AFRICAN AMERICANS, c1883. 'Distinguished Colored Men.' Portraits of Frederick Douglass
AFRICAN AMERICANS, c1883.
'Distinguished Colored Men.' Portraits of Frederick Douglass, Robert Brown Elliott, Blanch Kelso Bruce, William Wells Brown, Richard Theodore Greener, Reverend Richard Allen, Joseph Hayne Rainey, Ebenezer Bassett, John Mercer Langston, P.B.S. Pinchback, and Henry Highland Garnet. Chromolithograph, American, c1883.
Charles Babbage, caricature
Charles Babbage (1791-1871). Caricature of the English mathematician Charles Babbage. Babbage is best known for his pioneering work on programmable computers. Believing that a machine could calculate and produce numerical tables more quickly and reliably than the human computers of the time, Babbage designed the Difference Engine to compute values of polynomial functions. After this, Babbage drew plans for an Analytical Engine which could be programmed using punch cards. Neither engine was built to completion until 1991, when London's Science Museum build a Difference Engine from Babbage's plans. Despite this, Babbage was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society's Gold Medal for his Difference Engine, which would have been able to generate mathematical
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'St. Fillan's Games', 1845, (1946). Creator: Unknown
'St. Fillan's Games', 1845, (1946). Traditional highland games taking place near the village of St Fillans in Scotland. 'The St. Fillan's Highland Society...was, an association of the gentlemen of the west of Perthshire, who held an annual meeting at St. Fillan's...for the encouragement and exhibition of Highland games and costume. On these occasions, a large square stage was erected...and furnished with seats and awnings for the accommodation of the judges and visitors of rank...the games were usually opened with a competition among the pibroch performers, for a handsomely mounted Highland bagpipe. After this and some other minor prizes had been awarded, the competitors in reel and hornpipe dancing, and the ancient sword-dance claimed attention; afterwards followed putting the stone, - flinging the hammer, - leaping, - running, - wrestling, - target-shooting, - boat-rowing, - and a variety of other manly and athletic exercises. Prizes were also awarded for the best exhibitions of full Highland costume'. Illustration from "Scotland Illustrated in a Series of Eighty Views" by Professor Wilson. Published in "Life Among the Scots", by Janet Adam Smith. [Collins, London, 1946]
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