Visual Bits #347 > A Love For Vintage

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Airship Ahoy! Superb Steampunk Paintings

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What could possibly be better than traveling in a dignified steam powered airship, surveying the prosperous land below through small paned windows, while wearing your finest victorian fashions? It’s hard to think of anything that would top such an experience, and Vadim Voitekhovitch’s steampunk oil paintings bring this fantastic alternate universe of the past to life with a realism that almost makes it tangible.

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Famous Photographs Recreated With Legos

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We’re continuing our love of Lego remixes today with some seriously well made retakes on classic photography. Taking the ubiquitous miniature figurines from his Lego set and recreating iconic scenes from classics like Robert Capa’s “Death of a Loyalist Soldier” and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 “Bed-In”, english artist Mike Stimpson has a passion for using toys to create photographic remakes of famous photographs.

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Hilarious Technology Ads From Yesteryear

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When we look at the smart phones in our pockets that can do everything and so much more than the first computers which took up an entire room, it’s hard to believe that there was a time when floppy disks were the latest, greatest invention! We can get so impatient when a website seems to be taking too long to load, but if we think back to the time of dial-up where we had to wait for our computers to call a server- sometimes several times unsuccessfully- that minute doesn’t seem so long anymore! This collection of retro technology ads is quite hilarious to see, but each one was a necessary step in getting us to the amazing technology we have today. It’s funny to think that in twenty more years we will be looking at the gadgets we currently have in the same way.

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A View of Paris in 1878… From the Air

It’s hard to believe that humans have been flying for well over 100 years. Even when we take into account that the Wright brothers took to the air in 1903, that isn’t even old when compared to the first flights. Before the Wrights there was Octave Chanute and Otto Lilienthal, pioneering glider inventors; and before them there was Henri Giffard, creator of the first powered flying machine – a steam powered airship.

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Cute & Creepy: Teddy Bears With Storied Pasts

Being a teddy bear isn’t easy… with all the love they get, people literally squeeze, kiss and cuddle them to rags. That’s not all, in this arresting photo series by Mark Nixon, some of these bears are world travelers and one has fallen off a train. What remains of these often decades-old stuffed animals is just a rough and often creepy vision of their former cuddly selves. Don’t tell their owners they’re ugly though… these are treasured family members with storied pasts.

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Bold Typography in Vintage Japanese Newspapers

As a designer, it’s easy to get stuck in the style trends of today… so here’s some typographic inspiration from vintage Japan. Coming from a large collection of 3000 ads from the years 1891 – 1945 (put together by the University of Tokyo), these vintage newspaper pages feature a bold style we don’t frequently see today. Huge glyphs boldly displayed in neat blocks. The emphasis here is often on the arrangement of elements, rather than a reliance on imagery… something to which the both vertically and horizontally orientable Japanese characters lend themselves well.

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Animated Victorians: Anatomy from 111 Years Ago

It’s now time to take an animated look inside the human body – as seen in 1901. These fantastic anatomical animations were recently created by Maria Popova at one of our favorite sites, the very smart Brain Pickings. The images, illustrated by E. J. Stanley, are unique in that they are made up of three pages which flap-up; each turn revealing another layer of the human body, from bones and muscles, to brains and organs.

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Women In Bubbles Over Paris- Long Before Photoshop

With photoshop anything is possible, but it is fascinating to see how creative photographers were before its time. This collection, from 1963, was shot by Melvin Sokolsky for Harper’s Bazaar “Bubble” Spring Collection. Each image features model Simone D’Aillencourt in elegant fashions of the time, floating in a bubble through the fashion capital of the world: Paris, France. The bubble was made of plexiglass and it was hung from a crane in each of the various locations, yet the strings that held it in place are completely invisible.

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Visual Bits #320 > A Vintage Collection

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