Friday, 17 April 2009

"Chance is always powerful. - Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish" - Ovid.

Vintage Photos of Pretty Girls.

Lost New York City.

'Photos of the vestiges of Old New York as they are steamrolled under or threatened by the currently ruthless real estate market and the City Fathers' disregard for Gotham's historical and cultural fabric.'

Northvegr: A Norse Heathen Site.

'The Northvegr Foundation strives to bring knowledge and understanding of Northern European pre-Christian history, culture and spiritual values (i.e. world-view and ethic) which is in evidence in many primary sources and well documented in many secondary sources, and can be gleaned through research. We believe strongly in promoting scholarship based upon critical thought.'

Norse sagas, folklore, runes and so on.

Depression-Era Photographs by Dorothea Lange.

3600 VHS Video Covers.

Himalayan Art in the Rubin Museum.

The Rubin Museum in NYC has a wonderful collection of Tibetan Buddhist and Nepalese art. It's all here.

Indigenous and Tribal People.

'Colorful people with uniqe culture'.

Southdale Mall, Minnesota, 1956.

High School Mythical, 1910.

South African Voices.

"Beginning in the late 1960s and continuing into the 1970s, I made a number of research trips to southern Africa, hoping to gather a representative collection of oral tales, histories, and poems from among the Nguni peoples: the Xhosa and Zulu in South Africa, the Swati in Swaziland, and the Ndebele in the southern part of Zimbabwe. I encountered a wealth of oral traditions, met hundreds of storytellers, mythmakers, poets, and historians, and was allowed by these enormously talented raconteurs and poets to tape many of these works. In the end, I had taped and filmed over 9,000 pieces of oral tradition."

Hazrat Babajan, Baloch Saint.

'Hazrat Babajan (c. 1806 - September 18 1931) was a Baloch Muslim saint considered by her followers to be a sadguru or qutub. Born in northern India in Balochistan (now Pakistan), she lived the final 25 years of her life in Pune, India.'

Classics of Soviet Art.

The Beginner's Guide to Tree Hugging.

Medieval Map Myths.

A Day in the Park.

Astro Pics.

Jagged Shadows May Indicate Saturn Ring Particles.

Medieval Astronomy from Melk Abbey.

Lenticular Clouds above Washington.

Wenceslaus Hollar.

17th century etchings.

'Hollar was born in 1607, the son of an upper middle-class civic official. Very little is known about his early life, but he evidently learned the rudiments of his craft by age eighteen, left his native Prague at age twenty, and likely studied in Frankfurt under Matthaus Merian. His first book of etchings was published in 1635 in Cologne when Hollar was twenty-eight. The following year he came to the attention of the renowned art collector the Earl of Arundel who was making an official visit to the continent, and Hollar subsequently became a part of his household, settling in England early in 1637.'

Canadian Pamphlets and Broadsides.

'This site provides access to the pre-1930 Canadian pamphlet and broadside holdings of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library by supplying both page images in full colour, and full searchability of the contents of each item. To date the site consists of 597 broadsides (single sheets, printed on one or both sides) and 2062 pamphlet titles which amounts to 71508 page images. Additional titles will be added on a regular basis. The collection includes items printed in Canada, by Canadian authors, or about Canadian subjects, mainly of a non-literary nature.'

Vintage Art Deco Travel Posters.

Excelsior 1968.

'Excelsior 1968 is a high school yearbook for the fictional Bristol County Secondary School in the fictional Staedtler, Ontario.'

'Each student here is redrawn (and renamed) from my mother's actual 1968 high school yearbook.'

The 1964-65 NY World's Fair Remembered.

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