1958: Work

Kazuo Shiraga - Work II (1958)

Kazuo Shiraga: Work II (1958)

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1948: Fence and Tree

Albert Reuss - Fence and Tree (1948)

Albert Reuss: Fence and Tree (1948)

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1922: Seek the Kingdom of Heaven through Contempt of the World

Melchior Lechter - Die vier Bücher von der Nachfolge Christi (1922) p 6 [detail]

Melchior Lechter - Die vier Bücher von der Nachfolge Christi (1922) p 6 Melchior Lechter - Die vier Bücher von der Nachfolge Christi (1922) p 7 Melchior Lechter - Die vier Bücher von der Nachfolge Christi (1922) p 8

Melchior Lechter’s frontispiece, title page, and first chapter title page for a 1922 edition of Thomas à Kempis’s Imitation of Christ. Written in the early 15th century, the work promotes piety, simplicity, and devotion as the key to a personal connection to God.

This is the greatest wisdom: to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. It is vanity, therefore, to seek and trust in riches that perish. It is vanity also to court honor and to be puffed up with pride. It is vanity to follow the lusts of the body and to desire things for which severe punishment later must come. It is vanity to wish for long life and to care little about a well-spent  life. It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come.It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides.

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1892: Summer Evening

Janus La Cour - Quiet Summer Evening by the River Mouth (1892)

Janus La Cour: Quiet Summer Evening by the River Mouth (1892)

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1655: Remedies

Sea Serpents and Eels - Italian, 17th Century [detail]

Selections from Thomas Lupton’s book A Thousand Notable Things on Various Subjects: Disclosed from the Secrets of Nature and Art, Practicable, Profitable, and of Great Advantage: Set Down from Long and Curious Study and Experience (1655):

The Soles of the Feet anointed with the Fat of a Dormouse, doth procure Sleep.—As Actius doth say.

Take a Frog, and cut her through the middle of the back with a knife, and take out the liver, and fold it in a Colewart Leaf. and burn it in a new earthen pot well closed, and give the ashes thereof unto him or her that hath the Falling Sickness, to drink with Wine, and it will help them; and if the party be not healed at once, then do so by another Frog, and do so still; and without doubt it will help them if they use it.—This was told me for a sure experiment, and it is also affirmed by Petrus Hispanus.

Pare the Nails of one that hath the Quartan Ague, which being put into a linen cloth, and so tied about the neck of a Quick Eel, and the same Eel put into the water, thereby the Ague will be driven away.—Giber. et Albert.

If any do sprinkle his head with the powder of a skin that a Snake doth cast off, gotten or gathered when the Moon is in the full, being also in the first part of Aries, the Ram, he shall see terrible and fearful dreams. And if he shall have it under the sole of his foot, he shall be acceptable before Magistrates and Princes.—Cardanus.

The Brain of a Weazel dried, and drank with Vinegar, doth help them that have the Falling Sickness. —Mizaldus.

It is said, that Mice Dung, with the Ashes of Burned Wasps, and Hazel Nuts, and a little Vinegar of Roses put thereto, doth trimly deck a Bald Place with Hairs, if the same place be…rubbed or anointed therewith.—Mizaldus

The “falling sickness” is epilepsy. “Quartan Ague” is a mild form of malaria that produces a fever every three days.

The illustration comes from a 17th century Italian book (source).

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1937: Local 174

Walter Speck and Barbara Wilson - UAW Local 174 Mural (1937)

This mural showing the early history of UAW local 174 was painted by Walter Speck and Barbara Wilson in 1937 and originally hung in the local’s union hall at 2730 Maybury Grand St., in Detroit, Michigan. After moving with the local to several new offices, the mural now resides in the Walter Reuther Library at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Local 174 was Reuther’s home local, and the mural depicts several scenes in the formation of the union, including the 1936-37 Flint Sit-Down Strike and the 1937 Battle of the Overpass at Ford Motor Company. On the right, workers are shown holding copies of Local 174’s first contract.

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1863: Rat

Adolph Menzel - Die Ratte im Rinnstein (c. 1863-1883)

Adolph von Menzel: Rat in the Gutter (c. 1863-1883)

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