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12 Victorian Predictions for the Year 2000

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most interesting things about looking back at old predictions, is seeing how they turned out when the future date finally rolled around. As a whole, people are pretty bad at guessing what the future will look like (and especially if top hats will be in fashion), but common desires and dreams are still sometimes fulfilled in surprising ways. This set of German cards from around 1899 or 1900 are an excellent and entertaining example.

“Life in the Year 2000” was created by Hildebrands, a leading German chocolate company of the time. Certainly inspired by what the next century would hold, one card from the series was placed in each of their boxes of chocolate. [Read more...]

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Victorian Era Freaks Take Formal Photos

Tuesday 05.14.2013 , Posted by

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Perhaps we shouldn’t call them freaks… these are just normal citizens trying to fit into everyday society. Or are they? From the Edwardian era to the Victorian, these characters are all a bit odd, but they’ve shown up to have their formal portrait taken in their finest clothing; with their hair and beards neatly combed and their individual characters written all over their face (even if that face has only one eyeball). Where did these creatures come from? [Read more...]

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A Remixed Taxonomy of the Animal World

Wednesday 01.09.2013 , Posted by

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If combined groups of birds, mammals, insects and fish managed to converge on one point at high speed, the resulting collision might create something like the work of Penelope Kenny. After the fur, scales and feathers had settled, you’d be looking at perfectly formed remixes of the animal world: cockatoos with rabbit heads, hummingbirds with grasshopper bodies and one deer with a bouncy kangaroo torso. Perhaps the strangest part of all this: the animals would look surprisingly beautiful. [Read more...]

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Amanda Beck: Waltzing Animals in a Victorian World

Tuesday 01.08.2013 , Posted by

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Take a trip back in time with us, to a world where fashion is seriously classy and the people manage to be proper and animalistic at the same time. Amanda Beck creates imaginatively reworked images featuring a host of victorian figures with animal heads. Her mixed media work stands out in a world of Photoshop, using traditional techniques to create images which deftly trick the eye and take us into a fantastically refined dream world. [Read more...]

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Fine Victorian Lace: Delicate Carvings in Eggshells

Thursday 01.03.2013 , Posted by

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Looking like fine victorian lace, the carved eggs created by Beth Ann Magnuson are the definition of the word delicate. On each shell she free-hand draws the final patterns she envisions carved into the egg. She then empties the content of the shell through a small hole. The true magic begins as she removes each tiny shape using a fine rotary cutting tool. [Read more...]

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1902: First Color Films From the End of the Victorian Era

Monday 09.17.2012 , Posted by

Neglected and forgotten for the last 110 years, the world’s first color film has recently been discovered and restored by the UK’s National Media Museum. Created in 1902, only a few short years after the invention of the motion picture itself and far before even color photography was common, the film and its discovery is an exciting new landmark in the history of film. [Read more...]

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Vintage Ink: From the Printing Press to Your Skin

Friday 07.27.2012 , Posted by

Ien Levin, a tattoo artist from the Ukraine, brings art to peoples skin which looks to have jumped from the printed literary and newsprint pages of the past… but with a twist. Drawing from Victorian and Edwardian themes, Levin puts his skill with the needle to work replicating a style which harkens back to snake oil advertisements and fantasy illustrations from the days of yore. [Read more...]

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Victorian Portraits Gone Wild

Monday 11.07.2011 , Posted by

A hidden treasure trove of long lost imagery, recalling a past when man and beast lived peaceably together in fine victorian surroundings: maybe that is the Grand Ole Bestiary. Then again, it could be a stylish little shop over at Etsy that peddles a fine collection of anthropomorphic imagery custom made using photoshop and a lot of love. Swing by the shop, where you can get your own affordable print ($8-$20) to entertain guests at your next parlor room tea time [Read more...]

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The Sleek Racing Yachts of Old New York

Thursday 09.29.2011 , Posted by

In an era before the automobile or airplane, the sleek and graceful racing yachts of 1890s New York were the real hot ticket. Pushing the limits of sailor and machine, they battled it out in hotly contested titles like the newly founded America’s Cup. They flew as much sail as possible, stretching the often experimental boats so far that masts sometimes came crashed down in the process. The expensive sport was a hangout of the upper class and the culture was as lavish on land as on sea. [Read more...]

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Cutting Humor in Victorian Silhouettes

Friday 03.25.2011 , Posted by

Wilhelm Staehle’s hand cut silhouettes quickly reveal the underlying cleverness that their tame Victorian looks conceal. His delicate work remixes the past into a sarcastic, darkly humorous parallel universe of rock playing harpists and patriotic bear puns. You can find his prints available at thebazaarium.com

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