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"From Ancient Scrolls to Modern Messages: The Power of Text" Text has played a significant role in various aspects of human history and culture

Background imageText Collection: GILBERT & SULLIVAN, 1878. Poster for the first production, 1878, of H. M. S

GILBERT & SULLIVAN, 1878. Poster for the first production, 1878, of H. M. S. Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan
GILBERT & SULLIVAN, 1878. Poster for the first production, 1878, of " H.M.S. Pinafore" by Gilbert and Sullivan

Background imageText Collection: LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1944. Please stand on the right of the escalator

LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1944. Please stand on the right of the escalator. Poster by Fougasse promoting proper etiquette on the London Underground, 1944

Background imageText Collection: Jack Dempsey Boxing Poster

Jack Dempsey Boxing Poster
Illustrated poster of American boxer Jack Dempsey (1895 - 1983), promting his match against George Carpenter for the World Heavyweight championship title, July 2, 1921

Background imageText Collection: WORLD WAR I: U. S. NAVY. Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man, I d Join the Navy

WORLD WAR I: U. S. NAVY. Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man, I d Join the Navy. American World War I recruiting poster, 1917
WORLD WAR I: U.S. NAVY. Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man, I d Join the Navy. American World War I recruiting poster, 1917, by Howard Chandler Christy

Background imageText Collection: Brixton Prison Cell

Brixton Prison Cell
A single cell in the old part of Brixton Prison, London, circa 1862. At this time the prison housed female convicts, who were subjected to solitary confinement under the separate system operated at

Background imageText Collection: Title-page of Thomas Paines pamphlet Common Sense, which urged Americans to declare their

Title-page of Thomas Paines pamphlet Common Sense, which urged Americans to declare their independence from Great
PAINE: COMMON SENSE, 1776. Title-page of Thomas Paines pamphlet Common Sense, which urged Americans to declare their independence from Great Britain

Background imageText Collection: Wall Street sign

Wall Street sign, New York City, New York State, USA, North America

Background imageText Collection: Irvine California US City Street Map

Irvine California US City Street Map
Vector Illustration of a City Street Map of Irvine, California, USA. Scale 1:60, 000. All source data is in the public domain. U.S

Background imageText Collection: WW2 poster, We shall not flag, Winston Churchill speech

WW2 poster, We shall not flag, Winston Churchill speech
WW2 poster, We shall not flag, we shall not fail. Winston Churchill speech, 4 June 1940. Date: 1940

Background imageText Collection: Quote Teamwork

Quote Teamwork
Orara Studio

Background imageText Collection: CAPITALIST PYRAMID, 1911. American Socialist poster

CAPITALIST PYRAMID, 1911. American Socialist poster

Background imageText Collection: POSTER, c1940. Yes, of course, ring up the capacity office about it. Poster by Fougasse

POSTER, c1940. Yes, of course, ring up the capacity office about it. Poster by Fougasse, c1940

Background imageText Collection: ANTI-NIXON POSTER, 1960. Would YOU buy a used car from this man? American poster, 1960

ANTI-NIXON POSTER, 1960. Would YOU buy a used car from this man? American poster, 1960, expressing distrust toward Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon

Background imageText Collection: Al-Idrisis world map, 1154

Al-Idrisis world map, 1154
Al-Idrisis world map. This world map, known as the Tabula Rogeriana, dates from 1154, and is orientated with North at bottom

Background imageText Collection: Torah scroll used in the ritual of Torah reading during Jewish prayers, Italy, Europe

Torah scroll used in the ritual of Torah reading during Jewish prayers, Italy, Europe

Background imageText Collection: PUCCINI: TOSCA POSTER, 1900. Poster by Hohenstein for the first production of Puccini s

PUCCINI: TOSCA POSTER, 1900. Poster by Hohenstein for the first production of Puccini s
PUCCINI: TOSCA POSTER, 1900. Poster by Hohenstein for the first production of Puccinis opera Tosca, 1900

Background imageText Collection: Tablet of Shamash. beg. 9th c. BC. The sun-god

Tablet of Shamash. beg. 9th c. BC. The sun-god Shamash (right) receiving the Babylonian king Nabu-apla-iddina (left), between two interceding deities

Background imageText Collection: ANNA ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884-1962). Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

ANNA ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884-1962). Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt holding a Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster at Lake Success, New York

Background imageText Collection: COLDSTREAM GUARDS, 1914. Recruiting poster for His Majestys Coldstream Guards

COLDSTREAM GUARDS, 1914. Recruiting poster for His Majestys Coldstream Guards. Lithograph by Ernest Ibbetson, 1914

Background imageText Collection: MAP: JAMAICA, 1893. British map of Jamaica by Colin Liddell, published 1893

MAP: JAMAICA, 1893. British map of Jamaica by Colin Liddell, published 1893

Background imageText Collection: Orteliuss map of Ottoman Empire, 1570

Orteliuss map of Ottoman Empire, 1570
Orteliuss map of the Ottoman Empire. This map is from the 1570 first edition of Theatrum orbis terrarum ( Theatre of the World )

Background imageText Collection: Hollywood Hills and The Hollywood sign from a tree

Hollywood Hills and The Hollywood sign from a tree lined Beverly Hills Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, United States of America, North America

Background imageText Collection: Papyrus of Ani (Book of the Dead) - The Judgement

Papyrus of Ani (Book of the Dead) - The Judgement
(Above) -Twelve Gods seated in Order, as judges before a table of offerings. (Below) - The Psychostasia of Weighing of the Conscience of Ani

Background imageText Collection: METROPOLIS POSTER, 1926. German poster for Fritz Langs 1926 film, Metropolis

METROPOLIS POSTER, 1926. German poster for Fritz Langs 1926 film, Metropolis
METROPOLIS POSTER, 1926. German poster for Fritz Langs 1926 film, " Metropolis."

Background imageText Collection: British Royal Navy recruitment poster, WW1

British Royal Navy recruitment poster, WW1
A British Royal Navy recruitment poster for seamen, aged 19 to 30, to enlist for the duration of the First World War. No previous experience necessary. Date: circa 1915

Background imageText Collection: Fingerprint types, 17th century

Fingerprint types, 17th century
Fingerprint types. 19th-century artwork showing three of the fingerprint types (arch, loop and whorl) identified by British scientist Francis Galton (1822-1911), who wrote on the subject from 1888

Background imageText Collection: Anatomy of human knee joint

Anatomy of human knee joint

Background imageText Collection: English poster for Hampstead Railway Non-Stop Services, 1910

English poster for Hampstead Railway Non-Stop Services, 1910
LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1910. English poster for Hampstead Railway Non-Stop Services, 1910

Background imageText Collection: Catalan Atlas, 14th century

Catalan Atlas, 14th century. The 6-page Catalan Atlas (1375) was produced on vellum by the Jewish cartographer Abraham Cresques

Background imageText Collection: Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageText Collection: VOTES FOR WOMEN, 1911. American womens suffrage poster, 1911

VOTES FOR WOMEN, 1911. American womens suffrage poster, 1911

Background imageText Collection: WOMENs RIGHTS. English poster, c1907, for Votes for Women newspaper

WOMENs RIGHTS. English poster, c1907, for Votes for Women newspaper

Background imageText Collection: Manchester United Football Club Stadium, Old Trafford, Manchester, England

Manchester United Football Club Stadium, Old Trafford, Manchester, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageText Collection: WW2 poster, Switch off that Light

WW2 poster, Switch off that Light! Less Light -- More Planes. Date: 1940s

Background imageText Collection: LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1944. The more we are together, the more uncomfortable we ll

LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1944. The more we are together, the more uncomfortable we ll be - please pass along the platform. Poster by Fougasse promoting proper etiquette on the London Underground, 1944

Background imageText Collection: Anatomy of human brain, inferior view

Anatomy of human brain, inferior view

Background imageText Collection: Facial muscles of the human face (with labels)

Facial muscles of the human face (with labels)

Background imageText Collection: I love aruba sign in downtown Oranjestad, capital of Aruba, ABC Islands, Netherlands Antilles

I love aruba sign in downtown Oranjestad, capital of Aruba, ABC Islands, Netherlands Antilles, Caribbean, Central America

Background imageText Collection: TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, 1887. Devils Toboggan Slide. Temperance broadsheet published, 1887

TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, 1887. Devils Toboggan Slide. Temperance broadsheet published, 1887, at Kalamazoo, Michigan

Background imageText Collection: The pop art Love sculpture by Robert Indiana, Sixth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City

The pop art Love sculpture by Robert Indiana, Sixth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America, North America

Background imageText Collection: The Imagine Mosaic memorial to John Lennon who lived nearby at the Dakota Building

The Imagine Mosaic memorial to John Lennon who lived nearby at the Dakota Building, Strawberry Fields, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America, North America

Background imageText Collection: Dead Sea scroll

Dead Sea scroll
Fragment of the Dead Sea scrolls on display at the Qumran museum, Dead Sea, Israel

Background imageText Collection: Oronce Fines world map, 1531

Oronce Fines world map, 1531
Oronce Fines world map. Map of the worlds northern and southern hemispheres by the French mathematician and cartographer Oronce Fine (1494-1555)

Background imageText Collection: SWISS TRAVEL POSTER, 1898. Poster for the Visp-Zermatt Railroad, Switzerland, 1898

SWISS TRAVEL POSTER, 1898. Poster for the Visp-Zermatt Railroad, Switzerland, 1898

Background imageText Collection: Bar Kokhba, original Dead Sea Scroll 5 / 6 Hev44, 134 CE, a deed with 4 signatures

Bar Kokhba, original Dead Sea Scroll 5 / 6 Hev44, 134 CE, a deed with 4 signatures
Bar Kokhba, original Dead Sea Scroll 5/6 Hev44, 134 CE, a deed with 4 signatures

Background imageText Collection: Count of St Germain, French alchemist

Count of St Germain, French alchemist
Count of St Germain (c.1712-1784), French alchemist. St Germain was a French courtier and adventurer who rose to prominence in Europe in the mid-18th century

Background imageText Collection: SHOW BOAT POSTER, 1927. Poster for the original Broadway production of Jerome Kern

SHOW BOAT POSTER, 1927. Poster for the original Broadway production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammersteins musical Show Boat, 1927

Background imageText Collection: Copy of The Declaration of Independence in Free Quarker Meeting House

Copy of The Declaration of Independence in Free Quarker Meeting House, Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America, North America




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"From Ancient Scrolls to Modern Messages: The Power of Text" Text has played a significant role in various aspects of human history and culture. In Jewish prayers, the Torah scroll takes center stage during the ritual of Torah reading, symbolizing tradition and spirituality. This sacred object connects generations and serves as a guide for religious practices. Moving to Europe, we encounter Al-Idrisi's world map from 1154. Through intricate text and illustrations, this map provided valuable geographical knowledge during medieval times, shaping our understanding of the world. Fast forward to 1960s America, where political sentiments were expressed through powerful posters. An anti-Nixon poster questioned his trustworthiness with the provocative question: "Would YOU buy a used car from this man?" Such visual texts reflected public distrust towards Richard Nixon during his presidential campaign. In another American poster from 1911, a capitalist pyramid was depicted as an expression of socialist ideology. This thought-provoking image aimed to critique economic disparities by highlighting how wealth is concentrated at the top. During World War II, Winston Churchill's speech inspired resilience against adversity. A powerful poster featuring his words - "We shall not flag" - served as a rallying cry that united people in their fight for freedom and victory. The arts also embraced text as seen in Gilbert & Sullivan's first production poster for H. M. S Pinafore in 1878 or Puccini's Tosca poster from 1900. These captivating visuals combined with textual elements invited audiences into enchanting worlds created by these renowned composers and has been instrumental in advocating for human rights throughout history. Eleanor Roosevelt holding a Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster exemplified her dedication to equality and justice during her time as First Lady. Beyond politics and activism lies Hollywood Hills' iconic sign standing tall amidst nature's beauty—a symbol recognized worldwide thanks to its textual representation on countless screens over decades—an emblematic landmark representing dreams realized and stories told. Even ancient civilizations recognized the power of text.