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hands

For Centuries, Readers Annotated Books With Tiny Drawings of Hands

They were the medieval version of a highlighter.
August 23, 2017
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dinosaurs

Documenting America’s Long, Venerable Tradition of Roadside Dinosaurs

Welcome to Jurassic parking lot.
August 15, 2017
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einstein

The 1922 Eclipse Adventure That Sought to Confirm the Theory of Relativity

It took 35 tons of equipment and a lengthy voyage to remote Western Australia.
August 11, 2017
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brain collections

When Neuroscientists Become Artists

Beauty and brains.
August 9, 2017
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horror

Peer Into the Horror That Is Kirk Hammett’s Movie Poster Collection

They're watching you.
August 4, 2017
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eclipse

A Century of Eclipse Watching, in Photos

Just try to look away.
August 1, 2017
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london

See London’s Underground ‘Mail Rail,’ Then and Now

It's like the Tube, but for post.
July 27, 2017
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knitting

The Wool Brigades of World War I, When Knitting Was a Patriotic Duty

The clacking of needles was heard from coast to coast.
July 26, 2017
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hong kong

Remembering Hair-Raising Landings at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport

Turn right at the mountain.
July 21, 2017
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climate change

The Abstract Beauty of One of the World's Harshest Climates

The desert, as you’ve never seen it before.
July 19, 2017
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sin week

Mapping Dante's Inferno, One Circle of Hell at a Time

A topography of torment.
July 13, 2017
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witchcraft

Ritual Skulls and Other Magical Objects, in Photos

Spellbinding selections from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.
June 23, 2017
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children's literature week

The ABCs of WWI, a British Wartime Alphabet Primer

D stands for dreadnought.
June 16, 2017
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children's literature week

The Artful Propaganda of Soviet Children’s Literature

In 1920s Russia, children read about sugar beets, hydroelectric plants, and five-year plans.
June 15, 2017
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visual

Vintage Photos of Traveling Libraries

When bookmobiles brought literature to your doorstep.
June 9, 2017
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printing

Cheap Thrills, Private Dicks, and Desperate Dames From the Heyday of Pulp Fiction

The enduring appeal of the lowest common denominator.
June 6, 2017
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england

Even World War II Had Its Weird Side

Strange and unexpected photos of wartime innovation, animal mascots, and Churchill in a onesie.
June 1, 2017
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waves

The Hypnotic Allure of Cinemagraphic Waves

They rise, swell, or crest—but never truly break.
May 31, 2017
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miniatures

Beautiful Miniature Books That Are Worth Sacrificing Your Eyesight For

Good things come in (very) small packages.
May 26, 2017
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ukraine

The Hunt for Ukraine’s Toppled Lenin Statues

Photographing the hidden afterlives of Soviet monuments.
May 24, 2017
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instagram

How San Francisco Chronicled Its Own Tech Boom

A look back at Silicon Valley's adolescence.
May 19, 2017
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botanical illustration

The Amazing Life and Work of Maria Sibylla Merian

The beautiful botanical illustrations of a 17th-century entomologist, artist, and adventurer.
May 17, 2017
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concrete

How (and Why) a Photographer Encased His Latest Book in Concrete

The insides match the outsides.
May 12, 2017
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visual

The Strange and Grotesque Doodles in the Margins of Medieval Books

When the edges take center stage.
May 9, 2017