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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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London Underground Posters at the Transport Museum

Friday 03.15.2013 , Posted by

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The iconic London Underground is celebrating its 150th year of operation this year. The “Tube,” which opened all the way back in 1863, still serves the city with trains packed to capacity at rush hours, shuttling people to places both central and more remote. Almost as famous as the trains themselves is the design that has sprung up alongside the long running system – so to celebrate the anniversary, the London Transport Museum is showcasing 150 Underground posters from the past. [Read more…]

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Found in the Cupboard: Hungarian Matchbook Covers

Thursday 03.14.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes, hidden in long forgotten cupboards, there are treasures to be found. That was the experience for London based designer Kristian Bodnar, who discovered a small leather bound book full of vintage Hungarian matchbox covers tucked away in his grandmother’s house. The approximately 300 tiny images were meticulously collected by Bodnar’s father, Zoltan Bodnar, in his childhood. At the time, the images were glued to matchbox covers and could be soaked off by children to enjoy. You can imagine, for a designer, it was like finding pure gold. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #397 > How It Was Back Then: A Vintage Era

Tuesday 03.12.2013 , Posted by

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Pinhole Photographer Captures the Places She Sleeps

Tuesday 03.12.2013 , Posted by

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For the past ten years, photographer Sheila Bocchine has been documenting the various places she has slept in the world. Using a pinhole camera – which is a camera with no lens and only a single small aperture, a pinhole – she has been capturing the motions of her deep sleep. She titles her ongoing project “Sleeping. Dreaming.[Read more…]

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Visual Bits #396 > International Women’s Day

Friday 03.08.2013 , Posted by

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Atelier de l’Armée: Vintage Euro-Army Threads & Bags

Thursday 03.07.2013 , Posted by

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It’s hip, it’s cool, it’s Dutch. In the vibrant city of Amsterdam, there’s a lovely couple busy away in their workshop resurrecting unique vintage materials and creating them into eye-catching bags and clothing. The company is called Atelier de l’Armée, which translated to English means “Army Workshop.” Founded just over a year ago, the company is making a name for itself quickly in Europe. [Read more…]

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It’s Only a Paper Moon: Good Times, Vintage Portraits

Monday 03.04.2013 , Posted by

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Long before Instagram, photo booths or even the common ownership of a camera, you could get your photograph taken sitting on the moon. Often a fixture at fairs, parties and carnivals, people sat in the crescent of a smiling “paper moon,” as if lifted to the stars. A photographic phenomena primarily of the early half of the 20th century, it captivated the imagination of a world pre-Photoshop and gave many a memorable image of great times. [Read more…]

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