Saturday, January 28, 2012

Presenting a Web Wonder: The Public Domain Review |

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This website is a treasure trove of cultural curiosities and wonders culled from that vast and ever-growing conglomeration known as 'the public domain'--the works and the artifacts whose copyright has expired and thus are now free to view and use by any and all.

Archivists and librarians, universities and museums, the world over have been busy creating electronic archives for electronic copies of their collections of public domain items--images, texts, film, audio, sculpture etc. The Public Domain Review is a journal cum blog in which articles written by aficionados of the arcane share tantalizing tidbits about the works and their creators and the milieu in which they were born.

Does that sound dry and somber?  Well take a look at this selection of article titles:

ROBERT SOUTHEY’S DREAMS REVISITED
THE MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GRIMALDI
PETER THE WILD BOY
STORIES OF A HOLLOW EARTH
BUGS AND BEASTS BEFORE THE LAW

CHRISTOPHER SMART’S JUBILATE AGNO

IMAGES: KITAB AL-BULHAN OR BOOK OF WONDERS
TEXTS: URIAH JEWETT AND THE SEA SERPENT OF LAKE MEMPHEMAGOG
FILMS: THE THIEF OF BAGDAD
AUDIO: THE VOICE OF FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
AUDIO: SANTA CLAUS PROVES THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS
IMAGES: WORLD WAR II FROM THE AIR
FILMS: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
TEXTS: THE ECCENTRIC MIRROR





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