Relative Magnitudes; ‘Geographicus Burritt’ (Huntington Chart of the Solar System), 1856.
I love me a good vintage infographic.
The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests.
Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by their biological/adopted father Winthrop Niles Kellogg. Kellogg was a comparative psychologist fascinated by the interplay between nature and nurture, and he devised a fascinating (and questionably ethical) experiment to study it:
Suppose an anthropoid were taken into a typical human family at the day of birth and reared as a child. Suppose he were fed upon a bottle, clothed, washed, bathed, fondled, and given a characteristically human environment; that he were spoken to like the human infant from the moment of parturition; that he had an adopted human mother and an adopted human father.
First, Kellogg had to convince his pregnant wife he wasn’t crazy:
…the enthusiasm of one of us met with so much resistance from the other that it appeared likely we could never come to an agreement upon whether or not we should even attempt such an undertaking.
She apparently gave in, because Donald and Gua were raised, for nine months, as brother and sister. Much like Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” movies, Gua developed faster than her “brother,” and often outperformed him in tasks. But she soon hit a cognitive wall, and the experiment came to an end. (Probably for the best, as Donald had begun to speak chimpanzee.)
This is the most adorable experiment that has ever been done.
Everything in its Place
If I could marry a vintage infographic, I would be down on one knee in front of John Philipps Emslie’s 19th century creations. Simply brilliant.
Especially that volcano.
Found at Lost Type.
My (vintage GIF) heart goes out to all of you. Have a wonderful weekend, and stay curious.
EXCERPTS >|< Mechanism Of Normal Heart (1930)
A series of Animated GIFs excerpted from Mechanism Of Normal Heart. Shows diagrams of heart and sinus-node mechanism, excitation-wave pathway, interpretation of electrocardiagraph.
We invite you to watch the full video HERE.
Illustrating how the motion of the Earth affects our perception of starlight, from the Atlas of Astronomy, 1855, by Scottish geographer Alexander Keith Johnston (1804–1871).
Wow, this is not only packed with expertly-illustrated concepts, but it’s also beautiful enough to hang on your wall.
From Living Lights - An 1887 account of “phosphorescent” flora and fauna (what we today would call bioluminescence).
Learn more about nature’s brilliantly bioluminescent creatures in this lesson from TED-Ed:
EXCERPTS >|< Training for childbirth and after (1940)
A series of GIFs excerpted from Training for childbirth and after. This video shows ante- and post-natal exercises demonstrated by an instructor and then by a class of mothers-to-be.
We invite you to watch the full video HERE
Have a weird mother’s day, thanks to Okkult.
Articles in “THE ELECTRICAL EXPERIMENTER”, a magazine like today’s Popular Science but in 1919
SOURCES: The Electrical Experimenter Vol. 7 | Smithsonian Libraries)
and Magazine Art for the cover
I would subscribe to any magazine that counted Nikola Tesla as one of its contributors.
Does this mean that The Electrical Experimenter was a *current* events magazine?
I’ll see myself out.
EXCERPTS >|< Your Body During Adolescence (1955)
A video from Prelinger Archive.
A series of gifs excerpted from Your Body During Adolescence. Shows the seven glands that regulate human life and growth with emphasis on the pituitary and sex glands. Outlines changes that take place in the bodies of boys and girls.
Do you really know your body? From the age of 12-15, you’re basically just a rapidly expanding bag of glands (according to this video, anyway, which you can watch in full below):
Yes, it’s a funny look back in time. But sadly, 60 years later, this is still how many young people are introduced to sexual education, with sex only spoken about as a way to make babies, and adolescence only serving as a stepping stone to life as a responsible, working adult (who, of course, wants to get married and make babies). Adolescence is perhaps the most crucial period of a person’s life, in which you experiment and question and discover and change all sorts of things about your mind and body. Yes, in the end you become an adult, but instead of the mythical and somber suit/tie/apron/job/baby definition put forth in these antiquated videos, you should consider being an adult as becoming just a slightly older person who experiments and questions and discovers and changes all sorts of things about their mind and body.
For a look at how sex ed should be done, you really should be watching the Sexpalantions channel with Dr. Doe on YouTube!! Appropriately, here is her video “Sex is Not Black and White”:
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