Bedazzled Crown (1755) – Expensive and Tacky

The detail to this illustration of a Bedazzled Crown is admirable. Johann Baptist Homann really knew how to capture this ‘over the top’ head piece. I’m sure the fancy levels for this thing were off the charts, in terms of status and cost. However, it seems like the more jewels a crown has – the more tacky it looks.

Also, think of how much this weighed!!

Bedazzled Crown (1755)

Image is from Wikimedia Commons and is under Public Domain License.

With Love, TeeTee Ella

The Balloon Flight Pioneer

Jean-Pierre Blanchard lived between 1753 to 1809. During his life he made quite the name for himself as a French inventor. He is best known as The Balloon Flight Pioneer or as some call it a ‘ballooning’ pioneer. ‘Ballooning’ is such an awesome word. He is also the first person to cross the English Channel via balloon.

Wikipedia has much more information on Jean-Pierre. The rest of this post will be images I found relating to him and his inventions! I hope seeing these lifts your spirit. hehe

All images are located on Wikimedia Commons. Information is from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0).

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The Scold’s Bridle

A Scold’s bridle, sometimes called a witch’s bridle, a gossip’s bridle, a brank’s bridle, or simply branks, was an instrument of punishment, as a form of torture and public humiliation.

(Photo)Scold’s Bridle, 1550-1800 under (CC BY 4.0) – Credit Wellcome Collection. Information from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0). (Art)1870 Two Scold’s Bridles under Public Domain License.

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The Masters of the Art of this Magic – 1775 Book

The Full Title of the Book

[Latin]”Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros. Anno 1057. Noli me tangere”

[English]”The masters of the art of this magic is the sistematisatae the most populous of all the Artis Compendium of the most unusual. In the year 1057. Do not touch me”

The ‘Do not touch me’ part is very daunting! >:)

Source Information

The book is available by Wellcome Library. On the book’s page, you can find information on the ‘Full Conditions of Use’. The book, along with images, are available under the Creative Commons, Public Domain Mark.

Description From Source(Wellcome Library)

“In German and Latin. On white, brown and grey-green paper. The title within an ornamental border in wash, with skulls, skeletons and cross-bones. Illustrated with 31 extraordinary water-colour drawings of demons, and three pages of magical and cabbalistic signs and sigils, etc. At the end the figures are in red, and part of the text is written in white on the grey-green paper.”

Warning!! Images are disturbing!

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