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23 February 2009 @ 03:16 pm
I've started collecting old hardcover books with awesome illustrations on the dust-jackets. I thought I'd share just a few of my favourite covers (I got bored of scanning them pretty quickly)

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I was thinking of taking the jackets off of the books and framing them but I think I might just print out the scans so they fit my frames better!
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30 December 2008 @ 09:34 pm
Hello everyone, this is copied from my blog, but I thought it might be interesting for those of you with a fancy for avant-garde art!

When researching Aleksandr Blok's poem "The Twelve"/Двенадцать (1918) last term, I came across Yuri Annenkov's original illustration. (Images are quite shamelessly stolen as per usual, please refer to the site linked below).

Yuri Annenkov himself is famous for the many portraits he made of Russian socialites and intelligentsia in the period 1910-1920, in a unique style seemingly influenced by suprematism, cubism and neo-realism. He defected in the early 1920s and went to Paris, where he worked as a lauded costume and set designer for film and theatre until his death in 1974.

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I hope it's O.K. to post these - I spent an hour screencapping this movie for the hair and outfits and I figured I may as well share them after spending all of that time capping it!

It's not the best movie that I've seen but Betty Grable is gorgeous! Plus, there are a couple of nice songs in it, too.

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If you want to see the rest of the screencaps, you should be able to see them at my photobucket. If that doesn't work, let me know.
17 October 2008 @ 08:19 pm

these two are from 1882 and 1887, but i think they are worth posting anyway.
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16 October 2008 @ 09:47 am
Hey guys,

I was wondering if you could help me out with a Halloween costume that my guy friend and I have. We're both in England (I'm studying abroad and he's British) and he's always been interested in that 1950s/early '60s wholesome American couple where the star quarterback of the high school and the lead cheerleader walk through the halls arm in arm, don't watch movies at the drive-in, get married right after they graduate, etc. You know what I mean?

I've been searching for pictures so that he and I can get the looks down to a T but I don't know how to find the quarterback or the popular girl from that era in Google Images. Does anyone happen to know where I can find some without just copying the cast of Grease?

We're going for the most wholesome, innocently cute American couple ever, basically. I kind of think that the costumes from Grease were really cheesy/tacky and we can get even more realistic than that. Maybe more along the It's A Wonderful Life lines...

Any help/suggestions/images are appreciated!

Thanks :)
it's the link to the website of the current exhibition "Cold war modern"  at the "Victoria & Albert museum" in London. Browsing in it you can find many pictures....
(I can't go, so i hope someone will post a lot of other photographies...)
at the main site of the museum (http://www.vam.ac.uk/) there are many other wonderful things pertaining the scope of this community.
01 October 2008 @ 11:03 am
Hello guys! First post here - but a good one I hope. Enjoy! :)

All pictures come from the wonderful book "The Circus, 1870-1950" by TASCHEN, which contains about 900 other color and B&W vintage illustrations and photographs! It's a must-have for any circus lover.

More info about this incredible book can be found here. You can leaf through the book here, too.

The Circus, 1870-1950 by TASCHEN
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07 September 2008 @ 02:20 am

Japanese artist Atsuko Tanaka in the mid-'50's.
In the pictures above she's working on her installation "the doorbells" in occasion of the 1st Gutai exhibition, in 1955.
Below, she's wearing her "electric dress", during the 2nd Gutai exhibition, in 1956.
(copyrights are of the respective owners. These are low-resolution pics posted here for the right cause of retroaesthetics)

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