beautiful anachronism

LBJ Orders Pants. Now with animation! Adam and Jesse, the dapper charmers behind this video aren’t in the business of making history engaging and interesting,¬† but they did a bang-up job of it, anyway. THEREFORE, I would like to: Buy them a Wisconsin beer. Nominate this video for SAA’s “I Found It! In the Archives” […]

I have a weakness for obsolete technology in general, and typewriters in particular. This is a marvelous video about a small Chicago business with plenty of clickety clack. He even sells typewriter ribbon! And here’s footage of lots of antique typewriters from a shop in Portland, OR: Got a typewriter story or memory you’d like […]

. You know how sometimes you click on a link and get an error message that says something like: 404 File Not Found? Apelad created a set of illustrations for these kinds of HTTP error messages. You can see all of them in his flickr set. My favorite is the one you see above. It’s […]

Honestly, people — if this sort of delightful coincidence* keeps happening I’ll have no choice but to start thinking of the Internet as some kind of magic happy wish machine. Remember my post about how to tell the difference between a daguerreotype and an ambrotype? I mused about how much I’d love to have a […]

There are two types of cased images you might find in your family collection: ambrotypes and daguerreotypes. The quick and easy way to tell the difference between the two is that a daguerreotype will look like a mirror when you move it in the light. An ambrotype will not. I was thinking about this today […]

I don’t know about you, but need a break from all the headaches of digital preservation. Lots of questions and speculation, very few concrete answers. I’ll return to this topic in a while (I promise) but until then, let’s take a break and have a bit of fun, eh? The video above is a delightful […]

Sometimes, you put a question out to the universe and something marvelous comes back. Just last week, I featured DIY Maven‘s neat-o method for antiquing paper using instant coffee. I mused about how cool it would be to dye photographs using coffee. Ersatz sepia. (Read the original post here.) Then I got an email from […]

Got about 3 minutes to spare? Check out this crazy cool video from seb martel. It’s chock full of beautiful anachronisms. There’s even a steel guitar (be still my heart). P.S. Can anyone out there translate the French for me?

I’m not sure whether this counts as steampunk or not, but any way you slice it, that’s a beautiful anachronism. And, yes — it actually plays CDs. The speakers are in the trumpet. By bringing back a familiar nostalgic form of a phonograph, the design seeks transport the user back to the golden age of […]

Ben, my youngest, turned four last month. One of his birthday presents was the book you see above. (Thanks, cousin Jacob!) I am not exaggerating when I say that Flotsam blew me away. This jaw-droppingly beautiful book doesn’t have a single word of narrative text. Yet it spins an unforgettable tale of undersea cities with […]