Japan : described and illustrated by the Japanese; written by eminent Japanese authorities and scholars / ed. by Captain F. Brinkley … with an essay on Japanese art by Kakuzo Okakura.

Author: Frank Brinkley

Published :Boston, 1897

These beautiful hand colored photos come from volume number one in a series of ten volumes. 

- Karen Witt

Manuscript Music Monday!  This page features a type of musical notation called Nagelschrift.  It was used in Germany in the 14th and 15th centuries and got its name because the individual neumes look like horseshoe nails (Nagel = nail, schrift = writing).  Can you see the resemblance?

University of Missouri, Ellis Library, Special Collections,  RARE RES UNCATALOGUED folder 2. More info at Digital Scriptorium.

- Kelli Hansen



FEE, FIE, FO, FUM! ABRAHAM LINCOLN SMELLS THE BLOOD OF TWO POLITICAL RIVALS SO TASTY HE CAN’T DECIDE WHICH OF THEM HE WANTS TO EAT FIRST. There is so much to love about this cartoon, from the exclamation “I’m a gone sucker!!” to the way Lincoln muses “they are as fat as Butter, I hardly know which to swallow first.” Look into those eyes. Look at that cannibalistic grin. I know I will never be able to picture Honest Abe the same way again. And now, neither will you.

This Creepy Cartoon of the Week (TM) was brought to you by the HSP’s Historic Images, New Technologies (HINT) Project. Check back next Wednesday as we continue our Countdown to Halloween.

On HSP’s Digital Library: Honest Abe Taking Them on the Half Shell (1860)

From Historical Society of Pennsylvania cartoons and caricatures collection (#3133), box 4, folder 4

Goes along with the Lincoln exhibit we have on campus currently! Or maybe not…

Zombies.  The Undead.  The Living Dead.  The Walking Dead.  Whatever you call them, zombies have long been a large part of our folklore and popular culture and are this week’s featured creature here at Special Collections.  From ancient scrolls about the afterlife to modern day comics to the movies, the undead are on everyone’s brains - so to speak. 

Originally, a zombie was a dead body reanimated by a necromancer in Haitian folklore.  The soulless body would then act as the slave of the evil sorcerer, since it lacked a will of its own.  Nowadays, zombies are a staple in horror stories as soulless creatures with a craving for brains. 

Some, however, just want love, as in the story pictured in the comic above in which Maria’s zombie family kills her new husband Paul so the two can be together (and they say romance is dead).  Going back to the time of Ancient Egypt, the final images show a different kind of living dead - those that live on in the afterlife.  The first of the two images from The Book of the Dead shows the dead man rising out of his coffin as the four Children of Horus stand guard.  The symbol for life in each of his hands represents his resurrection.

To see any of the books featured here, lurch your way on up to us in Special Collections.

- Amy Spencer

Throwback Thursday: mizzou Homecoming is coming up on October 25, and materials from the University Archives have a prominent place.  This 1937 football program is featured on the banners already bedecking Rothwell Gymnasium.  There’s also a banner and cutout figure of Chester Brewer, the coach who started Homecoming here in 1911.  

Do you have your black and gold ready?

(University Archives, C:31/00/2 and C:0/3/7, via Mizzourah! Football at MU: The Early Years)