This short film, made in 1939, predicts what fashions will be like in the year 2000. Electric weather-control belts, aluminum clothes, and menswear with “pockets for candy for cuties” are all in the running! (via Vintage Fashions Youtube)
Vintage Future Fashion…
Slow Motion Water Balloon Explosions
Nothing speaks to the coming of summer better than a water balloon to the face. Watching the shape the water takes as it pops in slow motion is fascinating.
The Wheel House
“The Wheel House” is a project of Acrojou Circus Theatre, which carries two acrobats to explore the world on their circular house. An unusual performance between acrobatics and humor, centered on this incredible rolling house where each object is attached to the main structure, creating a surreal rolling habitat without floor or ceiling. They have already presented their creation in Ireland, Holland, France, Belgium, Spain, Israel and England.
Mistakenly referred to as “Monkey Orchids,” none of the above species are in the Orchis simia family which is the genus for the monkey orchid. The above orchids are in the Dracula genus. Although they are constantly being misclassified, they still have adorable monkey faces which is good enough for me.
Basket Jim does his thing in Covent Garden, London in 1930.
The Gloster Canary
The most interesting thing about the Gloster canary is that the bird has a permanent bowl cut. It looks like a little wig. This is one stylin’ bird.
Victorian Headless Portraits
The Victorian era has many photographs, most of which show the subject sitting or standing with a stern expression. Since photography was still in its infancy, photographers were experimenting with novel ways to create photos that differed from the norm. Animals acting human was one popular concept, and then came the headless portrait. Funny and entertaining, a new genre of photography was born.
In 2005, archivist George Redmonds discovered something surprising among English birth records of the 14th century: a girl named Diot Coke.
She was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1379. Researchers at Britain’s National Archives believe that her first name is a diminutive of Dionisia and her last name a variation of Cook.
If Salvador Dali designed roads and bridges…