“After shelling Antietam Bridge several hours, it was decided to cross,” wrote David Ludlow Thompson in a letter he sent after being captured by the Confederate Army. He included in the letter this map of the battlefield showing the movement of his brigade.
The bridge itself, now known as Burnside’s Bridge for Union General Ambrose E. Burnside, is pictured in the stereograph. You can read more about Civil War stereographs on the From the Stacks blog.
David Ludlow Thompson. Letter to
Elias A. Fairchild. 1862 October. David Ludlow Thompson Papers, MS 670.24. New-York Historical Society.
Thedan Script - used extensively by Gardnerian Witches Runic Alphabets - they served for divinatory and ritual purposes, as well as the more practical use; there are three main types of Runes; Germanic, Scandinavian/Norse, and Anglo-Saxon and they each have any number of variations, depending on the region from which they originate Celtic and Pictish - early Celts and their priests, the Druids, had their own form of alphabet known as “Ogam Bethluisnion”, which was an extremely simple alphabet used more for carving into wood and stone, than for general writing, while Pictish artwork was later adopted by the Celts, especially throughout Ireland Ceremonial Magick Alphabets - “Passing the River”, “Malachim” and “Celestial” alphabets were used almost exclusively by ceremonial magicians
In 1863, Jules Verne wrote “Paris in the 20th Century,” a manuscript that predicted glass skyscrapers, submarines, the technology to land on the moon, feminism, and a statistical rise in illegitimate births. His publisher rejected the story because it was unbelievable, so Verne put it in a safe - where it was forgotten until his great-grandson rediscovered in in 1989.
It was one of the first science-fiction novels written by Jules Verne, but because it was lost in a safe for over 125 years, it was the last to be published.
Attestation of Vegvísir in the Huld Manuscript. The Huld Manuscript is the name given to the book of collected Icelandic staves and spells, compiled by Geir Vigfusson in the 19th Century. Huld is the name of a völva in the Ynglinga and Sturlunga Sagas, who practiced Seiðr magic. A later Icelandic tale by Snorri Sturlusson tells us that she was a mistress of Odin, and mothered two demi-goddesses by him, who were named Þorgerðr and Irpa. If we look at the etymology, “Huld” means “Hidden” or “Secret” and is derived from Old Norse “Hulda”. This root is seen in many other words in Germanic lore.
Children's Doodles Found in Margins of Medieval Manuscript
The margins of a medieval manuscript from a convent in Naples, Italy, are decorated with doodles of what are apparently devils, a farm animal and a person that were likely drawn by children, a new study finds.
Children probably scribbled these doodles on the 14th-century manuscript a few hundred years after the book was made, said the study’s author, Deborah Thorpe, a research fellow at the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders at the University of York in the United Kingdom.
The drawings are a rather serendipitous find; Thorpe discovered them by chance while conducting research for another project.
“I was looking through a database of medieval manuscripts online, and I found images of these beautiful doodles in the margins, and to me they looked like they were done by children,” Thorpe said in a statement. “I thought, ‘This is really interesting, has anyone written anything about this?'’ Read more.
For my submission to Angelica Alzona & Odera Igbokwe’s “Pepper Breath” zine, I made an illuminated spread about what Digimon meant to me and my relationship to my brother. It was so much fun to work on and I was continuously close to tears at getting to submit work alongside such wonderful people.