The Serbian American inventor , and original “mad scientist”, Nikola Tesla sitting in his laboratory in Colorado Springs in December 1899. This image is in fact a piece of trick photography created by a double exposure. The electrical bolts were photographed in a darkened room, then the photographic plate was exposed a second time with the equipment off and Tesla sitting in the chair.
Tesla is just one of many whose works will enter the public domain next year in countries with a ‘life plus 70 year” copyright term. Check out our top pick of the bunch, including Sergei Rachmaninoff and Beatrix Potter, here: http://bit.ly/19eSiYw
"Class of 2014" - The Public Domain Review’s top pick of people whose works will, on 1st January 2014, be entering the public domain in those countries with a ‘life plus 70 years’ copyright term (e.g. most European Union members, Brazil, Israel, Nigeria, Russia, Turkey, etc.) - including Beatrix Potter, Fats Waller, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Nikola Tesla. See more here: http://bit.ly/19eSiYw
Wondering what will enter the public domain in the U.S. next year? … Nothing.
Ladies Toboggan Race (circa 1900), from the Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum. A particularly mean looking competitor to the right.
(Source: Flickr / powerhouse_museum)
A very messy Beethoven manuscript.
(From our latest Curator’s Choice by Sandra Tuppen of the British LIbrary on their digitised music manuscripts. See more here: http://bit.ly/1au9TYv )
A leopard, most likely photographed in a zoo and then “photoshopped” into a jungle setting. Circa 1880s, from The Getty’s Open Content Program.
Image depicting two monsters each ridden by a monkey, one of whom appears to be caught in mid fart - one of the stranger works by 16/17th century Dutch artist Arent van Bolten.
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3 of the many fantastical creatures to be found in the 1665 edition of Fortunio Liceti’s De Monstris. See more of the remarkable illustrations from the book HERE.
Czech scientist Jan Evangelista Purknye's (1787-1869) drawings of the shapes made from pushing on his closed eye. He was a proponent of self-experimentation who tested over fifty dangerous drugs on himself, and took to his eye pushing research with abandon: “When I close my eyes, they begin to shine, just like the dots and lines,” he wrote. “It all ends with a dark rhombus with blunt corners, surrounded by a dull shine resembling a phosphorescent light. A total darkness follows.”
An Emily Dickinson poem likening hope to a house, scribbled down on an envelope in the shape of a house. See more of the wonderful collection of Dickinson manuscripts, and read Mike Kelly’s essay on the collection, HERE.