With the end of the 2012 Olympics now in sight, we celebrate the world of amateur sport with some photographs of local teams from yesteryear. Pictures from Flickr: The Commons, click on images for more info and source.
In this section of the site we bring you curated collections of images, books, audio and film, shining a light on curiosities and wonders from a wide range of online archives. With a leaning toward the surprising, the strange, and the beautiful, we hope to provide an ever-growing cabinet of curiosities for the digital age, a kind of hyperlinked Wunderkammer – an archive of materials which truly celebrates the breadth and variety of our shared cultural commons and the minds that have made it. Some of our most popular posts include visions of the future from late 19th century France, a dictionary of Victorian slang and a film showing the very talented “hand-farting” farmer of Michigan. With each post including links back to the original source we encourage you to explore these wonderful online sources for yourself. Check out our Sources page to see where we find the content.
A song naming some of the great silent era actors of the time, the lyrics describing a party where all the actors mingle and dance together, with familiar names such as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks counted among the celebrities. …Continued
Photographs from the personal collection of Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902), a German-Austrian psychiatrist, early sexologist, and author of Psychopathia Sexualis, first published in 1886. …Continued
Selections of the forty beautiful woodblock illustrations from Everard Digby's De Arte Natandi (The Art of Swimming) published in 1587, considered the first English treatise on the practise. …Continued