Amazing Photos From The New York Photo League: 1936-1951
An exhibit about the group of photographers who set out to document what life in New York was actually like in the first half of the 20th century opens this Saturday at The Jewish Museum in New York. Here are some amazing photos that will be featured. Make sure to check out the rest of the exhibit in person when it opens.
23 Unbelievable Facts You Didn't Know About Humanity
Humans have done quite a few strange things over the years, but many not quite as unexpected as these. Find out why Julius Caesar wore a wreath on his head, what great gift Queen Victoria received on her birthday, Paul Revere's occupation, what kind of harems they have in Malaya, and much more.
The Art Of Lucy Fitch Perkins
Lucy Fitch Perkins (1865-1937) was a prolific illustrator of early 20th century children's books. She is best known for her Twins series, but some of her most beautiful illustrations appeared in now-obscure fairy tale collections. Here's a sampling of her artwork that heretofore hasn't been seen on the web.
The Dutch people had a tumultuous 1945 as they lived through the gruesome final moments of the last great war only to find themselves fully liberated mere months later. Here are 45 photographs of Holland in 1945 from the fall of hell to the rise of freedom and make sure to listen to one of the greatest songs ever written with the same name as this post while you view these.
How to Get a Boyfriend (1955)
It's Time You Knew was a popular sex education and dating manual written by Gladys Denny Shultz in 1955. Like most publications of its ilk, it weighed in on the women and sandwiches issue, offering perhaps the most comprehensive stance on sandwiches vs. hot dogs that I've ever seen. Also, is it just me, or is there a subtext here?
Football: A Game For Gentlemen
In 1910 the rules for football were revised with the hope that eliminating violent plays would make the game more dignified. Enter Edward H. Coy, 1909 Captain of the Yale football team. Coy was keen to remind everyone that a gentlemanly sport was surely not an "effeminate" one. His solution? An article on football etiquette.
When I Grow Up
W. W. Denslow is best known for illustrating L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but he was a talented artist responsible for a number of books and cartoons. In 1909, he wrote and illustrated When I Grow Up, which appeared in St. Nicholas Magazine and as a stand-alone publication. The book is difficult to find these days, but here's a sampling of the color plates so you too might appreciate Denslow's craft.
Millerism And The Great Disappointment
Harold Camping isn't the first self-proclaimed prophet to calculate a date for the rapture. In 1833, William Miller predicted the rapture would occur around 1843. The Millerite movement gradually gained followers in the early 1840s, culminating in the Great Disappointment when Jesus failed to appear in October, 1844. Despite their disappointment, the Millerites made some interesting theological charts. Take a moment and check them out.
Short Visual History Of Tattoo Tools
As long as people have wanted to
piss off their parents be part of a social group, there have been tattoos. Part of the human condition for over 5,000 years, tattoo tools have come in variety of shapes and sizes. However, they all share one trait. (Hint: They're pointy)