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Cute & Creepy: Teddy Bears With Storied Pasts

Friday 12.07.2012 , Posted by

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. [Read more...]

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Bold Typography in Vintage Japanese Newspapers

Wednesday 12.05.2012 , Posted by

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. [Read more...]

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Animated Victorians: Anatomy from 111 Years Ago

Monday 12.03.2012 , Posted by

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. [Read more...]

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Women In Bubbles Over Paris- Long Before Photoshop

Saturday 11.24.2012 , Posted by

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. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #320 > A Vintage Collection

Friday 11.23.2012 , Posted by

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To Infinity and Beyond! Space Colony Art from the 1970s

Thursday 11.22.2012 , Posted by

It has been a long time dream of Earth dwellers to shake off our terrestrial bonds and move to far away places, like space for example. While today the world focus tends to be largely land based, in the 1970s we were in the midst of the Apollo space program, watching men walk on the moon; and gearing up for the Space Shuttle program. It was also a time when the sobering realities of our human impact were becoming obvious to the masses. We saw widespread industrial effects from pollution and an ever rising world population – one which was surprisingly only half of today’s staggering 7 billion. [Read more...]

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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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