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Nov
2012

photography: the incisive art, with ansel adams

On 04, Nov 2012 | In Art, History, Selected Posts, TV & Film | By sue

There is some truly wonderful stuff in the archives at THIRTEEN, and luckily, for their 50th anniversary, they’ve released some of it online. This 1962 program, Photography: The Incisive Art, follows Ansel Adams as he captures the magnificent landscapes of Yellowstone.
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01

Aug
2011

beautiful vintage travel posters

On 01, Aug 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

I love it when arts and education institutions use social media to make art more accessible. The Boston Public Library has an amazing Flickr sharing highlights from their collection of books, prints, memorabilia, and other objects. Yesterday, I got really caught up looking through their set of gorgeous vintage travel posters from the early twentieth century.
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01

Aug
2011

sergei mikhailovich prokudin-gorskii’s photographs of the russian empire

On 01, Aug 2011 | In Art, History, Selected Posts | By sue

These photographs by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) are enchanting and fascinating. In 1909, with the support of Tsar Nicholas II, Prokudin-Gorskii embarked upon a photographic survey of the Russian Empire.
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01

Jul
2011

antique tarot and playing cards

On 01, Jul 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts | By sue

I was searching for photos of a certain tarot card deck and I ended up on the World of Playing Cards site. It’s a treasure trove of images and information about playing cards through the ages (well, since they were invented in the 14th century).

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01

Jun
2011

le cirque: vintage french circus posters

On 01, Jun 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts | By sue

Today’s obsession: this Flickr collection of late 1800s-early 1900s circus and theater posters. I love the flamboyant designs, bold colors, animated drawing style, and most of all, the absolutely ridiculous acts (I mean, The Marvelous Foot Silhouettist?).

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01

May
2011

100 years of sex: std posters through the years

On 01, May 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts | By sue

The San Francisco City Clinic is marking its 100th anniversary with an online exhibition of 100 safe sex posters from the past 100 years. It’s really illuminating to see the diversity of approaches–friendly, funny, sensationalist, solemn—and how they illustrate our changing attitudes about sex and sexually-transmitted diseases.
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07

Apr
2011

after the final curtain

On 07, Apr 2011 | In Art, History, Selected Posts | By sue

Photographer Matt Lambros’s After the Final Curtain project is a series of photo essays exploring “the effects of years of neglect and decay in some of America’s greatest theaters.” Love the lonely, haunting, forgotten feeling of the photographs—and I hope the project will inspire renewed restoration efforts.
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01

Apr
2011

“spomenik” by jan kempenaers: yugoslavia’s forgotten monuments

On 01, Apr 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts | By sue

These imposing, space age, Halo-esque structures are monuments of former Yugoslavia’s Socialist Republic. For his project “Spomenik: The End of History,” Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers spent three years traveling around the Balkans to capture the forgotten structures. During the 60s and 70s, the Yugoslavian government commissioned hundreds of monuments (“Spomeniks”), built at sites of WWII battles, concentration camps, and cemeteries.
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01

Dec
2010

1950s christmas cards from the walt disney studios

On 01, Dec 2010 | In Art, Design, History, Selected Posts, TV & Film | By sue

These Christmas cards sent by The Walt Disney Studios in the 50s were collected by Disney animator Claire Weeks, and now they’re being featured at the Hollywood Animation Archive. I love how lively the drawings are! I think the Never Never Land calendar might be my favorite.
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