Mrs. Easton posted a beautiful collection of vintage paper coin wrappers she found at her mom’s house. Filed under finding beauty in the mundane.
Apollo Space Suits
Wow! Astronauts Irwin and Bull modeling the Apollo IVA (Intravehicular Activity) and (EVA) Extravehicular Activity spacesuits. I am grateful I have no dress code at the office.
Apollo 1 Astronauts
This print of Apollo 1 Astronauts Working by the Pool made me smile. It shows them practicing water egress procedures in a swimming pool at Ellington Air Force Base (EAFB), Houston, Texas. Astronaut Edward H. White II rides life raft in the foreground. Astronaut Roger B. Chaffee sits in hatch of the boilerplate model of the spacecraft. Astronaut Virgil I. Grissom, third member of the crew, waits inside the spacecraft. June, 1966.
I totally want one of these prints for our studio! Available over on PrintCollection.
This cooler designed to look like a vintage Mac computer circa 1984 made me laugh.
Marshall Anniversary Speaker
I know nothing about audio equipment, so I have no idea if this Marshall Hanwell 50th Anniversary Speaker is any good, but I can say with confidence, it is a thing of beauty.
Dymaxion House (1946)
Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House is all kinds of fascinating, especially the conveyer belt linen closet!
Vintage Billiard Balls
I find these vintage billiard balls oddly charming.
A Brief History of 7 Baby Basics
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.