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Je m’en vais

Or, otherwise, I’m off, once again, for two weeks this time, to France – a week in Paris, and a week somewhere else in the beautiful hexagon. I shall keep in touch, between absinthes.

Meanwhile, this:

French puppet theatre

from Photographica France, again.

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Written by Dave Lovely

September 21, 2004 at 10:26 pm

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Photographica

Photographica France, curated by Pierre Druot, has some quite beautiful images from the early days of French photography. This “buste d’une dame florentine”, for example:

Busteflorentine

The page entitled “Tirages modernes sur papier de vues anciennes” is particularly worth investigating.

Then there’s Freeze Frame , a site developed by the National Musuem of American History, devoted to the work of Eadweard Muybridge, and including images like this:

Blacksmiths

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Written by Dave Lovely

September 20, 2004 at 9:17 pm

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Cardinal Sin

Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, “soldier, war correspondent, traveller, yachtsman and politician”, got up as Cardinal Mazarin for the Devonshire House Ball of 1897.

From the Lafayette Negative Achive, a collection of 80, 000 portraits of the great and the (not-so) good from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, discovered by chance in an attic, and now held by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Written by Dave Lovely

September 16, 2004 at 10:30 am

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Frog Dressing, revisited

Frog

The Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog, of 1909, from an alluring page of lures.

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Written by Dave Lovely

September 15, 2004 at 10:11 pm

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Frog Dressing

Written by Dave Lovely

September 15, 2004 at 9:35 pm

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The Silver Dart

Silver Dart

The Silver Dart – AEA Drome No. 4 – first flown at Hammondsport on the 6th December, 1908.

Alexander Graham Bell and the Aerial Experiment Association, including Glenn Curtiss.

The white jug beneath the aircraft has no doubt been lately filled with boiling water.

S., but blankly, directed me hereabouts.

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Written by Dave Lovely

September 13, 2004 at 11:33 pm

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Natural Magick

The “most delightful and browsable of scientific books”, yet most valuable by virtue of its content and historical significance, the “Natural Magick” of Giambattista della Porta was a best-seller from its first appearance in 1558.

Natural Magick, frontispiece, 1658

And no wonder, when it tells you, for instance , that

“…The Pismire, that little creature, has a sense of the change of the planets. For she works by night about the full of the Moon, but she rests all the space between the old and the new Moon….”

or

“Take Pirole, Comfrey, Aristolochy*, Featherfew of each a handful. Of Agrimony two. Boil them in the best new Wine. Digest them in Horse Dung. Or take two handfuls of Pirole, of Sanicle, of Sowbread one. Of Ladies Mantel half one. Boil them in two measures of Wine, and drink it morning and evening. Bind the herbs, which you have boiled, upon the wound, having mixed a little Salt with them. And in the meanwhile use no other medicine.”

Click on any of the links in red (the index is a good place to start) to be taken to another world.

*for aristolochy, see also aristologiaro.

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Written by Dave Lovely

September 11, 2004 at 11:30 pm

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