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19th Century

Photograph of The Great Comet of 1882

The Great Comet of 1882 was bright enough to be visible next to the Sun in the daytime sky. This photograph is one of very few capturing this fantastic moment. Read more about the Great Comet of 1882 at Wikipedia.

Photograph of The Great Comet of 1882

Image is from the State Library Victoria and is under CC BY-NC 2.0. Information is from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0).

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20th Century

Penicillium Mould Created in 1935

“A sample of Penicillium mould presented by Alexander Fleming to Douglas Macleod, 1935.

The British biologist and pharmacologist Alexander Fleming gave this sample of the mould Penicillium notatum to a colleague at St Mary’s Hospital, London, in 1935.

Seven years earlier, Fleming had discovered by chance that this species of mould produces a substance he called ‘Penicillin’ that was found to have powerful antibiotic properties. This sample marks penicillin’s transition from an interesting phenomenon to a potential drug.”

Image is from the Science Museum Group, © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London – under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence.

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19th Century

Inu Hariko – A Cute Dog Amulet from Japan

An Inu Hariko is a kind of traditional Japanese dog doll. It is a cute amulet that was said to ward of evil. However, now it is used more as a toy or decoration. This cutie was made by Shitayama sometime in the mid-19th century.

Inu Hariko - A Cute Dog Amulet from Japan

Image is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is under Public Domain License. Information is from Wiktionary(CC BY-SA 3.0).

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20th Century

Decorative Animal Head Tea Pots (1902)

These silver and Ivory(😡) decorative tea pots portray various animal heads. The designer is Carol Bugatti, and the maker is Adrien-Aurélien Hebrard. They are magnificent and cruel.

Image is from the Cleveland Museum of Art and is under Public Domain Dedication.

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Unknown Century

Vintage Astronomy Sun Diagram – Hand Drawn

“The Sun and Solar Phenomena” is filled with rad illustrations and outdated facts. The exact year and artist is unknown for this vintage astronomy poster. Although, as far as sun diagrams go it is top tier considering it was all hand drawn!

Vintage Astronomy Sun Diagram - Hand Drawn

Image is from the Wellcome Collection and is under Public Domain License.

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20th Century

Photograph of New York City Circa 1900

This is a photo of Mulberry Street, New York City Circa 1900. It is a photomechanical print published by Detroit Publishing Company. It is like looking in a time machine!

New York City Circa 1900

Image is from the Library of Congress and Wikimedia Commons, under Public Domain License.

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20th Century

1930s Japan Night Lights By Hasui Kawase

This 1930s painting(1933 to be exact) is a lovely look in Japan at night. The lights look almost magical contrasted against the dark evening.

Illustration of Japan at night.

Image is from the National Diet Library and Wikimedia Commons, under Public Domain License.

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19th Century

Monster Mediaeval Style Trumpet (1830)

The maker is Charles Kretzschmann whom based the design on ‘buccins’, which means mediaeval trumpets. Of course, as cool as the style is – the main attraction for this instrument is the monster head!!

Image is from the Rijksmuseum and is under Public Domain License. Information Wiktionary(CC BY-SA 3.0).

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20th Century

Creepy Ventriloquist Doll (1910)

This is an old postcard depicting ventriloquist Alan Stainer and his very creepy doll. Alan and his little buddy were part of an entertainment group called “The Gaieties” – and also a part of our nightmares.

Creepy Ventriloquist Doll (1910)

Image is from the Australian National Maritime Museum and is under Public Domain License.

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20th Century

1900s Sheet Music Covers By André De Takacs

These are a few of the sheet music covers that André De Takacs did that I found funny(mostly the titles). He also did various questionable covers, so I wouldn’t look into his other works unless you are not easily offended.

All images are under Public Domain License.