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Chicks & Wheels with Vintage Cool

Wednesday 09.26.2012 , Posted by

Just the subject of cars and pin-up girls has a retro flare to it… add the distinctly old school stylings of Florence Italy based designer Simone Massoni, and you have one tasty morsel of sexy vintage wheels. His series Chicks & Wheels features just that, fantasy women with fantasy cars, done up in a style somewhat reminiscent of the swinging illustration king of lead sleds and cocktail hour, Shag. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #277> Spy With A Vintage Eye

Saturday 09.22.2012 , Posted by



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Google Maps Images Become Vintage Postcards

Saturday 09.22.2012 , Posted by

When I first saw these vintage looking postcards, I thought they were just really excellent aerial photographs from yesteryear. Businesses, schools, sports fields and shipping yards dominate the subjects, with faded vintage colors and the marks of swift travels through the post kept the illusion going. The images could easily be from the bustling, expanding world of the 1950s or 1960s… but they’re not. [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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Stairway to Heaven: 3D Printing Fisher-Price Records

Friday 09.07.2012 , Posted by

For kids who grew up in the 70s and 80s, there’s a very good chance your first music player was none other than the Fisher-Price Record Player. That vintage, jangly sound has a special spot in many of our hearts as it played such hit songs as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Humpty Dumpty and, don’t forget London Bridge. [Read more...]

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Mugshot Doppelgänger: Old Mugs Get Celebrity Faces

Friday 09.07.2012 , Posted by

We’re used to seeing the mugshots of celebrities on everything from TMZ to the latest grocery store tabloid covers… and whether we want to know or not, the stories of their problems seem to trickle down to us from the television, the paper or the the water cooler gossip at work. But, what if those familiar stories were removed from the context we are used to and placed in a past much like our own current era. These images take the familiar mugshot expressions of modern celebrities and place them on the mugshots of moonshiners, prostitutes and thieves from the 1920s. The vintage images have the effect of making us look at these modern miscreants with a new eye, perhaps reevaluating their humanity or even reimagining their storied pasts. [Read more...]

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Vintage Instructions: Hand Shadows Create Animals

Thursday 09.06.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to say when making figures using the shadows of our hands started, but it probably originated on the walls of caves lit by the dancing flames of an ancient fire. Through the ages the art progressed to include animals, people and characters of all sorts, culminating in the late 19th century when French entertainer Félicien Trewey popularized the technique by making the silhouettes of famous figures. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #260> A Vintage Collection

Monday 08.27.2012 , Posted by

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Capturing the Essence of Vintage Vans

Sunday 08.19.2012 , Posted by

The perfect canvas for graffiti, cargo vans brighten up the outer boroughs of New York City as much as the latest designer fashions do for 5th Avenue. For Brooklyn artist Kevin Cyr these vans make the perfect muse for a series of oil paintings. Capturing every dent, scratch, and drip of spray paint, Cyr’s paintings glorify each van as a work of art. He has painted over thirty vans over the past seven years, first photographing the profile, then using oil paint on wood panels to create the luminescent effect. [Read more...]

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Vintage Album Sleuth Hunts Down Locations of Covers

Wednesday 08.08.2012 , Posted by

Album cover sleuth Bob Egan is at it again with a whole new set of locations for the albums of your favorite musical artists… this time with a heavy Billy Joel influence. In our last post we mentioned that we were lucky enough to serendipitously run across Egan in a New York eatery, where we found out about his fascinating hobby of collecting not only the locations, but the exact angles that original album cover photographs were taken from. Many of his images feature his much loved Big Apple, but in a few of his latest examples he uses the wonders of Google maps and the internet as a whole to find his locations around the world through digital means. [Read more...]

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