Monday, 25 August 2008

Frans Masereel's 'The City'.

A 'novel without words'. 'Die Stadt is a remarkable sequence of images which, collectively, tell the story of a day in the life of a 1920s metropolis. They variously illustrate moments of love and hate, birth and death, toil and revelry, bustle and quiet, luxury and squalor, day and night.'

The Correct Way to Punch a Football.

'Sergeant Ernest Brough shows students the correct way to punch a football at Drouin State School, Victoria [picture] [ca. 1944]'

Lost Chicagoland.

'Businesses that have moved or closed, buildings that have been burned and/or demolished. Some of the closed businesses (like Carson Pirie Scott on State) are in buildings that have NOT been demolished.'

Photos of the Vacant Uptown Theater, Philadelphia.

The Hanford Site.

'The Hanford Site is a decommissioned nuclear production complex on the Columbia River in south-central Washington operated by the United States government. The site has been known by many names, including Hanford Works, Hanford Engineer Works, Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and the Hanford Project. Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, it was home to the B-Reactor, the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world...'

Wholesome Family Gospel Groups.

'Wholesome' retro record covers. 'Some homegrown Gospel Madness for you all! '

De Bry's Alphabets.

'Among the few dozen books I was recently reunited with after having left them in storage when I left the UK in ’00 was one entitled The Alphabetic Labyrinth: The Letters in History and Imagination. As a history, it is only intermittently interesting, but its many illustrations are often beautiful and fascinating. It was in this book that I first learned of Johann Theodor de Bry’s 1595 Neiw Kunstliches Alphabet...'

The Empire of Vegetables.

'I am very grateful to Mr. Rusher for sending me a delightful book: Romeo Salta’s Le Delizie della mia Cucina. Salta arrived in New York an illegal immigrant in 1929, thereafter working his way up to become a chef, and, in time, a renowned restauranteur. He died in 1998, aged 93. Le Delizie… is the Italian version of a recipe book he originally published in English as The Pleasures of Italian Cooking...'

Blue Plaques of Famous People and Landmarks in London.

(Just type nothing into the 'search' box to get the full listing).

Querying the Hive Mind.

'Obvious or creative--shameless or shady, even!--ways to cut costs and live cheap?'

'I want to know how you get things done. I'm not looking for a self-help book; I want to know what you do, on a daily basis, to get things accomplished. Anything goes. '

'What Is YOUR Best Photography Tip, Secret, Trick, Lesson, Technique, or Hack?'

'How do you get away without going away?'
(The park, the museum, friends, and books).

'This one is for the extroverts. As someone who has struggled with social anxiety/shyness to varying degrees my entire life, I'm very curious to know what your inner dialogue is like?'

Astro Pics.

Stars and Mars.

Logarithmic Spirals.

Two-Armed Spiral Milky Way Galaxy.

Power and Glory: Court Arts of China's Ming Dynasty.

Amitabha: A Story of Buddhist Theology (1906).

'This is a short story set in the first century CE during the height of Buddhism in India. Carus uses the story as a frame to discuss Buddhist concepts of God, non-violence and religous tolerance.'

Sheet Music Collection at Mississippi State Libraries.

'The sheet music collection of almost 22,000 pieces includes popular tunes dating as far back as 1865. Highlights include a rare copy of Scott Joplin’s “Cascades” bearing his photograph, rare first editions of W.C. Handy’s “Memphis Blues” and “St. Louis Blues,” and scarce Confederate imprints from the Civil War. Special collections are devoted to ragtime, blues, movie tunes, foxtrots, popular music, show tunes, Irving Berlin, war songs and specialty. '

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