Archive for the ‘True Stories’ Category

Legible Graffiti

Monday, 15 February 2021

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Mathieu Tremblin lives and works in Rennes and Arles, France, finds graffiti and enhances them for legibility (and sometimes the taggers return).

“As if tagging the city was about freedom, and drawing decorative letters about control, I wanted to find a project to turn “ugly tags” into something “beautiful”, but preserve the subversive part of language distortion.”

I find it interesting that the vandalism in France is indistinguishable from that in the US, and I wonder why.

[More images here. Poorly translated background story here.]

Really?

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

I received 10 unordered face masks from the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) today. They’re promotional, and include a request for donations.

Made in China.

FASHION MASK
Executive Standard FZ/IT 73049-2014
Safety Class B ( it’s can contact with skin directly)
Fashion dust protection, sun protection thermal mask (not medical mask)
Attention This product can be used with multiple times, washable;
No protection against toxic gases
Effect: please use with caution for skin allergy

Typos are as they appear on the package.

Should I burn them?


Update: Here’s the response from AUSN:

Sir,
I apologize for the packaging. In response to our COVID-19 survey which showed that the majority of our members were in need of PPE gear. We had hired a veteran owned company in Illinois to do the production and distribution of the masks. It was not until we received the tracking numbers once they were mailed to our membership that we realized they were not coming from the USA. They do in fact have the ability to insert a N95 filter which would increase the level of protection if desired further protection against the virus.
Thank for your understanding.

Jan, Jan, Jan…

Monday, 1 February 2021

[All are my own except for the 2nd. The quote in blue is verbatim from a recent press conference.]

Christ Being Led to the Praetorium

Thursday, 21 January 2021

“Christ Being Led to the Praetorium,” from “The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry,” Folio 143, back; between 1412 and 1416, by the Limbourg brothers. Tempera on vellum. Condé Museum, France.

[Found here.]

1988 vs. 2021

Thursday, 14 January 2021

[Images from a FB post.]

Die Schnabelperchten

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

12 drummers drumming won’t stop them.

With a gentle “Ga Ga Ga”, they make their way from house to house, checking that homes have had the appropriate upkeep, whether the floor has been properly swept and every corner has been dusted. Heaven forbid you don’t clean your house correctly – the ancient version of the legend says that, if that’s the case, the Schnabelperchten will slice open your stomach with a long pair of shears and empty all of the rubbish inside!

Let it be said, however, that the Schnabelperchten are generally welcome guests – especially since they bring happiness and blessings for the coming year.

Schnabelperchten (more than one beaked Perchta) roam around the Alpine region of Austria in midwinter, appearing on or before the eve of the Twelfth Night, the last of the “Twelve Days” of Christmas, the “Haunted Season.”

[h/t Mme. Jujujive. Top image and caption found here. More Perchta lore here and here.]


Update: Just spotted this, and I wasn’t even looking for it.

The Fuzzy Wonder Goat… & More!

Monday, 28 December 2020

The DeMoulin Bros. Co. supplied hazing equipment for fraternal organization initiations in the early 1900s. Some of the gaffes were truly bizarre.



Apparently the company is out of the fraternity prank business and has moved onto other products: scary marching band uniforms.

[Top image from here; tiled images from .pdf found here; more info here.]


Bonus: Here’s a restored “Fuzzy Wonder” (and a “Spanker”).

USS IOWA BB-61

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

The battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) circa Christmas 1983.

“It usually took us (Electricians Mates with assistance from the ICmen, Gunners Mates, Bos’n Mates, Quartermasters) three days to rig & test this light display… 10,856 light bulbs total.

This is the award winning display that won us the “Best Large Surface Combatant” award for four out of our six year commissioning during the eighties. (MED Cruise in 87, lost to USS America in 84)

I served aboard from Dec.1983 to June 1989, was involved with each and every one of those displays.”

Martin A. (Marty) Palmiere EMC(SW) USN(ret.)
USS Iowa BB-61 ’83-’89

[Image and comment found here.]

Antarctica

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

“Henry was a hard man of the rarest kind. There’s a superficial toughness a lot of men like to portray – all strut and swagger and aggression; men holding ugly masks up to conceal their fear. And then there’s the serene equanimity that radiated from Henry: a steadfast, resolute solidity that came not from fear but from love, from a positive human spirt, and from a heart that shone. – Henry usually signed off his messages with a single word. – Onward.” –

Henry Worsely (1960-2016)

[Image & story found here, quote found here.]

Houston Aerial Transp’t Co. 1925

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Maybe it’s Transparent or Transplant. I’m going with Transplat.
Oh wait…

[It was known as] C.C. Cannan Field since 1918 and as an informal flying field and race track before that. In 1925 the field was purchased by Vince Hays for his Houston Aerial Transport Company. It was on this field that Shorty Walker and Guy Hahn made and flew their airplanes and aircraft engines. [Source]

[Top image found here, 1923 C.C. Cannan Field article found here, 1923 Detroit Free Press ad here.]


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