A grocery list, illustrated, written for an illiterate servant by Michelangelo, 16th Century.

A translation is on Metafilter.

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.


speciesbarocus:

John Bunyan - A Mapp Shewing The Order & Causes of Salvation & Damnation (1691). [x]
> Engraving by William Marshall.

speciesbarocus:

John Bunyan - A Mapp Shewing The Order & Causes of Salvation & Damnation (1691). [x]

> Engraving by William Marshall.

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An early photograph of the Moon, a daguerreotype taken by John W. Draper, March 26, 1840, in New York.

An early photograph of the Moon, a daguerreotype taken by John W. Draper, March 26, 1840, in New York.


Scott Kim's symmetrical alphabet; an ambigram.

Scott Kim's symmetrical alphabet; an ambigram.


Portrait of W.B. Yeats taken by Alice Boughton in New York, April, 1904.

Portrait of W.B. Yeats taken by Alice Boughton in New York, April, 1904.


From Atomique secours, France, 1953.

From Atomique secours, France, 1953.


A teen-aged Grand Duchess Anastasia takes a photograph using a mirror and a Kodak Brownie camera. 1913.

A teen-aged Grand Duchess Anastasia takes a photograph using a mirror and a Kodak Brownie camera. 1913.


Unicorn Drops, ca. 1853.

Unicorn Drops, ca. 1853.


Cassini outdoes itself.

A mosaic of Saturn passing in front of the Sun from the point of view of Cassini.

There is a high-resolution version, an annotated version, and a description of the image.

Cassini outdoes itself.

A mosaic of Saturn passing in front of the Sun from the point of view of Cassini.

There is a high-resolution version, an annotated version, and a description of the image.


Automated Transfer Vehicle Albert Einstein burns up on re-entry over the Pacific Ocean after resupplying the ISS back in June.

Automated Transfer Vehicle Albert Einstein burns up on re-entry over the Pacific Ocean after resupplying the ISS back in June.



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"Stone Henge, Wiltshire" from Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851. Picturesque views in England and Wales, 1838.
 Typ 805 38.8530
Houghton Library, Harvard University

houghtonlib:

"Stone Henge, Wiltshire" from Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851. Picturesque views in England and Wales, 1838.

Typ 805 38.8530

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!

Illustrations from Oliver Wendell Holmes’The Broomstick Train; Or, The Return Of The Witches drawn by Howard Pyle, 1908.

Accent theme by Handsome Code

"You one of those right wing nut outfits?" inquired the diplomatic Metzger.
Fallopian twinkled. "They accuse us of being paranoids."
"They?" inquired Metzger, twinkling also.
"Us?" asked Oedipa.

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