Thursday, September 30, 2004

Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam

I live about 50 miles southwest of Mt. St. Helens but I can't see it because the the hills block the view. Next best...
Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam
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French furniture

Le Garde-meuble, ancien et moderne (Furniture repository, ancient and modern), a bimonthly periodical published in Paris, promoting French styles in furniture, fabrics, and interior decoration for a nearly a century.
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The more than 400 colorful images included in this Smithsonian Institution Libraries' online document represent SIL's nearly complete set of the early issues of Le Garde-meuble, those folios published from 1841 through 1851. Depicting a wide variety of furniture types and styles, the pictures were executed in such a highly skilled and detailed manner that even today they continue to be an exceptionally rich visual resource for furniture restorers, set designers, historians, curators, historic preservationists, upholsterers, and interior decorators.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Vintage music covers

Dad sent me this link to the UCLA Music Library.
They have a beautiful collection of sheet music covers.
These are small, medium, large and extra large. Beautiful.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Paper rulers

Some are stacked and are a full page.

They are printable PDF files but I open
them with Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro 8

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Snow Crystals

Snow crystal photographs from Kenneth G. Libbrecht,
Professor of Physics at Caltech.

Thumbnails lead to larger images.
There are also links to other collections.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Flowers Fruicts Beastes Birds

The second booke of Flowers Fruicts Beastes Birds and Flies exactly drawne.

Hand Shadows

Project Gutenberg's Hand Shadows To Be Thrown Upon The Wall, by Henry Bursill

This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with
almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or
re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg
License included with this eBook or online at

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Japanese Dolls

Dolls from Japan were very popular in America and Europe through the late 19th and early 20th centuries. On these pages, Judy Shoaf has collected illustrations and references of the Japanese doll.

Most of the images on this site belong to the public domain. Most of them also are scans or photographs of items owned by me; exceptions are noted. Thus
(1) You may legally copy any of these images for your own use (as I interpret the law this week), unless it is noted that the image comes from another source (e.g. a library, which might interpret the law differently).
(2) If you want a better image you can request one from me.
(3) If you wish to cite my identification of the image, please mention my name, or the name of the source I cite.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Friday, September 03, 2004

The Japanese Calendar

The Japanese Calendar from The Diet Library

This, then, traces the history of the Japanese calendar based on the National Diet Library's calendar collection, with special focus on the Daisho-reki calendar consisting of months, some with 30 days, others with 29, which was used in the Edo period (1603 to 1867). It also includes notes on how to better appreciate it.

Japanese Ex-libris Stamps

Japanese Ex-libris Stamps from The National Diet Library

Ex-libris ownership stamps come in a variety of forms each showing its own special characteristics depending on the era in which it was used as well as the kind of place it was used in, and the person's occupation and social standing in the case of a personal ex-libris ownership stamp. Those used by the feudal lords were grandiose and imposing in their style and those used by men of letters had more refined texts and designs. And by looking at the design and text of an ex-libris stamp, we can grasp the spirit of the book lover in the deepest reaches of the owner's heart as they are surely hidden there.

There are larger images of the stamped materials.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Make a Face

Make a Face

I found that I needed to drag most of the features down to align them.

Rubbings of Chinese Inscriptions

These are selected scans of Chinese rubbings from the collection of the East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley

Wednesday, September 01, 2004