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Friday, November 21, 2014

PHOTOGRAPHER: Ruth Orkin

Ruth Orkin was an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker. Daughter of a silent film actress, she grew up in Hollywood in the heyday of the 1920s and 1930s. At 17 years old she took a monumental bicycle trip across the United States from Los Angeles to New York City to see the 1939 World’s Fair, and she photographed along the way. While living in New York, Orkin worked at a nightclub photographer and a baby photographer by day. In 1951, LIFE sent Orkin to Israel. From there she traveled to Florence, Italy where she shot her most famous photograph, "American Girl in Italy," part of a series "Don't Be Afraid to Travel Alone." Orkin's model for the series was Nina Lee Craig, a student Orkin met while traveling.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LOST ART: Bookplate


You can get fancy and use the Latin ex-libris, but a bookplate is pretty much just a lovely way to let folks know that they've stolen your book.
And sometimes people used a little rhyme to make a would-be thief think twice:

If this book you steal away,
What will you say 
On Judgment Day? 

Bring back this tradition by getting a custom bookplate here

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SISTER ACT: The Kim Sisters

K-Pop before there was K-Pop.  The Kim Sisters took America by storm in the 60s singing American pop and country-and-western tunes.  You could say, they sang Seoul music.

Friday, October 3, 2014

POEM: Annabel Lee

On October 3, 1849, a delirious Edgar Allan Poe was found in a Baltimore ditch.  He died four days later in a hospital, but never became coherent enough to explain how he came to be in his condition.
Annabel Lee, published posthumously, was probably the last poem Poe wrote.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

POEM: October

Robert Frost


Saturday, August 23, 2014

MUSIC: Ragtime


During the early 20th century, America loved its rag.
Enjoy these compositions by the king of ragtime.






Friday, August 8, 2014

SIT: Acapulco Chair

acapulco chairs on the ground

If its 1955 and you're part of the Jet Set, no place was more posh to holiday that Acapulco, Mexico.
As legend has it, a French tourist inspired by Mayan hammocks designed the now iconic chair that's a staple of mid-Century design.


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