Robert Howlett, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern, ca. 1857-1858. George Eastman House,

Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House,

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

  • A team of experts used both traditional and high-tech methods to restore the mosaics and frescos and supporting structures in Pompeii’s Villa of the Mysteries, reviving the brilliant colors as they existed at the time of the eruption. The detail of a mural included in this article looks spectacular.
  • Unlike many other businesses, the flower and seed industry was considered a suitable occupation for women in the nineteenth century. The Biodiversity Heritage Library explores the fascinating story of “the Three Seedswomen of Minneapolis,” illustrated with colorful seed catalog art from women-owned businesses.
  • I see Paris, I see France, I see 350 years of underwear on display.