Vintage Images, Lost & Found: Gordon Parks’ Powerful “Segregation Series”
Recently The Gordon Parks Foundation discovered over 70 unpublished photographs by Parks at the bottom of an old storage box wrapped in paper and marked as “Segregation Series.” These never before series of images not only give us a glimpse into the everyday life of African Americans during the 50′s but are also in full color, something that is uncommon for photographs from that era. (Source: reginasworld)
Sometimes consideration for the future requires a long, hard look at the past. Mistakes are not to be forgotten and packed away, they should be recorded, studied and learned from.
Designer Annex, of New Zealand, has designed these lovely frocks from vintage maps of the world. Unfortunately, you can’t wear the dress…but according to her website, you can “hang [it] on your wall and dream of new adventures”. F*ck that, I’d absolutely try to put it on. Then, after I ripped it from doing something so stupid, I’d hang it on the wall (so you can’t see the rip, natch) and would then dream of other ways to get the damn dress on. Because these are way too cute to leave on a wall.
Here’s more from her website:
Travel the world or visit a favourite city with maps made from vintage printed maps. Hang on your wall and dream of new adventures or recount fond memories. Each dress is handmade and unique. Approx 90cm long and 60 cm wide.
Dresses are $195, bags $80, please email for more images
63 Ponsonby Road, Auckland, New Zealand
ph +64 9 3786018
anne at annex.net.nz
The Badass of the Day is Pilot Trainee Shirley Slade …
…as she sits on the wing of her Army trainer at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. In September of that year, Slade graduated as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots Class 43-5 (also known as WASPs).
Far from passive witnesses to — or victims of — the fighting in World War II, women took an active role in the war effort from the very start of the conflict. (see more — WWII: Women in the Fight)
My new-to-me artist of the day is J. Frederick Smith.
(1922 - 2010)
Relatively little is known about magazine illustrator and later, commercial photographer - but his easy-to-recognize style and knack for portraying women as soft, sensuous and playful, makes him one of my vintage favorites.
You Thought The Stork Brought Babies?
This city letter carrier posed for a humorous photograph with a young boy in his mailbag, 1900. After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples. Smithsonian Institution
fun being Creative Director
for Kinetic Consulting, too
(but the views expressed
here are wholly my own and are not those of my employer, cool?).
Somewhat Interesting Tidbits:
I am a gutsy critical thinker,
a passionate dance and yoga lover, exuberant (but not always successful) reverse-engineer in the kitchen, and proud Mom to my kiddo and
two kickass ocicats.