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1950’s Disney Live Models Combined with Cartoon

Wednesday 05.01.2013 , Posted by

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Long before computer animation, in the old, magical, early days of Disney, animators used a rotoscope to draw over live-action film. Frame by frame, the artists would trace over the actors and actresses that enacted each scene. Retronaut dug up some of these old images from Disney movies and it’s amazing to see the actresses that played our beloved princesses like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. Disney was ahead of the trend, slimming down the waists of the models for the animated version, like the magazines now do regularly with Photoshop. [Read more...]

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Vintage Cameras Found with Old Film

Friday 04.19.2013 , Posted by

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Vintage camera collector Chris Hugues was picking up another camera to add to his 300 plus collection. To his surprise, he found two packages of slides in the worn leather case. Taking a close look he found that the slides were taken by a French soldier from WWI. There were some photos of battle and unique images of the time period. Thus began a journey to “hunt” vintage cameras with undeveloped film still in the case or camera. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #419 > Animals Do The Darnedest Things

Saturday 04.13.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #417 > Beaches, Birds, & Bettys: Vintage

Thursday 04.11.2013 , Posted by

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Step Back in Time with These Fashionable Illustrations

Monday 04.08.2013 , Posted by

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In my last article I mentioned “artistic tributes” to the show Mad Men. Well, although these illustrations aren’t specifically based on that series, many of the fantastically drawn examples from London based Jack Hughes certainly harken back to that mid-century appeal. Over bold background gradients and two-tone blocks of color, Hughes illustrates fashionable people from bygone eras: from the flapper craze of the 20s, right up to hip 70s kids sporting Native American threads. [Read more...]

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Mad Men or Mod Men? Comparing the Show to Now

Monday 04.08.2013 , Posted by

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It’s only a matter of 26 episodes before the phenomenon that is Mad Men ends… so it’s only appropriate to reflect a bit on how the show has effected our culture. Because of the gorgeously styled and expertly acted mid-century series, we’ve seen endless artistic tributes, design influences, and throwback fashions. The 21st century has a serious love affair with the 60s, and since we’re currently so enamored with that era, the cool folks at Shutterstock recently asked just what the 21 st century version of the long running show would look like. Their resulting images are entertaining and even a bit revealing. [Read more...]

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Vintage Predictions of Life on Other Planets

Thursday 03.28.2013 , Posted by

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In 1939, we knew much less about our solar system, so much less that these illustrations by Frank R. Paul may have really made people wonder about what strange life may be living on other planets. His drawings were some of the first images seen by science fiction writers Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Forrest J Ackerman, making him one of the greatest influences on the early pieces in the genre. Using what little knowledge scientists had about the compositions of each planet, Frank R. Paul drew his predictions of what humans might find should they try to inhabit the other planets. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #405> The Cats Meow: Wacky Vintage Photos

Sunday 03.24.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #402 > In The Eyes Of A Photographer

Thursday 03.21.2013 , Posted by

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Glimpses of a “Lost Nigeria” from His Mothers Eyes

Thursday 03.21.2013 , Posted by

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Do you remember watching family photos on slide film? It was all the rage back in the beginning in the 50’s and into the 70’s. Today, it’s quite easy to display photos on a big screen, but in the past, using a slide projector was one of the few ways to really display images on a large scale. While use of slide film and its projectors have significantly declined, it doesn’t excuse the fact that there are still many archived slides gathering dust in boxes across the world. Senongo Akpem decided to digitize his Mothers slides documenting life in Nigeria during a unique period of history for the country. [Read more...]

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