Category Archives: Lost and Found

The ‘Best Map Ever of the Universe’

  The Atlantic: What does the universe look like? It looks, it turns out, a little something like the image above — a map that details what NASA is calling “the oldest light in our universe.” That light, the Cosmic Microwave Background, or … Continue reading

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Lost and Found: GeoCities

Good alerts us to The Deleted City, “a digital archaeology of the world wide web as it exploded into the 21st century.”

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Postcards on the Edge

The earliest known picture postcard was posted in London to the writer Theodore Hook in 1840. The hand-coloured card was addressed to “Theodore Hook Esq, Fulham”, a playwright and novelist noted at the time for his “wit and drollery”. It caricatures the … Continue reading

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On Memory

“Memory is the finest index”–Menahem Zulay (quoted in Adina Hoffman & Peter Cole, Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza)

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Earliest Surviving Dated Printed Book

Today in 868, The Diamond Sutra was published in China. The copy in the British Library is “the world’s earliest complete survival of a dated printed book.”

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Four Centuries of Publishing Success

Today in 1611, the The King James, or Authorised, Version of the Bible was published.

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Lost and Found: American Silent Films Back from Russia

PRI’s Lisa Mullins talks to Patrick Loughney, director of the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation about the return of priceless American silent films from Russia.

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Lost and Found and Digitally Preserved: The Cairo Genizah

A hundred years ago today, The New York Times Sunday Magazine published an article titled “Important Jewish Manuscript Older than Gospel.” It tells of the debate between two scholars regarding the meaning of a fragment of a Hebrew manuscript:

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Lost and Found: Civil War Coded Message

News from the Museum of Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia: “A glass vial stopped with a cork during the Civil War has been opened, revealing a coded message to the desperate Confederate commander in Vicksburg on the day the Mississippi city … Continue reading

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InfoStory Lost and Found: Vivaldi Manuscripts

Following the recent discoveries of Vivaldi manuscripts in Britain, Tom Service says: “Something’s going on. It’s as if Vivaldi deliberately left some of his original manuscripts around locations in Britain as part of a deliberate attempt to keep posterity interested … Continue reading

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