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Advertisements have been shaping societal values for centuries. They offer advice for how to best “fit in” to the mainstream culture. As our values change, not always for the better, it is fun to look back on the messages that people took to heart before our time. The featured Tumblr this week is called QuestionableAdvice and it is a collection of advertisements from the past. [Read more...]
Where can you play kick the can with Ernest Hemingway, stand on stage with Freddie Mercury, and kick back with Alan G Shepard in the mission control room at NASA all in the same day? It’s not a dream, it’s not an acid trip, it’s Old School Cool. Old School Cool is a Sub-Reddit where users share old photos of people looking awesome. Described as “a pictorial celebration of history’s coolest kids, everything from beatniks to bikers, mods to rude boys, hippies to ravers and everything in between,” Old School Cool is the safest way to time travel. [Read more...]
One of the most organized expressionist groups was “die Brücke” (the bridge), which was established in 1905 in Dresden by 4 young artists – Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Max Pechstein. The groups name was most likely inspired by the work of F. Nietzche’s (1844-1900) “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” (1882) in which he describes humanity as a bridge, a transition to a higher ideal. As the Brücke members themselves wrote in a letter in which they invited Emile Nolde to join: “One of the main purposes of our group is to gather all the revolutionary and restless elements, as our name suggests”. [Read more...]
Hop aboard our time machine and join us as we take you out to a ballgame in the 1800′s. A time when outs were called “hands”, batters were called “strikers”, runs were called “aces” or “counts”, gloves had no padding (19th Century Baseball), and Cracker Jacks were just a gleam in their creators’, Fritz & Louie Rueckheim, eyes. As you scroll through this unusual collection, take note of the telekinetic skills of ball levitation, the fashionable uniforms (especially the one with a bow tie) and the art of dead pan facial expressions. [Read more...]
While strolling, or should I say hustling- to avoid tourist-hating glares and eye rolls, through the most populated city in the United States, I would always wonder how many amazing people had walked the very same sidewalks as me. In the city where celebrity sightings are as common as taxi drivers cutting people off, it would be difficult to find a street in Manhattan that doesn’t have some secret claim to fame. The birthplace of some of the greatest music of all time, New York City is where many artists got their starts in all different genres of music from jazz to punk rock and everything in between and also the place many of them chose for their album art photos. Real Estate Agent by day, Bob Egan spends his free time as an album art detective, hunting down settings of some of his favorite records for popspotsnyc.com. [Read more...]
As we move further and further away from the need for a pen and paper, with cell phones capable of handling our daily checklists, emails more common than writing a letter, and the ease of editing the drafts of a paper on a computer, hand-written manuscripts are becoming a thing of the past. This week’s Tumblr Treasure is a historical trip to the times when you could recognize a friend by his handwriting. F*** Yeah Manuscripts is a Tumblr compilation of manuscripts and other hand-written treasures from some of the greatest authors and occasional historical figures of all time. After you’ve scrolled through our tiny collection, be sure to show them some Tumblr love by clicking on the link above and check out the Visual News Tumblr while you’re at it!
When I ran across these old 50′s pin-up gals the other day, I couldn’t help but hear some lonely Korean War soldier remarking, “wow, will you look at the gams on this dame!” If these did make it to that war, they came all the way from the advertising pages of America. These classic examples of the mid-century feminine ideal were created by legendary advertising painter Gil Elvgren during his long and successful career. Each image features his original photograph, mocking up the scene to be painted later. His models pose in campy and sometimes awkward positions, doing their best to emulate the scene and demonstrating what must be some of the earliest examples of the dreaded “duck face.” [Read more...]