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It’s always the same old story

It’s always the same old story

A few years ago, the New York Times featured an article about the short-lived Greenwich Village Bookshop and its very special door.…

Rudimentary phonograph technology

Once, for only 35¢ you could give your beloved the…

Ephemera

Too Homely to Live

Too Homely to Live

Sometime after many debits, credits, and payments in trade and cash for dry goods and groceries were recorded in an 1857 ledger…

Fads

The Curious History of the Röntgen Ray, Part III

The Curious History of the Röntgen Ray, Part III

Occult Entertainment The X-ray’s entertainment value extended far beyond novelty or morbid curiosity about the self. Turning appearances inside out, revealing the…

The Curious History of the Röntgen Ray (cont.)

The Technology of Popular Entertainment The X-ray fast became the…

Visual culture

“I have seen my own death!”: The Curious History of the Röntgen Ray

“I have seen my own death!”: The Curious History of the Röntgen Ray

The Curious History of the Röntgen Ray  The skeletal hand of a woman, embellished with jewelry and a small spray of flowers,…