Buffalo Dance (1894)

Short Edison film featuring Native American Indian dancers from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. The first appearance of Native Americans on film. Housed at: Intern…more

Maps from Geographicus

In March 2011, Geographicus Rare Antique Maps, a specialist dealer in fine and rare antiquarian cartography and historic maps, donated their collection of over 2000…more

Horse Laughs (1891)

Remarkably strange little book on account of much of the humour being lost over the passage of time – often resulting in surreal, if not somewhat disconcerting, lit…more

Napoleon’s Oraculum (1839)

Apparently consulted by Napoleon “before every important occasion” the fortune-telling Oraculum was originally discovered in one of the Royal tombs of Egypt during …more

Annie Oakley (1894)

Annie Oakley was probably the most famous marksman/woman in the world when this short clip was produced in Edison’s Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey….more

The Last American (1889)

Short future history novel from John Ames Mitchell (1845–1918). First published in 1889, it is the fictional journal of Persian admiral Khan-Li, who in the year 2…more

The Mechanism of Human Physiognomy

Plates from Guillaume-Benjamin Duchenne’s ‘Mécanisme de la Physionomie Humaine’, published by Jules Renouard, Paris, in 1862. By applying electrodes to male …more

Landscape and Marine Views of Norway

Selection of images from “Landscape and marine views of Norway” (ca.1890-1900), a set in the Library of Congress’ Photochrom Prints Collection (via Flickr Commons)….more

English As She Is Spoke (1884)

Intended as a Portuguese-English conversational guide or phrase book, but is regarded as a classic source of unintentional humour, as the given English translations…more