Feed on
Posts
Comments

Archive for the 'Uncategorized' Category

The Comstock Act of 1873 inhibited publication, frank discussion, and dissenting attitudes toward sexuality, religion, marriage. One of its most outspoken adversaries was the physician and freethinker, Dr. Edward Bliss Foote, who challenged all obscenity legislation in Congress, state legislatures, and courts and also offered support to defendants in free speech cases. He campaigned against obscenity prosecutions, promoted […]

Read Full Post »

Awnsham and John Churchill were influential and innovative early booksellers in England, providing the affluent with enhanced access to previously unavailable or untranslated works by some of the world’s most famous explorers, essayists, philosophers, and historians. One of their most successful publications was entitled, A collection of voyages and travels: some now first printed from original manuscripts, others now first published […]

Read Full Post »

Knitting for Victory

While in England in 1915, awaiting her call to France as a nurse, Maud Churchill Nicoll was run over by an automobile. The serious accident left her an invalid, but she still devoted herself to the war effort in Europe through knitting, crocheting, and sewing clothing for the allied soldiers. With the help of her husband, Delancey Nicoll, a prominent New […]

Read Full Post »

American interest in the Hawaiian islands began as early as the 1820s, when Christian missionaries from New England tried to spread their faith to the native inhabitants. By the 1850s, the booming sugar trade encouraged U.S. investment and territorial acquisition of sugar plantations on the islands. In 1890, the recently enacted U.S. tariffs greatly curtailed the sugar growers’ profit […]

Read Full Post »

Engelbert Kaempfer (1651 – 1716) was a noted scientist, physician to the Dutch East India Company, and an enthusiastic traveler known for his tour of Russia, Persia, India, South-East Asia, and Japan between 1683 and 1693. He wrote two books about his travels, Amoenitatum Exoticarum, which was valued for his medical and botanical observations throughout Asia. His second, and more […]

Read Full Post »

The Spanish-American War was the first U.S. war to implement still photography and motion picture film as essential media for recording the conflict. While the American Civil War was heavily photographed, the Spanish-American War saw an expansion of photographic formats to support a multitude of agendas, from primary documentation to systematic propaganda. Newspapers introduced provocative photojournalism as a way drum up […]

Read Full Post »

For centuries, giving flowers or bouquets has always been a common way to convey sentiments, such as love, celebration, sorrow, etc. This practice seems to be universal and can be found in traditional cultures throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The application of this practice is often called floriography, where a particular meaning has been assigned to […]

Read Full Post »

Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) is well known for his cartoons of zany convoluted contraptions offering unnecessary complex solutions for carrying out simple tasks. His work becoming so well known in early 20th century that his own name became an entry in dictionaries by 1931. The first of his invention series was printed in 1914 and involved an “Automatic Weight Reducing […]

Read Full Post »

William Allen (1793–1864) was a British naval officer, explorer, musician, artist, and anti-slavery activist, who published works on his various expeditions to Africa and the Middle East, as well as presenting his own strategy for ending the slave trade. Under the auspices of the Society for the Extinction of the Slave Trade and for the […]

Read Full Post »

W.L. (Waterman Lilly) Ormsby (1809-1883) was a notable engraver, particularly recognized for his dedication to the reformation of currency production. While he had some formal training, most of his skills were honed through hours of hands-on work and experimentation in his workshop. He invented several ruling machines and transfer presses for improving the process of steel engraving. In addition, he is usually […]

Read Full Post »

« Prev - Next »