Empty NYC bus, in 1964, from photographer Duane Michals’ series, “Empty New York,” on display at DC Moore.
Below, DUMBO, avant la lettre:

Empty NYC bus, in 1964, from photographer Duane Michals’ series, “Empty New York,” on display at DC Moore.

Below, DUMBO, avant la lettre:

sidewalk message on Flickr.

sidewalk message on Flickr.

Image taken from page 68 of ‘Belle and the Dragon. An elfin comedy’ by The British Library on Flickr.The beast is reading “Le grand grimoire,” a book of magic spells.

Image taken from page 68 of ‘Belle and the Dragon. An elfin comedy’ by The British Library on Flickr.

The beast is reading “Le grand grimoire,” a book of magic spells.

Probably my favorite transi tomb of all time: Francois I de la Sarra, in the Chapel at La Sarraz (d. 1363), at Vaud in Switzerland. The feasting frogs on face and genitals never fail to freak me out.  All those worms are just icing on the cake, so to speak.
Transi tombs were common in the years following the Black Death (c.1346-1353), although they continued well into the 16th century.  They reminded viewers of the transitory nature of life and, like depictions of the Three Quick and the Three Dead (below), that “As you are, I once was; as I am, so too will you be.”
EDITED TO ADD: the amazing artist Keren Katz was inspired by this post for the cover of her new comix anthology, available at the Animix Festival:

Probably my favorite transi tomb of all time: Francois I de la Sarra, in the Chapel at La Sarraz (d. 1363), at Vaud in Switzerland. The feasting frogs on face and genitals never fail to freak me out.  All those worms are just icing on the cake, so to speak.

Transi tombs were common in the years following the Black Death (c.1346-1353), although they continued well into the 16th century.  They reminded viewers of the transitory nature of life and, like depictions of the Three Quick and the Three Dead (below), that “As you are, I once was; as I am, so too will you be.”

EDITED TO ADD: the amazing artist Keren Katz was inspired by this post for the cover of her new comix anthology, available at the Animix Festival:

An absolutely delicious cartoon map of gangland Chicago in 1931.  More on it here.

An absolutely delicious cartoon map of gangland Chicago in 1931.  More on it here.

A Forest of Spires by jamescharlick on Flickr.Indein is one of the many small villages populating the bank of Inle Lake.

A Forest of Spires by jamescharlick on Flickr.

Indein is one of the many small villages populating the bank of Inle Lake.

today is [topsy-turvily] beautiful on Flickr.
See? 1970s design wasn’t all hideous. 
Via wonderful-strange: 

Greyhound bus advertisement, 1970’s.

See? 1970s design wasn’t all hideous. 

Via wonderful-strange

Greyhound bus advertisement, 1970’s.

(Source: flickr.com, via hodgman)

Great sleuthing by Vanwall Green on Facebook, who posted this photo of Drucilla Strain today, after posting the confusing photo (below) back in March 2013.  
The woman looked like an Alfred Cheney Johnston Ziegfeld girl—I recognized her negligee, and the shawl behind her, which were common Johnston props—but there were…anomalies.  I focused on the shoes; Vanwall focused on the handlebars.  Both seemed wrong for the period!
Clearly, one of the greatest Photoshopping endeavors EVER.

Great sleuthing by Vanwall Green on Facebook, who posted this photo of Drucilla Strain today, after posting the confusing photo (below) back in March 2013.  

The woman looked like an Alfred Cheney Johnston Ziegfeld girl—I recognized her negligee, and the shawl behind her, which were common Johnston props—but there were…anomalies.  I focused on the shoes; Vanwall focused on the handlebars.  Both seemed wrong for the period!

Clearly, one of the greatest Photoshopping endeavors EVER.




Soviet concept cars: above, the M-20 Pobeda Sport (1950); below, the Torpedo-GAZ, based on the Pobeda M-20, with a tubular skeleton in duraluminium (1951).  More at io9.

Soviet concept cars: above, the M-20 Pobeda Sport (1950); below, the Torpedo-GAZ, based on the Pobeda M-20, with a tubular skeleton in duraluminium (1951).  More at io9.

Leeds Castle Window 2013 by Simon Clarkson Photography on Flickr.



Posters for the 1936 film IRMA LA MALA, released in the US as SHE-DEVIL ISLAND.  Those posters feel pretty pre-Code, but perhaps could be used in 1936 because it was a foreign film?  (Yeah, I don’t get it, either.)Found via Kim Deitch’s Facebook feed.

Posters for the 1936 film IRMA LA MALA, released in the US as SHE-DEVIL ISLAND.  Those posters feel pretty pre-Code, but perhaps could be used in 1936 because it was a foreign film?  (Yeah, I don’t get it, either.)

Found via Kim Deitch’s Facebook feed.

A 1920s Japanese celluloid figurine of Bonzo, a cartoon dog created by George Studdy—looking remarkably like a quadruple amputee.

A 1920s Japanese celluloid figurine of Bonzo, a cartoon dog created by George Studdy—looking remarkably like a quadruple amputee.

Eye in the Sky by Eridony on Flickr.

Eye in the Sky by Eridony on Flickr.

the sky over Columbia, 6 PM on Friday the 13th on Flickr.