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飲食養生鑑 Inshoku yōjō kagami / Mirror of Dietary Regimen (19th c.)

飲食養生鑑 Inshoku yōjō kagami / Mirror of Dietary Regimen (19th c.)

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Reading the news in France.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

natgeofound:

Reading the news in France.
Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

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Club members on the ocean front are shaded by decorative parasols, 1930.Photograph by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic

natgeofound:

Club members on the ocean front are shaded by decorative parasols, 1930.
Photograph by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic

Charles August Albert Dellschau (1830-1923)

"Dellschau was a butcher for most of his life and only after his retirement in 1899 did he begin his incredible career as a self-taught artist. He began with three books entitled Recollections which purported to describe a secret organization called the Sonora Aero Club. Dellschau described his duties in the club as that of the draftsman. Within his collaged watercolors were newspaper clippings (he called them “press blooms”) of early attempts at flight overlapped with his own fantastic drawings of airships of all kind. Powered by a secret formula he cryptically referred to as “NB Gas” or “Suppa” — the “aeros” (as Dellscahu called them) were steampunk like contraptions with multiple propellers, wheels, viewing decks and secret compartments. Though highly personal, autobiographical (perhaps!), and idiosyncratic, these artworks could cross-pollinate with the fiction of Jules Verne, Willy Wonka and the Wizard of Oz. The works were completed in a furiously creative period from 1899 to 1923, when air travel was still looked at by most people as almost magical… 

Researchers have found no account of a Sonora Aero Club, not in Texas or California. So was this simply a fantasy-fueled creative exercise by a retired man smitten with the wonders of flight?”

more here.

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Alexander Graham Bell and Mabel kissing within a tetrahedral kite, October 1903.Photograph courtesy Library of Congress

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Alexander Graham Bell and Mabel kissing within a tetrahedral kite, October 1903.
Photograph courtesy Library of Congress

from a fantastic recent collection of photographs from Iran, taken by a Lonely Planet photographer. they’re all spectacular. but this one in particular — the remains of a statue of the deposed Shah, sawn in half by Islamic revolutionaries — put me in a Shelley-esque state of mind—
I met a traveller from an antique landWho said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stoneStand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,Tell that its sculptor well those passions readWhich yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.And on the pedestal these words appear —"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”Nothing beside remains. Round the decayOf that colossal wreck, boundless and bareThe lone and level sands stretch far away.
— Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias 

from a fantastic recent collection of photographs from Iran, taken by a Lonely Planet photographer. they’re all spectacular. but this one in particular — the remains of a statue of the deposed Shah, sawn in half by Islamic revolutionaries — put me in a Shelley-esque state of mind—

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear —
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

— Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias 

surely the best book cover redesign ever! Ray Bradbury’s book about book-burning can now, you know, be burned. the spine of the book is screen-printed with matchbook striking paper. match is included. design by Elizabeth Perez.

surely the best book cover redesign ever! Ray Bradbury’s book about book-burning can now, you know, be burned. the spine of the book is screen-printed with matchbook striking paper. match is included. design by Elizabeth Perez.

demonagerie:

British Library, Add MS 11695, detail of f. 147v. Beatus of Liébana, Commentary on the Apocalypse. 1091-1109

demonagerie:

British Library, Add MS 11695, detail of f. 147v. Beatus of Liébana, Commentary on the Apocalypse. 1091-1109

'Les troubles de Corée: La garde japonaise aux prises avec les émeutiers à Séoul’ (Troubles in Korea: The Japanese Guard deals with Rioters in Seoul) from Le Petit Journal illustré, 1907. Also on the cover of this month’s excellent issue of the American Historical Review. 

'Les troubles de Corée: La garde japonaise aux prises avec les émeutiers à Séoul’ (Troubles in Korea: The Japanese Guard deals with Rioters in Seoul) from Le Petit Journal illustré, 1907. Also on the cover of this month’s excellent issue of the American Historical Review