1. This miniature artist
2. East Berlin Factory Girls
In 1984, the German photographer Helga Paris spent several weeks at a state-owned clothing factory in East Berlin capturing female employees and their ‘unforeseen beauty’.
More photos found on The Guardian.
3. These handbags
Made by Camille Albertine.
4. If you had unlimited budget to renovate a French chateau’s gatehouse
The owner is a Parisian plastic surgeon and his youtube channel documents the rest of the chateau’s renovation here.
5. A mini Greek temple on a remote Scottish island
The Bullough Family Mausoleum built in 1900, found on Unreliable Narrators.
6. Napoleon’s plan to retire in the USA
This is the New Orleans landmark that almost became Napoleon’s retirement home. It doesn’t appear in textbooks and isn’t included in the much-anticipated movie Napoleon – but the French politician had bold plans to start a new life in the US.
Bow-tied waiters glided between tables at the New Orleans restaurant, depositing the signature Pimm’s cup cocktail, Creole classics like jambalaya and red beans and rice, and Italian muffalettas stacked high with sliced meat, cheese and piquant giardiniera.
This beacon of casual yet high-style dining is visited by thousands of people each year both for its food and history. Built in 1815, the Creole “cottage” is one of the city’s nine original structures, and still retains many of its 19th-Century hallmarks, from the uneven floors to old-growth pine plank ceilings.
If you closed your eyes, you might be swept back in time to when the city, settled by the French in 1718 and still celebrating its greatest land victory against the British in the War of 1812, was populated by Francophone expats enamoured with the brilliant politician Napoleon Bonaparte, who revolutionised government and social programmes in France.
Read the full article on BBC Travel.
7. A 19th Century Gentlemen’s Nightgown
This nightgown comes from wardrobe of Thomas Coutts (1735-1822), the founder of Coutts Bank, found in the V&A archives.
8. The best UK pubs with bedrooms, for lunch and a winter walk
An excellent list found on The Guardian.
9. 18th century Rococo Sleds
Found on Pinterest.
10. The voice actress that played Snow White, who was forbidden by Disney from appearing in films ,radio and television
In 1935, after a brief stint as a chorus girl at MGM, Walt Disney hired Adriana Caselotti as the voice of his heroine Snow White. She was paid a total of $970 for working on the film (equivalent to $16,160 in 2016). She was under contract with Disney, and Disney prevented her from appearing in further film and other media, even for Disney, after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Jack Benny specifically mentioned that he had asked Disney for permission to use her on his radio show and was told, “I’m sorry, but that voice can’t be used anywhere. I don’t want to spoil the illusion of Snow White.” The only other work Caselotti did following her premiere was an uncredited role in MGM’s The Wizard of Oz (1939); she provided the voice of Juliet during the Tin Man’s song, “If I Only Had a Heart”, speaking the line, “Wherefore art thou Romeo?” In 1946, she had an uncredited role in Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, singing in Martini’s bar as James Stewart was praying.
Later in life, she sold autographs and also made an attempt at an opera career. In the early 1990s, when the Snow White Grotto at Disneyland was refurbished, Caselotti re-recorded “I’m Wishing” for the Snow White Wishing Well at the age of 75. In 1994, she was named a Disney Legend.
Found on Wikipedia.
11. The Man Who Invented Fifteen Hundred Necktie Knots
By day, Bors Mocka s a doorman in an N.Y.C apartment building. By night, he is a “tieknotologist”—the creator of more than 1,500 unique tie knots. “I’m very obsessed with being original,” he said. Tie knots are not just a question of aesthetics; they’re also math problems. In June, Matthew Hutson invited Mocka, who works in his building, and the mathematician Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson, who studies tie knots, to his apartment. As Vejdemo-Johansson flipped through Mocka’s self-published 500-page book of ties, he seemed excited—some of Mocka’s moves hadn’t been captured by mathematics yet. “Mocka had effectively invented a new dialect, and its grammar was even more complex than the ones that professional mathematicians were using,” Hutson writes. At the link in our bio, read more about the art and science of tie-tying.
12. Dr. Seuss’s Little-Known “Adult” Book of Nudes
Not necessarily what you’d expect from Dr. Seuss… or is it ?
Found on Brainpickings.
13. This Fantabulous Forgotten Boy Band
The Fantabulous Jags ladies and gentlemen. Have a listen: