A grocery list, illustrated, written for an illiterate servant by Michelangelo, 16th Century.
A translation is on Metafilter.
A letter and illustration by J.R.R. Tolkien and sent from ‘Father Christmas’ to his children in 1925.
Tolkien first sent a Christmas letter to his three-year-old son in 1920. He continued this tradition, eventually sending letters to all four of his children, for the next twenty years. A transcript of Father Christmas’ rather shaky penmanship is on Letters of Note.
> Engraving by William Marshall.
An early photograph of the Moon, a daguerreotype taken by John W. Draper, March 26, 1840, in New York.
Portrait of W.B. Yeats taken by Alice Boughton in New York, April, 1904.
From Atomique secours, France, 1953.
A teen-aged Grand Duchess Anastasia takes a photograph using a mirror and a Kodak Brownie camera. 1913.
Unicorn Drops, ca. 1853.
Cassini outdoes itself.
A mosaic of Saturn passing in front of the Sun from the point of view of Cassini.
Automated Transfer Vehicle Albert Einstein burns up on re-entry over the Pacific Ocean after resupplying the ISS back in June.
"Stone Henge, Wiltshire" from Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851. Picturesque views in England and Wales, 1838.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Look out! Look out, boys! Clear the track!
The witches are here! They’ve all come back!
They hanged them high,—No use! No use!
What cares a witch for a hangman’s noose?
They buried them deep, but they wouldn’t lie still,
For cats and witches are hard to kill;
They swore they shouldn’t and wouldn’t die,—
Books said they did, but they lie! they lie!
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