Online collections of 19th century trade cards

26 02 2009

I’ve found a collection of Victorian Trade Cards hosted by the Miami University Library and if that is not enough the University of Iowa Libraries also has an online collection

victoriantradecardsTrade cards started to be used in the 17th century by businesses in London a bit like business cards. Often they only advertised the business with the address and a map. In the 19th century with better printing techniques they became more colourful and sophisticated.

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Guy Fawkes

31 01 2009


Guy Fawkes

Originally uploaded by James Wadsworth

Today in 1606 Guy Fawkes was executed for trying to blow up the Parliament. The same year Parliament decided to have the 5th of November (the first anniversary of the gunpowder plot)  as a day of thanksgiving, therefore the origins of this day are not the celebration of someone that these days would be called a terrorist as some people think. According to Wikipedia though Guy Fawkes ranked 30th in the BBC list of The Greatest Britons voted by viewers in 2001. He came just after David Bowie and before Alexander Bell or Charles Dickens and Boy George (who, I have to admit, I don’t understand why should be in the list at all, but maybe I’m missing something important here).





A bit of Art History

30 01 2009

I’ve just come across this website dedicated to Art History arthistory called Smarthistory which I find  quite interesting. Additionally the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History by the Metropolitan Museum of Art is also interesting.

Or this virtual museum of European Art and to have a full picture there is a website the lists the major resources on art history on the web. My main regret is that I was not born in 1995,  the resources available now to anyone studying are beyond belief. My main resource in my schooldays was an encyclopedia  that was at least 10 years old. The following video is also quite old but it is beautifully done and worth watching again.