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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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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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