plep Archive

14th June
Glorious Nonsense. 'Jabberwocky, of course, is a poem from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Despite the Alice books being often thought of as children's books, I didn't get around to reading them until I was 22. When I did, I was spellbound ... '

The Lewis Carroll Page.
'Welcome to the Lewis Carroll home page. We hope to provide useful information for the Carroll enthusiast as well as the novice and all those in between. Cyberspace seems a suitable home for information regarding a man who didn't want his true identity linked to his best work. I was told to mention that he wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. '
'What follows is a guide to Lewis Carroll resources and documents on-line and in print ... '
Logic, photography, popular culture, and Alice.

Miniature Books. Online exhibit of teeny books.
Miniature Bible.
Miniature Shakespeare.
My South Sea Island.

The Miniature Book Society.
'... Miniature books are published in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Russia, Japan, Canada, Mexico and elsewhere. Most miniature books are not novelties. They are serious expressions of the book arts, often employing experimental and highly innovative techniques. Miniature books are often published as labors of love and are priced well below the actual value of labor, time and materials invested in their production ... '

Four Florida Folk Artists.
'Key to the definition of outsider art for many of its partisans is the artist's isolation -- from the art market, from formal artistic traditions, from other artists, from culture itself. But if isolation makes for a nice clarity, it is more easily honored in the breach than in biography. '
'This is true around Lakeland, in central Florida, where there are a number of artists who have taught themselves, but not in isolation. Mostly through the efforts of one of their number, Rodney Hardee, they have assisted and encouraged one another, they trade artworks and help each other forge connections. Each nonetheless has a distinctly personal style, gaining them a following in Florida and elsewhere. It is no surprise that a number of the other normal categories and cliches of folk/outsider art reside uneasily in these precincts ... '
Via Interesting Ideas.

The Bottlecap Inn.
'Joe Wiser's Bottle Cap Inn in Miami was featured in Ripley's Believe It Or Not, but more importantly it was a triumph of an obsessive personal vision.'
Unsealed: The art of the bottlecap. 'Bottle-cap art, long a poor cousin to tramp art, quilting and other established folk crafts, is finally achieving a measure of collectable respectability. Though still a scavenger art whose modest aspirations, rough edges and obscure origins baffle the uninitiated, it is no longer strictly a sideshow inspiring only hard- core aficionados ... '

Insect Drawings.
'Below are a series of original drawings used some 50 to 60 years ago as teaching aids for entomology at the University of Illinois. They were rescued from Harker Hall, the old Law, then Chemistry, and later Entomology building, during its recent renovation. The original drawings are on canvas, approximately 1.0 by 1.5 meters and were drawn as a WPA project during the Depression. Many of them seem to be based (sometimes closely) on drawings found in "Destructive and Useful Insects" by C.L. Metcalf and W.P. Flint ... '

African Aperture. Nice collection of African images.

The Herring Museum, Siglufjordur, Iceland. Tells the story of how fish shaped the nation's destiny...
The Herring Adventure. 'Herring is one of this century's principal shapers of Icelanders' destinies. Without herring it is questionable whether the modern society that now exists in Iceland could ever have been developed.' - Icelandic Historical Atlas, Vol.3, p.40.

Death in the Snow. 'A body is found in the frozen North Dakota woods. The cops say the dead Japanese woman was looking for the $1m she saw buried in the film Fargo. But the story didn't end there ... '
Thanks to Follow Me Here and madamjujujive.

Teaching the Holocaust through Stamps, 'an Interdisciplinary and Computerized Program through the use of Stamps, Pictures, Texts and Paintings by Children in the Holocaust.' Via Sugar & Spicy.

Cultural Revolution Memorabilia. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Ruby Lane Judaica Collectibles. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Toulouse-Lautrec Posters. Via iconomy.

Ute Meyer-Kolditz. Via iconomy.

Hindu Hells. Via Cup of Chicha.

1800s Ephemera. Via Solipsistic.

Handlebar Club. Exotic moustaches. Via Cup of Chicha.

Surreal Food. Via Cup of Chicha.

The Ghostly Salt City Beneath Detroit. Via MeFi.

New York Links. Via Cup of Chicha.

The Eighteen Schools of Buddhism.

The Chong-Lun.
'That which is not striven for or "obtained,"
That which is not "for a time" or "eternal,"
That which is not born, nor dies,
This is that which is called'

The Story of the Merchant Who Struck His Mother.
'I remember in years gone by, there were 500 merchants in Jambudwipa, of whom a certain one was the chief, his name was Maitri (Sse-che). On one occasion, these merchants all assembled together, and began to consult how they might best embark on some expedition for the purpose of getting gain. Having agreed upon a voyage in a certain direction, and settled all preliminaries as to freight and provisioning the ship, they separated for a time, returning to their homes, to take leave of their wives and families ... '

33 Photographs of the Intact Adult Male Foreskin. Not suitable for work.

Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes. Not suitable for work.
'Women En Large is an incredible collection of photographs that portray beautiful, strong, courageous, powerful, elegant, handsome mid- to super-size women. ... The focus on the beauty and power of fat women provides an unforgettable and radical contrast to the ugly images of fat women which pervade our lives. As if that weren't enough, the text discusses fat oppression and fat celebration, health and body size, fat and sexuality, activity and ability, fat and ethnicity and more. This is our book if ever there was one.' - Carol Seajay, Feminist Bookstore News.

I now have a newer, bigger monitor, without the funky psychedelic colours of the last one.

13th June
Gallery 41. A fine collection of jazz photos.

Jazz, Hot and Cold. (The Atlantic, July 1955)
'A veteran of nearly twenty years of successful writing for stage and radio, Arnold Sundgaard describes himself as a "journeyman writer." He began his career with the Federal Theater and with Writers' Projects in Chicago and New Orleans, and has since devoted himself principally to libretti and musical plays. In spare moments he has written a book, The Miracle of Growth, taught at three universities and a college, and worked with Leonard Bernstein on the Omnibus program about Beethoven. His work includes Everywhere I Roam, in collaboration with Marc Connelly; Down in the Valley, with Kurt Weill; three operas with Alec Wilder; and a jazz opera (composer unannounced) currently in progress. His long, close association with contemporary music well qualifies Mr. Sundgaard to discuss the position of jazz in 1955.'

Art of the Kwele of Equatorial Africa: Ancestor Masks, Bush Spirit Masks.
'A Kwele mask, seen by chance in an exhibition of African art, is readily identifiable. Looking at the subtly refined forms, the mild concave shapes, and especially the graceful heart-shaped face, one might be tempted to assume it to be a classic form of African sculpture, as iconic as Dogon or Fang works. Strangely, this is not so, although art enthusiasts and specialists have admired these works for decades. '
'These masks, with their slit eyes that elegantly curve to the temples, were first collected by Europeans early in the twentieth century. Western interest in them lay in their seemingly simple yet expressive facial features, restructured by the sculptors' imagination. These quiet faces spoke to the desire among the avant-garde for a new aesthetic code. In the 1920s, Tristan Tzara bought one such mask, in which interlocking curves combined to make a face of sublime purity, a face whitened with kaolin and surrounded by a black collar ... '
With images.

Toto Isu: War Canoe Prow Figureheads from the Western District, Solomon Islands.
'Anthropomorphic canoe prow figureheads, alternatively called Toto isu at Roviana Lagoon, New Georgia Island, and NguzuNguzu at Marovo Lagoon, New Georgia, have played a conspicuous and changing public role in the Solomon Islands. Initially they were created on islands in the Western District of the Solomon group such as New Georgia and on Choiseul, Santa Isabel, and Nggela.During the last several decades, and particularly since 1978, when the Solomon Islands nation became independent, these forms have become a regional emblem of the Solomons. Their presence, whether on or separate from the prows of canoes, has had powerful impacts on different audiences: on Solomon islanders whose heritage they represent and on the many outsiders who have observed and acquired these remarkable artifacts ... '

Interview with an Ascetic. 'I went to Mayapur by the way of Bebagram and Krishnanagar. The meeting point of Bhagirati and Jalngi rivers was spectacular. It is the birth place of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who founded the Vaishnavism and the place was full with devotees. I rode a tiny boat to go the temple of Shriyogapeetha. In the temple (Chaitanyamuth), a young boyragi (ascetic) was taking care of a shop that sold Bengali and English books and pictures of Navadweep. He was no older than fourteen. He narrated me the glory of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in a very well rehearsed lecture with a heavy dose of complex Sanskrit words.'

Lord Shiva in Indian Art. Links to many images.
'The Shiva-Linga, in which the cosmic powers of Shiva and Uma are symbolized in a radiant union, Shiva's vehicle, the Nandi bull, and his other mystical powers have influenced thousands of years of Indian art, thought, and faith.'

Chariots on Wheels: Chariot or Car Festival of India.

The Body by Shelly Jackson. Via iconomy.

Painted Plastic. Via ikastikos.

Bloomsbury: Books, Art and Design. Via BookLab II, via BookNotes.

Illustrated Watercolour Journalling. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Cinema India: The Art of Bollywood. Via Quiddity.

Bridges and Tunnels of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Via MeFi.

Let Children Be Children: Lewis Wickes Hine's Crusade Against Child Labour.
Via wood s lot.

Books, Printers, and the Information Revolution in Early Modern Europe 1450-1600. 'In exploring these issues, the exhibition shows some of the finest examples from the extraordinarily rich collections of fifteenth and sixteenth century books and manuscripts in the Bryn Mawr College Library. The collection includes more than 1200 incunabula, or books printed by 1500, one of the largest collections in the country. Many generous donors played a part in building these collections, but the most important by far were Howard Lehman Goodhart, who donated more than 900 fifteenth century volumes by the time of his death in 1951, and his daughter, Phyllis Goodhart Gordan, '35, who continued to add to the collection throughout her lifetime.'
Via wood s lot.

Chinese Opera. Via neurastenia.

Julie Heffernan. Via riley dog.

Retablo. 'The word retablo, refers to sacred images painted on sheets of tin-coated iron which depict Jesus, the Virgin Mary, saints and religious figures. This art form flourished during the nineteenth- century Mexico. The University Art Gallery Collection of over 1,700 art works during the nineteenth to the twentieth centuries Mexico is now the largest collection of tin retablos and related materials held by any U.S. museum.'
Via Sugar & Spicy.

Japanese Waitress Uniform Illustrations. Via Geisha Asobi.

The Language of Fans. Via iconomy.

Japanese Sculpture.
'The time has now come to honor Japan's culture and recognize the true strength of her art: subtlety, inventiveness and audacity, but also severity and humility.'
'The cube, to evoke the measure of both man and what is human.'
'The sphere, without beginning or end, to evoke the world of the Gods.'
'Death is the only time at which one might aspire to both the human and the divine. '
Jigsaw puzzles online, too.

Alfred Tennyson, 1809-1892. An online exhibit, including texts for several poems.
'The Tennyson exhibit in 1992 marked an important event the Tennyson centenary. Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) was acclaimed very early in life as "the greatest poet of our generation, perhaps of our century" (letter of Arthur Hallam to William Gladstone, the future Prime Minister, September 1829). Tennyson's longer works, such as his religious poem In Memoriam (1850) and his Arthurian epic Idylls of the King (published in stages over a forty-year period), soon established themselves among the central, canonical works of English literature. Many of his shorter poems, such as "The Brook," "The May-Queen," and "The Charge of the Light Brigade," entered popular culture as songs or recitation-pieces. His poetry has spoken to intellectuals, to aesthetes, and to more ordinary readers for more than 150 years. Tennyson, more than any other British Poet Laureate, gave that oft-derided position a genuine literary distinction, and Tennyson was the first English poet ever given a peerage "for services to literature." His was a unique career in the close interrelations it demonstrates between a highly individual creative artist and the culture of his age. '
Why Should We Weep For Those Who Die?

Farringford. The home of Tennyson, on the Isle of Wight.

Tennyson from Bartlett's Quotations 1919.

Fixing the Image: Samuel Calvin's Vision of Iowa. Photography.
Calvin's scrapbook.

The Bathrooms of Madison County: A Love Story. 'Last summer, my girlfriend, Janice, and I took a road trip to Iowa. Before I go any further I should stop here and tell you that this is really her story...'

Living History Farms in Iowa.
The 1700 Farm. 'The farming techniques practiced by the Ioway Indians in 1700 pre-dated history and varied somewhat from European methods. Ioway farmers raised corn, beans and squash -- the three sisters of life. Women did the farming in the Ioway culture while men were responsible for hunting and making tools. Ioway families were subsistence farmers, raising just enough for their family to survive throughout the year ... '
The 1850 Farm.
The 1900 Farm.

Old Capital Museum at the University of Iowa. Looks like a charming place.

University of Iowa Herbarium.

Sunspots. 'Dark spots, some as large as 50,000 miles in diameter, move across the surface of the sun, contracting and expanding as they go. These strange and powerful phenomena are known as sunspots.'
'This resource will allow you to explore the nature of sunspots and the fascinating history of our efforts to understand them. Included here are interviews with solar physicists and archeoastronomers, historic images, modern NASA images and movies, and a sunspot research activity.'

Sun Images.

The Winter Hexagon. Bright stars.

12th June
My monitor has developed a fault - it's still perfectly usable at the moment, and I'm arranging for it to be replaced, but if I take a couple of days' absence suddenly, this is why.

Harlem 1900-1940: An African American Community.
'Harlem has long symbolized the culture of the African-American experience in 20th-century America. Its history has been well documented in photographs, literature and other media. '
'Harlem 1900-1940: An African-American Community , is a history education portfolio that has been produced by the Educational Programs unit of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the New York Public Library. The scope of this portfolio is Harlem from the years 1900-1940. Various elements of the history of the urban experience in Harlem's early days as the Cultural Capital of African Americans are represented here by graphic and photographic images from the Schomburg Center collection. Some of the subjects include the Schomburg Center itself, political movements, education, sports, social organizations, religion, the Harlem Hospital, theater, business and music. The personalities which make up the rich history of Harlem are too numerous to include in this selected group of images; however there are those too important to be left out, such as Bert Williams and George Walker, Marcus Garvey, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and others ... '

Louis Armstrong in Ghana 1956.

Search for Giant Squid. A 1999 expedition.
'Whether living or extinct, on land or at sea, in literature or in life, large animals have long fascinated people. The largest animals have been known and hunted since prehistory: whales, walruses, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, and large fishes... However, one large animal has gone almost unnoticed or certainly unobserved in its habitat. That animal is the giant squid. Although these animals have been found in the nets of commercial fishermen, in the stomachs of sperm whales, and washed ashore on different continents, no scientific information has been gathered by direct observations of live giant squid ... '

The Barn Journal. 'Dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of traditional farm architecture.'

American Farmscape. Remembering the family farm through prints.
'This exhibition examines the material culture of the American farm as documented by prints of farm implements, barns, silos, farmhouses, and outbuildings. '

The Treasures of Myoho-in Temple and Sanjusangendo. Superb.
'This Special Exhibition features a selection of Sanjusangendo's outstanding Buddhist sculptures, numerous treasures from Myoho-in Temple (the current official administrator of Sanjusangendo), and other related works of art that highlight the history and culture of these temples. Among the exhibits are a number of treasures of which the significance was unknown until the Kyoto National Museum conducted a research survey of the temple in 1995. These treasures are now displayed in public for the first time.'
Via Kyoto National Museum.

Twelve Devas. 'The Twelve Devas are the gods of the twelve directions in Esoteric Buddhism, including the four quarters and four semi-quarters, up and down, and the sun and moon, and are the guardians of Esoteric Buddhist monasteries. These scrolls were formerly owned by Kyoogokoku-ji (To-ji) Temple and, along with the images of the Five Vidya-Rajas (Godaisonzo), were used in the annual, Mishio New Year's ceremony of esoteric prayers, held at Shingon-in in the Imperial Palace. '
More Buddhist paintings.
Processional masks of the twelve devas.

Frederick Law Olmsted. A celebration of the founder of American landscape architecture.
'What artist so he who, with far-reaching conception of beauty, in designing power, sketches the outlines, writes the colors, and directs the shadows of a picture so great that Nature shall be employed upon it for generations, before the work he arranged for her shall realize his intentions.' - Frederick Law Olmsted.

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
Great botanical expeditions.

The Biltmore Estate, North Carolina. America's largest home with extensive gardens and a winery.

For Eager Lovers. Poetry by Genevieve Taggard; published 1922.

Kirtans, or Hymns from the Earliest Bengali Poets.

The Myths of Mexico and Peru, pub. 1913. With illustrations.

The Samaritan Passover. (1908)
' ... But the Samaritans cling to their ancient mountain, and there worship God according to primitive custom. By studying the customs of these people we may discover in contemporary processes the means of transmission of sacred books from before the time when printers destroyed one art that they might preserve all others; for the Samaritans have no printing presses, and their manuscripts are copied with the same utensils and with the same methods that have been employed for ages. We may speculate concerning textual transmission, but the identical and contemporary processes are available for our present study. In like manner we may find, only a day's j ourney from Jerusalem, (which is a city that is a dozen cities each builded on the ruins of its predecessors) another city and a sacred shrine, older than Jerusalem, and continuously inhabited from the times of the patriarchs, where the Passover is observed every year in conformity to the requirements of the Law of Moses ... '

Mesopotamia. The history, culture and religion of Sumer, Babylon and Assyria; a website from the British Museum.

Resonance: Musical Heritage of la Francophonie.
'This exhibition presents instruments from Francophone countries and the musical traditions behind them. It is the contribution of the Canadian Museum of Civilization to the cultural component of the Games of La Francophonie 2001 in the National Capital Region. '

Keeping Faith: Tibet in Exile. Photo-essay.

Tibetan Art Refuge, conceived 'as a way of providing a venue of creativity and healing for refugee children. '

The Karmapa's Great Escape. 'On December 28, 1999, under the cover of a dark night, my senior attendant and I escaped from my monastery in Tibet and fled to India to seek refuge. The decision to leave my homeland, monastery, monks, parents, family, and the Tibetan people was entirely my own--no one told me to go and no one asked me to come. I left my country to impart the Buddha's teachings in general and, in particular, to receive the excellent empowerments, transmissions, and instructions of my own Karma Kagyu tradition. These I could only receive from the main disciples of the previous Karmapa, Situ Rinpoche and Gyaltsap Rinpoche, who were predicted to be my teachers and who reside in India ... '
Website of the Karmapa Lama.

Barnum House Museum. 'The Barnum House Museum, my dear? It's the grand home that dear old Eliakim Barnum built in 1819. near the hamlet of Grafton, Ontario. They say it is one of the finest neo-classical buildings in Ontario. You simply must pay a visit!'

The Nerveless Nocks. Thrill and stunt show circus, est. 1840.

Feral Pigeon Art. Via boynton.

Northvegr - the Northern Way. Norse heathenism, arts, sagas etc. - great resource. Via MeFi.

The Lindisfarne Gospels. 'See one of the world's most breathtaking symbols of faith; understand how and why this great book was made.'
'This is a story with many angles. You'll find out about the life work of one man on the island of Lindisfarne in the early eighth century. But you'll also see a sumptuous tapestry of faith, politics, design, fashion and trade on the world stage.'
Via BookLab II, via BookNotes.

Turner. Superb online exhibit from the Tate. Via MeFi.

Iraq Body Count.

Saddam Proud He Still Killed More Iraqi Civilians than US. (Thx to homunculus @ Warfilter).

Dignity Returned to the White House. Via homunculus @ Warfilter.

A New Union Jack?

Live from Memphis. Streaming blues, gospel and jazz.

The Archers. Long-running rural radio soap opera; British institution. The site has a family tree, fantasies, parodies etc.

Maasai Housing: Kenya. 'The Maasai have traditionally been pastoralists leading a nomadic life, moving from place to place with their cattle in search of better grazing land and good sources of water. '
'In the last two decades, however, the Maasai have been forced to lead more settled lives. It is impossible for them to keep on moving because of land subdivision and their traditional nomadic lifestyle is changing to a more sedentary one. The Maasai women have always been responsible for constructing, maintaining and managing their homes and now more durable and permanent houses are required ... '

Maasai Heritage Preservation Foundation. 'Our mission is to provide education and health care to the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania while maintaining the traditions and culture, thus empowering the Maasai to communicate and be competitive in the modern world of the 21st century.'

Mirte' Stoves: Ethiopia. 'In Ethiopia, one of the most popular staple foods is injera (household bread) which is a large flat pancake eaten by the majority of Ethiopians at least once a day. Injera baking is the most energy-intensive activity in Ethiopia. It accounts for over 50% of all primary energy consumption in the country and over 75% of the total energy consumed in households. The food is so popular that the average family burns around 20 kilogrammes of wood a week just making injera ... '
'Injera baking is an unpleasant and dangerous activity. Highly flammable fuels, such as leaves and twigs, are used by cooks to achieve the high heat necessary to cook injera quickly and these often flare out as they ignite, causing injury through burns. Large amounts of smoke are produced by these fires and many women complain about stinging eyes and coughing. '
'The Mirte stove has been specifically designed to cook injera. By enclosing the fire, the smoke is removed which cuts down on weeping eyes; the stove reduces the chance of getting burned because there is no longer a risk of back flashes from fuel as it ignites and there are no dancing flames; it is clean and modern; it saves energy and reduces the expenditure on fuel because it only uses half the amount of fuelwood as the traditional fire ... '

The Deep-Sea Floor Rivals Rainforests in Diversity of Life. 'Blue luminescence and marine snow define a world where millions of species of worms and other invertebrates live out their lives.' Interesting article, with images.

The Incredible Sponge. 'It may seem primitive, but it can do some things you wouldn't want to try at home.'

11th June
PhotoVoyage. Photographic journeys, from the Ozarks to Mali. Marvy. Thanks to madamjujujive.

Cirque du Soleil.

A Collector's Vision of Puerto Rico. 'The art and artifacts in this exhibition present a sampler of Puerto Rico's history and culture over centuries. They are part of a vast collection created by Teodoro Vidal, who began a personal quest in the 1950s to document the people, history, and culture of Puerto Rico from the 1700s to the present. Mr. Vidal donated much of this collection of more than 3,200 artifacts to the Smithsonian Institution in 1997. '
'The land from which the objects came has its own rich and dramatic history. For thousands of years, native peoples named Taínos lived on an island they called Borikén. In 1493, Christopher Columbus landed there and claimed the island for Spain. It remained a Spanish colony for over 400 years and became known as Puerto Rico ("rich port") ... '

Natural Sounds in Early Japanese Women's Poetry.

How a Tibetan Monk Survived Twenty-Four Years of Imprisonment.
'When I sat down with Palden Gyatso to start my first interview with him, he asked me: 'Do you want the short version or the long version?' I replied that I preferred the long version. It took Palden more than twenty hours to tell me the story of his life. Listening to the skinny, toothless, bright-eyed monk, I was fixed to my chair. His words inspired rather than depressed me. Ever since he was first arrested in 1959, Palden kept on risking his life trying to inform the world as to what was happening in Tibet. However much he was threatened with arrest, tortue, or extension of his sentence, Palden felt the urge to bring out his news ... '

Tibet Images. Online photo library.

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century. Large selection of fiction, poetry, essays, autobiography, etc.
'The nineteenth century was a formative period in African-American literary and cultural history. Prior to the Civil War, the majority of black Americans living in the United States were held in bondage. Law and practice forbade teaching blacks from learning to read or write. Even after the war, many of the impediments to learning and literary productivity remained. Nevertheless, black men and women of the nineteenth century learned to both read and write. Moreover, more African-Americans than we yet realize turned their observations, feelings, social viewpoints, and creative impulses into published works. In time, this nineteenth-century printed record included poetry, short stories, histories, narratives, novels, autobiographies, social criticism, and theology, as well as economic and philosophical treatises. Unfortunately, much of this body of literature remained, until very recently, relatively inaccessible to twentieth-century scholars, teachers, creative artists, and others interested in black life. Prior to the late 1960s, most Americans (black as well as white) had never heard of these nineteenth-century authors, much less read their works ... '

Images of African Americans from the 19th Century.

The World of Mime Theatre.

Student Voices from World War II and the McCarthy Era. 'This oral history website offers a case study of the impact of World War II and the domestic Cold War on student life at an urban public college campus. Based on the narratives of Brooklyn College students, this website focuses on two stories: In the first episode, the historical narrators tell the story of participating in Brooklyn College's World War II Farm Labor Project. These students, children of immigrants, chose to support the war effort on the homefront by responding to the labor shortage and working on farms in Upstate New York picking beans and peas during the summers of '42, '43 and '44. In their accounts they describe the hard work of farming; encounters with America's migrant farm labor; the experience of being the "other" in small homogenous farming communities; and the adventure of being away from home, immigrant families and urban life for the first time ... '

The September 11 Digital Archive.

The Barnum Museum. 'Entrepreneur, politician, journalist, impresario, museum owner and founder of "The Greatest Show on Earth". Only one man had so varied a career...'

The Lost Museum.
'In 1841 the showman Phineas Taylor Barnum opened his American Museum in New York City. Dominating lower Broadway at Park Row, in no time Barnum's American Museum became the "most visited place in America." '
'For more than twenty years, for six days a week, fifteen hours a day, city slickers and country folk alike flocked to the five-story building to marvel at and mock its myriad of changing attractions.'
'A cornucopia of exhibitions offered visitors, in no particular order, information and entertainment, scientific knowledge and trumped-up fantasy, moral lessons and cruel voyeurism, the sacred and the profane.'
'Shortly after twelve noon on Thursday, July 13, 1865, in one of the most spectacular fires in New York's history, Barnum's American Museum was destroyed ... '

Nacreous Clouds.
'Just before and around sunset on February 16th 1996 there was a spectacular show in the sky with iridescent, multicolor clouds. The clouds were constantly changing in size position and colour.'
'Nacreous Clouds, or sometimes known as "Mother of Pearl" are a very rare sight, especially in the UK. This display was seen over many parts of the UK. Nacreous clouds are formed of ice crystals, very high in the upper atmosphere. The crystals act as tiny prisms and refract the light to produce the multiple rainbow effect across the sky.'
'These photographs were taken from Flixton, Manchester, exposure was taken care of with the camera set to automatic. These images have not been retouched, the clouds really were these amazing colours.'

Aurora Persei.

Naoto Hattori. Via Via Solipsistic.

Norman Rockwell. Ordinary people. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Shane Glines: Girls. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Crap Towns. Via MeFi.