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Friday, September 26, 2003
In yesterday's Guardian, a feature by Jonathan Jones on London's India Museum, a legacy of Empire that had evaporated by as early as 1879, its collection scattered around the city (although most of it ended up forming the basis of the V&A's India galleries). Perhaps the museumís most famous exhibit was this, the mechanical tiger of Tipu Sultan. Sultan was also known as the 'Tiger of Mysore,' and his fierce opposition to British rule has made him something of a cult figure.

Other peopleís holiday snaps can be dull, but other peopleís family photos, if captioned amusingly, can be quite fun. Dooce goes through the stuff in the attic (related: two new found images, thanks to Oldtimey: I, II) / did we mention this? I forget. Forgotten Detroit (via dublog). You can even have a virtual stay at the Statler Hotel / when big corporations make records: 'Got To Investigate Silicones', a 1973 classic from GE. This came via Tom McMahon, who also links to a chocolate Monopoly set (more chocolate novelties) and this list of famous people who have disappeared. Prominent on this list is one D.B. Cooper, the vanishing hijacker.

Staying with aviation. Over at The Modernist, a new magazine that features lots of naked ladies, is this piece on the amazing Alexander Girard. Girard was a textile designer for Herman Miller in an age of bold, clashing colours. Eventually he turned his hand to furniture design too, and also became curator of the Herman Miller Textures & Objects shop in New York. In 1965, Girard was hired by Braniff Airlines (best known for their Emilio Pucci hostess uniforms) to give it a complete aesthetic make-over. This apparently involved making some 17,543 changes, in everything from seat fabrics to the logos on the tail plane, and arguably set the visual agenda for countless contemporary retro imitators.

Some weblogs: ultimate insult, interalia, thinkless, lies, pip the pixie, craig schamp / a neat idea, freak yourself out with an email from the future (via more than donuts) / the name of this firm doesn't exactly inspire confidence / a collection of Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints / after yesterdayís pants cars, some hipper wheels (it gives us another chance to plug our Frankfurt galleries: I, II, III) / drive a Maximog (via Sachs Report), and usurp even the Hummer (whose website seems to be slotting their cars into a wholly inappropriate Craig Ellwood-style Case Study aesthetic) / more cars: Rolling Sculpture is the portfolio of automotive photographer Winston Goodfellow. There's some fine stuff here, with the emphasis on swooping curves from the golden era of Italian coachbuilding (related: this time last year we linked to this gallery of Pietro Frua's car design).

Obsessive obsession, via tmn: the history of Nirvana day by day / ghost hunters are worried: are mobile phone masts threatening the afterlife? / interesting design at the Marcel Wanders Studio / naked fashion: which came first, this or the Japanese skirt hoax that went around briefly earlier in the year? / T-shirts for extroverts by Roger Carter / harrumph is no more - try hchamp.com instead / NYC London, Rob Gardinerís black and white urban photography / a new issue of Delve Magazine / also new, Walrus Magazine, something to look forward to (via Caterina).

And a happy second birthday to us. Back on Wednesday, September 26, 2001, we welcomed you all to 'newthings, an irregular collection of thoughts, links and posts.' (the 'newthings' tag hasn't really taken off - 'things magazine' is far more all-encompassing). The pre-weblog site was first archived back in January 2001 - you can see that we were several years behind the weblog concept (although our links pages were getting there, slowly). One thing we hadnít appreciated about the Wayback Machine is that all links from archived sites are to other archived sites - a very confusing, old-fashioned experience.