The Rest Is History

Valentines, real architects building fictions, and place names.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, February 16, 2018

Boxed Valentine's Day Card.

Boxed Valentine’s Day card, c. 1790. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Richard Riddell, 1981.

• On Max Ernst’s collage novels: “More than three-quarters of a century on, the collage novels still cast an unsettling spell, plunging us into a gaslit Victorian underworld of the unconscious, part magic lantern show, part séance, all Freudian uncanny.” (Hyperallergic)

• The former slaves who believed and told the Federal Writers’ Project that Abraham Lincoln visited their plantation in disguise. (

• The bizarre legal history of broken engagements. (

• How Thomas Hardy the architect built a fictional world. (Places Journal)

• Why so many places in Northern England have Scandinavian-sounding names. (Archaeology)

• A new exhibit highlights mid-twentieth century London’s East End in colorful prints. (Atlas Obscura)

• There is a place in the United States where you can stare at twelve thousand historical valentines. (New York Times)

Angela Y. Davis’ papers are going to Harvard. (Harvard Gazette)