A souvenir from the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, an attraction that allowed visitors to view the moon through a giant telescope. The imagery for the attraction may be related to the Georges Méliès 1898 film "La Lune à un mètre" (or "The Astronomer's Dream")
November 8, 2011
A scrapbook, compiled by William Paxon, an exhibitor at The Great Exhibition of 1851 (The Crystal Palace Exhibition). In addition to flyers and cards gathered at the stalls of fellow exhibitors, Paxon appears to have helped himself to examples of placards that were intended to remain where they were. Paxon, from Hampstead, exhibited a device called the "Lunarian, an improved contrivance for showing phases of the moon."
August 30, 2010
A marvelous volume from a genre of speculative lunar travel around the turn of the 20th century: Ville D'Avray, A. de. Voyage dans la lune avant 1900. Paris: Librairie Furne, Jouvet & Cie, 1892. Starring M. Baboulifiche and his manservant, Papavoine:
December 15, 2008