February 23, 2008

Astrona Blog

I like this blog a lot. There are a bunch of artists with a display of their space art. They have really creative and amazing stuff. Each artist has his/her painting own style. Some focus on planets or the moon, galaxies spaceships, astronauts, nebulas, and the themes go on.

You can also view the artists' work under the categories instead, of going through the entire list of each artist. Either way, you'll see each of their work.

By the way, I think Ron Walotsky's art is a lot like Salvador Dali style, or is influenced by him. Anyhow, that how I felt when I saw his artwork. It's interesting how some of the artists do have their own unique style, that makes them so different from the rest.

The top image is by Nikolay Yeliseyev. The one below it is by Shigemi Numazawa.


February 21, 2008

NYC: A View Into The Past

A truly vintage collection of photos of NYC from the 19th and the 20th century, from several reliable sources. The collections are more than handful, and I guaranty that it's gonna take you a long time to view all the pictures! But if you are into these things, you probably won't mind. Just get a coffee or something. ;-) Anyhow, it worths a look into the past, of the best and worse of this great city at its early days.

I am not a history buff, but I can't think of any other city in the 19th century that was so rich with culture. At least, not in the US.

The History Behind The Camera's Eye

Jack Davis The MAD Man

Jack Davis is a well known talented illustrator and a cartoonist. He is the man who brought us those wonderful humorous MAD caricatures. Before he started working on MAD though, he did other well known magazines, the "Two-Fisted Tales", and "Tales From The Crypt". But it was in the 60's and 70's when he was on 'top of the world'. Additional mediums include posters, advertising, magazine covers and record jackets.

The last two links show his work in the following historical books, "Meet The North American Indians", "Meet Theodore Roosevelt" and "Meet Abraham Lincoln".

Rate Your Music - The Album Art Of Jack Davis

Illustration Station - Books Illustrations

Bostworld - The Abraham Lincoln illustrations.

February 20, 2008

Vintage At Polansky Wholesale

I don't know anything about the store itself, so no recommendations from me here. They do have some interesting items about antique advertising & Vintage collectibles.

Polansky Wholesale

Athletics Of The Past

Antique Athlete provides some really cool sport memorabilia. I am not a sport expert, but looking at this site was a bit enlightening for me. There are three sections for baseball, basketball and football. A separate section for other sports. Additional sections contain, pennants, bobbin heads and baseball cards. The memorabilia goes all the way to the end of the 19th century (like the "melon style football"). Pretty cool for a small site.

Antique Athlete

February 19, 2008

Steve Gerber

I know I am quite late with this. A great talented comic artist passed away on Feb 11, 2008 at the age of 60. His name is Steve Gerber. One of his most known characters, is Howard the Duck. To read and learn more about Steve Gerber's life and work, visit here at The Comics Reporter's site:

The Comic Reporter - Steve Gerber

Thank you, Antje, for providing the link.

February 18, 2008

The Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum is located in Haines, Alaska. There are several example of the "vintage" hammers in the museum. This is not the full collection. You gonna have to hitch a ride to Haines, Alaska...

The Hammer Museum

Les Femmes Cocher

I had no idea that there were women cab drivers in the beginning of the 20th century. It's amazing, considering the women's limited social status, and the taboos during that era. Even today, a 100 years later, I still rarely do see female cab drivers. I can count on one hand the times that I've seen female cab drivers. Perhaps, it's different from one city to another, and one country to another.

Les Femmes Cocher

February 17, 2008

Beware Of The Police Car

This weblog (Gadling: a travel site) has several interesting pictures of police cars around the world. They are pretty interesting, and in some cases are so different than each other (as you can see in the images above). While reviewing these images, I thought that the police "taxi" idea was really brilliant. I wonder if there are people out on the street who actually try to "catch" the "taxi" by mistake.. Don't forget to check the readers' comments, there are more really cool police cars links from other countries.

Gadling - Police Cars From Around The World

X-Ray Mania

From the Radio Graphics Journal (a radiology journal), pictures of x-ray in advertising around the year 1895. It was the year that the x-ray was discovered. Soon after the discovery, the x-ray mania has began. People had all kind of "visions" of the x-ray in the future. These photographs show several examples from that mania. Such as X-Ray headaches pills... I don't think I'd want to "take" those pills, but this was the 19th century, so maybe I would have.. They'd probably illuminate my headaches (just kidding).

RadioGraphis Scenes of The Past