Free Stuff Friday! (I am aware that it is Sunday)

So, I meant to post this on Friday but I ran out of time. Never mind: Friday’s loss is Sunday’s gain! I proclaim it Free Stuff Friday, the day on which I talk about things that are both good and free and which are related to history.

This week’s free history stuff, at least for me, has been related to my shiny new Kindle, for which all sorts of free crap is available. I believe there are various Kindle apps, so you can read .mobi files on whatever, so even if you aren’t in tiresome love with a new device you can read these things. My current list includes such gems of 19th-century relevance as:

  • Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles
  • Old English Sports, Pastimes and Customs
  • Authentic Narrative of the Death of Lord Nelson
  • The History, Manufacture and Religious Symbolism of the Scarabaeus, in Ancient Egypt, Phoenicia, Sardinia, Etruria, etc.
  • The Life and Adventures of Nat Love Better Known in the Cattle Trade as Deadwood Dick
  • The Mormon Menace
  • The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido For the Suppression of Piracy

So yeah, if you have access to a Kindle app or Kindle and you like obscure 19th-century historical narratives, you could do a lot worse than to go to the Kindle store, select “history” and sort from £0 up.

The second thing, and one that I’ve talked about before, is The Appendix.  I have only been reading this little online history journal for a little while, but I am in love with any publication that includes a history of tattoo removal and a discussion of the 17th-century porn-educational tract The School of Venus. (Not safe for work, which is not bad for the 17th century)

My question to you is: what is your favourite free history thing? I know there’s a lot of great material out there on the web that I don’t know about, so share the ones you like the most with me. What should I have seen that I haven’t seen? Answer in the comments below, and the best answer will receive a Gonzo History prize pack full of … well, full of cheap junk. But hey, who doesn’t like prizes?


Free Stuff Friday! (I am aware that it is Sunday)

Logo design contest! Moderately fabulous prizes to be won!

So, if you look up at the top of this blog you will see that its banner is some ugly nonsense from the generic wordpress site. This is because I not only stink at graphic design but also stink at deciding what to put on my banner. And that is where you, sparse readers, come in! If you will design me a 700 x 200 pixel banner that says “Gonzo History Project” on it somewhere and looks like what you think this blog’s banner should look like I will try to do something cool for you. 

You see, I do not have much money but what I do have is a bunch of old shite I already have lying around fabulous prizes! Two lucky runners-up will receive a personalised Gonzo History Prize Package and one talented first-place winner will receive an Ultra Spectacular Gonzo History Prize Package de Super-Luxe! Each package will contain weird old pamphlets, esoteric documents, ephemera of various kinds, books on subject obscure, recondite and/or ridiculous, and whatever other tasteful gifts I can fit in. And if you tell me your favourite kind of sweets I’ll put some in there too. And of course I will link to whatever you want me to link to, sing your praises to the heavens, etc. 

The deadline will be … let’s say next Friday, that’s Friday the 16th of August, and entries should be sent to me at gonzohistory AT gmail DOT com. I have no idea if anyone will do this — it is a bit of an experiment! But it will be fun to find out. 

Logo design contest! Moderately fabulous prizes to be won!