Monthly Archives: January 2014

Musical clocks

  My previous post in this blog was on clocks in opera. How about opera in clocks? The Handel House Museum is the London home where the composer George Frideric Handel lived from 1723 until his death in 1759. In … Continue reading

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A million free images

  Just before Christmas, the British Library released over a million historical images from its printed collections onto the image-sharing website Flickr. The images are out of copyright and the library has made them available with a Creative Commons licence … Continue reading

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The sands of time

    Everyone is familiar with the egg timer, but just how far back in history do these glass timers filled with free-flowing material go? The earliest known illustration of such a device exists in an Italian fresco dating from … Continue reading

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On the one hand

  The last of the five elements is the indicator, the part of the clock or watch that conveys the time. Early clocks and watches typically only had a single, hour, hand.  This was more than adequate for indicating the … Continue reading

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