Thursday, October 28, 2004

Found Magazine

We collect FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, receipts, doodles-- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life. Anything goes 

Monday, October 25, 2004

Crechemania is devoted to the love of paper creches (also known as nativities, cribs, or mangers). These paper constructions, dear to collectors everywhere, feature artwork and lithography that captivate the eyes—and heart.
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Pochoir Prints

Vibrant Visions: Pochoir Prints in the Cooper-Hewitt.
From the Smithsonian Museum

Pochoir is a refined stencil-based technique employed to create prints or to add color to pre-existing prints. It was most popular from the late 19th century through the 1930's with its center of activity in Paris. Pochoir was primarily used to create prints devoted to fashion, patterns, and architectural design and is most often associated with Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

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Thursday, October 21, 2004

The Pens Excellencie

English handwriting 1500-1700
an online course

I used Simple Edition. This edition supplies straightforward jpeg issues of each page of the book in two sizes: 1000-pixel width ('screenshots', if you have your monitor resolution configured to 1024 by 768), and much larger. A navigation menu beneath the images will allow you to toggle between smaller images and enlargements (to zoom, click on the + sign).

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Decoeyes Mannequins

Exquisite Period Mannequin Recreations

Our primary objective is to create precise replicas of the 1920's through 1950's display heads. We feel that materials, tools, paint styles, and techniques should be identical to those used on the originals to insure integrity of the replica.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Bitterweet Project

The concept of Bittersweet was cultural journalism dedicated to preserving the crafts, lore, legends and personalities of the Ozarks. Articles touch a wide range of subject areas. Included are such diverse pioneer craft and industry as wooden toy making and rope making.
And Blackberry Dumplings for Dessert, winter 1982
The Roper family raised and milled their own flour, as did most every other family. "My husband had 500 pounds of Orla flour piled up upstairs at our house for me to cook with when I married him. Oh, mercy, that flour was soft, and hard to make a biscuit with when I'd never made biscuits anyhow!"
Crepe Paper Flowers; Homemade flowers for Decoration Day Spring 1983

Irene Smittle gently handles a morning glory that she has just finished. She learned how to make these flowers from her mother.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Circus Posters

Circus Posters in the Princeton University Library.

Large collection of large images.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Ransom note generator

Ransom note generator from Contact Sheet (wasting energy since 2003)

Also How to make friends by Telephone

Use this instructional guide from the 1940's to learn
proper etiquette when operating a telephone.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Medieval Tarot

A gift from the World of Playing Cards.
Tarot cards by Nicolas Bodet (1743-1751). An early example of the "Rouen/Brussels" Latin-suited tarot, probably the earliest we know actually made in Brussels (466 Kb JPG).
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