Posts Tagged ‘smokestacks’

Shorpy

Published March 22, 2010 by Molly

11969ub

God bless the internet. Nothing puts us in a better mood, really, than locating incredible labor-of-love websites that provide endless hours of fascination. The Shorpy Historic Photo Archive is one such website.

With the motto “ALWAYS SOMETHING INTERESTING”, Shorpy is a vintage photography blog collecting high-quality images from the 1850s through the 1950s. The only unifying thread is that the images be interesting. That’s it! By this logic it’s possible to come upon a Howard University home-ec classroom circa 1925, a burning sugar cane field in Puerto Rico, civil war smokestacks, and a whole category devoted to pretty girls throughout the ages.

The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago in Jefferson County, Alabama. The origin story is here. We think the internet can claim victory, now.

Miss Lotion

Published February 8, 2010 by Molly

lotion_novelle2

lotion_novelle

lotion_novelle_02_alt_done

It is equal parts intimidating/awesome to encounter an artist who can do everything under the sun. Literally everything.

Miss Lotion draws the kinda stuff you dreamed of drawing during dull moments in high school chemistry: perfectly-proportioned, expressive and loony ice cream trucks, smokestacks, helicopters, psycho cats, magicians and piglets. Also stunningly accurate portraits. Also cool typefaces and commercial illustrations. Also paintings and logo designs.

The Danish-born artist— “born with a pen strapped to her hand”—is clearly the kind of compulsive mark-maker who can’t help herself from filling pages. We hope nothing ever stops her.