plep Archive

20th August
New Norcia. 'The Benedictine Community of New Norcia was established in 1846 and in the years since has played a significant role in various aspects of Western Australian life. The purpose of a Benedictine monastery is to develop and maintain a community of prayer - liturgical prayer celebrated in common - nourished by personal study and piety and balanced by some kind of work which serves partly as recreation and partly to make to make the community self-supporting ... '

Soo Tze Oriental Antiques.

Jewel of the Lotus. South Asian art.

Brass Instrument Psychology at the University of Toronto. 'The instruments displayed in this exhibition represent the earliest research and teaching program in experimental psychology in Canada. They are witnesses to an extraordinary period in the history of philosophy and psychology, when scientists started measuring, describing and investigating the contents of our sensations and thoughts. In particular, these instruments derive from the pioneering psychological studies at the University of Toronto carried out between 1891 and 1926 ... '

Barnard College History of Psychology Collection. 'This collection is dedicated to the preservation of the history and apparatus from the early days of the Barnard College Psychology Department. Barnard College, a four-year women's college, was founded in 1889 and the first courses in psychology were offered in 1906 over the strenuous objections of many faculty and administrators who maintained that psychology was not a fitting topic for young women ... '

Museum of the History of Psychological Instumentation.

Warwick Castle.

The Century Project. Photographs of women over a hundred years (not work safe).

Tim Schoon: Family Politics. Photo-essay.
'Members of the Missouri House receive $23,491 per year plus expenses. Not exactly incentive in itself to live the representative's double life. For Joe Heckemeyer and Pat O'Connor, both sons of former House members, politics is in the blood. They balance physical work with the complex negotiations required to pass laws ... '

Hope Revisited. 'We first met the people of Hope, Kansas, ten years ago when Keith and I were looking for a way to illustrate how the drought was affecting the state's farmers. Hope seemed the ideal prototype, a speck of a town that had depended on the land for more than 100 years; the kind of place where everyone from the barber to the school bus driver felt the impact of a dry spell ... '

Igor Suchomel: The American West. Photo-essay.

Gary Walts: Photographs of My Father.

Neil Johnson's Island. 'It is an island in Maine to whose soil my family has been connected since the turn of the century--almost one hundred years. Despite being separated from it by thousands of miles and sometimes several years, it is deeply ingrained in my being. My parents walked me down its footpaths, under its firs, through its fern beds and over its rocks and now I do so with my children. I am confident they will do so with theirs.'

Sarah Voisin: The Generation of Hope. 'As first generation U.S. citizens, Salvadoran teenagers in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood are faced with the daily struggle of retaining their Hispanic culture while simultaneously assimilating to life in Washington, D.C. Some of these youths rise to the challenge they face and become leaders in the community; others choose different paths and fall through the cracks ... '

Cuba: A Land Baked in Time. Photo-essay.

Alan Berner: El Sotano. ' "El Sotano" is a refuge for homeless street kids in Quito, Ecuador. '
'It is a place where they can be safe, wash and play, but where they must also do chores and learn to work to help build their self-esteem. '
'Alan Berner, a staff photographer for the Seattle Times, shot this story for the "Descubriendo Ecuador" project.'

Bill Gillette: Oaxacan Farmers. 'For nearly four centuries, perhaps more, the Zapotec have inhabited Yatzachi. This village spreads out over a mile-high, steeple-steep slope, deep in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Yatzachi today is actually two villages divided, due to a land dispute, into Yatzachi el Bajo and Yatzachi el Alta. Yatzachi el Alta spreads out over the mountain top. Yatzachi el Bajo occupies a plateau carved from the mountain side ... '

Chess Edwards: Lost in the Himalayas. Photographs and travelogue.

Jean Chung: Here Come the Brides. 'My project, The Bride Series, stretches the traditional ways brides are defined. The Asian brides I photographed are not the typical, submissive, male-relying brides that may first come to mind to a lot of people when they think of Asian brides. Other brides I photographed transcend the meaning of the gender of groom and bride. The women in my photographs are the participants in a mass marriage ceremony by the Unification Church; the bride-wanna-bes at Korean sticker photo stores; a 78 year-old bride on her 60th wedding anniversary in Queens, NY; drag queens, and another mass marriage ceremony of same-sex brides ... '

University of Colorado at Boulder Sheet Music Collection. Via MeFi.

The Whole Brain Atlas. Via MeFi.

Extra Ordinary Every Day. Modernism. Via MeFi.

19th August
Images of Native Americans. Via MeFi.

Taken On the Road. Photographs taken every mile on a trip across America.

Michelangelo to Vasari: Drawing the Figure in Renaissance Florence. 'With his ideal interpretation of the human body and the sculptural power of his compositions, Michelangelo influenced his contemporaries and followers. During the 16th century, Florence enjoyed a period of great artistic productivity under the patronage of Cosimo I de' Medici, duke of Florence. Artists developed a new movement called the bella maniera (beautiful style), or Mannerism; they sought to shock and delight viewers with exaggerated poses, extreme perspective, and muscular figures that threatened to spill off the page. '

Picturing the Natural World. At the Getty.

Bon Art of Nepal. 'Bon (Tibetan: Yungdrung Bon. English: Ever-lasting Truth): the indigenous religion of Tibet prior to the arrival of Buddhism in the 8th century. Although in modern times having fewer followers than Buddhism, the Bon religion is still active and thriving in many parts of the Himalayas spanning the countries and regions of India, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Tibet.'

The Making of a Medieval Book. 'The Making of a Medieval Book explores the materials and techniques used to create the lavishly illuminated manuscripts produced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The images in these handwritten texts are called illuminations because of the radiant glow created by the gold, silver, and other colors. The exhibition examines the four stages involved in the making of a medieval book: parchment making, writing, illumination, and binding.'

Red Hat Lamas in Tibetan Art.

Padmasambhava Portraits in Tibetan Art. 'This Indian Buddhist teacher is credited with firmly establishing Buddhism in Tibet and most of the surrounding Himalayan regions.'

Hindu Art of Nepal.

Photographs of Artists by Alexander Liberman.

E.T. Wickham. 'The fate of E.T. Wickham's historical sculpture park in north central Palmyra, Tennessee, is one of the tragedies of 20th Century folk art. Thirty years of vandalism since his death have left headless bodies where there aren't stumps and bare plinths where even the stumps have disappeared. '
'The beauty may be different from what the artist intended, but the site is still stunning: Desolation adds a sorrowful eloquence, especially in a country that isn't littered with millennia of well-preserved ruins to contemplate ... '

Wisconsin: The Roadside Genius State. 'Wisconsin doesn't have a lock on spectacular roadside visionary creations. Places like Watts Towers in L.A. or the Garden of Eden in Kansas see to that. But per square mile, the quality and number of its art environments are unmatched. The grottos, sculpture gardens and personal statements run the length of the state and the gamut, from the grand religious messages of Holy Ghost Park in southwestern Dickeyville to Fred Smith's patriotic masterwork in north-central Phillips ... '

The Lakefront Anonymous Art Gallery. 'The carvings, cut into giant limestone blocks that line the city's lakefront, span decades, styles and themes. Some amount to traditional graffiti initials or lover's hearts, though occasionally on the complex side. Early initials can serve as points of attraction for later memorialists, with dozens of letters and names sometimes accumulating on a single stone ... '

The Planet Saturn.

Jupiter Gallery. 'The images collected here include data of various types returned by the Cassini spacecraft and Earth-based observations made by professional and amateur astronomers. '

The Sun from Earth.

Fireline Painting of the Moche. 'On December 4, 1909, the Illustrated London News reported that a collection of 250 prehistoric pottery objects excavated from the Chicama Valley on the north coast of Peru had recently surfaced in London. The reporter was lavish in his admiration for these exotic works and their creators, "a highly civilised people who lived and flourished about 5000 bc, when this England of ours was inhabited, if at all, by a race of skinclad savages." Part of the collection was acquired by the British Museum that same month, and shortly thereafter the Burlington Magazine also ran an article on it, this one by Keeper Charles H. Read. He was less effusive in his assessment of the material, noting that "the readers of the Burlington Magazine will probably be somewhat surprised at a subject like the present being thought worthy to come within the scope of an artistic publication." The material in question was to ultimately be associated with the Moche civilization of northern coastal Peru ...'

Northwest Coast Art in the Museo de America. 'The history of the Northwest Coast objects housed in Madrid's Museo de América is a checkered one. Their path has been circuitous from the time they were collected until their formal presentation in today's museum. The background of this collection, like so many others preserved in Spanish museums, is closely tied to the royal and noble collections formed in centuries past.'
'The arrival of the first Europeans in America was the beginning of a virtual avalanche of information, references, and descriptions of the lands that were being encountered for the first time. In this early period, published documentation was centrally important to the Spanish political interests, because it identified Spain as both the discover and colonizer of these lands when the rest of Europe was yet to look westward across the sea ...'

Chontal: Ancient Stone Sculpture from Gurrero, Mexico.

Bellini: Fortitude. 'A young woman with long, curly hair wrestles open the jaws of a lion. The play of light and shadow across her belted dress emphasizes the rounded curves of her body, while Giovanni Bellini's simple yet powerful portrayal of her wrestling grip emphasized his skill with contrasts. He drew the woman's delicate curls with circular strokes, subtly different from the looser, curving lines of the lion's mane. '

Ready for Tennis.

Monster Cards of the 50s and 60s. Via Iconomy.

Vintage Nurse Books. Via Iconomy.

18th August
The Saints of County Cork: A Photographic Essay. 'Nearly everyone is familiar with one Irish saint: St. Patrick, whose feast day of March 17 is celebrated not only in Ireland, but across the world by Irish emigrants, their descendants, and those who simply like to have a good time. But Ireland is the home to literally thousands of saints, most of whom are not recognized by the Roman Catholic church. For over fifteen hundred years, this "island of saints and scholars" has taken its veneration of holy men and women very seriously. These photos will explore some aspects of the cults of several saints in County Cork, the largest and southernmost county in Ireland ... '

The William MacGillivray Art Collection. 'The collection contains 214 watercolour paintings of birds, fish and mammals of the British Isles which rank as some of the most accomplished depictions ever produced. William MacGillivray intended to illustrate his five volume 'A history of British birds' with coloured plates based on the watercolours but the great expense involved prevented this happening. The watercolours were presented to The Natural History Museum in 1892 by his son Paul Howard MacGillivray. '

Focus: Asia - A Collection of 19th Century Photographs. 'the decades following the invention of photography in 1839, European photographers traveled to Asia, documenting cultures and landscapes with a realism previously unknown. Employing cumbersome large format cameras and delicate paper or glass plate negatives, these intrepid photographers captured the first images of Japan after it had been closed to the West for over 200 years; the first images of the forbidding Himalayan Mountain passes; the first images of bound-footed women and of grand golden temples ... '

Aboriginal Arts Gallery Saskatchewan. 'This website contains Aboriginal arts and crafts produced by Saskatchewan's Aboriginal people. We have included a wide range of media, from sculpture to moccasins. All artists are from the province of Saskatchewan ... '

The Japan Print Gallery. A commercial gallery with a good online collection.

Katharine Hepburn Cartoons.

Weapons of Mass Destruction Cartoons.

Roadmap to Peace Cartoons.

Entertaining America: Jews, Movies and Broadcasting. 'Over the past century, the various connections between American Jews and the nation's entertainment media have generated a discussion that has been extensive, passionate, and, at times, contentious. This topic has been addressed by media-industry professionals, critics, scholars, politicians, and clergy — as well as by members of the general public, Jews and non-Jews alike. It is a conversation that is sometimes proudly pro-Jewish, sometimes virulently anti-Semitic, often highly ambivalent; it is anything but trivial. Indeed, it constitutes one of the most significant public conversations on identity and culture in American life. Therefore, it is the discussion itself — rather than something inherent in either Jews or the American entertainment industry — that is the subject of this exhibition.'

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork. 'Legend has it that St. Fin Barre was the son of Amergin, whose tribe was descended from Eochaidh Muidmheadoin, brother of the king of Munster. Amergin settled in the territory of Muskerry, in the county of Cork, where he obtained an inheritance and land at a place called Achaidh Durbchon, near the spot afterwards known as Gougane Barra, at the sources of the river Lee ... '

Joseph Wolf. 'Without exception, the best all-round animal artist who ever lived' - Sir Edwin Landseer.

Yangtze River Jades. 'Scholars and poets esteemed bamboo for its spiritual qualities, and its year-round green color was a metaphor for longevity. In wind and snow, bamboo bends but does not break and then returns to an upright position. These qualities were likened to a gentleman scholar's ability to weather adversity and remain morally upright, and poets sometimes refer to bamboo as a "gentleman." ... '

Turbulent Landscapes. 'Can you watch a falling leaf and know where it will land? Nature seems unpredictable and chaotic, but there are hidden patterns ... '

The Iconography of Saint Sebastian. Paintings, sculptures and drawings.

Art and Vision. Katharine Woodworth's fantasy art - fairies, dragons, mermaids.

Alicia Buelow Illustration.

Harry Potter Cartoons.

G.W. Bush in Africa Cartoons.

Shalin Craft. Indian- and Hindu- themed crafts.

John William Waterhouse. 'For five decades, John William Waterhouse dedicated his life to bring beauty, myth, poetry and romance to life with his brush. This site is dedicated to the man and his work using some of the latest web technologies available in an attempt to best present his works. '

Bone Snow Knives and Tin Oil Lamps : Enduring Traditions Among Canada's First Peoples. 'In the same way that First Nations today present a united front and support each other's actions and beliefs, these artifacts testify to a continuity of tradition across every time period and along diverse paths. From the pre-European period to the present day aboriginal peoples have developed techniques adapted to their needs and resources. They have used materials drawn from their immediate environment and have depicted effigies, animal motifs, symbols of legend, and geometric patterns that represent their cultural values and beliefs. These figures adorn everyday objects, art pieces, as well as those used in ceremonies ... '

Panoramas: The North American Landscape in Art.

Ivory Carving in Thailand.

Picturing a Canadian Life: L.M. Montgomery's Personal Scrapbooks and Book Covers. Use links at the top to navigate.
'This exhibition invites you to explore L.M. Montgomery's life (1874-1942) and visual imagination through a sample of her personal scrapbook pages and book covers, found in five Canadian archival and museum collections. For the first time, viewers may see in one place a sample of the images Montgomery collected, created, and inspired, including souvenirs, photographs, and cover art. '
'Known best for Anne of Green Gables and the Emily books, Montgomery is a person of national historic significance and a hero of the Twentieth Century: gifted author, diarist, photographer, letter writer, keeper of scrapbooks, and newspaper woman ... '

Chateau de Lune Dolls. Via Iconomy.

Robot Comic Book Covers. Via Iconomy.

Daniel Sadler Illuminated Sculptures. Via Iconomy.

Boris Artzybasheff. 'An inventive and adaptable artist, he was known for illustrations of processes for engineering and business magazine; for many fine magazine covers ; and for a range of children's books. He was born in Russia in 1900. He fought in the White Army during the Civil War and fled to New York in 1919. Unable to speak English, he worked in an engraving shop on ornamental borders. Saving earnings from his subsequent job as a merchant seaman, he set himself up on return from his travels as a professional artist and designer . If Artzybasheff is recalled today, it is for his magazine covers but in the 40's and 50's he was known for human achines that commented wittily on the parallels between mechanical and human forms. '
Via Dublog.

Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art. Via Dublog.

The Asia Issue. Essays on Asian art. Via Dublog.
Kuo Hsi's "Clearing Autumn Skies Over Mountains and Valleys".
The Yama Tanka.
Indian Miniature Paintings.

Chinese Public Health Posters. Via Sugar & Spicy.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes. Illustrated. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Graphic Design from the 1920s and 1930s in Travel Ephemera. Via Sugar & Spicy.

A Gallery of Art and Illustration from the Pages of American Newspapers. Via neurastenia.

William Bouguereau. Via neurastenia.
'William Bouguereau is unquestionably one of history's greatest artistic geniuses. Yet in the past century, his reputation and unparalleled accomplishments have undergone a libelous, dishonest, relentless and systematic assault of immense proportions. His name was stricken from most history texts and when included it was only to blindly, degrade and disparage him and his work. Yet, as we shall see, it was he who single handedly opened the French academies to women, and it was he who was arguably the greatest painter of the human figure in all of art history. His figures come to life like no previous artist has ever before or ever since achieved. He wasn't just the best ever at painting human anatomy, more importantly he captured the tender and subtlest nuances of personality and mood. Bouguereau caught the very souls and spirits of his subjects much like Rembrandt. Rembrandt is said to have captured the soul of age. Bouguereau captured the soul of youth ... '

William J. Seymour and the Azusa Street Revival. 'To read the newspapers in 1906, one might have wondered about all the excitement in an old building on Azusa Street in the industrial part of the city. According to the Los Angeles Times, a bizarre new religious sect had started with people "breathing strange utterances and mouthing a creed which it would seem no sane mortal could understand." Furthermore, "Devotees of the weird doctrine practice the most fanatical rites, preach the wildest theories, and work themselves into a state of mad excitement." ... '
Via gmtPlus9.

Unguarded Moments: Ronald Reagan Photographs. 'For the last five-and-a-half years of Ronald Reagan's presidency, Pete Souza worked as one of the Gipper's personal photographers.'
'With the intimate access granted to a White House photographer, Souza put together a remarkable collection of historical photographs of the 40th President of the United States.'
Via gmtPlus9.

Tina Modotti. Via wood s lot.

Masaru Shichinohe: Black and White. Via gmtPlus9.

Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America. Via gmtPlus9.

Artwork Awaiting Discovery. 'Artists' work reflects the social, political and religious concerns of the periods during which they lived. In collections of Quebec and Canadian art, we can still find works that date back to the beginning of colonization. Some are identified, others are anonymous: all are the work of talented artists...' Flash required.

A Scholar's Garden. 'The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a living museum of Chinese culture, art, history and traditions.'

Living Traditions: Museums Honour the North American Indigenous Games. 'Every three years Indigenous Peoples from across North America come together to celebrate their cultural heritage and sporting achievements at the North American Indigenous Games. This is the story of how a dream became an enduring vision........'

Trilobites. 'Amazing new trilobites have been found in Morocco with details of their anatomy preserved intact. Fossils are usually flattened by the weight of deposited sediment above them as they lie on the sea floor after death or following burial, or by subsequent crushing of the rock formed from the sediment, during tectonic movement. In the case of these trilobites, however, the fossils show little or no distortion. As the delicate exoskeletons are complete, it is likely that this gentle burial followed an initial sudden engulfment that suffocated the trilobites ... '

16th August
The Kunisada Project. ' "What about Kunisada?" The question isn´t already answered. There is still a lot of questionmarks to the ouevre of one of the most prolific Japanese Ukiyo-e artists. So the idea has been growing that it should be necessary first to collect his huge work in a catalogue and then some more answers can be given ... '

Crossing the Channel: British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism. 'Some of the greatest European painters of the nineteenth century are united for the first time in over two centuries in this major exhibition that investigates the artistic exchange between France and Britain during the period of High Romanticism. More than 150 spectacular oil paintings and watercolors are on view including works by artists such as Ingres, Constable, Bonington, Delacroix, Turner, and Gericault ... '

George Washington: A National Treasure. ' The 205-year-old portrait of George Washington is considered an American treasure. It is commonly called the "Lansdowne" portrait, the title derived from the name of the person for whom it was painted, the Marquis of Lansdowne ... '

How Volcanoes Work. 'This website is an educational resource that describes the science behind volcanoes and volcanic processes. The site is sponsored by NASA under the auspices of Project ALERT (Augmented Learning Environment and Renewable Teaching). It is intended for the education of university students of geology and volcanology and teachers of earth science. Each section in the menu builds upon previous sections. For users who lack fundamental knowledge of volcanological principles and terms, it is best to proceed through the website in a progressive manner. More advanced users will find each section self-contained and can navigate through the website as their interest dictates.'

Spring Showers: Woodblock Prints of Kawase Hasui.

Dawn and Twilight: Woodblock Prints of Kawase Hasui.

Winter Wonderland: Woodblock Prints of Kawase Hasui.

Mount Athos: The Holy Mountain. A virtual tour.
'In terms of geography, Mt. Athos, the eastern of the three 'legs' of Halkidiki, is not the 'heart' of the Macedonian terra firma; in terms of culture, however, the Athonian monastic community has been the spirit of Macedonia for more than 1,000 years. Since the Middle Ages this peninsula has shared the fate of Macedonia: the glory of Byzantium, Ottoman domination, numerous revolutions, defeats, disasters, looting, hope and despair, and eventually Greek liberation, following the Balkan War in 1912. Throughout this lengthy period, in times of war and peace, the Athos monasteries have never ceased to strongly influence the culture and spiritual life of the orthodox world and the region of Macedonia in particular. Within this site you will find a fully guided tour, not only to the past, but to a vivid and flourishing ecclesiastical community ... '

Artists of Brucke. German Expressionism.

Paris: The 1890s. 'The 1890s in Paris, forever popularized as the time of the can-can and cabaret, was a period of unparalleled printmaking activity. This exhibition of approximately 200 works, drawn from the Museum's collection and augmented with loans from New York collections, focuses on the private and public aspects of printmaking during this pivotal stage in the history of the modern print ... '

Beagle II. 'The Beagle 2 project is the British led effort to land on Mars as part of the European Space Agency's Mars Express Mission to be launched in June 2003.'

Road Waffles. Online comic strip.

A Rare Hawaiian Ivory Pendant. 'Hawaiian figurative carvings of the 18th and 19th centuries are some of the most visually compelling yet mysterious works created in Polynesia. Often, knowledge about their original creators, owners, and use is lost, and many exist today as singular examples. An unattributed figurative pendant ) on a necklace in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, appears to be a good example of this situation ... '

From Sacred to Souvenir: The Squatting Figure as a Motif in Micronesian Art. 'The Micronesian squatting figure is a true tribal art mystery. For the last 100 years this interesting sculpture has been a popular genre figure in the western Caroline Islands, but does it represent the last vestiges of a disappearing religious tradition, or is it simply a tourist motif, perhaps introduced from another cultural area by a capricious colonial power? ... '

Orilonise: The Hermeneutic of the Head and Hairstyles Among the Yoruba.'The emphasis on the head (Ori) in Yoruba figure sculpture goes beyond its biological importance as the seat of the brain that controls the body. It reveals the anthropocentric nature of Yoruba cosmology, which identifies the Supreme Being, Olodumare, as the head of a pantheon of deities called orisa, who act as the agents of its enabling power (ase). This Supreme Being is sometimes called Oba Orun, the King of Heaven, and Olu Iwa, Lord/Head of Existence ... '

Art and Shamanism in the Himalayas. 'Over the centuries, the steep slopes of the Himalayas, from the great mountains to the plains, have been populated by a variety of ethnic groups of Mongoloid or Indo-Aryan descent. Despite their diversity, these groups reflect a unique geographical environment that has shaped their way of life and thought.'
'Over the course of the last fifty years, major changes have occurred in these remote hills. Political determination to modernize the region and open it up to the outside world has altered social structures and demographic distribution, and eroded traditional and religious values. Artistic endeavor, which here is largely rooted in religious beliefs, has been affected by the disappearance of not only ancient deities and forms of worship but also certain crafts, styles, and objects ... '

Zhang Xiaotao. Contemporary Chinese artist. 'Can a young Chinese artist be anchored equally in two areas at the same time? For one in the tradition of China, on the other hand in the currents of the West? This temptation may be detected not only in regard with Zhang Xiao Tao - although he is not at all situated between two chairs. His art has its own place that cannot be defined alone by his background nor the various influences or by the relations between these two. As we are not able to make out an Archimedean point from the perspectives of the West, from which this double aspect may appear evident, this likewise is presumably not the case from the point of view of China. Therefore I shall not try to position the artist between East and West. But instead I shall rather listen to Zhang Xiao Tao himself ... '

Tomas Andreasson. Illustrator.

Eyes of Chaos. The horror illustration of Mike Bohatch.

Mark Brewer. Illustrator.

Grand Canyon Explorer. Armchair travel, packed with information.

The NurseBot. 'We have succeeded in making people live longer. Now we need to make them live better. '

The Best of Hillary. Cartoons.

That Statue. Fall of the Saddam statue in cartoons.

Michael Jackson Cartoons.

Himalaya Typical Art. Masks from Nepal.

Renoir: Head of a Girl.

Renoir: Moulin Huet Bay, Guernsey.

Renoir: Lakeside Landscape.

Renoir: The Umbrellas.

Missile Bases: Twentieth Century Castles. 'Thanks for your interests in our unique underground properties. Built at a cost of millions, these heavily reinforced historic structures were designed to withstand nuclear attack. They bring new meaning to the word "shelter". Centuries from now they will remain .... '

American Samizdat.

Comic Book Ads. Via Iconomy.

Larval Crustaceans. Via Iconomy.

Unusual Churches. Via Iconomy.

In Pictures: North American Blackouts.