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Visual Bits #260> A Vintage Collection

Monday 08.27.2012 , Posted by

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The Largest Apple Collection in Russia?

Tuesday 08.21.2012 , Posted by

It could be the largest collection of Apple products outside of the USA. Located in Russia, an avid collector by the name of Andrei Antonov has been collecting Apple computers, devices and other miscellaneous paraphernalia for over 30 years. His collection is impressive, almost as much as his passion for anything Apple produces. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #251> It’s A-Me Mario

Tuesday 08.14.2012 , Posted by

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The First Modern Summer Olympics

Thursday 08.09.2012 , Posted by

With the 2012 Olympic Games soon coming to a close, we thought it might be fun to share these blast from the past photos that were taken at the first modern Summer Olympics. We’ve come a long way since 1896 in technological advancements, civil liberties, and just about every aspect of life; the Olympic games are no exception. The first modern Olympics, known as Games of the I Olympiad were held in Athens, Greece from April 6th through 15th. As you can see the events were a total sausage fest since the French organizer, Pierre de Coubertin, believed the inclusion of women would be “impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic, and incorrect.” [Read more...]

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Vintage Album Sleuth Hunts Down Locations of Covers

Wednesday 08.08.2012 , Posted by

Album cover sleuth Bob Egan is at it again with a whole new set of locations for the albums of your favorite musical artists… this time with a heavy Billy Joel influence. In our last post we mentioned that we were lucky enough to serendipitously run across Egan in a New York eatery, where we found out about his fascinating hobby of collecting not only the locations, but the exact angles that original album cover photographs were taken from. Many of his images feature his much loved Big Apple, but in a few of his latest examples he uses the wonders of Google maps and the internet as a whole to find his locations around the world through digital means. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #245> Don’t Matter If You’re Black Or White

Friday 08.03.2012 , Posted by



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Visual Bits #233> International Day Of Rock

Friday 07.13.2012 , Posted by



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50 Foot Collage Spans 50 Years of LIFE Magazine

Tuesday 07.10.2012 , Posted by

In 1936, publisher Henry Luce decided that pictures could tell a story just as well, if not better than text. He bought LIFE magazine from its previous owners and made it the first magazine that was photo-centric, using only captions of text to bring its readers the latest weekly news. Canadian Artist Geoffrey Farmer has taken thousands of these beautiful images from issues of LIFE magazine in 1935 through 1985 and turned them into a fascinating 3D collage that spans over 50 feet. Farmer’s “Leaves of Grass” Exhibition will be on display in Kassel, Germany along with over 300 other art pieces for the 13th edition of the dOCUMENTA Art Festival September 6th through 16th, 2012. [Read more...]

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500 Year Old Map of America Found Hidden in Book

Tuesday 07.03.2012 , Posted by

Just in time for Independence Day, one of the first European maps to recognize the continental mass known today as North and South America was discovered tucked between the pages of an old geometry book in the Munich University Library. The map, which is over 500 years old, was created by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller using data from Amerigo Vespucci’s voyages to “The New World” from 1501-1502, hence the designation “America”. Until now, the map had been lost sometime in the 19th century after being misfiled in the university library. Including this one, there are only 5 versions of the map that are known to exist and one of them sold for $1 million at an auction in 2005. [Read more...]

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Wild Car Wrecks From the Golden Age of the Automobile

Monday 06.25.2012 , Posted by

For the younger generations it might be hard to imagine a time before seat belts, airbags and crumple zones were standard features in cars, but it wasn’t really that long ago. These astounding photos capture the golden age of the automobile around Boston Massachusetts in the 1920s and 1930s, showing the aftermath of car wrecks in the simple yet speedy cars of the era. At the time, cars had become affordable to the masses, but when you consider that people were not required to take a driving test of any sort, and drinking and driving was legal unless you were considered outright intoxicated, it’s not surprising that these wild wrecks happened frequently. [Read more...]

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