Friday, April 29, 2005

Vintage Photos of Children

From the Photography Collection
Western History/Genealogy Department
Denver Public Library

The main page of the Photography Collection is here.

Ohio Birds: A Photo Collection

15 pages of photos. Click on the thumbnails for successively larger images
--small, medium, and HUGE!

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

America's Coastline Album

The coastline pictures that you will see in this album have come from personnel associated with virtually all elements of NOAA including latter-day Coast Surveyors, fisheries scientists, oceanic and atmospheric researchers, weather observers, and even NOAA librarians. Although most images are relatively recent, there are sketches and drawings dating back to the early Nineteenth Century found within this album.

Coast Survey sounding operations in Strawberry Harbor. Coast Survey Ship FAUNTLEROY in background. Watercolor by James Madison Alden, nephew of Lieutenant James Alden. Lt. Alden commanded the Coast Survey Steamer. 1857

Our Documents

At the heart of this initiative are 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to “form a more perfect union.” High resolution PDFs available for download.
Jefferson's Secret Message to Congress Regarding the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1803)

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Star Charts

From Andrew L. Johnson
"This project is my attempt to produce a free, downloadable set of high-quality star charts -- the Mag-7 Star Atlas -- capable of being printed at reasonable resolutions on the average home printer." PDF format

He also makes .jpgs available on his Flickr site.
When you click on one be sure to look for the
"See different sizes" to get large images.

Resize photos for e-mail

"Resize2mail is an online resize website utility developed for digital camera owners, webmasters, people travelling, my sister or anybody who quickly wants to resize a digital image for email or publishing on a web site.
Resize your digital photo images online in three easy steps! Resize your digital photo images in three easy steps!
1. Select the image you would like to resize with [Browse...]
2. Select the size you would like your new image to be.
3. Click on okay and wait for the next page to showup.
Save the resized image on your PC and email it to friend, family, colleague or office."

I tested this site with a scan of a vintage paper napkin that was my grandmother's.
original width: 1373, height: 1333 and: 371.496 KB.
The resized image is now: width: 350, height: 360 and: 54.326 KB.

Orchids at Kew Gardens

John Day painted hundreds of exquisite watercolours of the newly discovered orchids that were entrancing Victorian society. The result is a stunning archive of orchid illustrations.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Tammy Yee Origami

Illustrator Tammy Yee offers a good selection of printable origami.
This one is Koi-nobori (Boy's Day Carp Banner)

Wednesday, April 13, 2005


The Library of Congress has a collection of cowgirl images. I have a hard time coming up with a direct link and have linked to the main search page. Type in "Cowgirl" then click search.
These are just two from the collection.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Fashion drawing figures

Fashion drawing figures from Threads Magazine.
"To get you started, we've created croquis (schematic figure drawings providing standard proportions) for an "average" woman, man, and two children (one 5-6 years old, and an older sibling, about 7-11 years old), as well as a petite and a plus-size woman. Simply print out the croquis provided here, slip one under a sheet of paper, and draw your dream garment over the figure." PDF format.

Feeding America

The Michigan State University Library and the MSU Museum have partnered to create an online collection of some of the most influential and important American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century. The goal of this project is to make these materials available to a wider audience.
Digital images of the pages of each cookbook are available as well as full-text transcriptions and the ability to search within the books, across the collection, in order to find specific information.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Hell Money

From Randall van der Woning.
"In a classic case of misinterpretation, the Chinese believed Hell was the English term for the Afterlife. The word was incorporated and printed on the traditional Chinese Afterlife Monetary Offerings, otherwise known as Hell Bank Notes. Some refer to the notes as Spirit Money."

Cloud Pictures

From Carl Wozniak.
He says "Steal these pictures"