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Forty-Four Turkish Fairy Tales (1913)

In this elaborately produced volume, beautifully illustrated by Willy Pogany, Hungarian-born linguist Ignác Kúnos presents 44 folktales from Turkey, including pri…more

The History of the Ordinary

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY – Laura Bang and Ruth Martin explore an early 20th-century scrapbook put together by Company 62 of the New York City Fire Department….more

Auto Polo (ca.1911)

Four photographs depicting dramatic scenes from an “auto polo” match, a version of polo played using cars rather than horses. The sport – thought to have been inven…more

The Somersault Man (1923)

A short silent clip from a Dutch newsreel showing a man somersaulting through the streets. Housed at: Open Images | From: Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision…more

The First Tour de France (1903)

The 2013 Tour de France marks the 100th of the event’s history, which began in 1903 (the competition was put on hold during the two world wars). Strangely, this ina…more

Pollen Up Close (1837)

Illustrations of various strains of pollen in extreme magnification, as featured in Ueber den Pollen (1837), a book by St. Petersburg based German pharmacist and ch…more