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BAM: terra cotta components

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 in Architecture, Brooklyn, History, Process


Protected by chain link fence in a section of a parking lot across the street from Brooklyn Academy of Music there are some magnificent pieces of slip-cast ornamental terra cotta lying around. They are definitely part of BAM’s facade, but whether or not they are original, on their way out or on their way back up onto the building I do not know. I presume they are excess as restoration work was completed some time ago. Anyway, scroll through the gallery above to see more…

Old MTA lettering

Great old lettering at the exit stairs for South Oxford St at the Lafayette Ave C station.

Brooklyn Technical High School

Brooklyn Tech, as it’s known, has some great stone work on its facade, with inspiring machine age iconography. The building was built from 1930-33, at the exact time as Rockefeller Center, and its exterior iconography is of the same post-crash, WPA vintage and spirit, calling people to work hard and to excel in sciences, technology, industry and American innovation. We seriously need a big ass booster shot of that stuff in this country. Read more on wikipedia… and marvel at the facilities originally housed inside for educating young New Yorkers in real trades.

New U.S. penny!!

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 in graphic design, History, Quotidien things, Typography

The new 2011 penny back kicks ass!

Ancient Greek Ship

Posted on May 29, 2011 in Cinema, History

I was watching Troy the other night– don’t judge me– and I stopped to capture this fantastic set for Agamemnon’s ship covered with tents while beached on the shore of Troy. (I think that sentence was what is known as a dangling participle…) Anyway great stuff. Thank you Nigel Phelps!

And while you’re surfing IMDB, check this out…

Vivian Maier

Posted on May 22, 2011 in Art, History, New York, Photography

Mother Jones has this incredible story in the May/June issue about a real estate agent who randomly bought a box of negatives at a yard sale or something and discovered Vivian Maier, a previously unknown amateur photographer whom I assure you will become known as one of the great and most prolific street photographers of mid-century America. She was allegedly well travelled as well, carrying her Rolleiflex with her everywhere. Can not wait for a show and monograph! There incredible examples in the Mother Jones article. There is also a blog run by John Maloof, the man who discovered her work posthumously, and seems to have dedicated his life to shining as much light onto her as he can. It’s an amazing story and my jaw is still on the floor at the notion that someone so profoundly gifted went totally unknown. She may be new favorite photographer. Sorry to even suggest it, Roy.

Full color Depression pix

Posted on May 22, 2011 in Art, Cinema, Color, History, Photography

NPR had a piece last week about gorgeous Depression Era full color photographs. And they are amazing. That early 20th cent divergence when representational media went black & white as captured by photography and painting took its color into an abstract land of blobs and streaks left a hole in the collective memory that’s hard to color in. So it’s always a treat to see color from a period that seems only memorialized in black & white. These remind me of the late 90′s when UCLA restored and released John Ford’s full color footage of the landing at Normandy. Except with less red. See the full cache of photos at the LOC site.

Chevy Belair

Posted on May 12, 2011 in Color, History, I want it, Transportation

I found this while shuffling through my old photos. Don’t know where to begin. It leaves me kind of speechless.

iPad circa 1994

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 in History, Tech

Looks familiar right? Wrong. That there is a rendering? mock up? maybe a model of some kind? or other early industrial design/think tank presentation image? of a tablet computer from a 1994 report on the future of computing. It’s eerily spot on. But then again, as it goes in my “man standing holding a thin brick” dilemma of how to draw new behaviors in this adolescent digital age, there ain’t a lot to it when what you are saying is “it’s just this sort of rectilinear kind of thing that’s really just like a big screen and it does stuff automatically, like with your fingers, or invisible beams of data transaction type stuff so you are free to move around and save paper and enjoy the earth more naturally and be more present and connected with people around you….” Read more and watch an awesome video…

Matchbooks of yore

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 in Food, graphic design, History, New York, Quotidien things


Eater NY has a cool post with some great matchbooks from old NYC restaurants. Some you may know, some you may not. Love the pancakes. More…