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State of French scientific knowledge about the moon in 1878

need some pointers as to research strategies/leads to find out about the state of the art knowledge about the moon in 1878, with particular reference to things arising in or popular in the French scientific community. First thoughts are Times digital archive and to look for an encyclopaedia of similar date. Any leads appreciated.
posted by aesop on Aug 20, 2014 - 9 answers

How much did 19th century climbers know about their gear's limitations?

If you were the average climber/mountaineer in the mid-to-late 19th century, how aware were you that your gear was basically crap in terms of providing protection from falls? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Nov 25, 2013 - 4 answers

"He swirled his brandy counter-clockwise?! Bah!"

Imagine you are in 19th century Britain and sharing a cocktail and a cigar with some upper crust gentlemen. What are some subtle actions that, while not essentially rude in nature, would still come across as a huge faux pas or violation of etiquette in that time period, specifically among the wealthy? I'm more interested in actions performed incorrectly, rather than spoken statements which are unintentionally offensive.
posted by egeanin on Jun 19, 2013 - 25 answers

Eldon faction against Canning party*

What would be the book to read to understand the intellectual climate of the first decades of the 19th century in England? [more inside]
posted by Marauding Ennui on Apr 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Which 19th century celebrities were bastards?

Were there any famous writers, politicians, public figures etc in the 19th century who were both extremely popular and also known to be born out of wedlock? (And by "famous" I mean for talent or achievement, rather than say, axe-murder.) I'm curious about the public's relationship with celebrity vs class hierarchies in the mid to late 1800's.
posted by pgswim on Mar 13, 2013 - 14 answers

History of Rape

I'm interested in learning about rape in 19th century America for a fictional piece I'm writing. I'm not really sure where to start in researching this, but I'd be grateful for any resources or information. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Mar 8, 2013 - 8 answers

History of Austria-Hungary?

Can you recommend good books on the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, specifically their part in WWI and the breakup of the Empire?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Typical life in the 1840s?

Looking for recommendations of books that illustrate typical American life in the 1840s-- not Wild West-type stuff. Ideally New England-area. Fiction or non-fiction, either way. Thanks!
posted by shakespeherian on Nov 19, 2012 - 13 answers

Tombstones: designing and purchasing a (Late 19th Century) period-appropriate cemetery monument.

Tombstone symbology and purchase: I'm tasked with designing, purchasing, and securing the installation of headstones for two men (a murderer and his victim) who died in the late 19th-century. What online resources exist that speak to the design and purchasing process and/or could help clarify period-appropriate symbology and appearance? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Nov 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Girl in a boat in NYC. And then, um, something.

Would love some help tracking down a novel that intrigued me, but unfortunately I have only the tiniest bit of info to go on... I know there's a girl in a boat on the river in New York City, and that it's set in the past. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Aug 12, 2011 - 9 answers

19th century book identification

Book identification: 19th century (?) American (??) novel with a scene that compares telepathy to rape [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Jul 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Is the woman in the picture Queen Victoria?

Blogger Steerforth of The Age of Uncertainty found an old picture which intrigued him, especially the figure in the center. He wonders in his blogpost if it might be Queen Victoria. Some commenters dissent. I'm curious about it myself. Can anyone shed further light on the image? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Jun 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Researching 19th century India

I'm starting a novel set in 19th century India-- but I don't know where to start my research. [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Apr 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Why did my roots transplant themselves?

What are some resources I can look at describing the conditions of northern Germany during the 19th century, and why people may have wanted to emigrate from there? [more inside]
posted by sanka on Nov 20, 2010 - 4 answers

What are these two men wearing?

What specific items of clothing are these two 19th century men wearing? Is there a name for that style of hat, those styles of trousers, etc? If you happen to know the exact name for those precise styles, that's great-- but if not, even general terms that would help me describe them would be great. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Mar 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me find an essay on the proper role of a police officer?

An article (or essay? almost a manifesto?) on the proper role of a police officer, or perhaps rather, the philosophy of what a British constable is supposed to do. From I think the late 19th century. Can you find me the link?
posted by Eshkol on Mar 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Why does a four-mile walk across the moor in the damp require two months' bed rest to recover?

NinteenthCenturyLiteratureFilter: Why do upper-class types in classic novels always seem so incredibly frail? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Aug 26, 2009 - 17 answers

How did surveying work in the late 19th century?

How did surveying work in the late 19th century? I'm looking for a brief layman's overview of tools & techniques. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on May 28, 2009 - 11 answers

You need to be more Romantic

Romantic-era classical music for someone who is not fond of Romantic-era classical music? [more inside]
posted by NemesisVex on Oct 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Encyclopedia of 19th C literature

What is a good encyclopedia / dictionary for 19th and/or 20th century literature? [more inside]
posted by stbalbach on Sep 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Identify my American oil painting

This (early 19th century, mississippi river?) oil on canvas painting (large size, 612 Kb) has been in my family for generations. Who painted it, when, where? [more inside]
posted by stereo on Aug 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Info about Mike Girty?

I'm looking for information on Mike Girty, outlaw and "half-breed" who lived in the first half of the 19th Century and was supposedly involved in the Black Hawk war in Illinois. Libraries (at least the ones I can access) are strangely quiet about him, and the web only has a few mentions of him. Anyone have an idea about where I could find a good biography? Thanks!
posted by CrunchyGods on Nov 9, 2005 - 7 answers

Viriathus doesn't live here anymore

ArtFilter: Please help me find a detailed image or high-res scan of "La muerte de Viriato" by Spanish neoclassical painter José de Madrazo y Agudo. [more inside]
posted by Goblindegook on Sep 30, 2005 - 7 answers

Design Resources

I am looking for books and/or magazines with lots of photos of pre-20th Century living spaces. Why, you ask? Because I'm trying to paint the walls of my 115 year-old brownstone apartment in a color that (1) I like and (2) complements the architecture.
posted by ParisParamus on Dec 10, 2004 - 16 answers

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