The Early Modern Commons

Search Results for "Spectacles"

Your search for posts with tags containing Spectacles found 11 posts

August 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (August 1, 1768).“One of the most beautiful Animals, call’d, The LEOPARD.” In addition to an array of consumer goods and services,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 1 Aug 2018

"Conciatore" Book Excerpt

CONCIATORE, The Life and Times of 17thCentury Glassmaker Antonio Neri, By Paul EngleFrom the Introduction:"Under the cover of Antonio Neri's glassmaking book, L'Arte Vetraria, lays an alchemist's treasure. Centuries-old pages invite us to share...
From: Conciatore on 20 Dec 2017

Technology, Self-Fashioning and Politeness in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Last month saw the publication of my new book, Technology, Self-Fashioning and Politeness in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Refined Bodies (London: Palgrave, 2015). By way of introducing it, I thought I’d write a post to introduce some of...
From: DrAlun on 27 Jan 2016


CONCIATORE, The Life and Times of 17thCentury Glassmaker Antonio Neri, By Paul Engle From the Introduction: "Under the cover of Antonio Neri's glassmaking book, L'Arte Vetraria, lays an alchemist's treasure. Centuries-old pages invite us to...
From: Conciatore on 22 Jan 2016

Reading Glasses.

Reading glasses were in use from very early on. But what I was looking for was a pair of spectacles that I did not have to hold in one hand, and did not have a tendency to fall off my face every time I moved my head. These were not just needed for reading,...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 20 Sep 2015

Conciatore Excerpt

Fig. 1, Conspicilla (“Spectacles,” detail), Florence, c. 1591,by Jan van der Straet (Giovanni Stradano).First, I would like to thank you, my dear readers, for the many kind words congratulating me on the publication of the companion book to this blog....
From: Conciatore on 23 Jan 2015

What a spectacle!

  Courtesy of Lewis Walpole Library If you are fortunate enough to have good vision then spectacles are not something you may give a second thought to. Looking at some many Georgian images and reading so many old newspapers it suddenly occurred...
From: All Things Georgian on 6 Nov 2014

Spectacles in 1835

Recently three 19th century portraits appeared in Pinterest of individuals wearing eyeglasses. They struck me as being remarkably unique, in that so few people at the time are shown wearing these accessories. The first shows a Southern belle in Louisiana....
From: Jane Austen's World on 3 Nov 2013

More on Spectacles.
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 16 Feb 2013

1600-1700 spectacles

Spectacles with case.Material : Glass, horn, wood and leather, 1600-1700.Probably made in England.The frames of these armless spectacles are horn, which has been wrapped in leather. The case is is an excellentsource...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 24 Oct 2012

Seeing History: The rise of spectacles in early modern Britain.

The percentage of people in the UK requiring either spectacles or contact lenses has risen over successive decades. It is difficult to put exact figures on this; some estimates suggest that over 68% of the population in Britain currently wear glasses...
From: Dr Alun Withey on 8 Aug 2012

Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.