Readers: Here is the second part of showing you screenshots of interesting maps and diagrams from the book, World Geography by John Hodgdon Bradley, which was published in 1948. This was a textbook for secondary education. If you love the maps and diagrams in this book, you can buy a copy of it for a […]

Readers: As many of you know, I love viewing old maps. A component of this love for old maps is the love of old books about maps. In the screenshots below, I have included some interesting maps and diagrams from the book, World Geography by John Hodgdon Bradley, which was published in 1948. This was […]

Readers: A few weeks again, we marked the 105 anniversary of the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic. Four days into it s maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City, late in the night of April 14, 1912 to the early morning hours the next day, more than 1,500 of the 2,224 passengers (and […]

Cartoonist, Lynda Barry, aka Professor Chewbacca, aka The Near Sighted Monkey is no secret. I hope to one day to be able to attend one of her classes or at least a lecture or presentation by her. Until that time, I follow her Tumblr page, follow her homework assignments, writing exercises and lesson plans intended for students who take […]

Readers: I would be remiss if I only focus on the discussion of data and not the art of telling a story every once and a while. As storytellers go, Mike Jay (photo, right) has written extensively on scientific and medical history and is a specialist in the study of drugs. His books include The Atmosphere of […]

Sacred Theory of the Earth Thomas Burnet’s best known work is his Telluris Theoria Sacra, or Sacred Theory of the Earth. The first part was published in 1681 in Latin, and in 1684 in English translation; the second part appeared in 1689 (1690 in English). It was a speculative cosmogony, in which Burnet suggested a […]

Today is the third and final part of my series of selected images from a massive late 19th century tome entitled simply Magic, subtitled Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, including Trick Photography, compiled and edited by Albert A. Hopkins. The book takes a thorough tour through the popular magic tricks and illusions of the day, […]