plep Archive

20th June
Gothic Gardening.

The Strangest Town in Alaska.
'A city barely 50 years old that had no road access for its first 50 years.
'A city where 90% of the population lives in a single building.
'A city of stark contrast, drab concrete buildings nestled within the beauty of Prince William Sound.
'A city built to house 30,000 (in an emergency) in two of the largest structures in Alaska, yet only 300 people live there now.'

Ling Lung Women's Magazine, 1931-37. 'Ling Lung Women's Magazine was published in the 1930s in Shanghai, China at a time when women's role in society, at least in that sophisticated and foreign-influenced metropolis, was in rapid transition. No longer shuttered within the patriarchal prisons of traditional upper class family compounds, or left to toil in rural villages, women were beginning to become educated in missionary or foreign-inspired institutions, or to work in urban enterprises which allowed them a great deal more independence and social contact. They were hungry for gossip about the glamorous movie stars they saw in the cinema, and eager for advice about social situations which their mothers could not have dreamt of...'

Rickshaw: Views on a Social Issue. 'This Exhibition on 'Rickshaw: Views on a Social Issue' is an outcome of a workshop attended by ten (10) photographers of Bangladesh. The exhibition focuses on the life of a rickshaw-puller where his family, spouse, passengers and owner of the rickshaw are woven into the story of his day-to-day life. The exhibition was inaugurated by a group of rickshaw-pullers and rickshaw-painters of Dhaka...'

A Geographer on the Kiwai Coast of Papua New Guinea. Photographs.

Buenos Aires in the Fifties. Photographs.

Advertising on Buenos Aires' Trees. 'Since the sixties, these small posters are part and parcel of the city's iconography and popular culture. Even though the messages were not all designed by the same person, there is a coherent aesthetic current; and they all have a telephone number. '

Reverse Painted Signs in Paris, 1900.

Wall Advertisements in Paris, 1900.

Mosaics in Westminster Cathedral.

Ronald Searle Cartoon Gallery.

Tony Husband Cartoon Gallery.

Black Peacock. 'The Black Peacock features gallery showings of art miniatures and archecticture from India. '

Klondike Ho! 'In August of 1896, on a small branch of the remote Klondike river, three men discovered what would prove to be the largest concentration of gold ever found. Several hundred miners were quick to make claims and share in the discovery. Winter set in, closing all routes to and from the Klondike region -- the world would not find out about the big strike for months. Two steamships brought the prospectors south in the summer of 1897. One, called the SS Portland, landed in Seattle on July 17th. A front page story in a Seattle newspaper told of "more than a ton of gold" aboard the Portland, divided among 68 miners. The story was quickly relayed around the world by telegraph and mail...'

Michael Hernandez de Luna and Michael Thompson. Mail art - wicked cool. Thanks to iconomy.

Images of Daily Life in Morocco.

Royal Barges of Thailand.

Area 51 - A Personal Account.

The Choral Public Domain Library. A free sheet music archive.

Chess Composition Books. 1866-1903.

Images of Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Royal Ascot. Famous for its exotic hats.
More - more

19th June
Inconstant Moon. Online tours of the lunar surface.
'The Moon is the most easily observable astronomical object, and also the most rewarding. For the beginner, it is a breathtaking spectacle through even a modest optical instrument, and as the knowledge and resources of the astronomer increase, it will continue to provide fascinating new challenges and insights. Inconstant Moon is intended as both an introduction to lunar astronomy for the beginner, and an ongoing reference point for the more experienced observer ... '

The Woman in the Moon.
'There is a Woman in the Moon but many people have never seen her. She is much more obvious than the "Man in the Moon." Seen in profile, the appearance of The Woman in the Moon changes with varying light ... '

Fun stories!
Full bladder syndrome.

World's Tallest Skyscraper. Each of the world's tallest skyscrapers compared.

One Ground: 4 Palestinian & 4 Israeli Filmmakers.

Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health. From menstrual odour to early commercial tampons; essential.

All About My Vagina.
'This project was a random idea that I got while I was waking up one morning. Thinking about it, it seemed like it would be fun to make, and useful to have around. Those are the main things that it is intended to be: useful and fun. That part was probably self-evident. It is not a political project, or an expression of my exhibitionist or narcissistic tendencies, or an extended personal ad ... '
'The whole site is about my personal vagina, because it is the one I know best and because I have this idea in my head that part of the info that is hard to find about vaginas is the variety of personal attitudes that people have about them. A lot of the attitudes that I have been able to find presented in various media are counter-productive and kind of annoying. I wanted to make a big, informative vagina resource that had an attitude I thought was healthy, sane and positive. '

The Walter Scott Digital Archive.
'This website is an Edinburgh University Library online resource created in the Special Collections Division. It is designed around the extensive Corson Collection of Walter Scott material held in Special Collections. We hope that in time this website will become the main source of information on the life and work of Sir Walter Scott on the web.'

A Buddhist Genesis.

The First Buddhist Council.

The Canonical Account of the Birth of Gotama the Buddha.

Blue Chicago.
Blues club and art gallery in Chicago. Gallery.

Dr Boom's Blues, Brews & Chews.

Black Gospel Music Clef. Nice gospel resource.

C.C.A. Christensen Mormon Panorama.
'The Mormon Panorama originally contained 23 panels. The introductory scene, titled The First Vision, is missing. According to the Christensen family, the painting was discarded after years of wear and exposure to the elements. This scene represented the appearance of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, to the 14-year-old Joseph Smith. The surviving 22 scenes of the Mormon Panorama represent the early history of the Mormon Church, beginning with the unearthing of ancient records and culminating with the entrance of the pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley ... '

Mark Twain: Scrapbook. 'Mark Twain was a lifelong creator and keeper of scrapbooks. He took them with him everywhere and filled them with souvenirs, pictures, and articles about his books and performances. But in time, he grew tired of the lost glue, rock-hard paste, and the swearing that resulted from the standard scrapbook process. So, he came up with the idea of printing thin strips of glue on the pages to make updates neat and easy to do. In 1872, he patented his "self-pasting" scrapbook, and by 1901, at least 57 different types of his albums were available. It would be his only invention that ever made money ... '
Via Sugar & Spicy.

Dylan Thomas Festival. Thanks to madamjujujive.

A Week of Kindness. 'The following half-dozen images are taken from Max Ernsts fascinating 1934 collage-novel Une Semaine de Bont, ou, Les Sept lments Cardinaux, (A Week of Kindness, or, the Seven Deadly Elements):' .. Via Giornale Nuovo.

Illuminating the Renaissance. Via MeFi.

Diagnosis: Cancer. Documented through pinhole photographs. Via MeFi.

Maria Sibylla Merian. Botanical art. Via Dublog.

Wig Goddess. Via MeFi.

18th June
Lady Day. A great Billie Holiday website.
'Billie Holiday had the kind of voice you never forget. No singer has ever distilled despair into such tones. She was a great natural born actress who drew on her own feelings and conveyed them with an honesty that cuts right to the quick. But like so many of her musical contemporaries of the era, she suffered from that incurable disease, being born black in America ... '

Bill Biggart's Final Exposures.
'Photographer Chip East was staring intensely at his laptop screen.'
'It was two weeks after two jetliners had plowed into the towers of the World Trade Center. His good friend, photojournalist Bill Biggart's body had been recovered from the rubble. His personal effects, including his cameras had been released by authorities to his widow, Wendy.'
'Biggart. a photographer, who had worked for an alternative New York picture agency, had been carrying three cameras with him, when he left his home in Manhattan that sparkling Tuesday morning, and started walking south towards the plumes of smoke. There were two Canon EOS1s film cameras. He was also carrying his Canon D30 digital camera. For Biggart, mastering the new techniques of digital photography had been a break-through.'
'When Chip East was handed the bag containing Biggart's gear by his widow, Wendy, he was convinced that no pictures had survived. The avalanche of falling debris had blown off the backs of the two film cameras. There were several rolls of film in Biggart's bag; however, the lids of the film canisters had been peeled back, allowing light to fall into the cassettes. Finally, East turned his attention to the digital camera. It was covered by ash. The lens had been sheared off at the flange. But when he opened the chamber that held the compact flash card, it was pristine ... '
Bill Biggart's photo gallery.

Trained Fleas. A Victorian-style flea circus.

Africa: Selections from the Rex B. Grey Collection.
'For centuries, Africa has been a place of mystery and wonder in the European imagination, largely unknown and misunderstood. Although the ancient Mediterranean world encompassed much of North Africa, it was not until after the fifteenth century, when Portuguese naval exploration reached Africa's southern and eastern shores, that the entire continent began to "open up" to Europe. Explorers pushed inland, "discovering" natural features, unfamiliar plants and animals, and encountering native peoples ... '
' ... This selection of books was chosen for their importance as reflections of European attitudes toward Africa before colonialism was fully entrenched. These works comprise a small part of the collection of Rex B. Grey, Texas A & M Class of 1941. Mr. Grey, who for many years directed ITT's African and Middle Eastern operations, assembled an impressive collection of African art and an outstanding library on the history and exploration of Africa. In these books, we see both the fantastical and the scientific, the beautiful and the frightening, the noble and the despicable ... '

Miniature Books on Display, University at Albany Library.
'Although there is common agreement that miniature books have existed since the beginning of book history, in the form of tiny cuneiform tablets and parchment manuscripts that could fit into a nutshell, there is no consensus today about just how to define a miniature book. The Library of Congress generously includes books up to 4" in height, while other collectors accept nothing over 2 1/2" or 3" as miniature. These volumes have been prized for their compactness but also and, perhaps especially, for their craftsmanship that has been required in their creation ... '

The Fairy Castle Miniature Books.

British Schoolboy Uniforms. A pictorial history. Via iconomy.

Road 75. Paris neighbourhoods. Via Sugar & Spicy.

The Illustrated London News Magazine 'which was first printed in 1842 is the finest pictorial example of a historic social record of British and world events upto the present day. ' Via Solipsistic.

The Ricksha Arts of Bangladesh. Via iconomy.

Isabel Samaras. Via Sugar & Spicy.

The Legend of Dipankara Buddha. Translated from the Chinese.

A Jataka-Tale from the Tibetan.

Women Leaders of the Buddhist Reformation.

Ten Days in a Madhouse, by Nellie Bly
'Since my experiences in Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum were published in the World I have received hundreds of letters in regard to it. The edition containing my story long since ran out, and I have been prevailed upon to allow it to be published in book form, to satisfy the hundreds who are yet asking for copies. '
'I am happy to be able to state as a result of my visit to the asylum and the exposures consequent thereon, that the City of New York has appropriated $1,000,000 more per annum than ever before for the care of the insane. So I have at least the satisfaction of knowing that the poor unfortunates will be the better cared for because of my work ... '

The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton.

In Fulfillment of a Dream: African Americans at Texas A & M University.

In Protest. A Mirror Project theme.
'Reflective self-portraits, faces and voices of those protesting around the world.'

The Fleshy Fungus. Nice photo.

17th June
The Fabric of Moroccan Life. 'This exhibition is the first of its kind presented at the National Museum of African Art to focus exclusively on the tradition of beautiful embroideries, textiles and jewelry from the Kingdom of Morocco, located in Africa's northwestern region. The 67 works presented here are selected from the Indianapolis Museum of Art's vast collection. The nucleus of that collection came from a gift to the Indianapolis Museum in 1933 from the Niblack family of their entire collection of textiles, which was accumulated from Morocco and other countries all over the world. '

The Bell Witch. 'The Bell Witch Web Site is dedicated to preserving and popularizing the legend of Tennessees infamous Bell Witch by presenting useful and well-researched information about the John Bell family and their visitor. This sites owner feels that disinformation about the Bell Witch is abundant in both the media and many publications, and that you, the reader, deserve an accurate account of this fascinating legend -- absent the elements of myth, assumption, and hocus pocus. You are not being asked to believe anything; but only to review the information put before you and draw your own conclusion -- just as a jury would do in a court of law...'

Bell Witch Cave Photo.

The Hunter Museum of American Art.

Lowe Art Museum: Africa. 'This collection includes objects from various subSaharan cultures of West Africa. Fieldcollected objects donated by Lee and Aurora McMichen and Professor and Mrs. Robert R. Ferens from Zaire, including sculpture, masks, metal work, textiles and beadwork, are a major strength ...'
Komo Society Mask.

Lowe Art Museum: Native America. 'The Alfred I. Barton collection of Southwest Indian art, recognized by scholars as one of the finest in the United States contains works that includes textiles, baskets and other utilitarian objects. Some textiles are extremely rare examples of the Navajo, Pueblo, and Rio Grande weaving traditions ... '
Shoulder Bag.

Japanese Medical Prints. 'The Postal News started in June of 1872. The paper employed Taiso Yoshitoshi for one year April of 1875 to the next spring. Working for the Postal News aloud Yoshitoshi to reach a mass audience on wide range of subject matter. This print is on a contemporary subject a wife taking care of her husband, notice the son and how he works more as a symbol of health, and not just a person in the print. Also refereed to in the title he makes sure to point out the wife she is for filling her duty with honor. In the Tokugawa society was rule by a strict class system the male female roles we just as important especially when it come to a serious subject as disease...'
Casting out the devil of measles.
Effects of eating a carp.
Medical store advertisement.

Comparison of Elegant Beauties/Sakura. Via the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto.

International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. Nice site - with antique toy trucks.

Knoxville Museum of Art.

The Ewing Gallery. 'The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture is named in honor of C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing who initiated the art curriculum at the University of Tenneessee, Knoxville in 1948.'

National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee.

Children's Museum of Memphis.

Badnath Stupa, Kathmandu. Images.

Mahabharata Stories for Children.

Huysum: Hollyhocks and Other Flowers in a Vase.

Huysum: Flowers in a Terracotta Vase.

Wings of a Butterfly Nebula.

The Cat's Eye Nebula.

Cocoon of a New White Dwarf.

16th June
Tehran Traffic Photos.

Pierre et Gilles.
'Pierre et Gilles are a pair of fabulous French artists who's works have become the definition of kitsch. As a result, they have become icons themselves. Often considered photographers, this isn't precisely true. A piece by Pierre et Gilles combines photographs with painting and collage. Their portraits turn celebrities into icons, blending classical ideals, religious images, and eroticism. '
'Famous and not so famous actors and actresses, musicians, and porn stars have all posed for Pierre et Gilles. The list reads like a who's who list of mainstream and alternative culture: Tilda Swinton, Jeff Stryker, Boy George, Nina Hagen, Catherine Deneuve, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince and Jean-Paul Gaultier to name just a few ... '

Beetle Sculpture.

The Dinka and Nuer. 'These photographs show the everyday lives of Dinka and Nuer people of southern Sudan. The Dinka and Nuer are the largest tribes in southern Sudan. They are closely related; it is thought the Nuer are descended originally from the Dinka. They are both dispersed, anarchic, mutually supportive societies. The photographs also describe briefly how these people are affected by a war ... '

Unseen America. First person photographs of low income people.

Inside Iraq. Photographs.
'In his novel, The Plague, Albert Camus portrayed the lives of a group of ordinary people in a fictional city, threatened by a terrifying pestilence from within. Quarantined from the outside world, they are forced to come to terms with the prospects of death and survival by themselves. There are no lifelines, no rule books to follow; all they have to guide them are their own instincts, and what each of them possesses in the way of moral compass. In the end, The Plague is a literary examination of how normal people behave under abnormal circumstances. '
'Let us fast forward to the present day, and into the real world, to Iraq, where a military invasion led by the United States has been threatened for months, and which now seems closer by the day. War can only be averted, it has been said, if Iraq's ruler, Saddam Hussein, disarms himself and gives up power. But he has refused, and has sworn to fight back and to defeat his enemies massing their troops on his borders. What does this situation mean for the ordinary Iraqis? What is it like for Iraqis to live their lives on the brink of a great war which is not of their choosing, in which their dictator may die, but in which they, and their children, may also be killed? '

Between Iraq and a Hard Drive. 'Our passage on the road into Iraq was relatively smooth this time, compared to the trip last September, when it took eight hours to cross the border. This time the uniformed border guards kept us waiting just several hours. They searched our car and temporarily confiscated our satellite phones and computers. At least they didn't take the good stuff, the stash of Stoli that I routinely hid down the back seat for a late-night bit of comfort ...'

The Naked Cowboy. He busks in New York City, wearing very little. Good for him.
Fan photos.

Max Dupain: Bondi.

Max Dupain: Sunbather.

Freedom Paradise. 'The size-friendly vacation club.'

City Lights Books, San Francisco. 'Famed San Francisco bookstore is an intellectual Mecca and reader's pilgrimage, with the best that's published in a wide range of subject areas.'

Ukiyo-e Beauties.

Ukiyo-e Actors.

Ukiyo-e Landscapes.

Old Toronto. Historic Toronto architecture.

Templo Mayor Museum, Mexico City.
'Inaugurated on October 12, 1987, this site museum preserves, exhibits and publicizes information on archaeological materials excavated over the course of several seasons of work conducted by the Templo Mayor Project, from 1978 to the present. The museum has eight halls exhibiting thousands of objects, many of them from the more than 110 offerings uncovered in the Archaeological Zone, as well as sculptures, reliefs and other elements found in this area. Here, the Templo Mayor of the Mexica is reproduced symbolically and in the form of museum displays. To reflect the distribution of their shrines at the Great Temple, the halls in the south wing are dedicated to Huitzilopochtli, god of war, related to the Sun, and those in the north wing to Tlaloc, god of rain ... '


Wig at the Exploratorium. 'Just how do we remember a face? The upper part of the face seems to be more important for recognition than the lower part. The hair turns out to be the most important factor, followed by the eyes, then the nose, and then to a lesser extent, the mouth and chin. If you're going to rob a bank, wear a wig, and don't bother with the fake beard.'

Photos of Luminous Organisms.

Eclectic Links about Yorba Linda, California. Great stuff - historic buildings in Yorba Linda, Richard Nixon's grave, Nixon as Napoleon with a Puli dog, and more. Another fine service from Grow a Brain. (And by the way, congratulations!)

Fruit Crate Art. Via the Ultimate Insult.

Basquiat. Via iconomy.

Museum of Anti-Alcohol Posters. Via Internet Weekly.

Big Things in Canada. Via MeFi.