Thursday, March 31, 2011

Typewriter Revival: Twitter Generation Rediscovers Manual Typewriters #Steampunk

The Digital Generation Rediscovers the Magic of Manual Typewriters -

Manual typewriters aren’t going gently into the good night of the digital era. The machines have been attracting fresh converts, many too young to be nostalgic for spooled ribbons, ink-smudged fingers and corrective fluid. And unlike the typists of yore, these folks aren’t clacking away in solitude.
They’re fetishizing old Underwoods, Smith Coronas and Remingtons, recognizing them as well designed, functional and beautiful machines, swapping them and showing them off to friends. At a series of events called “type-ins,” they’ve been gathering in bars and bookstores to flaunt a sort of post-digital style and gravitas, tapping out letters to send via snail mail and competing to see who can bang away the fastest.

Keys arranged alphabetically
ABC typewriter 2
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Conway's Vintage Treasures - Make an Offer Day!

03-30-2011 - 48 Hours to Go to April Fool's Day, Make an Offer Day!:
"Just a reminder that our biggest event of the year is this Friday (late Thursday night after midnight), our second annual Make an Offer Day. It begins at midnight Friday, April 1, 2011 and ends at midnight, April 2, 2011"

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Erotic watches at Antiquorum, a Geneva-based auction house

Swiss auction tempts buyers with erotic watches | Reuters:
Etienne Lemenager, Director of Antiquorum holds a repeating musical watch with four actions and concealed erotic automaton ''Musique d'Amour'' made circa 1810 by Genevan watchmaker Henry Capt, during an auction preview in Geneva March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
"...[An] assortment of erotic watches coming under the hammer in Switzerland this weekend.

An important private collection of 33 watches from the 18th and 19th centuries featuring racy tableaux will be offered for sale on Sunday at Antiquorum, a Geneva-based auction house specialising in fine timepieces.

Among the sale's highlights is an uncommon early 19th Century 18-carat watch by Genevan craftsman Henry Capt expected to fetch $70,000 to $90,000 and featuring two automata -- one on the front of the watch depicting an idyll of doves and musicians and another hidden one showing a couple in an amorous embrace."

Vintage Clothes and memorabilia in Dubai boutique + Burj Khalifa

gulfnews : Young entrepreneurs roll out unique retail concept:
Hussain and Maha Abdul Rasheed show off their two-in-one concept store

"Dubai: Pair a budding entrepreneur with a passion for vintage clothes with someone having a good eye for the quirky, and chances are you have come across one of the more unique retail concepts to come out of Dubai in recent times.
And if they happen to be siblings, all the better. The Egyptian brother and sister combine, Maha and Hussain Abdul Rasheed, have tapped their interests to start a concept store on Jumeirah Beach Road.
And a split down the middle of the store mirrors their individual passions as well."

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Unusual Food Collection > Local man’s ‘taste’ for collecting > Huntington, Indiana Newspaper

Local man’s ‘taste’ for collection at end of spectrum | the Huntington County TAB - Huntington, Indiana Newspaper:
"Some people collect baseball cards; others amass coins, stamps or even Pez dispensers.

Bryan Ballinger's collection would be at the end of the spectrum, bordering somewhere between unusual and absurd.
Ballinger has been collecting unusual food items for the last 14 years, pulling together a collection of almost 80 items.

The item, a small jar of Shippam's Bloater, caught Ballinger's eye because of one of the ingredients.

'Apart from bloater (a term used for smoked herring), one of the other ingredients is ‘other fish',' he says. 'That just struck me as odd.'

And it was that odd fascination that piqued Ballinger's interest."

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Edible Books > Annual Milwaukee Show | Woodland Pattern Book Center + More edibles

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Edible Book Show < Woodland Pattern Book Center:
Petra Press Edible Book 2010

"The Edible Book Show, first conceived by Judith Hoffberg, a California-based publisher, curator and art critic, has spread rapidly across the United States and overseas since its inception in 2000. Every spring, bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers alike celebrate this annual event by making (and eating) edible books."

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Beatles Fans > 37th Annual Fest in Secaucus, New Jersey + #Beatles News stories

The party's over, but the favors last -

"37th Annual Fest for Beatles Fans in Secaucus, New Jersey. The celebrities are winging their way home. The last chorus of 'The End' has been tearfully sung. The conference rooms at the Crowne Plaza are empty until next March.

But zealous fans can still partake of 'very strange' Fest Goodies via the internet. And this year, there were some unbelievable purchases for fans with every size pocket book! Here are some of the highlights:

$$$$$ For those of you with BIG BUCKS and a penchant for serious collecting, take a look at the RIAA Gold Record Award presented to the Beatles. Documented, framed, and ready to hang on your wall, this one-of-a-kind artifact could be viewed up close and personal at the Fest. In fact, Gary Hein was on hand to give the complete history of the record in glowing detail. But don't despair! This $125,000 record may still be purchased to hang in your Beatles room via!"

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hat collection with a twist >> Boise Idaho

One Boise man’s ‘hat collection with a twist’ | Tim Woodward's Columns | Idaho Statesman:
"Ron Barker collects hats. That alone wouldn’t be unusual; lots of people collect hats. But Barker’s collection has an unusual twist. He only collects hats that have been lost, usually on or near a road.

Sartorial road kill.

“I like it because it engages the imagination,” he said. “Where did this hat come from? What’s its story? If it could talk, what would it say?”"

Collecting expensive european designer coats

He's gotta have it - Telegraph:
"For Oliver Beer, it all started quite innocuously, at a football match in 1985. He was watching his beloved Stoke City play when he noticed another fan wearing a handsome-looking jumper with a logo he had never seen before. They got talking, and the man explained that it was Stone Island, a new brand by an Italian designer called Massimo Osti. Afterwards Beer tried looking for it, but this was before the internet, before there were designer clothes available in every city centre and mail-order catalogue, and he drew a blank until the next year, when a shop called Review in Newcastle-under-Lyme began selling it."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Collection a Day : Collector website > found objects & everyday objects

Collection a Day : Home + Purchase the book (view the blog too)

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Budding Collector > #Kids collect leaves, #Rocks, icicles

Lainey Rocks the House - Arlington, MA Patch:

"My daughter Lainey is four years old and I love her. This kid knows how to stuff her pockets, collecting everything she can.

... Last winter Lainey kept an icicle collection in the freezer until she ate one and dropped the rest on the floor crying. When the first warm spring day came along, Lainey noticed the snow was gone and focused in on the rocks that lay exposed."

Book Collecting | Ars Libri Boston moving to a new home

Art books destination Ars Libri heading for a new home - The Boston Globe

Ars Libri, which was established in 1976, is easily the best place to buy art books off the shelf in Boston. But to Elmar Seibel, the brains behind Ars Libri, that fact is almost incidental. What’s more, due to momentous shifts taking place in the book-selling business, it may not remain the case for much longer.
He has been responsible for establishing whole libraries, including the library of a research institute connected to the world’s richest museum (the Getty); he has been on intimate and influential terms with collectors, scholars, diplomats, philosophers, and artists; and, through both his dealings at Ars Libri and his private collecting, he has pursued a mission to bridge the intellectual and aesthetic divide between the West and the cultures of Persia and Islam.

54 Cereals We Loved and Lost - A Tribute - Urlesque

54 Cereals We Loved and Lost - A Tribute
discontinued cereals
"Remember cartoon-filled mornings as a kid in the 80s and early 90s? ... take a tempting trip back through all the cereals who've moved on to that Big Breakfast in the sky."

Call for submissions: #Cereal Boxes | @UPPERCASE + More Stories

UPPERCASE - Participate:

"Issue 9 of UPPERCASE magazine (spring) explores how food inspires creativity. For this open call, you are invited to submit your cereal box designs and illustrations! ... You can redesign an existing cereal box or feel free to come up with a new name and concept for your cereal.

I plan on making mockups of the best submissions and photographing them for inclusion in the magazine."

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#Typography (& News) from the 40s and 50s = sequel to 60s and 70s book last year @drawn

Drawn - Custom Lettering of the ’40s and ’50s

Custom Lettering of the ’40s and ’50s

Last year’s Custom Lettering of the ’60s and ’70s, Rian Hughes’s massive scrapbook of curated lettering samples culled from movie posters, ads, and other ephemera of the time, was one my favourite books of 2010. It quickly gained a permanent spot on the bookshelf closest to my drawing table, it’s such a great reference book.

Its new successor, Custom Lettering of the ’40s and ’50s now joins it on the shelf. Both books are nothing but pure typographic pornography, carefully sorted by style and tone.

"Rian Hughes’s massive scrapbook of curated lettering samples culled from movie posters, ads, and other ephemera of the time, ... Custom Lettering of the ’40s and ’50s ... [is] nothing but pure typographic pornography, carefully sorted by style and tone."

Custom Lettering of the 40s & 50s

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Red Wing Union Stoneware Company + #Pottery Articles

Vintage Red Wing tea set is a keeper
"After the discovery in 1861 of huge, prehistoric clay pit beds near the town of Red Wing, Minn., the area quickly became a center for clay and stoneware manufacturing.
The Red Wing Stoneware Co., formed in 1877, was just one of several local businesses to use the newly found natural resource, but became the central focus of stoneware production after merging with the other local potteries to form the Red Wing Union Stoneware Co. in 1906.

While early production included mostly utilitarian items such as jugs, churns, water coolers and flower pots, Red Wing Stoneware diversified and expanded its production to include art pottery and dinnerware, and it changed its name to Red Wing Potteries in 1936 as a result.
The company closed in 1967, but its technical records, name and legal rights were bought in 1984, and stoneware production resumed under the new owner.

The company was sold again in 1998 but is still in operation, producing kitchenware and decorative items that are well-known throughout the United States and considered collectible by many pottery enthusiasts.
COLLECTING RED WING: The quality, sturdiness and aesthetic appeal of Red Wing stoneware has led it to be dubbed 'the Cadillac of pottery' by many stoneware collectors."

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Cloud Collecting: Field guide to water vapor + reviews and more Books

With Field Guide, a Cloud Enthusiast Is Out to Win Hearts and Minds -
"“The Cloud Collector’s Handbook,” published by Chronicle Books, a serious yet charming field guide to clouds. The book teaches readers how to identify clouds they have seen and gives them a place to record the sightings, just the way birders create life lists of the birds they have spotted. It even has a scoring system, in which cloudspotters receive 10 points for ordinary clouds like nimbostratus, the more or less featureless rain clouds people typically have in mind when they say clouds are depressing; 40 points for a cumulonimbus storm cloud, the anvil-shaped “king of clouds”; and more points for more exotic formations"

Mr. Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society (motto: “Look Up and Wonder”), campaigns against the idea that sunny days are best. Still, though the society has more than 25,000 members in 87 countries and counting, encouraging cloud appreciation is uphill work.

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Ultimate Collection > #Earth Species crowd sourced @projectnoah + Reviews

A 21st-Century Field Guide: The Green Life:
Project Noah

"'Networked Organisms and Habitiats,' invites iPhone and Android users to upload pictures of flora and fauna from all over the globe. The goal: to create an online, crowd-sourced field guide (that's also on Twitter).

The app, which underwent a major upgrade in December, can help users identify species based on the phone's GPS coordinates. The website also offers a beautiful user-generated photo gallery of more than 8,500 species from thousands of locations."

New Movie Poster - Brad Pitt & Sean Penn The Tree of Life movir

New Poster - Brad Pitt & Sean Penn

"Fox Searchlight has recently released a poster for Terrence Malick's new film The Tree of Life. The poster features an unusual collection of beautiful captures with no narrative. "

Elizabeth Taylor collector with 10,000 items and new book - Melbourne, Oz + related

Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star - MCV - Melbourne's gay and lesbian community voice:
Costume worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 film Cleopatra
"Wayne Griffin has been described as Elizabeth Taylor's Number One Fan ... who is putting the final touches to his book, Elizabeth Taylor – The Girl Who Had Everything – images and stories based on Griffin's collection of some 10,000 items of memorabilia.

Then, when he heard about Taylor's death in the early hours of last Thursday morning – via a text from a US friend – Griffin was devastated. Unable to sleep, he put on his DVD of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the 1966 film in which Taylor starred with Richard Burton. Having stayed up all night, he went to work wearing an Elizabeth Taylor tie and a flower in his lapel.

'I thought, she's with Richard now, so I wanted to see them together again on screen,'

Cropped screenshot of Elizabeth Taylor from th...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Art collecting for philanthropy and education

Sisters continued mother's philanthropic pursuits - Utica, NY - The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York:
"Helen Elizabeth Munson was laying the foundation for a museum and performing arts center that would become a focal point for Utica’s cultural past, present and future.

An astute art collector, a philanthropist and shrewd investor, Munson was well ahead of her late 19th-century female counterparts.

Her collection and vision, which she passed down to her daughters Rachel and Maria (pronounced Mariah), has literally become the foundation for the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute as a performing arts center. The institute celebrates 75 years as a performing arts center this year.

“Their collections really formed the core of our collection when we opened our doors in 1936, and I think our involvement in the community really carries on the proctor sprit, that we are still free and that they would see the work that would please them. Everything from the arts festival to the refugee center to the programs at the Utica school district is really carrying on what they were interested in for this community — using arts as a basis for education, and to give people in this community cultural experiences they wouldn’t have had necessarily.”"

Archive of Melrose Massachusetts Memories Collector

‘Archive of Melrose Memories:’ One man’s dedication to the past - Melrose, Massachusetts - Melrose Free Press

A history of ‘movers and shakers’
Born in Medford, Scott Macaulay moved to Melrose, Massachusetts in 1969, when he was entering the second grade, and developed an interest in local history by the time he was in high school. He credits a presentation by James McArdle, a member of the Melrose Historical Society, with helping to spur his interest.

...Macaulay has assembled an engaging collection of odds and ends from Melrose’s history (Massachusetts), ranging from one-of-a-kind pieces, like a 1915 map of the city created by an insurance expert, to milk jugs, marshmallow tins, and cologne bottles from the city’s industrial past. Macaulay’s collection, which he estimates to be shy of 100 pieces, is housed beside rows of vacuum cleaners, inside a display case tucked into one corner of his shop.
Macaulay is also assembling a collection of historical photographs for the archive, which he stores in bulky carrying cases beside a filing cabinet.
Visitors are free to leaf through laminated photographs, like an 1895 picture of one of Melrose’s first fire engines, which are filed into the cases. Macaulay borrows the photographs from local history collectors and produces high-quality copies for the archive.
Macaulay is always on the hunt for interesting photographs from the city’s history to share with residents.
“This is not supposed to be something where you walk around with white gloves on, and can’t enjoy,” Macaulay explained. “My whole purpose is to share Melrose history on an introductory level.”

Read more: ‘Archive of Melrose Memories:’ One man’s dedication to the past - Melrose, Massachusetts - Melrose Free Press

Civil War photographs on display | Slater Auditorium at Norwich, CT Free Academy

The Day - Civil War photographs on display at NFA | News from southeastern Connecticut

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Norwich Historical Society will host a photography program by noted historic photography collector Matthew Isenburg Monday at Slater Auditorium at Norwich Free Academy. 
The program, “ Civil War Photographs,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday as the highlight of the Norwich Historical Society’s annual meeting. The program is free and open to the public.
His collection includes images, many rare, daguerreian and wet-plate cameras, thousands of books on photography and manuscripts.

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Antiques & Collectibles: A devotion to Dolls

Antiques & Collectibles: A devotion to dolls - Sandy Erdman: "Doll collecting is one of the most popular and rewarding hobbies in the United States, much of which is done by adults. Since many antique dolls have gone up in price, it is rare to find a bargain anymore.

“I have about 195 dolls and mannequins, so the best part is what I can do to them, like doing hair and clothes,' Erickson says. 'I spend a lot of time looking for clothes and wigs.”"

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hoarders - New attention raises awareness - News > Obsessive

Compulsive hoarding ApartmentImage via Wikipedia
TLCcable show visits Vallejo hoarder's home - Vallejo Times Herald:

"Obsessive collecting combined with difficulty throwing things away -- hoarding -- is a disorder that has gained widespread public awareness in recent years.
It has even spawned two reality TV cable network shows. The crew for one of those shows was in Vallejo taping this past week.

The subject of TLC's 'Hoarding: Buried Alive,' who will remain unnamed, was chosen after she was forced to leave her home for safety reasons, said show executive producer Alon Orstein in an email."

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'Compulsive' art collector builds French museum + Other Museum Stories

'Compulsive' art collector builds French museum to display ancient treasures | Culture | The Observer:
A Roman sculpture of the empress Domitia is among the antiquities going on display.
"A young British entrepreneur who has amassed a spectacular collection of art and antiquities, ranging from Egyptian reliefs to masterpieces by Rubens and Picasso, is to display the works in a new multi-million-pound museum in the south of France.

Christian Levett, the 41-year-old son of an Essex bookmaker, is to throw open the doors of the Mougins Museum of Classical Art next month for visitors to admire approximately 700 works spanning 5,000 years that he has acquired over the past seven years."

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#CivilWar photo Exhibit sheds light on history (Norwich, CT) + More Civil War Photograph stories

Civil War photos shed light on history - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin:
"A look into the soul of the 19th century by renowned photograph collector Matthew Isenburg promises a view into a forgotten world Monday at Slater auditorium.

“A look at a photograph of a man who died at Antietam during the Civil War, rather than an illustration, brings the subject to life,” Isenburg, a Hadlyme resident, said. “You’re looking into his soul.”

Isenburg will present a slide lecture featuring photographs from the 1850s to the 1870s, according to William Champagne, of the Norwich Historical Society, the group sponsoring the program."

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Barbed wire tells the History of the West + #Tattoo and #Decor

Barbed Wire.Image by kevwhelan via Flickr

History of the West told through barbed wire - The Herald Journal: Home:
"Ever since he was newly married and living in Dallas, Texas, the now-retired Chamblee has been collecting samples of rare and historic barbed wire.
'I read an article in True West magazine about barbed wire,' Chamblee said. 'Then I went outside and found three different kinds of barbed wire shown in the article on my fence. So I started looking around for more.'"

Glass spheres with human skulls | Ohio Glassware Museum Exhibit

Exhibit Review | Ohio Glass Museum: Orbs, more colorful, fascinating | The Columbus Dispatch:
Glass spheres with skulls inside  by  Mark Matthews
"In addition to marbles and crackle glass, the exhibit includes about 20 pieces from the museum's archives of goofus glass - pressed glass"

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