Race and the White Elephant War of 1884

Feuding impresarios, a white-but-not-white-enough elephant, and racist ads for soap — Ross Bullen on how a bizarre episode in circus history became an unlikely forum for discussing 19th-century theories of race, and inadvertently laid bare the ideological constructions at their heart. …Continued

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Destination Earth (1956)

Great little promotional cartoon from the height of the Cold War championing not only the wonders of oil but also free-market capitalism. Features the overthrow …Continued

Maniac Chase (1904)

One of the very first screen depictions of the now familiar Napoleon delusion trope — in which a mentally ill person believes themselves to be …Continued

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