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Archive for January 2005

What Watch? Such Much?

How will we tell the time in 2154?

image from presentation for project Tx54

To celebrate its 150th Anniversary and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to design and innovation, Timex teamed up with Core77 to conduct a global design competition: Timex2154: THE FUTURE OF TIME. Designers from more than 72 countries explored and visualized personal and portable timekeeping 150 years into the future. Renowned designers and design specialists considered over 640 entries in three categories: wrist-based, wearable, and conceptual. The winning concepts are featured in this site and will be permanently installed in Timexpo, the Timex Museum based in Waterbury, CT, which chronicles the story of Timex and its heritage dating back to the 1850’s.

Via metafilter.

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Written by Dave Lovely

January 31, 2005 at 8:11 pm

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The Large Emew

More about menageries from the fascinating site PeoplePlay, to which I’ve linked before.

This, for instance, from a playbill advertising the exploits of the aforementioned Isaac Van Amburgh at Astley’s Circus in September 1838:

circus playbill, 1838

And this, from a poster advertising the animal attractions of London’s Exeter Exchange in the early 19th century:

poster for the royal menagerie at Exeter Exchange

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Written by Dave Lovely

January 29, 2005 at 8:30 pm

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Menageries

A pink flamingo, an albino vole, and a hyacinthine macaw.

Sources:

Le tavole acquerellate di Ulisse Aldrovandi at the University of Bologna.

The William MacGillivray Art Collection at the Natural History Museum.
       

The Sydenham Teak Edwards page at The Blue Macaws site.

Plus, a who’s who of travelling menagerists operating in the United Kingdom in the 18th and 9th centuries. From Isaac Van Amburgh, reputedly the first man to put his head between a lion’s jaws, to the two George Wombwells – the famous, and the not-so-famous.

See the galloper.com, "Europe’s online magazine for old showland".

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Written by Dave Lovely

January 23, 2005 at 10:06 pm

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All’s Fair

photograph of fairground attraction by Rowland Scott

Children in search of some armless entertainment, in the park opposite where I now live, over 50 years ago. From the National Fairground Archive at the University of Sheffield.

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Written by Dave Lovely

January 23, 2005 at 8:47 pm

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I Remember Spain

poster from the Spanish Civil War

A gallery of 217 posters from the Spanish Civil War, put together by the Spanish General Workers Union, the UGT.

Via chinguere, a Spanish blog found via Technorati:Tag:Design.

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Written by Dave Lovely

January 22, 2005 at 10:29 pm

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Ride ’em, Cowboy

photograph of African-American cowboy

Images from the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the fascinating online exhibit, Like A Cowboy, which aims to analyze the complex imagery and mythology of the cowboy, with particular reference to its political usage.

studio portrait of two cowboys

Lonn Taylor wrote in his 1983 book, The American Cowboy, "Cowboying was not an old man’s job, or even a middle-aged man’s job, and ten years of hard riding was about all the human body could take…. Cowboying was almost exclusively the work of one generation: the children who were born just before the Civil War, grew to maturity in the Reconstruction South, and entered manhood in the 1870s and 1880s."

photograph of rodeo clown

(photograph by DeVere Helfrich, "the world’s greatest rodeo photographer." )

So is Dubya a real cowboy, or not? According to Deanna Duke Arbuckle of The Oregonian, a real cowboy "tends to his own herd and his own land. He mends his own fences. He never intrudes on his neighbor without an invitation. He makes a good neighbor…he minds his own business and wouldn’t tell the people next door how to live."

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Written by Dave Lovely

January 19, 2005 at 9:34 pm

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And their velocipedity was not curbed

By monocycle they came,

engraving

by ice-velocipede

engraving

…and all to view Knight’s American Mechanical Dictionary, of 1876. (or try the 1881 edition, easier to search, but requiring the long-to-download DJVu plug-in to view the images, which I for one cannot get to work). At the Princeton site, however, one does get to browse the index, which is full of such inspiring and useful words and devices as quant, emailombrant and velvettree pudding. (Via metafilter).

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Written by Dave Lovely

January 12, 2005 at 10:28 pm

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