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1792: A Serious Social Menace

One afternoon in 1792, Lady Almeria Braddock and a certain Mrs. Elphinstone were having tea when the following exchange occurred: Mrs Elphinstone: “You have been a very beautiful woman.” Lady Almeria: “Have been? What do you mean by ‘have been’?” … Continue reading

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1867: Historical Monument of the American Republic

Erastus Salisbury Field: Historical Monument of the American Republic (c. 1867)

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1884: Joseph Arch’s Hands

Born the son of a farmworker, Joseph Arch started work at the age of nine—first as a crow-scarer, then as a plough-boy. Eventually, he mastered a range of skills that allowed him to move around the Midlands and South Wales, … Continue reading

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1643: O England Looke Upon this Monstrous Thing

Illustration from a royalist pamphlet, The Kingdomes Monster Uncloaked from Heaven: The Popish Conspirators, Maglignant Plotters, and cruel Irish, in one Body to destroy Kingdome, Religion and Lawes: But under colour to defend them, especially the Irish, who having destroyed … Continue reading

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1916: Don’t Be A Scab

I’d seen this beautiful photograph before, but hadn’t realized it existed in such high definition. I retouched it a little (the original is here, at the Library of Congress) and drew out some of the details: The date for the … Continue reading

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2014: A Moroccan Man (1913)

Senegalese artist Omar Victor Diop stages his self-portraits as historical photographs—complete with “original” dates. The photo above, for example, is titled A Moroccan man (1913); the one to the left is Dom Nicolau (Circa. 1830–1860). Both are from his 2014 … Continue reading

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1793: In Saddam Hussein’s Basement

Title page of a volume from a multi-volume Talmud set published in Vienna in 1793 by Yozef Hroshontsḳi and recovered from the flooded basement of the Mukhabarat, Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, in 2003. Tens of thousands of Jewish documents were … Continue reading

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