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A Book Lover’s Haven Turns 100 via The New York Times

July 9th, 2019 No comments
A Book Lover’s Haven Turns 100 via The New York Times

The Grolier Club, a redoubt of bibliophiles on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, has no shortage of stately, book-lined interiors that scream — or at least murmur quietly — “serious collectors here.”

But the true spirit of the place might be found in an unassuming closet on the fourth floor containing an alarming, nearly floor-to-ceiling jumble of crumpled papers practically exploding out of weathered wooden crates.

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This Beautiful Short Film Recreates the Moon Landing Using Thousands of NASA Photos via Gizmodo

July 5th, 2019 Comments off
It is always amazing to revisit history you lived through. I remember the Apollo program well. I even had a papercraft model of the LM (Lunar Module) that I got from a local gas station as a giveaway once. The adventures of the Apollo astronauts was the underlying theme of my entire childhood. — Douglas
 

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The Getty Digital Archive Expands to 135,000 Free Images: Download High Resolution Scans of Paintings, Sculptures, Photographs & Much Much More via Open Culture

July 5th, 2019 Comments off
While I had posted about this in the past, it looks as if the Getty has expanded their online offerings even further. This is one of the best uses for the Internet — expanding access to physical objects to those who can’t visit the geographic locations where they exist. I know that not everyone lives “down the hill” from the Getty Center like I do and yet can still see these amazing works of art. — Douglas
 
 
A collection first gathered for private investment and consumption (sometimes under a cloud of scandal) has expanded into galleries that millions pass through every year; a Conservation Institute dedicated to preserving the world’s art; and a Research Institute proclaiming a social mission: a devotion to expanding “our knowledge of the history of art, of all countries, of all languages,” according to its director Thomas Gaehtgens, who also says, “a society without art cannot really survive.”

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UCLA’s Virtual Library Hosts Over 1,800 Vintage Children’s Books for Free via My Modern Met

July 1st, 2019 Comments off
I am finding a lot of these digital collections recently. It is always great to give people greater access to these collections. One of the best uses of the Internet. — Douglas
 
 
f you’re a fan of children’s books, prepare to lose hours browsing through the virtual UCLA Children’s Book Collection. The digital archive hosts over 1,800 children’s fiction, poems, and educational books dating from 1728 to 1999. From fairy tale classics such a Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this collection will take you right back to your childhood.

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“A river of new language which has its tide and ebb” via Metafilter

June 18th, 2019 Comments off
Language is an amazing thing and sometimes words disappear that should be resurrected into modern society. — Douglas
 
 
“A river of new language which has its tide and ebb”
 
Passing English of the Victorian Era: A Dictionary of Heterodox English, Slang and Phrase is James Redding Ware’s cheerful, informal, and often fascinating 1909 attempt to capture some of the then-vanishing vernacular language of the 19th century.

Hundreds of Japanese Firework Illustrations Now Available for Free Download via Colossal

June 10th, 2019 Comments off
I love fireworks and I love vintage books and catalogs, so this is near-perfect find and yet another amazing collection to delve into. — Douglas
 
In the early 20th-century English fireworks company C.R. Brock and Company (now known as Brocks Fireworks) published colorful catalogs displaying designs from Japanese companies such as Hirayama Fireworks and Yokoi Fireworks. Six catalogs of diverse pyrotechnic diagrams have been digitized and made available for download thanks to the city of Yokohama’s public library. If you don’t read Japanese, you can download each publication’s PDF by visiting their website, clicking one of the book’s English titles near the bottom of the page, and then clicking “本体PDF画像” link below the image. Each catalog is a tremendous and varied selection of the firework shapes and colors of the time, with several designs you might recognize no matter where you view contemporary fireworks displays. (via Open Culture)
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Download Over 325 Free Art Books From the Getty Museum via Open Culture

May 28th, 2019 Comments off
Another, great, free, online resource for the art lovers among us. I can say I have flipped through many of these books at the Getty over the years so it will be great to finally spend some leisurely time  reading and viewing them. — Douglas
 

In 2014, Getty Publications announced the launch of its Virtual Library, where readers can freely browse and download 325 art books from the publisher’s backlist catalogue. The Virtual Library consists of texts associated with several Getty institutions. Readers can view extensively researched exhibition catalogues from the J. Paul Getty Museum, including Paul Cézanne’s late-life watercolours, when the painter raised the still life to a high art (Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors, 2004), as well as the woefully underappreciated Flemish illustrations of the 15th and 16th centuries (Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript, 2003).

The collection also contains detailed treatises on art conservation from the Getty Conservation Institute, and scholarly works from the Getty Research Institute, both of which include a multitude of books on specialized topics. Fancy reading about the relationship between Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, the two legendary 17th century painters who lived in the Netherlands’ city of Antwerp? There’s a book on that.

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A Portrait of the Puppet Master as a Young Man via YouTube

May 15th, 2019 Comments off
Amazing puppets in this short Great Big Story video. I am always amazed at the power of puppets and how puppeteers can bring them to life even when they remain visible in controlling their creations. — Douglas
 

Puppets—they’re child’s play, right? Spend five minutes watching Barnaby Dixon and you’ll surely disagree. At first, it might seem strange for a 26-year-old to be hand-building puppets in his bedroom and shooting videos of his performances for a living, but the puppet prodigy’s creations are completely original and totally addicting to watch. Barnaby started his career solely to make YouTube videos (https://www.youtube.com/user/barnabyd…), but recently hit it big after winning a 50,000 Euro grand prize on the German puppet talent show, “Die Puppenstars.”

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NASA makes their entire media library publicly accessible and copyright free via DIY Photography

May 15th, 2019 Comments off
Another great collection of public information freely available on the Internet and to use in your own educational projects.
 

No matter if you enjoy taking or just watching images of space, NASA has a treat for you. They have made their entire collection of images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online. It’s 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like.

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Illustrator Lets Japan’s Golden Autumnal Leaves Color in His Kimono Drawings via My Modern Met

April 28th, 2019 Comments off
Such an intelligent and creative way of bringing natural color into your drawings. Even thought it would simple copying, I am considering doing something like this myself just to try it out. I would imagine you could use it for other types of drawings too, like buildings, shoes, creatures and more!  Very cool! — Douglas
 

One of the oldest and most iconic Japanese garments, the kimono is often adorned with nature inspired motifs and patterns. From cherry blossoms to maple leaves, many kimono designs signify and celebrate the four seasons of the year. With this in mind, Japanese artist Kotetsu combines illustration, photography, and the Japanese art of kirie (paper cutting) to create one-of-a-kind fashion illustrations that let Mother Nature determine the pattern and color of the clothing.

To create each work of art, Kotetsu first sketches a clothed model on a piece of white paper. Rendered in his distinct anime style, each illustration features thick black outlines, with some parts of the character colored in soft pastel hues. He then carefully snips out large sections of the garments, before holding the paper in front of a natural backdrop. The resulting images show trees, leaves, and colorful skies become the pattern and hues of the figures’ clothing. As such, each piece is completely unique!