Industrial Revolution (1750 - 1850)
Cartoon of group of men dissecting bodies in an attic

The Anatomy Riots

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Physician inoculates boy with smallpox vaccine aboard ship

Orphan Vaccines

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Cartoon of grave robbers

The Anatomy Riot of 1788

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Photo of automaton hand drawing a picture on paper

Serious Fun

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Old Friends

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Plate 7: Arrangements of elastic fluid particles

What’s In a Logo?

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Fizzy Water

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An 1822 star map by Alexander Jamieson shows the constellation Telescopium Herschelii, depicted here, ironically, as a refracting telescope.

A Giant of Astronomy

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Detail of illustration outside confectionery, 1885

Our Mutual Friend

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A group of Amish people standing in a field

High-Tech and Amish

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The Age of Scurvy

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Old soda spray bottles in various colors

Fizzy Water

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Amputation

Auld Medicine

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Humphry Davy

Left Behind

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Nitrous oxide party

High Times

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Diagram of sports bra

Second Skin

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Illustration of childbirth

(Natural) Childbirth

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Walter Potter's Monkey Riding a Goat

Death and Taxidermy

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Haeckel illustration of hummingbirds

Information Overload

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Coloring Chemistry

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Esperanto postcard

Speaking in Tongues

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Michael Faraday. Engraved by D. J. Pound from a photograph by Mayall.

Michael Faraday

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Amedeo Avogadro. Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.

Amedeo Avogadro

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Louis Pasteur in his laboratory, holding a jar containing the spinal cord of a rabbit infected with rabies, which he used to develop a vaccine against the disease.

Louis Pasteur

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An 1830 engraving of Sir Humphry Davy, by G. R. Newton, after a painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830).

Humphry Davy

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Joseph Priestley

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Professor Gay-Lussac, F.R.S.: Membre de l'Institut, Professor at the University of Paris &c.

Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac

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John Dalton

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Portrait of Berzelius. Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.

Jöns Jakob Berzelius

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Portrait of Jane Marcet.

Jane Marcet

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Lavoisier. Engraved by François Séraphin Delpech, after a drawing by Belliart, after the painting by Jacques Louis David.

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier

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Medusa Nebula

Elements of Invention

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Cottingley Fairy

The Magic of It All

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Barnum & Bailey Poster

Strange Things

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When William Aspdin stumbled on the secret to modern concrete, it was the first and one of the few fortuitous steps in an unsteady life.

Hard-Headed Man

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Two Tales of Ballooning

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Blockade Against Blockade or John Bull a Match for Boney

The Blockade Runner

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Brave New Butter

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Up in the Air

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Neanderthal skull

Ancient DNA

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The line between chemistry and biology first began to blur in the 19th century. (NIAID)

Border Crossing

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Joseph Wright's An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) housed at the National Gallery, London.

Pumped Up

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Cabinets for the Curious

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Musée des Arts et Métiers

Pour l’Amour de Lavoisier

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Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Fiend

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photo of whale with celestial background

Whales in Space

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Trading cards

Where’s the Beef?

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Early Hot-Air Ballon French Postcard

Up in the Air

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St. Clair’s Defeat

Fresh Start

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Illustration depicting an early 19th-century London street scene with citizens commenting on the recent invention of gas-lighting.

Bright Light

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Guano ad

Dirty Business

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Lancets and a blood collecting bowl

Let It Bleed

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