Behind the Scenes in the Smithsonian Collections

Sometimes in the course of my research/googles-gone-awry, I run into things that are too charming, interesting, or striking for me not to share. No advice, no pearls of wisdom- I’m definitely, pretty much, mostly very certain those are reasons you decide to stop by- just something cool that might brighten your day. This week? Behind the scenes in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute

Mineral Sciences Collection

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The Photography of Martin Parr

Sometimes in the course of my research/googles-gone-awry, I run into things that are too charming, interesting, or striking for me not to share. No advice, no pearls of wisdom- I’m definitely, pretty much, mostly very certain those are reasons you decide to stop by- just something cool that might brighten your day. This week? The photography of Martin Parr

Tuesday mood.

 

 

The Next Big Thing: Aprons! (…Aprons?)

Sometimes in the course of my research/googles-gone-awry, I run into things that are too charming, interesting, odd, or striking for me not to share. No advice, no pearls of wisdom- I’m definitely, pretty much, mostly very certain those are reasons you decide to stop by- just something cool that might brighten your day. This week? The time Good Housekeeping tried to make aprons into a fashion accessory.

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“Dovima with Elephants,” 1955.

During the first month of grad school, a period in my life where my insecurities could best be described as…obtrusive? Engorged? Big and tall?… one of my professors was introducing the history of fashion photography. She pulled up the photo above, and said, “now, we all know you took this picture….” She paused for the class to fill in the blank, and like a chorus of my doubts and fears, everyone answered in unison, “Richard Avedon!” A name they might as well have made up, as it was entirely foreign to me.

I’d go on to learn that he was one of the 20th century’s most famous fashion and portrait photographers, but at the time, all I could think was, “well, these people already know the stuff, and I do not. This is the end of my aspirations.”

Good thing I’m not dramatic anymore.

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Tinsel Tuesday: The Nutcracker

Periodically when researching I’ll stumble on something that’s just too good not to share. Bonus points if it’s festive! No advice, no pearls of wisdom- I’m definitely, pretty much, mostly very certain those are reasons you all decide to stop by- just something cool I thought was worth sharing. This week, let’s look at art created for The Nutcracker throughout history.

Opernhaus Zurich, 1993. Art by Mario Botta

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You Made it Weird: History’s Halloweens II

As it turns out, there’s enough weird in history for a second look at History’s Halloween. Missed the first? Check it out here.

When people ask about my Friday night plans…

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Image: Sandra Dee, ca. 1960. Getty Images

Making a Pumpkin-House a Pumpkin-Home

Image: Myrna Dell, ca. 1940. Public domain.

“You know, I feel like you just reach a point in your life where you have to buy investment pieces when you’re furnishing your pumpkin.”

My Five Year Plan

Photo: June Marlowe, ca. 1930. Public Domain

Next step: Figure out why my car is making that one noise, then take over the world.
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Spooky Sunday: It’s not weird!

Skinless Frankfurters or Wieners ad, ca. 1960s.

We’re half way through October, so it might be the point in the month where you start making your Halloween plans. Have you considered a Weeny Witch party? Don’t you love “barrels of fun”? It’s my favorite unit of fun!

And ok, my ideal party is just me dancing around, scream-singing the soundtrack to Newsies in my pajamas, eating shrimp tacos, so maybe my idea of a barrel of fun doesn’t include anthropomorphized wieners. But look at their faces! They seem into it!

Your friends won’t think it’s weird. They might say, “this is weird,” but they’re not thinking it.

Spooky Sunday: Am I helping??

 

 

“That’s the perfect place for a showdown of mythical creatures! On the ground a foot to the left! Wouldn’t want you to move or anything!”

Promotional still from Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, 1943. Universal Pictures.