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Happy 4th of July! American Flags from 1767 to the Present

Friday 07.04.2014 , Posted by
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Happy 4th of July America! In a celebratory visual fashion we think you’ll enjoy this fascinating look at the history of the old Stars and Stripes through history… in fact, back to before it was even the Stars and Stripes at all.

This patriotic print from Pop Chart Labs traces the flag through 48 versions, beginning with the star-less “Rebellious Stripes” of 1767 and finishing with the 50-star flag we’ve flown since 1960 (too bad for people who bought the 49-star version of 1959). You’ll definitely want to check out the zoomable view of this poster here. [Read more...]

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Cleverly Juxtaposed Images Give a View Into The Future

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen a load of “Then & Now” posts sweeping the web in the past years. From photographs of World War 1 overlaid on their location today, to classic paintings atop Google Street Views, and personal photos reviving old memories, they’ve all had one thing in common – they’re looking into the past. [Read more...]

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140 Year-Old Bottled Sand Art, Held Together With No Glue

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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Just the mention of “sand bottle art” conjures up images of school projects with florescent dyed sand and invariably abstract designs… but these bottles by Andrew Clemens (1857-1894) are different. He is credited as the inventor of this rare art form and perhaps took it as far as is possible. He was known at “the portrait painter without a brush or paint.” [Read more...]

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Remember When We Had Flying Cars?

Friday 06.27.2014 , Posted by
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It seems that we have been dreaming of flying cars for decades. From Back to the Future to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, our popular imagination keeps revisiting the fantasy of automobiles joyously soaring in flight, completely liberated from roads and traffic. While his series is a trick of photography rather than a reality, Swedish artist Jacob Munkhammar gives us another glimpse of what it might look like if cars could fly.  [Read more...]

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8-Bit Watercolors of Famous Paintings

Friday 06.06.2014 , Posted by
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Somewhere in an alternate universe, the 8-bit graphics from old Nintendo and Atari games are meeting up with classic painters… or maybe that universe is right here. Adam Lister creates incredible reinterpretations of famous paintings, painters, pop icons and art world events using watercolors sectioned into distinctly retro digital forms. It’s a fun and revealing way to view the classics. [Read more...]

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150 Year Old Portraits Show Victorians Looking Seriously Fashionable

Monday 05.26.2014 , Posted by
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Julia Margaret Cameron received her first camera as a gift at the age of forty-eight. It was 1863 and she was the mother of six children, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing a new found love for photography. It was a passion that is still influencing photographers today. [Read more...]

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Watch this Gentleman Enjoy the Five Stages of Inebriation

Thursday 05.15.2014 , Posted by
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Seriously, how great are vintage photographs when people aren’t acting stiff and formal?! Sometime between 1863 and 1868 Sydney photographer Charles Percy Pickering took these absolutely informal images of drunkenness in five stages, played by one convincing fellow in his studio. It looks like someone won’t be remembering Friday night! [Read more...]

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Essential Reading: Mason Currey on the Importance of “Daily Rituals”

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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Recently, I decided to revisit one of the books that made me want to write about creativity, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. I wasn’t disappointed. [Read more...]

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Man Photoshops Himself Into His Girlfriend’s Childhood Memories As a 4 Year Anniversary Gift

Saturday 05.03.2014 , Posted by
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All over China’s version of Twitter, Weibo, girls have been gushing over the romantic gesture that wedding photographer Wan did for his girlfriend on their 4 year anniversary. He Photoshopped himself into several of her childhood photographs as a goofy addition to her precious moments. Not only did he do a great job photoshopping, he also found clever ways to position himself in each picture as though he was really there. While some might find the pictures a little on the creepy side, it was meant to be an endearing and romantic gesture. [Read more...]

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The Back Side of Famous Album Covers

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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Harvezt has been imagining what it looked like from the reverse side of many famous album covers, giving us a new angle on what was really going down during their creation. Was that really a hill on the cover of “The Yellow Submarine”? Was the baby on Nirvana’s “Nevermind” really just going for the bucks? [Read more...]

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