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I picked these up about 15 years ago at an antiques fair (yep, I was buying stuff like this since I was little tot). I loved how emotional these were- from the stoic faces marching off to war, and everyone being overly excited when they came home. Every time I look at the guy with a life preserver on his neck, I can’t not smile. It’s so interesting to me, getting to glimpse at a moment in these people’s lives; and to think they no longer exist..and yet they can still make me smile. Vintage photos are pretty thought provoking. I hope you enjoy these :)
It appears workouts in the 1920s were pretty gruesome. I assume the full dress attire added a sweat-lodge effect to the workout..hence the faces showing their sincere feelings. Who in the world sat down one day and made these bizarre contraptions?
Image via Mothic Flights
For those of you I’ve addicted to the 12 Days of Christmas, don’t worry. You’re going to get 3 all at once tomorrow! :)
We moved yesterday and I haven’t been able to access the computer with the Christmas downloads on it. So, they’re there, somewhere in the city of boxes surrounding me, and they’ll find their way to you tomorrow…so think of it as an extra special gift :)
Also, I’m going to be giving away some awesome vintage labels from my personal collection to one lucky winner as the final Christmas gift :) So, stay tuned!
Image via here.
“Gasnier was born in France and was one of the first most influential of the old time circus strongmen and performed for Barnum and Bailey Circus. Gasnier could rip a deck of cards in half but his most famous feat was breaking a chain over his chest while expanding his ribcage.
Interesting Fact: Gasnier stood only 5’ 3 tall and weighed just 143.5lbs and was able to lift a dumbbell weighing 260 lbs over has head. A feat that many strongmen twice his size could not do.” -Via Listverse -they have a list of several other famous “strong men”. So grab a muscle milkshake and hop over there
You can snag these original prints from the William Stafford Gallery in London on sale on One King’s Lane.
I know it’s a couple of weeks past the Macy’s parade, but better late than never, right? :) He’s so cute with his giant head and tiny little legs. I don’t know who he is or the company that made him, so for now I will call him Mr.Loppy. Via Anonymous Works.
This man was a force to be reckoned with. He was born in 1895 and was just like any other kid- struggling in school, playing in the woods, and not doing anything remarkable. Then came his 20s and that all went out the window. He studied at Harvard, got expelled twice, and was the president of the High I.Q. Society. What did he do with his education? He became a mechanic at a textile mill…then a laborer in a meat-packing industry. He later joined the navy for WWI and was a radio operator, writer and crash-boat commander- eventually just going back to meat-packing.
While he was packing up meats all day, he decided to dip his toe into flexing his brain power and began working with his father in law. Together they developed the Stockade Building System- lightweight, weatherproof, and fireproof housing. Sounds amazing, right? Nope. It was too far ahead of his time.
His building failed, he went bankrupt, he ended up in low-income housing, and he daughter died of polio. This downward spiral resulted in his heavy drinking and suicidal tendencies. It was hitting his rock bottom that he decided to turn his life around. He chose to embark on “an experiment, to find what a single individual [could] contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity.” He made a commitment to “the search for the principles governing the universe and help advance the evolution of humanity in accordance with them… finding ways of doing more with less to the end that all people everywhere can have more and more.”
And that he did.
Above is one of Fuller’s Geodesic Spheres and his Dymaxion car. The car was to be lightweight (about the the weight of a VW Beetle), economical, aerodynamic, and fuel efficient.
The car seats 11, goes 120 miles per hour, and gets 30 miles to the gallon. It also has 3 wheels, a periscope in place of a rear-view mirror, and the ability to make a U-Turn along the 20 feet length of the entire car. The real kicker? This was first exhibited in 1933. I bet you were thinking 70s weren’t you? Nope, he was much more ahead of his time than anyone realized.
I love this house! It feels like something a modern architect would have featured in AD Magazine…mixed with an old diner (which was still ahead of his time). I can’t imagine how frustrating it would have been to be that advanced and not be fully appreciated
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