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Friday round up

Syracuse University Libraries is host to a number of digital collections; The Plastics Collection; Street & Smith Dime Novel Covers; Belfer Audio Archive; Marcel Breuer Digital Archive; The Gerrit Smith Broadside and Pamplet Collection; The Ronald G. Becker Collection of … Continue reading

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Experimental jetsetting with no stars

Experimental Travel is the art of travelling in new ways, including such sub-genres as Aerotourism (‘in which a tourist visits the local airport and explores it without going anywhere’) and Erotourism (‘in which a couple travels separately to the same … Continue reading

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Firing blanks

Other things. The subconscious overtones in The Tiger Who Came to Tea /old comics scrutinised and fetishized for their print quality at 4CP (Four colour process) / made on the Isle of Wight, the Enfield 8000 Thunderbolt, a forgotten electric … Continue reading

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Little Blue Books

This superb ephemera collection from Kindra Murphy pointed us towards the publishing phenomenon that is the Little Blue Books. More information about these eclectic volumes can be found at the extensive site dedicated to the books and publisher, Emanuel Haldeman-Julius: … Continue reading

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Oscilloscope

Why is the number 1,729 hidden in Futurama episodes? / What are These Giant Concrete Arrows Across the American Landscape? / the above image is from this stunning collection of Czech Matchbox labels / Maurice Evans is a fireworks collector, … Continue reading

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Keeping the flame

The Mir and Buran space programs, two flickr sets / Matchboxes from the Subcontinent, a collection gathered in Bangalore by Matt Lee / related, Flame / on manipulation in architectural photography, including Julius Shulman’s notorious ‘portable garden‘, the means by … Continue reading

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Covered

Choose your own adventure: smartphone manufacturer’s edition / fun with flexi discs / tiny microscopic worlds created by Takahiro Iwasaki (at Bored Panda, a site which revels in digital esoterica / speaking of which, Clive Thompson’s new book looks at … Continue reading

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In search of lost time capsules

The Lost Coaster, amusement parks on fire / The Elusive Fetish Encyclopedia is a tumblr about modern future / Blog to the Old Skool, ‘collecting obscure & long forgotten 91-95 old school hardcore’ / Moonbase Central, toys, games and ephemera … Continue reading

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Sounds inducing fury

This conceptual design for a ‘building eraser‘, i.e. a robot that automatically scrubs out unwanted structures has shades of I, Robot. Robot demolition is actually a thing – Swedish industrial giant Husqvarna manufactures a whole range of automated machinery for … Continue reading

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I walk on concrete / I walk on sand

Bob Mazzer’s portfolios of life on the Tube in the 80s and 90s is doing the rounds (posted at Spitalfields Life, linked via MeFi). Flickr is the place to go for countless sets of old London imagery: City of London … Continue reading

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