july 8

Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake.

photos and art work at link

Mack Truck Pictures.

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September 1938. Osage, West Virginia. “Mining town. Coming home from school.” Medium format nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott

Coal Country: 1938 | Shorpy Historic Photo Archive.

YouTube – Sarah Vaughan – Tea for Two.

This house is located on an island called Elliðaey near Vestmannaeyjar, a small archipelago off the south coast of Iceland. The house was given to singer, Bjork from her motherland as a “Thank You” for putting Iceland on the international map.


found myself humming this oldie the other day while out walkig in the woods. thought you might like it.

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Suterranya, Catalonia, Spain:

this is some ten minutes long. But listen to the lyrics and get spellbound by that great voice

try some music from Africa. here, a batch of videos to sample

ali farka toure .


Retro sexploitation movie magazine covers .

France government was close to collapse in that May of 1968. It was the largest strike in a developed country to date — eleven million workers protested over a period of two weeks — and a political anomaly in that the student leaders protested against both communism and capitalism.

Marienne had been an allegory of Liberty and Reason for the French Republic since its founding. She too was turned into a subversive icon in May ‘68, and ironically, one who came to personify her was English socialite Caroline de Bendern.

In the photo, she was on the shoulders of her friend the painter Jean-Jacques Lebel, the instigator of the occupation of Odeon Theatre. Bendern was expelled from numerous English boarding schools, modelled in Paris and New York, consorted with the likes of Andy Warhol and Lou Reed and made experimental films with the Zanzibar group. But on May 13th, she was an accidental celebrity–she rode upon Lebel’s shoulder because her feet were sore. She waved the flag of Vietnam, not because she herself protested Vietnam war, but because it was the flag Lebel had been brandishing. Yet, the ultimate showman, she posed as Marienne from her elevated position — the solemn mockery of Delacroix’s immortal La Liberté guidant le peuple.

At Place Edmond Rostand, near the Jardin de Luxembourg, Jean-Pierre Rey took the above famous photo of her which was later published in Life Magazine on May 24th. Her grandfather saw the photograph and was scandalised. He disinherited her out of 7.5 million pounds inheritance*. Caroline spent the rest of her life unsuccessful suing Rey for the rights to the photo, in ‘78, ‘88 and ‘98.

Life was not better for Marienne herself. Profaned, she found herself replaced on the stamps of the Republic. During the bicentenary of the Revolution in 1989, Marianne hardly made any appearance. The photo, on the other hand, made numerous appearances: on the covers of Les enfants de l’aube (The Children of the Dawn) by Patrick Poivre d’Arvor and Paris-Match’s commemorative edition on 1968.

*Her grandfather Maurice Arnold Deforest (1879-1968) was adopted by banker Baron Moritz Hirsch. No one knew where he came from. It was alleged he was the illegitimate son of King Edward VII or an Austrian prince. The shadowy billionaire was later a Liechtenstein count (Graf von Bendern), a French lord (Châtelain of Beauregard), an English baron (Baron deForest) and a MP (for West Ham).

via Iconic Photos.

Old Picture of the Day.

bette davis eats an icecream cone


strokes: heart in a cage, music video

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