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La Science Illustree Collection

"La Science Illustrée: A Glimpse into the Fascinating World of 19th Century Discoveries and Innovations" Step back in time to the 19th century

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Muscles used in cycling, 19th century

Muscles used in cycling, 19th century
Muscles used in cycling. Artwork from the tenth volume (second period of 1892) of the French popular science weekly La Science Illustree

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Bonsai dwarf pine, 1889 C013 / 8769

Bonsai dwarf pine, 1889 C013 / 8769
Bonsai dwarf pine, 19th-century artwork. This specimen is from Japan, and is 150 years old. Bonsai is the art of cultivating ornamental artificially-dwarfed varieties of trees

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Cornish tin mines, 19th century

Cornish tin mines, 19th century
Cornish tin mines, 19th-century artwork. These mines are in the parish of St Just in Penwith, Cornwall, UK. 19th-century tin mines in this area date back to 1721

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Calots spinal surgery, 19th century

Calots spinal surgery, 19th century
Calots spinal surgery, 19th-century artwork. This operation is being carried out by the French surgeon Jean-Francois Calot (1861-1944) on a condition known as Potts disease

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Oil well, 19th century

Oil well, 19th century
Oil well. Crude oil erupting from a wellhead in a 19th-century oil field. The wellhead is the structure used to contain and pump oil as it reaches the surface from deep underground, often, as here

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Marconi with his radio, 19th century

Marconi with his radio, 19th century
Marconi with his radio, 19th-century artwork. The apparatus consists of a receiver and a transmitter. Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937)

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Manchester Ship Canal, 19th century

Manchester Ship Canal, 19th century
Manchester Ship Canal, 19th-century artwork. This canal, constructed between 1887 and 1893, opened on 1 January 1894. It provided a route for shipping from the Mersey Estuary to Manchester, UK

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Galileos Jovian moon observations, 1610

Galileos Jovian moon observations, 1610
Galileos Jovian moon observations. These first six observations of the four largest moons of Jupiter are from the work Sidereus Nuncius (1610) by the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Beekeeping, 19th century

Beekeeping, 19th century
Beekeeping, 19th-century artwork. Beekeeper extracting honey from honeycombs obtained from a beehive. Bees collect nectar from a wide range of flowering plants

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer

Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer
Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), Norwegian explorer, biologist and humanitarian. In 1888 he was the first to cross the Greenland ice sheet and showed that it covered the entire island

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Fire sprinklers, 19th century

Fire sprinklers, 19th century
Fire sprinklers. This system of sprinklers was designed to extinguish fires, and here has been installed in a theatre in 19th-century France

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Cornish tin mining, 19th century

Cornish tin mining, 19th century
Cornish tin mining, 19th-century artwork. Miners working in a shaft in a tin mine in Cornwall, UK. Many such excavations were near the coast and extended out under the sea for nearly a kilometre

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Performing bears, 1893 C013 / 9111

Performing bears, 1893 C013 / 9111
Performing bears, 19th-century artwork. Artwork from the 12th volume (second period of 1893) of the French popular science weekly La Science Illustree

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Telegraph printer, 1889 C013 / 8777

Telegraph printer, 1889 C013 / 8777
Telegraph printer. 19th-century artwork of a telegraph printer developed by Moore and Wright in the 1880s. The electric telegraph had been developed in the 1830s and 1840s

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Microbiology caricature, 19th century

Microbiology caricature, 19th century
Microbiology caricature. The researcher is handling jars labelled as bacterial cultures, while the magnified view at left shows a caricatured appearance of microbes as seen under a microscope

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Telephone bureau exchange, 1889

Telephone bureau exchange, 1889
Telephone bureau exchange. 19th-century artwork of woman operating the exchange at a telephone bureau. They are using receivers to listen to incoming calls and using the wires

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Thumbprint forensics, 19th century

Thumbprint forensics, 19th century
Thumbprint forensics. Artwork from the tenth volume (second period of 1892) of the French popular science weekly La Science Illustree

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Carl Vogt, German naturalist

Carl Vogt, German naturalist
Carl Christoph Vogt (1817-1895), German naturalist. Vogt published a number of notable works on physiology, geology and zoology

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Earth-Venus conjunction, 19th century

Earth-Venus conjunction, 19th century
Earth-Venus conjunction, 19th-century artwork. Venus (centre) is the second planet from the Sun (right). This is an inferior conjunction

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Chappe and the Transit of Venus, 1761

Chappe and the Transit of Venus, 1761. Historical artwork of the French astronomer Jean-Baptiste Chappe d Auteroche (left, 1722-1769) in Tobolsk, Siberia, Russia

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Electric fire-fighting vehicle, 1893 C013 / 9129

Electric fire-fighting vehicle, 1893 C013 / 9129
Electric fire-fighting vehicle, 19th-century artwork. Artwork from the 12th volume (second period of 1893) of the French popular science weekly La Science Illustree

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Photographic colouring technique, 1893

Photographic colouring technique, 1893
Photographic colouring technique. 19th-century artwork of a photographic positive being coloured in by hand. Artwork from the 12th volume (second period of 1893)

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Chicago World Fair searchlight, 1893

Chicago World Fair searchlight, 1893
Chicago World Fair searchlight, 19th-century artwork. The World Fair of 1893 in Chicago, also known as the Worlds Columbian Exposition, took place from May to October of that year

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Glass-making factory, 1893

Glass-making factory, 1893
Glass-making factory, 19th-century artwork. Artwork from the 12th volume (second period of 1893) of the French popular science weekly La Science Illustree

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Humphery gas lamp, 1893 C013 / 9120

Humphery gas lamp, 1893 C013 / 9120
Humphery gas lamp, 19th-century artwork. Artwork from the 12th volume (second period of 1893) of the French popular science weekly La Science Illustree

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Prehistoric stone circle, 1893

Prehistoric stone circle, 1893
Prehistoric stone circle. 19th-century artwork of visitors at a prehistoric Celtic site of menhirs and dolmens. The accompanying caption states they are Cornish

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Water filtration industry, 1893

Water filtration industry, 1893
Water filtration industry. 19th-century artwork of the water filtration works at Hamburg, Germany. Artwork from the 12th volume (second period of 1893)

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Tanning industry, 1893

Tanning industry, 1893
Tanning industry. 19th-century artwork of workers at a tanning factory in Saint-Marcel, France. Artwork from the 12th volume (second period of 1893)

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Egg-balancing toy design, 1893 C013 / 9112

Egg-balancing toy design, 1893 C013 / 9112
Egg-balancing toy design. 19th-century artwork showing the internal design of an egg-shaped toy that can be balanced on its pointed end

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Spitalfields silk industry, 1893

Spitalfields silk industry, 1893
Spitalfields silk industry. 19th-century artwork of workers weaving silk at the Warner factory in Spitalfields, London, UK

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Louis Favre, Swiss engineer

Louis Favre, Swiss engineer
Louis Favre (1826-1879), Swiss engineer. Favre designed and supervised the building of the Gotthard Rail Tunnel in Switzerland

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Refraction demonstration, 1893

Refraction demonstration, 1893
Refraction demonstration. 19th-century artwork of a demonstration of the principles of radiation and refraction. A beam of sunlight is passing through two holes in a sheet of card

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Chicago World Fair ferris wheel, 1893

Chicago World Fair ferris wheel, 1893
Chicago World Fair ferris wheel, 19th-century artwork. The World Fair of 1893 in Chicago, also known as the Worlds Columbian Exposition, took place from May to October of that year

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Scotland-Ireland telegraph cable, 1893

Scotland-Ireland telegraph cable, 1893
Scotland-Ireland telegraph cable. 19th-century artwork of the underwater telegraph and telephone cable between Scotland and Ireland being landed on the coast

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Janssen at Meudon Observatory, 1893

Janssen at Meudon Observatory, 1893
Janssen at Meudon Observatory. 19th-century artwork of the French astronomer (Pierre) Jules Janssen (1824-1907) seated at the telescope at the Meudon Observatory

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Hygroscope design, 1893 C013 / 9103

Hygroscope design, 1893 C013 / 9103
Hygroscope design. 19th-century artwork of a simple home-made hygroscope design using a twisted helix of paper connected to a pointer on a sheet of card

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Pareiasaurus reptile fossil, 1893 C013 / 9101

Pareiasaurus reptile fossil, 1893 C013 / 9101
Pareiasaurus reptile fossil. 19th-century artwork of a fossil reptile skeleton named Pareiosaurus baini. Pareiosaurus is an alternative spelling of Pareiasaurus

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Chappe and optical telegraphy, 1890s

Chappe and optical telegraphy, 1890s
Chappe and optical telegraphy. 19th-century artwork of a statue of the French engineer Claude Chappe (1763-1805), inventor of mechanical-optical telegraphy. His invention is seen behind him

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Hydrogen production, 1893

Hydrogen production, 1893
Hydrogen production, 19th-century artwork. Artwork from the 11th volume (first period of 1893) of the French popular science weekly La Science Illustree

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Photographic distortion technique, 1893

Photographic distortion technique, 1893
Photographic distortion technique. 19th-century photographs showing a mans head distorted using the photographic techniques of Louis Ducos du Hauron

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Panama Canal construction, 1893 C013 / 9095

Panama Canal construction, 1893 C013 / 9095
Panama Canal construction, 19th-century artwork. The first attempt to build a canal to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans was made by the French at sea level from 1881 to 1889

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Vaccine research, 1893

Vaccine research, 1893
Vaccine research, 19th-century artwork. Artwork from the 11th volume (first period of 1893) of the French popular science weekly La Science Illustree

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Vaccine research, 1890

Vaccine research, 1890
Vaccine research, 19th-century artwork. Artwork from the 11th volume (first period of 1893) of the French popular science weekly La Science Illustree

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Distance-measuring devices, 1893 C013 / 9094

Distance-measuring devices, 1893 C013 / 9094
Distance-measuring devices, 19th-century artwork. Artwork from the 11th volume (first period of 1893) of the French popular science weekly La Science Illustree

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: F. van Rysselberghe, Belgian engineer

F. van Rysselberghe, Belgian engineer
Francois van Rysselberghe (1846-1893), Belgian engineer and meteorologist. Van Rysselberghe proposed the principle of transmitting telephone and telegraph signals along the same wires

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Telephone switchboard exchange, 1893

Telephone switchboard exchange, 1893
Telephone switchboard exchange. 19th-century artwork of woman operating the exchange at a telephone bureau. They are using receivers to listen to incoming calls and using the wires

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Telephone switchboard, 1893

Telephone switchboard, 1893
Telephone switchboard, 19th-century artwork. The woman is using headphone receivers and a speaker to listen to and reply to incoming calls

Background imageLa Science Illustree Collection: Gravity demonstrations, 1893

Gravity demonstrations, 1893
Gravity demonstrations, 19th-century artwork. These diagrams demonstrate how a ring descending a piece of string behaves differently depending on how the string is handled



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"La Science Illustrée: A Glimpse into the Fascinating World of 19th Century Discoveries and Innovations" Step back in time to the 19th century, where scientific exploration and innovation were at their peak. Delve into the captivating world of "La Science Illustrée, " a treasure trove of knowledge showcasing remarkable advancements that shaped our modern society. Witness the power behind cycling as you explore an intricate illustration depicting the muscles used in this exhilarating sport. Marvel at how these muscles work harmoniously, propelling cyclists forward with each pedal stroke. Transport yourself to a serene Japanese garden adorned with a bonsai dwarf pine from 1889. This living masterpiece stands as a testament to patience and meticulous care, capturing nature's essence within its miniature form. Embark on a journey deep underground, venturing into Cornish tin mines that fueled industrial progress during this era. Experience the grit and determination of miners who tirelessly extracted precious minerals from beneath the Earth's surface. Discover Calots spinal surgery, an extraordinary medical breakthrough that revolutionized treatment for spinal conditions in the 19th century. Witness how skilled surgeons delicately operated on patients' spines, offering hope for those suffering from debilitating ailments. Uncover another marvel of human ingenuity - oil wells - which brought forth vast reserves of energy hidden beneath our feet. These towering structures symbolize mankind's ability to harness natural resources for societal advancement. Meet Marconi, an iconic figure whose pioneering work with radio communication forever transformed global connectivity during this period. Observe his unwavering dedication as he fine-tunes his invention, paving the way for instant communication across vast distances. Delve into beekeeping practices prevalent in the 19th century, witnessing humans' symbiotic relationship with these industrious creatures who provide us with golden honey and pollinate our crops diligently. Marvel at Manchester Ship Canal - an engineering feat connecting Manchester to international trade routes via a navigable waterway.