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33 Soviet Propaganda Posters of the Space Age

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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The Soviet propaganda machine was running strong in the early to mid 20th century, and when it came to their highly successful space program, the artists creating the omnipresent posters had truly hit gold.

On 4 October 1957, the country launched humanities first earth satellite, Sputnik, and stunned people the world over as they watched it fly overhead in the night sky (this is the October referred to in many of the posters below). Their program launched the first animals into space, and in 1961 sent Yuri Gagarin on his historic single orbit as the very first human (“Восто́к” in Russian can be seen in many of these posters honoring his Vostok spacecraft). They launched the first woman into space in 1963, beating America by almost exactly 20 years. And those are just a few of their ‘firsts.’ [Read more...]

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Hand Colored Photographs of Japan in the 1880s

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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In today’s world we can access photos instantly from almost every part of the planet, but almost 130 years ago, photos weren’t nearly as commonplace. It’s no surprise then, that images that were seen from other locations around the world shaped global perceptions and even identity. One such example was the collection of Italian photographer Adolfo Farsari and his series on the fascinating nation of Japan. [Read more...]

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12 Streamlined Rides from the Age of Art Deco

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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From the ’20s to the ’50s a streamlining craze swept the world. Inspired by the rise of the airplane and driven by the need for more efficient vehicles, automakers and dreamers around the globe began sculpting cars into aerodynamic forms with beautifully sweeping lines. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite designs from the golden age of streamlining. [Read more...]

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What Happened When ’40s Cartoonists Drew Their Famous Characters While Blindfolded?

Monday 09.22.2014 , Posted by
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What happened in 1947 when Life Magazine asked comic strip artists to draw their famous characters while blindfolded? From the looks of the second illustration in each pairing below, some incredibly mixed results. [Read more...]

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4 Lessons From the Life of Orson Welles

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Orson Welles has a varied reputation depending on who you ask. He lived many lives. Some cite his egotism and success as a Broadway theater director during the Depression. Others mention his War of the Worlds broadcast which, according to legend, scared the living daylights out of the American people and convinced many that they were truly being attacked by aliens. Some cite his genius directorship of the ‘greatest movie ever made,’ Citizen Kane. Finally, others mention his uneven and difficult later years; his battles with studios, his ads for California wine and weight gain, and his lack of finished projects. [Read more...]

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How Have We Changed? The Same Locations Filmed 100-Years-Later

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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A lot of the world has changed in the past 100 years, but a lot has stayed the same too. Dutch photographer Frits de Beer has re-shot the locations of a vintage film featuring his home city, Alkmaar as it appeared a century ago in 1914. This simultaneous glimpse at the past and present reveals just how much things have remained the same for certain places in the world – especially when it comes to architecture. [Read more...]

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Modern Magazine Covers Superimposed on Classic Paintings

Monday 08.25.2014 , Posted by
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This is a mashup of layered iconography if we’ve ever seen one. Multimedia producer and writer Eisen Bernard Bernardo has been superimposing modern magazine covers on classical paintings. Here the figures in paintings from the likes of Boticelli, Picasso and Waterhouse are mashed up with modern covers featuring current stars like Miranda Kerr, Penelope Cruz and Pharrell. [Read more...]

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Jane Long Collaborates with a Photographer from a Century Ago

Monday 08.25.2014 , Posted by
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Separated by nearly a century of time and half a world apart, Australian artist Jane Long has re-imagined the vintage portraits of Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte in a highly fantastic fashion. A war photographer and pilot during the First World War, Acsinte opened a studio in Slobozia where he created thousands of glass plate photographs. Those images are now being digitized and added to the Flickr Commons, where Long found them and gave them new life. [Read more...]

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Happy 4th of July! American Flags from 1767 to the Present

Friday 07.04.2014 , Posted by
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Happy 4th of July America! In a celebratory visual fashion we think you’ll enjoy this fascinating look at the history of the old Stars and Stripes through history… in fact, back to before it was even the Stars and Stripes at all.

This patriotic print from Pop Chart Labs traces the flag through 48 versions, beginning with the star-less “Rebellious Stripes” of 1767 and finishing with the 50-star flag we’ve flown since 1960 (too bad for people who bought the 49-star version of 1959). You’ll definitely want to check out the zoomable view of this poster here. [Read more...]

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Cleverly Juxtaposed Images Give a View Into The Future

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen a load of “Then & Now” posts sweeping the web in the past years. From photographs of World War 1 overlaid on their location today, to classic paintings atop Google Street Views, and personal photos reviving old memories, they’ve all had one thing in common – they’re looking into the past. [Read more...]

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