Smartphone running app circa 1874 (from English translation of Étienne-Jules Marey’s Animal Mechanism)

Smartphone running app circa 1874 (from English translation of Étienne-Jules Marey’s Animal Mechanism)

"Pig of Knowledge"!!!! - Frontispiece from a wonderful book amounting to something akin to an early 19th-century version of the Masked Magician, in which the reality behind various tricks and illusions of the day are exposed - including that of the "Learned Pig" (pictured here) and the marvellous sounding "Philosphical Swan" - http://bit.ly/1uSgWcR

"Pig of Knowledge"!!!! - Frontispiece from a wonderful book amounting to something akin to an early 19th-century version of the Masked Magician, in which the reality behind various tricks and illusions of the day are exposed - including that of the "Learned Pig" (pictured here) and the marvellous sounding "Philosphical Swan" - http://bit.ly/1uSgWcR

A 19th-century “Laughing Gas” party. See more on the early usage of the ‘wondrous gas’ here in our latest essay from cultural historian Mike Jay: http://bit.ly/1orhRrX

A 19th-century “Laughing Gas” party. See more on the early usage of the ‘wondrous gas’ here in our latest essay from cultural historian Mike Jay: http://bit.ly/1orhRrX

A page from Made in the Trenches (1916), a WW1 magazine-style book composed entirely of articles and sketches contributed by British soldiers fighting on the front lines. More here: http://bit.ly/1koHWxh

A page from Made in the Trenches (1916), a WW1 magazine-style book composed entirely of articles and sketches contributed by British soldiers fighting on the front lines. More here: http://bit.ly/1koHWxh

The letter Q from a stunning set of 17th-century prints of “organic type”. See the rest here: http://buff.ly/1h9G7m9

The letter Q from a stunning set of 17th-century prints of “organic type”. See the rest here: http://buff.ly/1h9G7m9

The 120ft long inflatable balloon at the centre of the 1937 Nantucket sea-serpent hoax. Full story and more pictures here: http://bit.ly/1m09UfB

The 120ft long inflatable balloon at the centre of the 1937 Nantucket sea-serpent hoax. Full story and more pictures here: http://bit.ly/1m09UfB

“Someone who bore false witness receives this kind of torment” - an image from an Islamic manuscript (most likely hailing from what is now Xinjiang region in China) depicting a series of gruesome punishments in the afterlife. See more images here including translations of the Eastern Turki script done especially for the post: http://bit.ly/1iP2ifM

“Someone who bore false witness receives this kind of torment” - an image from an Islamic manuscript (most likely hailing from what is now Xinjiang region in China) depicting a series of gruesome punishments in the afterlife. See more images here including translations of the Eastern Turki script done especially for the post: http://bit.ly/1iP2ifM

Animals Pets are Good for the Blues, from a book called Worry and Nervousness (1915), by William Samuel Sadler

Animals Pets are Good for the Blues, from a book called Worry and Nervousness (1915), by William Samuel Sadler

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Life and Death Contrasted (ca.1770), an engraving by Valentine Green. More here: http://bit.ly/1fPBmxd

Life and Death Contrasted (ca.1770), an engraving by Valentine Green. More here: http://bit.ly/1fPBmxd

Herbal Relief: a medieval man urinates in a pot surrounded by giant herbs, from the 15th-century “Tractatus de Herbis”. 
See more here: http://bit.ly/1jvwFUH

Herbal Relief: a medieval man urinates in a pot surrounded by giant herbs, from the 15th-century “Tractatus de Herbis”. 

See more here: http://bit.ly/1jvwFUH

A demon being repelled by the herb Ypericon. A page from the beautifully illustrated “Tractatus de Herbis”, a 15th century book produced to help apothecaries and physicians identify plants. See more here: http://bit.ly/1jvwFUH

A demon being repelled by the herb Ypericon. A page from the beautifully illustrated “Tractatus de Herbis”, a 15th century book produced to help apothecaries and physicians identify plants. See more here: http://bit.ly/1jvwFUH

A lithograph from “Shtetl, My Destroyed Home: A Remembrance” (1922), a set of outstanding depictions by Russian artist Issachar Ber Ryback of his home village in Ukraine before it was destroyed in the pogroms following World War I. See more here: http://bit.ly/1eWVSWM

A lithograph from “Shtetl, My Destroyed Home: A Remembrance” (1922), a set of outstanding depictions by Russian artist Issachar Ber Ryback of his home village in Ukraine before it was destroyed in the pogroms following World War I. See more here: http://bit.ly/1eWVSWM