1. The ghostly remains of a failed techno-utopia
“Restricted Areas” is a stunning photography series by Russian visual artist Danila Tkachenko, who traveled to secret cities in the former Soviet Union to capture everything from an abandoned diesel submarine (the world’s largest) and a concrete sarcophagus that seals a mysterious 2.5-mile-deep hole–at the time, one of the deepest human-made holes in the world.
Former mining town which has been closed and made a bombing trial field. The building on the photo shows the cultural center, one of the objects for bombing. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014
Former residential buildings in the desert. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014
Antenna built for interplanetary connection. The Soviet Union was planning to build bases on other planets, and prepared facilities for connection that were never used and are deserted now. Russia, Arkhangelsk region, 2013
Discover more of Restricted Areas, via Fast Company.
2. Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters in the 1970s and 1980s
Found on Vintage Everyday.
3. Beautiful Public Toilets in 19th Century Paris
Facade sculpted by Emile Guadrier, built near the Champs Elysees, 1874
Marché Madeleine, 1875
Found on Dreaming of the 1800s. Also of interest: The Prettiest Pissoirs of Bygone Paris.
4. Become Notre Dame’s Neighbour in Paris
The little attic apartment next door to Notre Dame is for sale. Also of interest: Notre Dame has a very unusual neighbour that no one ever visits.
5. A Miniature Sherlock Holmes Apartment
I’m having a heck of a time however, trying to find the artist behind this 221 B Baker Street diaroama. Any clues (no pun intended), share in the comments. Found on Tumblr.
6. The World’s Largest LEGO Cherry Blossom Tree Blooms In Japan
Found on This is Colossal.
7. Barrel Chic
Found on Advertising in Pics.
8. Photographer inserts herself into Found Photos of the mother she Lost
Eight years ago, Lebohang Kganye lost her mother. Determined to maintain an emotional and physical connection, Kganye began searching for pieces of her mother in the home they had shared. She found photos and clothes, which had always been there, but that she’d overlooked while her mother was alive.
Through digitally merging the archival photos with the contemporary photos, Kganye aims to construct a new relationship with her mother. “She is me, I am her, and there remains in this commonality so much difference and distance in space and time,” says Kganye.
Photos by Lebohang Kganye, found via This isn’t Happiness on PDN
9. Colonel Sanders’ Picnic Playlist
Listen to the full album here, likely produced in 1966.
10. A group of pandas is called “an embarrassment”
From the fascinating world of collective nouns, an alphabetical guide to the weird and wonderful terminology of animal groups from Woop Studios.
A series of witty and original limited edition prints are available here.
11. A gripping read from 1873
Available to read in its entirety on the Internet Archives.
12. Dutch Boys in traditional Volendam worker pants
Fashion week inspiration, found via Pinterest.
13. Urban Explorer Uncovers Old Bunker Covered In WWII-Era Drawings
Chris Halliwell, 31, had heard whispers of the drawings and decided he needed to see them for himself, dedicating three days of research to finding the entrance to the bomb shelter. Despite all his research, the dad of four was stunned as he wandered through a mile of haunting tunnels to find the walls were plastered with coal portraits of characters from an era long past.
Factory worker Chris believes the sketches of soldiers and women with glamorous 1940s pin curls were created by workers at a nearby coal plant, taking shelter during bombings. While this is a ‘dream discovery’ for history lover Chris, he is adamant not to share the location of the bunker as he fears a wider knowledge of the tunnels would see the portraits vandalised and a piece of history ruined.
Found on MSN.