1. Easter Bonnets
Apparently they were a thing. More here.
2. Easter Egg Museum, Ukraine
The museum is not only shaped like an egg (14 m in height and 10 m in diameter), but parts of the exterior and inside of the dome are painted to resemble a pysanka (the Polish/Ukrainian tradition of easter eggs). This is the only museum in the world dedicated to the pysanka, and it has become a calling card of the city.
Found on Wikipedia.
3. Easter Witches
Easter witches is an old Swedish legend about witches flying to Blockula on brooms on the Thursday before Easter or on the night between the Wednesday and Thursday before, and returning on Easter. In modern times children dress up as witches, old ladies or in old men’s clothing and go door to door distributing greetings and often receiving treats in return.
Found on Wikipedia.
4. Meanwhile in Poland on Easter Monday
Today is Śmigus-dyngus, meaning “Wet Monday”, a holiday celebrated mostly in Poland. Traditionally boys would pour water on girl they fancy and and spank them with pussy willow branches on Easter Monday, and girls give them an egg, money, brandy or gifts in return! Folks nowadays can still get carried away with all-day water battles, but most just sprinkle family members with water and exchange gifts. The origins of the celebration are uncertain, but it may date to pagan times before 1000 AD; it is described in writing as early as the 15th century.
After all the water had been thrown, the screaming girls would often be dragged to a nearby river or pond for another drenching. Sometimes a girl would be carried out, still in her bed, before both bed and girl were thrown into the water together. Particularly attractive girls could expect to be soaked repeatedly during the day… Girls could save themselves from a soaking by giving boys “ransoms” of painted eggs (pisanki), regarded as magical charms that would bring good harvests, successful relationships and healthy childbirths. Although in theory the girls are supposed to wait until the following day to get their revenge by soaking the boys, in practice both sexes throw water over each other on the same day.
It continues to be observed throughout Central Europe, and also in the United States, where certain patriotic American elements have been added to the traditional Polish ones. It’s mostly a case of light sprinkling of water
Found on Wikipedia.
5. These Eggs
The latest chef d’oeuvres by jeweler Ananov, one of the main exhibits he made for the “400 years of the House of Romanov” at the Historical Museum of Moscow in 2013.
Ananov’s Easter egg caught the eye of Faberge experts, who proposed that he mark his products with the name of the great jewelry house. He refused, believing his products should bear his own surname. The House of Faberge made a compromise and agreed to a double brandmark: Faberge Ananov.
More found here.
6. Maharajah of Jodhpur, late 19th century
Found on Little Red Mailbox
7. A Train Carriage 1890-1900
Photographer/ train unknown. Found on Tumblr.
8. Abandoned Wine Cellars in Southern Italy
These small buildings, which at first look may seem like small houses/caves (in fact it really looks like a small village), actually represented the core of the working and social life of Pietragalla people up to 50/60 years ago. Their purpose was linked to the production of wine; in fact here the first processing and fermentation of grapes coming from the vineyards scattered throughout the territory took place. Now there are just over 60 left and almost all of them are located in the Parco Urbano dei Palmenti at the eastern entrance of the town, but it is possible to find some scattered here and in the surrounding countryside. In the past there were certainly more of them, demonstrating a flourishing wine-growing activity that has now been lost along with most of the vineyards.
One of the palmenti has been converted into a restaurant…
Found on Medium.
9. Watches of the USSR
From Dashiell Oatman-Stanford’s Collection found via the Collector’s Weekly Article on How the Soviets Revolutionized Wristwatches
10. ‘People will find out’: May Pang on her time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
In a new documentary, the woman who went from assistant to lover of the ex-Beatle talks about her side of a misunderstood story.
Read the full story on The Guardian.
11. The era of the tween icon is over as we know it
Social media’s accelerated coming-of-age means the awkward, nostalgic, Y2K era when being sixteen felt like the peak of life is long gone, says ID Magazine. Read the article found here.
12. This happens at 2pm every day on London’s Westminster Bridge
Found on Unreliable Narrators via @thibautmathieuad
13. A Reminder that Barbra Streisand has a Mall in her Basement
“Instead of just storing my things in the basement, I can make a street of shops and display them,” Streisand says.
The mall at her Malibu home includes a doll shop, a costume shop and candy store where she serves guests ice cream. Ryan Murphy spoke of the time he had dinner with Lady Gaga at Streisand’s home.
“We had dinner with Barbra and Jim, and Kelly [Preston] and John [Travolta], and Gaga and I. That’s all the people who were invited. And after dinner, she said, ‘Do you want to see the mall?’ And Gaga and I were out of that chair so fast … We went down to the mall and spent an hour down there. She pulled out her collection of gowns from Funny Girl and Hello, Dolly! And then she said, ‘Do you want frozen yogurt?’ I could write a whole book about that night.”
There are photographs of it in Streisand’s book “My Passion for Design“. Found via Jezebel.