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Heavenly Bodies: Bejeweled Roman Skeletons from Europe

Saturday 09.21.2013 , Posted by

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It’s a case of mistaken identity, but one that has bizarrely left skeletons across Europe adorned with masses of ornate jewels and gold. These macabre skeletons are part of a group taken from Roman catacombs in the seventeenth century and completely decorated with jewels by teams of nuns, mostly from German-speaking lands. Why go to such great lengths for the dead of another country? These dead, known as ‘the catacomb saints,’ were often mistakenly identified as early christian martyrs put to death by the Romans. [Read more...]

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New York Crime Photos – Superimposing Then and Now (Warning: Graphic)

Monday 09.16.2013 , Posted by

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Alongside all the glitz and glamour, New York has always had a grim and grisly side. Mark Hermann, photographer and historian for the New York Press Photographers Association, has stitched together imagery collected from the New York Daily News archive, showing crime photos from the not-so-distant past, superimposed on the sanitized New York of today. Be warned – his film-noir-esq images are not for the faint of heart. [Read more...]

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Pastoral Paintings Hidden on the Edge of Old Books

Friday 09.06.2013 , Posted by

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Here’s something that will have you bending all the classic books in your house: fore-edge painting, the art of hiding illustrations and paintings on the outer edges of a book. The technique, which is said to date back to as early as the 1650s, was recently brought to the webs attention by Colossal, who shared brilliant examples of the result in GIF form. [Read more...]

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How Creatives Work: Akira Kurosawa

Wednesday 09.04.2013 , Posted by

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Akira Kurosawa is respected as one of the greatest film directors who ever lived, and as a master of the Samurai genre of Japanese cinema. Films such as “Rashomon,” “Seven Samurai,” Ran,” “Throne of Blood,”  “Yojimbo,” and others, revolutionized cinema and introduced Japanese film to Western audiences. He always said he didn’t like talking about particular films after he had finished them. He wanted them to do the talking for him. “If what I have said in my film is true,” he explained, “someone will understand.” [Read more...]

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The 20 Best Volkswagen Ads from Their 1960s Campaign

Tuesday 09.03.2013 , Posted by

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When Mad Men’s Donald Draper chats about the 1960 Volkswagen ad with his team, he’s rightfully awed. This introduction of the bizarrely shaped auto to the American market was far from the norm. In those days, most car ads looked something like this or this, and while other companies were producing their largest cars ever – advertising “wide-track” steering and selling it with models sporting tuxedos and cocktail dresses – Volkswagen said we should “think small” and that their car was a “lemon.” [Read more...]

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Working Women in the First World War

Tuesday 09.03.2013 , Posted by

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World War Two’s Rosie the Riveter is an iconic figure of the era. Tough and capable, she is symbolic of women’s role in the conflict and their much needed work while men were off at war. World War One had no such figure, but equally strong women. [Read more...]

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96-year Old Man Writes a Song for his Deceased Wife of 75 Years and Enters It Into a Contest

Tuesday 08.27.2013 , Posted by

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When a 96-year-old man named Fred recently entered a song writing contest, he admitted that he couldn’t sing and had never even played an instrument… but that didn’t stop him from submitting. He simply sent a letter with the song he’d written about his wife of 75 years. Lorraine had passed away just a month before, and Fred couldn’t help but write a fitting tribute to the woman he loved so much. His song is called Oh Sweet Lorraine. [Read more...]

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Take Death Defying Walks in China’s Mountains

Thursday 08.22.2013 , Posted by

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Huangshan is a picturesque location in eastern China and one of the most iconic locations in the country. Even with its famous glacier carved landscape and wildly jutting granite peaks, local variety of pine tree and frequent views of the clouds from above, the most special place is the area’s stone bridge.The very high bridge’s ornately carved path leads from a cave in a sheer rock wall to another on a nearby wall, traversing the narrow gorge below. [Read more...]

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The Storied Evolution of the Star Wars Logo

Friday 08.16.2013 , Posted by

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When it comes to movie logos (or franchises for that matter) there are few as iconic as the now classic Star Wars trilogy… but how well do we really know the design behind that logo? As it turns out, the famously “spacy” typography featured in the now familiar logo wasn’t finalized on all print media until a while after the first movies release, and some early versions slipped through becoming quite familiar in their own right. [Read more...]

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Travel Back In Time to the Prohibition Era at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island in NYC

Thursday 08.15.2013 , Posted by

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Twice a year on Governor’s Island, New Yorkers are given the opportunity to time travel back to the Prohibition Era. The event called Jazz Age Lawn Party encourages people to put on their finest Great Gatsby gear and party like it’s 1929! Photographer Driely S of Pelopelado shared with us her collection of photos from the last gathering, which highlight some of the best vintage fashions. The blast from the past party was started by Michael Arenella and grew from fifty friends and fans to being heralded as one of the most memorable events of 2011 and 2012 by The New York Times. [Read more...]

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