1. The Georgia Girl Drive-In
Find the location here.
2. An Island of 4 Seasons
Kotisaari Island is a small landmass, accessible only by boat, in the town of Rovaniemi. Nestled into the Kemi River, the island was a lumberjack stronghold in a time when the waterway was used by the logging industry. Now, the idyllic island is the protagonist of a set of photos by Jani Ylinampa, which shows the changing seasons. Winter, spring, summer, and fall—Ylinampa’s photographs show the remarkable beauty of the island year-round.
3. Wildlife photographer of the year disqualified for using a stuffed animal
After a careful and thorough investigation into the image The night raider by Marcio Cabral, the Museum has disqualified it from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
It was the winner of the 2017 Animals in their Environment category.
Evidence was presented to the Museum by third parties that it is highly likely the animal in the awarded photograph is a taxidermy specimen.
Found on the Natural History Museum.
4. Pleasing Plant Pastels
Photoshop at its best. Discover the work of Nicholas Scarpinato.
5. Color Photographs of India in 1913-14 by Albert Kahn
From Khan’s incredible “Archive of the Planet“, which we’ll discover more of later this week on MessyNessyChic.
6. Early Sat-Nav, 1932
The Italian-made Iter Avto, which used a map on a scroll, is believed to be the first onboard direction guide. Just like the modern devices such as a Tom Tom or Garmin, the device was positioned on the dashboard of a car – and came with a set of paper maps. These were wound from one roll to another across a display and a cable connected to the speedometer controlled the scroll rate. At night, it was electrically lit. In this way, the speed with which the display moved was proportional to the speed of the car so it always showed the correct point. The big problem was that the moment you strayed from your route, you would have to load a new map and find the exact spot of your current location.
7. Winter Weekend Road Trip in California, 1930s
“On mild winter weekends suburbanites might enjoy the view of snow-capped Telescope Peak (in the Panamint range) while camping in Death Valley, once a byword for desolation. “Planes, trains and motors, of course, have robbed the desert of its dreads,” wrote Fred Simpich in the November 1934 issue. “The sting has been taken out of Death Valley completely by modern transport.”
Photograph by Anthony Stewart for National Geographic.
8. Swimming in Money with Scrooge McDuck: The Oil Paintings
I remember Scrooge McDuck as the character who took his nephews on adventurous treasure hunts around the world and then let them swim in his ‘money bin’ while he counted it. He seemed like a pretty fun uncle…
Carl Barks was the man behind the creation of “Scrooge McDuck,” the world’s richest duck, and the man who drew the comic book adventures of Donald Duck, his nephews, and Uncle Scrooge back in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Only 20 or so of his original oil paintings are set in the money bin and it is rare for one of them to be offered for sale. They have sold for upwards of $260K at auction.
Find more Carl Barks Scrooge McDuck nostalgia here.
9. Puffball Mushrooms
Puffball mushrooms release spores by popping in a ‘puff’ of smoke.
Found on Wikipedia.
10. Sophia Loren’s 1970s cookbook
In the forward, she wrote:
I needed two things for a book like this: time and a penchant for cooking. I never had much of the first in between movies, but I always had plenty of the second. With one nuisance: having to restrain myself, or I might ruin my waist.
Loving her take on dinner parties:
They say, in terms of cooking, that you should not have more than eight guests; […] Try having more than eight people at the table: conversation and exchanges will become difficult. Everyone will end up talking to the person on their right or on their left, especially if the table is not round but rectangular. It’s even worse at formal lunches, when people all sit in line on one side of the table!
[…] I’ve tried to find a different solution. This is what I do: if there are more than twelve guests, I set different tables so everyone is comfortable, but I don’t have them served sitting down. Everyone can serve themselves at the buffet, and sit next to whoever they are more interested in.
11. The Mirabal Sisters
Heroines of the Dominican Republic who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo (El Chivo) and were involved in clandestine activities against his regime.
Their involvement and leadership in the revolution against Trujillo was unprecedented, not only because of the “essentially passive role [of women] in Hispanic societies,” but also due to the fear that a majority of Dominican citizens had of Trujillo.
Three of the four sisters (Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa) were assassinated on 25 November 1960… in a feeble attempt to cover up the murders, their bodies were put back in the jeep and thrown off a cliff.
The bravery of the women, their refusal to stay quiet or give up, and their unwavering organization efforts against Trujillo were all integral in the events that ultimately led to Trujillo’s downfall. The Mirabal sisters, now largely known as “the Mariposas,” have come to be recognized as heroines in the Dominican Republic. The country shows their appreciation and respect for the women in “virtually every Dominican [town]…[with] some commemorative marker, school, or main street bearing their names.”
Read more about their story, found here.
12. This woman who went to jail for wearing slacks instead of a dress in 1938
Found on the LA Times.