Vintage Billiard Balls

vintage billiard balls

I find these vintage billiard balls oddly charming.

A Brief History of 7 Baby Basics

vintage car seat

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a vintage carseat. I admit, it made me laugh. As a parent of two, and having researched a lot of baby gear, I enjoyed this post over on Mental Floss titled: A Brief History of 7 Baby Basics.

Geometry Stamp Set

geometry stamp set

This German Vintage Rubber Stamp Set from the 70s is full of wooden stamps, each one being a geometric shape and painted in a solid colour. #wishlisted

Barrel Woman

Annie Edson Taylor (1838–1921) was an American adventurer who, on her 63rd birthday became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The desire to secure her later years financially, and avoid the poorhouse, made her came up with the idea. The trip itself took less than twenty minutes. Afterwards she told the press: “If it was with my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat… I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall.”

I am speechless. What a crazily courageous woman.

Update: She was mentioned in this Radiolab series.

Space Suit Design in 1977

Hubert Vykukal demonstrates the mobility of his Hardsuit AX-3 Space Suit design. All kinds of fascinating!

Famous Architects Dressed as their Buildings

Famous Architects Dressed as their Buildings in 1931. I heart this.

New York Transit Museum

I just discovered this Transit Museum Feature over on the new Barclay Center site. Love that they are celebrating all things Brooklyn with this growing series.

The New York Transit Museum is my son’s favorite place in Brooklyn. Lucky us, it’s just down the street from our apartment. The museum is in an actual subway stop and allows you to go back in time in subway history. It’s totally worth a visit, not just for kids. I give it two swissmiss thumbs up!

Pigeon Camera

In 1908, Dr Julius Neubronner patented a miniature pigeon camera activated by a timing mechanism. The invention brought him international notability after he presented it at international expositions in Dresden, Frankfurt and Paris in 1909–1911. Spectators in Dresden could watch the arrival of the camera-equipped carrier pigeons, and the photos were immediately developed and turned into postcards which could be purchased.

There is so much I love so much about this. Yes, I want to own a pigeon and a pigeon camera.

(via One Plus Infinity)

Plywood Rocker-Table 1970

This family rocker flips over to become a picnic table and a bar! Made me chuckle. We totally need a red version of this at Studiomates. Rocker Meetings!

Julia Child Remixed

This Julia Child remix made me smile. She was one inspiring lady! And it happens to be her 100th Birthday today. Maria posted a lovely write up of Julia’s Lessons in Publishing and Perseverance.

(via Coudal)

London Olympics 1908

These photos of the 1908 London Olympics are all kinds of wonderful. Oh, how the times have changed.

Then and Now

This touching NewYorkTimes Interactive Feature documents some of the athletes who represented the United States at the 1948 London Games.

Above you see Alice Coachman, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, and the only female American athlete to win gold in track and field at the 1948 Games.

(Thank you Yoko)

How To Swim

Beautiful vintage cigarette cards from the impressively large digital collection at the NYPL. In honor of the Olympic Games.

(via Melissa)

Elevator Groupthink

I am wondering how I would react. Interesting post over on Brain Pickings: Elevator Groupthink: A Psychology Experiment in Conformity, 1962.

Typograhic Viennese Facades

A quite magical collection of over 4,000 photographs of vintage typographic Viennese storefronts by Herbe Marker. Beautiful.

(Thank you Anina Rehm)

QuarkXPress Easter Egg

Anyone remember this easter egg in QuarkXPress, when deleting a text box with the shortcut Cmd+Alt+Shift+K? (Keep watching the video until you see the big giant green mama monster come out… Patience!)

This is Coffee!

The Art of Coffee: A Mad Men Era Short Film. A wonderful find by Maria of Brain Pickings.

The Mid Century Garage Door

I love the internets for various reasons, but especially when I stumble upon sites like this one, dedicated to Garages. Definitely love their post on Mid Century Garage Doors.

(via Jen Bekman)

The Key to Science in 63 Seconds

Richard Feynman’s Key to Science in 63 Seconds, via Brain Pickings.

I am a Legend. Repeat.

We need to get this Retro Wall Decal to hang above our studiomate Larry Legend’s desk.

(via bblinks)

How To Carry Eggs in Style

This Vintage Egg Box makes me want to boil a bunch of eggs and take them for a walk. Stylish!


Being a graphic designer back in the days, when Letraset was King, was a whole other ballgame. After having read this article, I bow to my iMac and the design apps I use in respect!

(via coudal)

Sullivan’s Travels

My friends Cameron and Tyler organized a movie night at The Invisible Dog Art Center last night. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a movie that dates back to 1941. I admit, I was afraid it would be a tad bit too slow for my taste. But boy, was I wrong.

Sullivan’s Travels is a fantastic movie, that kept me on the edge of my seat and made me want to rewind a few times so I can write down some of the dialogues.

About the movie: Sullivan is a successful, spoiled, and naive director of fluff films, with a heart-o-gold, who decides he wants to make a film about the troubles of the downtrodden poor. Much to the chagrin of his producers, he sets off in tramp’s clothing with a single dime in his pocket to experience poverty first-hand, and gets some reality shock. Written by Bob Doolittle.

In 1990, Sullivan’s Travels was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked it as the #61 Greatest Movie of All Time, the first inclusion of this film on the list. In addition, the movie’s poster was ranked as #19 of “The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever” by Premiere.

If you have a chance to watch it, please do. It’s time well spent.

New York City guidebook from 1916

“The first characteristic of New York, which impresses the stranger from abroad, and in a less degree from other American cities, is its atmosphere of breathless hast, its pervading sense of life keyed to an abnormal tension.”

“One direct consequence of this unending hurry, which the visitor is quick to feel, is a certain brusqueness and lack of civility as compared with other cities. Not that the great, motley, democratic middle class is deliberately rude to strangers; it simply lacks the time for the little courtesies of life, and grudges two words where one can be made to answer.”

Excerpts from a New York City guidebook from 1916.

(via Kottke)