kerner von Marilaun's Pflanzenleben (1887). More here:
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the first moon landing in cinema happened in 1902 watch footage of it here
The first moon landing (in cinema) happened in 1902. Watch footage of it here....
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50 yrs ago began its historic journey to the moon celebrate with a listen to highlights from the onboard recor
#Onthisday 50 yrs ago, #Apollo11 began its historic journey to the moon. Celebrate with a listen to highlights from the onboard recordings of conversations the crew member's had among themselves as the mission progressed: #Apollo50 #Apollo50thth
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roald amundsen the norwegian explorer who with his team became the first to reach the south pole was born in 1
Roald Amundsen — the Norwegian explorer who, with his team, became the first to reach the South Pole — was born #onthisday in 1872. See our highlights of the wonderful set of photos from the 1910–12 expedition: #OTD
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from jstordaily on the movable tent cities of the ottoman empire
From @JSTOR_Daily, on the movable tent cities of the Ottoman Empire:
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happy birthday to philosopher and literary critic walter benjamin who was born in berlin in 1892 read an essay
Happy birthday to philosopher and literary critic Walter Benjamin who was born #onthisday in Berlin in 1892. Read an essay by Anca Pusca on the relevance of Benjamin’s oeuvre in a digital age, and the implications of his work entering the #publicdomain:
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for all you collage makers out there have cut out the flowers from robert john thornton s temple of flora 1807
For all you collage-makers out there. @rawpixelimages have cut out the flowers from Robert John Thornton's Temple of Flora (1807), all made available for free and unbridled re-u
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europa being taken by a bull zeus across the seas to crete illustration by virginia frances sterrett from the
Europa being taken by a bull (Zeus) across the seas to Crete — illustration by Virginia Frances Sterrett from the cover of a 1921 edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Tanglewood Tales, his version of Greek myths for young readers. More here:
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in 1518 in strasbourg frau troffea began a manic mysterious dance that would last many days soon she was joine
#OnThisDay in 1518, in Strasbourg, Frau Troffea began a manic + mysterious dance that would last many days. Soon she was joined by 100s of others, compelled to dance for seemingly no reason, some so monomaniacally that only death could intervene... #OTD

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book from 1911 book showing that taking photos of cats and brandishing them with an amusing caption is far fro
Book from 1911 book showing that taking photos of cats and brandishing them with an amusing caption is far from being a phenomenon born with the internet. More here: #NationalCatDay
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how did alphabet books deal with the letter x before the rise of x rays and xylophones we ve picked out some o
How did alphabet books deal with the letter X before the rise of x-rays and xylophones? We've picked out some of the best examples:
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happy summer solstice here s to the sun here pictured in splendor solis a german alchemical work from 1582
Happy Summer Solstice! Here's to the sun, here pictured in Splendor Solis, a German alchemical work from 1582:
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the duck quaketh from the very first picture book for children published in 1658
"The Duck quaketh" — from the very first picture book for children, published in 1658:
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happy here s to the sun here pictured in splendor solis a german alchemical work from 1582 more art from the w
Happy #SummerSolstice! Here's to the sun, here pictured in Splendor Solis, a German alchemical work from 1582.

(More art from the world of alchemy here:
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happy every 1st jan 1000s of works turn due to copyright expiration usually this excludes the us but this year
Happy #PublicDomainDay! Every 1st Jan 1000s of works turn #publicdomain due to copyright expiration. Usually this excludes the US, but this year is different. For the first time in 20+ yrs, works will enter the US public domain!!! See our highlights here:
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this is not a painting it is made entirely of wood its surface flat a detail from the 15th century studiolo gu
This is not a painting. It is made entirely of wood, its surface flat. A detail from the 15th-century "Studiolo Gubbio", one of the finest examples of intarsia, the masterful art of fitting together pieces of wood to make images:
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happy birthday edgar allan poe born in 1809 many illustrators have tackled poe s macabre tales but perhaps non
Happy birthday Edgar Allan Poe, born #onthisday in 1809. Many illustrators have tackled Poe's macabre tales but perhaps none so hauntingly and brilliantly as Harry Clarke. See his exquisite imagery for Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination here: #OTD
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the nothingness prior to the universe as pictured in 1617 by he great robert fludd who died in 1637
The nothingness prior to the universe, as pictured in 1617 by he great Robert Fludd, who died #onthisday in 1637:
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weve spent the day picking highlights from the many centuries of artworks to feature from its illuminated punc
We’ve spent the day picking highlights from the many centuries of artworks to feature #NotreDame — from its illuminated punctuation of medieval skylines to grainy detailed studies at the birth of photography. See the collection here: #Notre_dame_de_Paris
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