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The Human Alphabet
Collection of alphabets comprised of the human body.
Ernst Haeckel’s Bats (1904)
Bats galore featured on plate 67 from Ernst Haeckel’s visually dazzling Kunstformen der Natur (1904).
Painted Photograph of an Unknown Man (ca. 1855–70)
An unusual example of a painted photograph, in which the artist has left sections untouched by paint.
Pages From an Illustrated Catalogue of Period Ornaments (ca. 1919)
The Illustrated Catalogue of Period Ornaments Cast in Composition and Wood Fibre for Woodwork-Furniture features samples of wood carvings offered by the Decorators Supply Company
Illustrations from a Descriptive Iconography of Cacti (1841)
Illustrations of cacti featured in a 19th-century work by French botanist Charles Lemaire.
The Rowing-Bath (1916)
A device which promises to secure the zest which accompanies the pleasant pastime of buffeting surf.
A popular Victorian parlour toy, generally marketed for children, which is widely considered to be among the earliest forms of animation and the precursor to
Contents of an Ostrich’s Stomach (ca. 1930)
An unusual image captured by Frederick William Bond, photographer at the Zoological Society of London. Contents included a couple of handkerchiefs, a buttoned glove, a
Kobayashi Kiyochika’s Cartoons of the Russo-Japanese War (1904–5)
Propaganda cartoons from the pen of Japanese artist Kobayashi Kiyochika.
Details from Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (ca. 1500)
Collection of detailed crops from Hieronymous Bosch's most ambitious work, The Garden of Earthly Delights.
The Surreal Art of Alchemical Diagrams
The varied tradition of alchemy has given birth to a whole host of strange and wondrous imagery over the centuries. Here we pick out some
A Vision of Isolating Technology from 1906
Punch magazine's vision of the smartphone zombie from 1906.
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