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The Arithmeum in Bonn

27 May, 2015

The Author adores museums devoted to a single category, such as the Clock Museum in Vienna. The Arithmeum in Bonn is another favorite. Completely dedicated to calculating machines, the Arithmeum has an array of devices ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to 17th Century Europe to our modern day. The beautiful intricacy of the early devices, with their hand cranks and delicate metal innards, is fascinating to the math-challenged Author. Fast forward a few hundred years and we have microchips, which when viewed through a microscope look more akin to modern art that mathematics.

The Arithmeum also hosts concerts. A delightful idea, but the Author’s poor, unfortunate ears weren’t sophisticated enough for the contemporary classical music on offer the night she visited. Three contemporary Hungarian composers (Zoltán Jeney, László Vidovszky and Balázs Horváth) performed together. Thus commenced a screeching racket of the dueling sounds of flute, violin, clarinet, cello, drums, piano and Lord knows what else. Suffice to say that, although the Author embraces her Hungarian heritage, contemporary Hungarian music isn’t quite to her liking.

A microchip magnified. Postcard from the Arithmeum gift shop

Where Angels Fear t…

25 May, 2015

Nearing the end of Where Angels Fear to Tread, the Author was brought to an abrupt stop by this mis-printed page. One wonders how the printer managed to produce a rogue Quadrilateral page in an otherwise respectable Penguin Classic edition.

What happens on page 107? The Author will never know*.

Please pardon the terrible quality of the photograph.

*Well, she could very well find another, properly printed, edition.

More Wellcome Costumes

20 May, 2015

The Author has previously celebrated the styling of Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome, most notably his evolving facial hair and Casual Canoeing Costume. Henry Wellcome was a fascinating fellow: born in a Wisconsin log cabin, he went on to travel the world, make his fortune in pharmaceuticals and establish the Wellcome trust, one of the world’s largest private medical charities. His other achievements include building an impressive collection of masks (a few examples: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and wardrobe.

Hunting costume. Please notice the studio setting: rug of ‘grass’, fake tree, painted background.

M0007862 H.S. Wellcome in the costume of a monk Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images Full length photographic portrait of H. S. Wellcome in the costume of a monk, taken 1885. 1885 Henry Wellcome: in costume as: monk  Published: 1885 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Henry Wellcome as a Monk. A curious studio portrait.

L0076781 Sir Henry Wellcome and J. Baiz, his guide Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images Sir Henry Wellcome (left) and J. Bazi, his guide and interpreter, during his journey through Central America. In 1878, the 25 year-old Henry Wellcome set out on an expedition to explore the native Chinchona forests of Ecuador. The bark of Chinchona trees was the prime source of pure quinine, an extract used to treat malaria. At the time Wellcome was working as a salesman for the well-known American pharmaceutical firm of McKesson & Robbins. Wellcome's account of his travels - published at length in pharmaceutical journals on both sides of the Atlantic - established his name amongst his trade peers.  The article paints a vivid picture of a young man with an inquiring mind and a taste for adventure. Photograph 1879 H.S. Wellcome: Personal Collection of photographs, family etc. Published:  -  Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Tourist Attire in Ecuador

M0008686 Wellcome Archives: H. Wellcome at Jebel Moya Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images Sir Henry Wellcome with some staff at archeological Excavation Camp, Jebel Moya. Published:  -  Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Camel riding costume.

Campaign Memorabilia

15 May, 2015

A rather impractical pince-nez promoting Teddy Roosevelt and his running mate Charles W. Fairbanks’ 1904 Presidential campaign. His opponent, Alton B. Parker, could’ve had a field day with jokes about Roosevelt supporters being unable to see the issues clearly (I would hope he’d come up with something snappier than that). It certainly didn’t hurt, as Teddy went on to win the Electoral College vote and 56% of the popular vote.

Roosevelt campaign glasses

On display at the Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill house.

Tangled Limbs

13 May, 2015

An extraordinary tangle of tree branches on the bank of the Seine in Paris.

Tangled limbs

Tangled limbs 2

Out of Place Minimalism

8 May, 2015

A minimalist display at the decidedly not minimalist National Gallery in London.

Postmodern National Gallery

Photographing Wild Game With Flashlight and Camera

6 May, 2015

The title of this National Geographic article immediately caught the Author’s attention. The title is seemingly self-explanatory, but the Author can’t help but be slightly confused, certainly curious and more than a tad disgusted.

NG 7:06 Monarch of the NightNG 7:06 Flashlight- Snowdy OwlNG 7:06 Unlikely companions


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