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Visual Bits #405> The Cats Meow: Wacky Vintage Photos

Sunday 03.24.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #397 > How It Was Back Then: A Vintage Era

Tuesday 03.12.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #396 > International Women’s Day

Friday 03.08.2013 , Posted by

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It’s Only a Paper Moon: Good Times, Vintage Portraits

Monday 03.04.2013 , Posted by

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Long before Instagram, photo booths or even the common ownership of a camera, you could get your photograph taken sitting on the moon. Often a fixture at fairs, parties and carnivals, people sat in the crescent of a smiling “paper moon,” as if lifted to the stars. A photographic phenomena primarily of the early half of the 20th century, it captivated the imagination of a world pre-Photoshop and gave many a memorable image of great times. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #386 > Fun Photos From A Bygone Era

Saturday 02.23.2013 , Posted by

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Bizarre Mid-Century Adventure Collages

Saturday 02.16.2013 , Posted by

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If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading a mid-century men’s adventure magazine, you’ll immediately recognize their place in Nadine Boughton’s work. For the muscular strong men featured in the periodical pulp-fiction; wrestling alligators, shooting sharks and rescuing scantily clad damsels in distress was all in a days work. When Boughton ran across these 50s and early 60s magazines at the flea market, she wondered how they would look set against the sleek interiors of the same era. As she puts it, it’s “men’s adventure magazines or ‘sweats’ meets Better Homes and Gardens.” [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #378> V-Day:Sugar & Spice…Everything Nice?

Thursday 02.14.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #376> Oddly Vintage: Photographs & Ads

Friday 02.08.2013 , Posted by

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Albania: A Bunker for Every 4 People

Tuesday 02.05.2013 , Posted by

From the series "Concresco" by David Galjaard

Although it was chosen as the No.1 Destination in Lonely Planet’s list of ten top countries to visit for 2011, Albania is still a country unexplored and unknown to most. The small coastal nation, wedged between Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece, was once home to a long-running government overseen by Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha. When Dutch photographer David Galjaard recently visited the country, he created Concresco, a series based on one of the lasting reminders of that regime – over 750,000 cement bunkers. [Read more...]

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UK Road Safety Posters from the WWII Blackout

Monday 02.04.2013 , Posted by

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During the German bombing raids of WWII city dwellers in Britain were subjected to long nights of complete darkness to protect them from being spotted from above. Called the Blackout, it was a dark foreign world for people accustomed to the brightly lit city, and one which posed new challenges many weren’t aware of. These road safety posters from the period (1939 – 1946) point out some of the hazards people needed to watch out for as they tried their best to “keep calm and carry on.” [Read more...]

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