Looking at Russian Valery Nosal's collection of 25,500 chewing gum wrappers
may seem like a mere curiosity, but you gotta wonder about the ethnography of chewing gum
around the world. Perusing the catalog you can find the some expected regional flavors
, fascination with far away places
over taste chews
, odd promotions
, and, for a Scandinavian country, a surprising disregard for sustainability
and other chiclephobes
should not click.
The Pale King drafts:
The David Foster Wallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center UT has made some documents from The Pale King accessible online, including a few pages of his workbook, handwritten drafts, and typed edits. [more inside]
PAPER BOYS: The Dark World of Debt Collection [New York Times]
In the murky world of unpaid bills, a banker and an ex-con can make a fortune — if they don’t run into too many crooks.
Folger Shakespeare Library Releases 80,000 Images for Creative Common Use.
The Folger Shakespeare Library announced yesterday, that they have released the contents of their Digital Image Collection under a Creative Commons Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA) license. Full database can be accessed here
- The world's greatest collection of live music. [billboard]
The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 high resolution cartographic works (maps!) for free
, to view and download. "We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions." All can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page
and downloaded through their Map Warper
. (Via) [more inside]
The Eggnog Project
is the collection of Madeleine Eiche. "The peculiarities of the packaging range from festive to banal, minimal to unappetizing, and each seem to be printed with complete disregard for color alignment. It is precisely these things that make for such compelling kitsch."
The book on Wood-Frame House Construction
(with diagrams) is brought to you by the USDA Forest Service. Here is the full online index of USDA Agriculture Handbooks
. They're public domain. [more inside]
The Memory of the Netherlands is an image library making available the online collections of museums, archives and libraries. The library provides access to images from the collections of more than one hundred institutions and includes photographs, sculptures, paintings, bronzes, pottery, modern art, drawings, stamps, posters and newspaper clippings. In addition there are also video and sound recordings to see and listen to. The Memory of the Netherlands offers an historic overview of images from exceptional collections, organized by subject to provide easy access
Search 833928 objects from 133 collections from 100 institutions
"In the early 1800s, a hammer was kept near Plymouth Rock for the pilgrim who had forgotten to bring one
. By the end of the 19th century, what was left of the rock was fenced off within a memorial." "The United States, it turns out, was a nation of casual plunderers from the start
. Visitors to Mount Vernon snapped splinters from the moldings; beachgoers in Massachusetts chiseled off chunks of Plymouth Rock; tourists snipped fabric from the White House curtains. By the early 19th century, newspapers were referring to illicit souvenir hunting as a “national mania.” " [more inside]
is a seemingly-endless photo collection of abandoned places and things. Explore
random sites, check out the favorites
, see everything at once in the archive
, or submit
This is a 40 part feature that steps through Crayola’s color history
from 1903 up to
the current day
The permanent collection of the (US) National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago contains more than 2,500 pieces of art by 250 artists, all of which can be seen at NVAM Collection Online
. The site includes biographical material on the artists who created the work. Featured Artwork
. A small selection
. (Via. Images at links in this post may be nsfw, and/or disturbing to some viewers.)
The Useless Web
serves a collection of some of the most frivolous, insignificant and worthless websites (many of which were previously seen here).Obvious Warning: May contain sound, flashing images, old memes or peanuts. Well, probably not peanuts.
- an audio archive of the Phone Phreaking community. Phone phreaking was the practice of hacking into phone systems and networks in order to explore these networks and their connections [1 2
]. Many people first heard about the phenomenon in a 1971 Esquire article, Secrets of the Little Blue Box
, which included input from Captain Crunch
. Crunch discovered that you could access telephone networks by blowing a 2600 Hz tone, from a whistle given away free in cereal boxes, into telephone handsets. "Have you ever heard eight tandems stacked up?" asked Crunch in the interview. Well, now we can, thanks to a large audio archive of phone phreaking. [more inside]
On July 22, 2012, Herb Vogel
passed away. Herb worked his entire life for the US Postal Service, while his wife Dorothy worked for the Brooklyn Public Library. In spite of their humble
backgrounds, the couple were renowned in art circles
for amassing over the course of decades a deeply personal collection of over 2500 pieces of 20th C. contemporary American art, a collection so vast that it could not be housed in the National Gallery of Art
. A traveling exhibition entitled Fifty Works in Fifty States
was set up to share the Vogel's treasures with the American public in museums across the country, as well as online. The wonderful story of the deep love that the Vogels shared for each other and their passion for art, beauty and human creativity was told in the eponymous documentary Herb and Dorothy
Mike McHenry has posted several photo pages of the Chinese firecracker and firework labels
he's been collecting since 1968.
- Every issue from its launch in November 1956 through to December 1989. Well, confusingly, one issue with a cover date of November 1952 but with contents from 1959. [more inside]
Nathaniel "Magnificent" Montague
spent more than 50 years collecting rare artifacts of black history and culture. Facing bankruptcy, he lost it all, and now the priceless collection could be broken up and sold at auction.
While working with his wife of 56 years, Rose Casalan, to archive and prepare the collection for sale, he took out a loan to help pay for the archiving, found himself overextended financially and declared bankruptcy. His collection was seized, and it is now in the hands of a trusteeship charged with selling it to satisfy his debts. [more inside]
John Peel's Record Collection
"Online interactive digital museum" The Space
has begun the mammoth task of digitising DJ John Peel's record collection. Now, nearly 8 years after his death, the first 100 albums under the letter A are ready, with a new letter to be released every week. With bonus content such as photos, Peel Sessions and samples of radio shows
(Spotify may be required for some audio), it's a fascinating look inside the great man's never-ending enthusiasm for music.
Moscow of 1931
is a collection of hand-tinted lantern slides by Branson DeCou, an American photographer and travelogue lecturer who traveled the world for 30 years before his death in 1941. You can view more of the DeCou corpus online at the Branson Decou Archive
at the University of California, Santa Cruz where they've been attempting to sort, preserve, identify and digitize 10,000 DeCou slides received in 1971, a gift referred to the university chancellor by photographer Ansel Adams. [more inside]
The web site of The Costume Institute
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has more than 30,000 images searchable by who, what, where, and when.
It's the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month where I am right now, so I present to you Europeana
, a project collecting memorabilia and stories from the period of the Great War (1914-1918).
In the seven years since its last*
appearance in the blue, Cliff Muskiet's Stewardess Uniform Collection
has grown to more than 1,000 different uniforms from more than 400 different airlines. [more inside]
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library today launched its latest online research tool, the Production Art Database. The database contains records for more than 5,300 items from the library’s collection, including motion picture costume and production design drawings, animation art, storyboards and paintings. Nearly half of the records include images, making this an invaluable online resource for researchers interested in motion picture design.
At first, Collectors Weekly
deleted virtually anything listed on their site bearing a Nazi swastika. Now they are explaining what changed their mind and why some people collect this particular paraphernalia
that China is indeed the up and coming (sorry, I couldn't resist the childish pun) new global economic force.
Why do I have a sneaking suspicion that this may turn up at one of my local adult toy stores
Over the past 30 years, designer, writer and Principal Researcher for Microsoft Research Bill Buxton
has collected input and interactive devices whose designs he found "interesting, useful or important. In the process, he has assembled a good collection of the history of pen computing, pointing devices, touch technologies, as well as an illustration of the nature of how new technologies emerge." This week, he unveiled his collection
at the Computer-Human Interaction conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. An extensive gallery has been posted online with images and notes at The Buxton Collection
. [more inside]
Eyes of a Generation
is a "virtual museum of television cameras, and the broadcast history they captured," curated by actor and radio DJ Bobby
. The site has hundreds of photos of cameras
and of television
. It also includes vintage articles
and a neat look at how the moon backdrop on the Conan set works. [more inside]
Inspired by Andrew Sullivan's recent post
on views outside airplane windows, BuzzFeed compiled a collection of "100 incredible airplane window views" from Flickr
. (bandwidth-heavy single page version.) Click through slideshow at Business Insider.
Iconographie ouvrages anciens
is a collection of historic animal illustrations that date as far back as the 16th Century, courtesy of the library at Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon
. [more inside]
The library of King Matthias I of Hungary, the Bibliotheca Corviniana
, was "the second greatest collection of books in Europe in the Renaissance period, after that of the Vatican." Destroyed following the 15th century Turkish invasion of Hungary
(despite the efforts of Matthias' vassal Vlad III the Impaler
), a few surviving codices have been digitized
by the National Széchényi Library and the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
. [more inside]
Of Picassos Turns Up In France
. A retired French electrician and his wife say they stashed hundreds of never-before-seen works [in French at Libération, who broke the story] estimated to be worth at least $80 million in their garage. The works are believed to be authentic, but it's not quite clear how they came to be in the couple's possession.
"...it's probably extra easy to trace my life & interests through these galleries. They start out in Kansas (most of the early non-Lawrence/ KC ones were sent to me either by people ordering copies of my zine or by a few pals of mine who had run away to CA), and as I move around in life the bands & venues change accordingly: Kansas, Ohio, Washington DC, Kansas again, Arizona."
The Jason Willis Flyer Collection, 1981-2006
collects police patches from all over the United States, including state
, and many K-9 units
. Yes, the site design is unfortunate but the collection
is really cool
"This is a blog documenting a project that will span exactly one year, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. On each of those 365 days, I will photograph or draw (and occasionally paint) one collection
. Most of the collections are real and exist in my home or studio; those I will photograph. Some are imagined; those I will draw or (occasionally) paint."
I'm like a character in a dystopian science-fiction novel, holed up in a cave full of cultural artefacts, waiting for the young Jenny Agutter to arrive in a tinfoil miniskirt, fleeing a poisonous cloud on the surface, to check out my stash and ask me: "Who exactly was the Quicksilver Messenger Service? Who was this Virginia Woolf? What kind of man was Jonah Hex?"
- Stewart Lee on comics, books, CDs and shelves
. Many, many feet of shelves.
is a cross-platform research management tool which features article databasing, PDF annotation, online backup, private, shared and public collections, metadata lookup on Google Scholar, direct exporting of multiple citation styles to Word, OpenOffice and BibTex, the ability to add documents directly from a web browser, and social networking with other members in your field of study. Like Zotero
), but out of the browser and with note-taking abilities. For Windows, Mac and Linux.
The Whatsisname Collection. A number of years ago there was a place called A&S Magazines on 40th Street behind the Port Authority, which sold used magazines. One week I went in there and they had this particular collection of magazines, boxes and boxes of them, which they were selling quite cheap, because they had all been defaced. A gentleman in Connecticut had been buying magazines - mostly men’s magazines - for several decades, from the forties to the early seventies - and deconstructing them. He would take them apart, and then he would make a new magazine from the remnants of several, arranging the pages to highlight certain stories and downplay others. He would staple the pages back into the cover, and then he would cross out whatever stories weren’t in his version with a wax pencil. Finally he would stamp his name on the cover and number the whole thing, presumably for his "library." Even though vintage, these oddly shaped, crude reassemblages really wouldn’t appeal to many people. Obviously I bought as many as I could. Michael Kupperman's
Whatsisname Collection -- Part 1
// Part 2.
Debt collectors call him a credit terrorist. “Cunningham beats the debt collectors at their own game. He turns their money-making practice into a financial liability. He is a regular guy who has become a radical enemy of the banking system.” [more inside]
What Should Museums Throw Out?
At a time when controversial moves by major art museums are making the public more aware than ever of how museums collect or discard objects, the University College of London's museum invites visitors
to play curator in the exhibit Disposal
, viewing some white-elephant objects
and determining their fate. The museum also just wrapped up another innovative exhibit on objects and point of vew, Object Retrieval
, in which one object was explored and responded to by a rolling team of contributors from varying displines, 24 hours a day, for one week.
my name is james phillips williams. most everyone calls me jp. i have been a designer in new york for 20 years. i started this blog at the urging of my friends and fellow designers who were familiar with my manic collecting. my collections are varied but generally have to do with typography or design.