2. The British royal family owns a not-so-nerdy stamp collection worth £100 million
(The Royal Philatelic Collection also doubles as the family photo album).
Queen Victoria’s son Prince Alfred started it all off with a pane of 6d stamps acquired in 1856, although the world’s first stamp had been issued several years earlier, on May 1, 1840. A passion for postage clearly runs in the family as it’s rumored that the Queen’s grandfather, George V, spent three uninterrupted afternoons a week with his stamp collection, which is preserved in no fewer than 328 red albums. George VI continued the tradition, keeping his acquisitions in blue binders, while the Queen’s collection is kept in green books. –(via Atlas Obscura).
One stamp alone, a Mauritian stamp that was shown in a travelling exhibition to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, is believed to be worth £2 million.
Found on The Telegraph.
3. Mrs. Man Ray
Juliet Browner was an American dancer and model, who became the wife and muse of the artist Man Ray. In 1946, she married Man Ray, in a double wedding with their friends Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning. From 1951, they lived in a studio in Paris near the Luxembourg Gardens until his death in 1976 at the age of 86.
Found on Tumblr.
4. Miami Vice was a real kingmaker with guest stars…
5. Brigitte Helm cooling off on the set of Metropolis, 1927
Unidentified photographer, found on Le Cinema World.
6. Girl in the Kimono
Geesje Kwak was a model of the Dutch painter and photographer George Breitner. She became known for the famous series of seven paintings (and accompanying photo studies) that Breitner made of her in 1893 and 1894 (when she was 17) as the girl in a red and white kimono lying on a sofa and standing in front of a mirror in an oriental interior.
Breitner had visited an exhibition of Japanese prints in The Hague in 1892, and subsequently purchased several Japanese kimonos and a few folding screens. Kwak, a hat seller and a seamstress, soon became his main model. She walked around the studio and Breitner took pictures and sketches of her. This is how the series of paintings of Kwak in kimono was created, of which Girl in a white kimono and Girl in red kimono is the best known. However, Kwak did not pose for Breitner for very long. In 1895 she emigrated to South Africa … There she died of tuberculosis in 1899 aged 22. Kwak was paid for her work, and the relationship between her and Breitner appears to have been strictly businesslike. Breitner kept a meticulous note in a preserved notebook about when and how long she had posed for him, and what amount of money he had given her for it.
Found on Wikipedia.
7. Van Gogh in Paris
The two years Van Gogh spent in Paris before departing for Arles were full of experimentation; he was able to view the Impressionists and Cézanne, but was propelled most by his fervour for ‘Japonaiseries’, his introduction to the works of Monticelli, and his acquaintance with Paul Signac. His palette became progressively brighter and more colourful, and towards the end of 1886, and through the spring of 1887, his brush came to life.
Found on Culture Darm.
8. Paris Colour Shops in the 1950s
In the early 1950s, Swiss designer Gérard Ifert walked the streets of Paris on quiet Sundays, taking pictures of the colourmen’s shopfronts.
Found on Eye Magazine.
9. Make your Drive Fun
Enter in two locations to make the drive fun.
10. One of the Smallest Restaurants in New York
11. This Cake
Found via the Twin Peaks Festival 1993-2019 (surely a festival that needs to be revived), via Eclectic Ladyland. How to make it here.
12. Yoga for people that don’t want to try yoga
Found via F*ckYeahYoga, made by @mindcreator.
13. A Good Experiment
Find the experiment here.