Category Archives: Media and Photography

Library Link of the Day: Early Chinese Trick Photography Sent Chubby Babies Into Space

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: AT FIRST GLANCE, THE IMAGE seems set in space, or at least the set of a low-budget science fiction movie. A stubby Sputnik hovers in the background, next to a flat moon. A sleek metal rocket, labeled … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Sailors’ Valentines Were Painstakingly Crafted, But Not by Sailors

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: Beaches and shorelines around the world are scattered with all manner of art supplies, from cockle to clam and conch shells. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, seashells like these were intricately arranged into geometric mosaics … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Exploring the Haphazard Archive of a Paris Film Legend

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: IN 2014, AN ARCHIVIST AT the Paris-based Cinémathèque Française opened a box labeled “Sherlock Holmes.” Inside, she found three different films. One of them turned out to be a long-lost treasure: a late 19th-century American silent film starring an … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: How One Photographer Captures the Glory of Birds in Flight

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: Dark, sinuous lines float in a blue sky. It seems straight out of sci-fi or fantasy—a fantastical spacecraft transitioning into its cloaking shield, or a mythical beast in flight. In reality, it is cranes at Gallocanta … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Finalists in the Agora Photo Contest

Courtesy of The Good News Network: Some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes have been captured in a stunning series of images submitted by everyday people to this prestigious photo contest. More than 25,000 photos were entered into the Agora … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The Oldest-Known Photograph of Enslaved African Americans With Cotton

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: THE IMAGE IS SIMPLE AND haunting. Ten enslaved African-American people stand in front of a two-story, white clapboard building, some with baskets of cotton on top of their heads. A boy bows his head in the lower-left … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: A Newly Digitized Menu Collection Shows Off America’s Lost Railroad Cuisine

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: IRA SILVERMAN WAS ALWAYS ON the go. In the late 1960s, the train enthusiast enrolled in Northwestern University’s Transportation Center in Evanston, near the great national rail hub of Chicago. This proximity gave young Silverman and … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Hawaii’s Haiku Stairs Are Beautiful, Treacherous, and Forbidden to Tourists

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: From the beaches to the mountains, beauty abounds in Hawaii. But if there’s one thing that attracts people more than beauty, it’s the forbidden. The Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven, are the source … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Picturing Manhattan’s Shortest Buildings From the Ground Floor

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: Adam Friedberg hit the streets early, when the sidewalks were as empty as they’d ever be, when street lights still threw an amber glow, when the city’s low-slung buildings were still tucked to sleep behind dingy … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: NASA’s Photo of a Jack-O’-Lantern Sun Is Here to Remind You That Space Can Be Terrifying

Courtesy of Mental Floss: NASA releases a lot of unsettling photographs of outer space, from a shot of a ghoulish-green dead star to the first-ever image of a black hole. In honor of Halloween, the agency has republished one of the creepiest pictures ever … Continue reading

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