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In Color: Paris On the Eve of World War 1

Thursday 11.22.2012 , Posted by

Welcome to Paris in 1914. It was a time when automobiles were few, the bohemian lifestyle was flourishing, and Picasso was painting guitars while developing Synthetic Cubism. It was a moment in time when Europe was still at peace, and the French capital sat unknowingly on the eve of the First World War. [Read more...]

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American Life: Rare Color Photographs During WWII

Monday 11.19.2012 , Posted by

Black and white photographs always seem to be stuck in the past, giving us an often unrealistic perspective on how long ago events really were. Think about it, most of us know someone who was alive during the 1940s, many of them fully grown members of society. For them life during World War II was a vibrant one full of memorable experiences, both challenging and enjoyable. These images, taken by photographers working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI), make the war years look much more recent using one rare tool of the time: color film. [Read more...]

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Vintage Letter Heads of Some of History’s Greatest

Thursday 11.08.2012 , Posted by

Remember the good old days when you had to use a pen and paper to send someone a note? Did you have a fancy letter head or just go the old notebook paper route? For businesses and famous people, letter heads were a must and now these ancient artifacts can be perused for pleasure at Letterheady.com. The site was started by Shaun Usher who also runs Letters of Note and Lists of Note. [Read more...]

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Blast From the Past: Hilarious Halloween Costumes

Monday 10.29.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to imagine what Halloween costumes were like before slutty versions of every imaginable character fresh from the sweat shops of China graced our store shelves. Back in the day before temporary Halloween stores could be found in strip malls everywhere, many more people created their own costumes and the results were impressive to say the least. Check out this fun collection Halloween attire from yesteryear. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #300 > Kickin’ It Old School

Thursday 10.25.2012 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #294 > Mind Altering Creations

Friday 10.19.2012 , Posted by

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Way Tubular 80s Mobile Phone Commercial… Psych!

Saturday 10.06.2012 , Posted by

As crowds of people rush to get the new iPhone 5, we thought it would be fun to remind you just how far cell phone technology has come. In this hilarious Radio Shack commercial from 1989, you can see that mobile phones weren’t always so sleek. Watch as these hip people from the 80s lug their lunch box sized receivers to the office, the beach, Cub Scouts camping trips, and even out on a boat. [Read more...]

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Paper Sculptures from an Icon of Industrial Design

Friday 10.05.2012 , Posted by

The name Irving Harper is associated with some seriously iconic creations in the design world. As design director for the Nelson Office, he was responsible for some of the most memorable objects of the twentieth century, from the Marshmallow Sofa, to the Ball clock and even the Herman Miller logo. What most people don’t know is that he was also a prolific paper sculptor, spending nearly 50 years of his life working on fantastically beautiful creations at his home in Rye, New York. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #283 > One Droid, Two Droid, Red Droid…

Wednesday 10.03.2012 , Posted by

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Safety, Speed, Comfort: Rare Posters of World Travel

Monday 10.01.2012 , Posted by

Before you could easily jet-set around the world, reaching your destination in only a matter of hours, the prospect of world travel was far more slow… and probably more exciting. Now Zeitlos, a Berlin based purveyor of vintage design, is opening an exhibition of rare travel posters from the dawn of world travel. Featuring ocean liners, fast (and safe) trains, airplanes and even a few rare zeppelins, the posters are beautiful examples of the exciting time when foreign lands seemed further away… and even more foreign. [Read more...]

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