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Hear the Otherworldly Sounds of Skating on Thin Ice via National Geographic

April 11th, 2020 Comments off
This small lake outside Stockholm, Sweden, emits otherworldly sounds as Mårten Ajne skates over its precariously thin, black ice. “Wild ice skating,” or “Nordic skating,” is both an art and a science. A skater seeks out the thinnest, most pristine black ice possible—both for its smoothness, and for its high-pitched, laser-like sounds.

Christmas Past – 25 and end of a series – Santa Claus (1898) – G.A. Smith | BFI National Archive

December 25th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 25 and end of a series – Santa Claus (1898) – G.A. Smith | BFI National Archive

Christmas Past - 25 and end of a series - Santa Claus (1898) - G.A. Smith | BFI National Archive

Made in 1898, G.A. Smith’s ‘Santa Claus’ is a film of considerable technical ambition and accomplishment for its period. It uses pioneering visual effects in its depiction of a visit from St. Nicholas.

A former magic lanternist and hypnotist, Smith was one of the first British film-makers to make extensive use of special effects to create fantastical scenes. It comes as little surprise that Smith corresponded with the French pioneer Georges Méliès at about this time, as the two men shared a common goal in terms of creating an authentic cinema of illusion. (Michael Brooke)



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Christmas Past – 24 in a series – Successful Farming 1929-12

December 24th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 24 in a series – Successful Farming 1929-12

Christmas Past - 24 in a series - Successful Farming 1929-12



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Christmas Past – 23 in a series – The Christmas Tree by Winslow Homer (1858)

December 23rd, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 23 in a series – The Christmas Tree by Winslow Homer (1858)

Christmas Past - 23 in a series - The Christmas Tree by Winslow Homer

More Winslow Homer on Archive.org.



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Christmas Past – 22 in a series – Modern Priscilla 1921-12 by Reginald F. Bolles

December 22nd, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 22in a series – Modern Priscilla 1921-12 by Reginald F. Bolles

Christmas Past - 22in a series - Modern Priscilla 1921-12 by Reginald F. Bolles

More Bolles artworks on ArtNet



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Christmas Past – 21 in a series – The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum (1902)

December 21st, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 21 in a series – The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum (1902)

Christmas Past - 21 in a series - The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum (1902)



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The Man Who Invented Christmas – A Story of Charles Dickens and the Creation of A Christmas Carol

December 21st, 2019 Comments off

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I had been meaning to watch this movie for a long time, but when The Man Who Invented Christmas (IMDB) appeared for free viewing on the Kanopy service (available via the LA Public Library and others) it was a perfect opportunity and time of year to settle in with some coffee and cookies, nurse my Christmas cold and enjoy.

The movie is quite good and you hear some of the best lines in the book as it shows Dickens’ characters helping him create the story. Dickens’ real family and real history also become part of the story as he struggles with his own past and own issues as he writes. The movie stars Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey fame and Christopher Plummer delivers a great performance as Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Man Who Invented Christmas - A Story of Charles Dickens and the Creation of A Christmas Carol

This is the story of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

Nominated for Achievement in Visual Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay and Achievement in Make-Up at the Canadian Screen Awards.

“A surprisingly fresh movie about a story we all know very well.” – Peter Howell, Toronto Star


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Christmas Past – 18 in a series – A Vintage Christmas Card via Dave on Flickr

December 18th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 18 in a series – A Vintage Christmas Card via Dave on Flickr

Vintage Christmas Card

Christmas Past - 18 in a series - A Vintage Christmas Card via Dave on Flickr



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Christmas Past – 16 in a series – Twas the night before Christmas; a visit from St. Nicholas (1912)

December 16th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 16 in a series – Twas the night before Christmas; a visit from St. Nicholas (1912)

Christmas Past - 16 in a series - Twas the night before Christmas; a visit from St. Nicholas (1912)



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Christmas Past – 15 in a series – Christmas Songs and Carols by Victor Mixed Chorus (1912)

December 15th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 15 in a series – Christmas Songs and Carols by Victor Mixed Chorus (1912)

Christmas Past - 15 in a series - Christmas Songs and Carols by Victor Mixed Chorus (1912)

Mixed Chorus with orchestra; “Christians, Awake !” – “Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem” – “God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen” – “The First Nowell” – “Silent Night”.

Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute. Three stylii were used to transfer this record. They are 2.3mil truncated conical, 2.8mil truncated conical, 3.3mil truncated conical.

Download and Listen to the 78 RPM record on Archive.org



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