The British Library's Untold Lives Blog offers a delightful way to engage with materials from the library's large archive collections. Updated several times a week, this blog allows readers to explore small, curated collections and digitized material from the library, accompanied by short essays that provide historical context. For instance, one recent entry entitled, "Keeping Fit in 1900," features images from early-twentieth-century catalogs advertising gym equipment such as the "Portable Home Horizontal Bar," and a handwritten draft of rules for a gymnasium that opened in Surrey in 1902. Another recent post discusses the work of Stella Alexander, whose papers are housed at the library. During the 1960s, Alexander traveled to Yugoslavia and wrote a number of reports that documented life in Cold War-era Eastern Europe. Each blog post on Untold Lives is accompanied by subject tags for easy browsing.
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