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Eastern Sports and Western Bodies: The “Indian Club” in the United States

- April 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

Although largely forgotten today, exercise by club swinging was all the rage in the 19th century. Daniel Elkind explores the rise of the phenomenon in the US, and how such efforts to keep trim and build muscle were inextricably entwined with the history of colonialism, immigration, and capitalist culture.

Announcing the PDR Colouring Book! Free to Download and Print Off at Home

- March 31, 2020 in Uncategorized

We made you a colouring book to help you through these strange times, featuring works by Hokusai, Albrecht Dürer, Virginia Frances Sterrett, and Aubrey Beardsley.

Coronavirus Update

- March 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

Quick update as to how the coronavirus crisis is impacting The Public Domain Review.

London’s Dreadful Visitation: A Year of Weekly Death Statistics during the Great Plague (1665)

- March 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

Bills of mortality for the year 1665 in London, recording the number of plague dead, as well as other causes of mortality.

Richard Deakin’s Flora of the Colosseum of Rome (1855)

- March 24, 2020 in Uncategorized

A thoroughly romantic amateur English botanist’s catalogue of more than 400 plants and flowers that once grew in profusion on the Roman Colosseum.

Plague Doctor Costumes

- March 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

Depictions of plague doctors in the bird mask and floor-length cloak first developed in France during the early 17th century.

Comic Gold: The Easterner Goes West in Three Early American Comics

- March 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

The California Gold Rush transformed the landscape and population of the United States. It also introduced a new figure into American life and the American imagination — the effete Eastern urbanite who travels to the Wild West in quest of his fortune. Alex Andriesse examines how this figure fares in three mid-nineteenth-century comic books.

Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art (1853)

- March 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

Three volumes of anecdotes about painters and other artists collected by an enterprising American dentist, author, and connoisseur of the arts.

Coughs, Sneezes, and Jet-Propelled Germs: Two Public Service Films by Richard Massingham (1945)

- March 5, 2020 in Uncategorized

Two PSA films featuring the multi-talented director, actor, doctor, and hypochondriac Richard Massingham.

Edouard Joseph d’Alton’s Illustrations of Animal Skeletons (1821–1838)

- March 4, 2020 in Uncategorized

Meticulous illustrations from an atlas of animal bones, including those of the tiny squirrel and the tall giraffe, the domesticated camel and the extinct giant ground sloth.