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Photography mistakes in 1902

lovely book from 1902 on the mistakes that beginners make in photograpy.

Added by Anna Chen on July 18, 2012 at 1:18am — 2 Comments

World's oldest sound recording

The world's oldest sound recording ressurected, from 1890.

Added by Anna Chen on July 18, 2012 at 1:15am — No Comments

Going to the gym in 1890

Nice photos from an 1890s gym. Exercise in style!

Added by Anna Chen on May 7, 2012 at 1:43am — No Comments

The Electricians are Coming!

Reading up on the Swedish author August Strindberg (1849-1912). In the late 1890s he suffered a mental breakdown and during this period he was convinced that he was threathened by an unknown group of "electricians, black magicians, and wizards". Wonderful stuff there for a writer. Like in this quote from "Excerpts from the Diary of a Damned Man":

As I draw back the curtain of the alcove where my…

Added by Anna Chen on January 14, 2012 at 11:50pm — No Comments

Beautiful old photos

Have you seen these beautiful old photos on Flickr, posted by Länsmuseet Gävleborg (a Swedish museum)? There's a whole set of them.



Added by Anna Chen on July 19, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

Kinetic sculpture - inspiration for automatons?

Very amazing and inspiring video about kinetic sculptures!

Added by Anna Chen on April 24, 2011 at 2:34am — No Comments

Automatic restaurant

This is a photo of an "automatic restaurant" in Stockholm in 1905. If anyone knows anything about this kind of restaurant I'd like to learn more. It seems they were quite popular one hundred years ago.

Added by Anna Chen on February 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

The Hallwyl Museum

If you ever go to Stockholm, make sure to visit the Hallwyl Museum, a late 19th-century city mansion - now a museum.

If you can't come in person, there is an exhibition on-line called 40rok (40 rooms and one kitchen). In Swedish only, but you'll understand, as long as you stick to the pages with photos ... Right now it's focused on the kitchen and everything that was…


Added by Anna Chen on January 31, 2011 at 8:01pm — No Comments


I've been thinking about Tesla and if we have someone in Sweden who could serve as a kind of Swedish substitute for him. Maybe this guy, Gustaf de Laval, a brilliant scientist and inventor who died broke because of his total lack of financial intelligence. He invented a nozzle…


Added by Anna Chen on January 17, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments


Swedish publishing house Kabusa has this 1890sYourself-website.

Nice. But why am I holding a whip?

Added by Anna Chen on January 16, 2011 at 9:30am — 3 Comments


In Sweden, the National Heritage Board is involved in a project where old photos are "remixed" and posted on Flickr. Some have a steampunkish feeling, some not. You'll find them at Flickr.…


Added by Anna Chen on December 16, 2010 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

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