The internet is a little bit like a maze of doors, some that lead to a spiralling descent of procrastination and some, though not many, can lead to forgotten treasure. Today I picked the winning door and found one of the most impressive online collections of vintage ephemera I’ve ever had the pleasure of stumbling across. Pages and pages of it, from old matchbook art to vintage French fashion magazines to outdated driving code manuals. The mysterious online collector goes by the pseudonym, “Agence Eureka” and judging by their extensive archive of French ephemera, spends a considerable amount of time sifting through the weird and wonderful French public archives.
Photography and video share almost the same early history, yet the two disciplines rarely go together in one package. Professional photographers stick to their camp, while filmmakers do the same. Even with the advent of video-capable DSLRs, it’s hard to find artists who utilize both mediums and produce good results. Alex Prager is an exception with her images which can be accurately described as “Cinematic Photography”.
Crypt at Center Church on the Green (all photographs by the author)
There’s no shortage of churches with crypts. However, while these are on the whole designed with the building. there’s one place where something much more unusual happened: the church was built right over a cemetery which it consumed as its crypt.
Happiest man of the west coast
The statistics reveal a fragile state within a superpower.
A new study from Spain provides a glimpse of one possible future for the United States: a society in which people marry those who are similar to them, and where children’s chances in life are increasingly determined by their last names.
A baby’s brain needs love to develop. What happens in the first year is profound.
Amazon won the book war. In a series of rare interviews, the company tells us what’s next
Pah-Ute (Paiute) Indian group, near Cedar, Utah, in 1872. [
Watanabe Shotei (1851-1918), La Lune d’Ekoda – 1909… via.
Longmen Grottoes are a series of Buddhist cave temples carved into the rock on the banks of the Yi River, south of the city of Luoyang, in Henan province, in China. The site includes some 1,350 caves and 40 pagodas, which are choke-full of statues of all shapes and sizes, ranging from 1 inch to the largest Buddha statue of 17 meters tall. There are as many as 100,000 statues carved out of the hard limestone cliffs. Stretching for 1 km along both banks of the river, the caves represent one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art.
—The Longmen Grottoes lie 12 km south of the historic Chinese city of Luoyang. Here are the two hills flanking the Yi River become very steep and cliff-like as they approach the river valley. It is here that the easily worked limestone was carved to produce the Longmen Grottoes.
At age 21, Yeonmi Park is a brand new activist. She’s also a North Korean, and she’s a survivor. Listening to her speak about the horrible things she’s lived through is pretty heartbreaking.
Scientific studies of techniques for deliberately modifying the climate are getting ready to move out of the laboratory
In 1913, the Sioux chief Hollow Horn Bear (whose image was on the $5 bill) led a delegation of Indians
to the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. He caught pneumonia during the visit and died.
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Framed by forensics
Junky, out-of-date science fuels jury errors and tragic miscarriages of justice. How can we throw it out of court?
You can take the woman out of the Church but not the Church out of the woman. Or so I used to think, as my mother, a lapsed Catholic, carried out dramas of temptation, sin, and redemption by means of ice cream and broccoli. She had left behind the rites and the celebrations but not the anxiety that all mistakes were unforgivable. So many of us believe in perfection, which ruins everything else, because the perfect is not only the enemy of the good; it’s also the enemy of the realistic, the possible, and the fun.
World War II had a huge impact on the daily lives of the people of Britain, but soldiers and grieving widows weren’t the only ones whose lives were irrevocably altered by the war. Young schoolchildren in cities across Britain found themselves evacuated to the relative safety of the countryside, separated from their families and identified by nothing more than a brown paper tag.