February 28, 2009

Pink Tentacle "japan air raid posters"- blog

Like in the US, Japan had their own government posters in from the Japanese Red Cross during Japan-China war in 1937-1945. The purpose of these posters was to "teach the public about the new Anti-Aircraft Defense Law," (it is about poison gas). More details n this site.

Obviously, the posters are in Japanese. but there is an English translation for each posters. I was intrigued by the drawing style which is drastically different from the American style during the same era. The This blog.Pink Tentacle, also states that the "Among other things, the new law required citizens to take protective measures against gas attacks and prepare for disinfection, evacuation and relief. "

The one with the baby in the bag, felt a bit eerie to me. It reminds me of those little dog bags. I just can't imagine putting a baby in a bag... even with vents. I'd rather put a mask on.

This site is mostly Japanese oriented, but I have not gone through the entire site,
So if you find it or a link that not proper, please let the users know. Best solution just don't view it at work Be safe! ;-)

Japan Air Raid Defense Ad

February 27, 2009

Check The Ephemera From Bamboo

Here you'll find the original paper ephemera. No reproductions (at least, that's my understanding) You can buy different type of papers here, old paper ads, vintage sheet music, and old magazines. I have no plans to buy anything here, but I enjoyed looking at some of the pictures here. Had some fun and a few chuckles. This is a nice looking site.

Bamboo Trading Co.

February 24, 2009

Going Through Lines of Time

The Australian "Object through time" is an exhibition of items and special items or were developed or exist through out the last few centuries. There are pictures and essays about history of the objects or the subject that is presents in the page. I didn't read everything. There are a lot of essays which I'm sure would interest those who like history about objects. There are many items that aren't nothing like each other. There is for example, a convict jacket from 1840's (today it would look stylish), there is also something that I've never heard of, a HMS Sirius Anchor and Cannon from c.1780- 1790. One of my favorite subject was the Harry Vanda's Maton 12 String Electric Guitar c.1960s.

You can view the exhibitions in different with different themes that are nothing like each other. Some of these themes are , settlement, folk art, government, Gaol, Agriculture, Interment, Prisoners of War, Pop Culture, Games. This site has a lot to do with the migrants in Australia (it's an Australian site). So, there are a lot to look at.

There are different ways to view this site (check under View Objects).

Objects Through Timeline


*** The items above from top to bottom are:

Matthew Finders Bicorn Hat c. 1800
Japanese Himitsu-Bako Puzzle Box c. 1939-1940
Harry Vanda's Maton 12 String Electiric Guitar c. 1960s
Griffith Drink Tokens c.1937-1951
Convict Jacket c. 1840s

Groovy Days and a Flower a Day

This link is nice, it has various themes for the '50s and early 70's I think. Mostly about items that were popular at home, like bed sheets (remember the polka dots?), curtains, furniture, items etc. The themes include "Flower Garden Theme Rooms", Flower Power Retro Decor", "Psychedelic Tie Dye Theme Bedroom" and more.

Flower Power

So, my laptop is up and running again


Well, we (my mac guru actually) had no luck getting back my files from the bad hardrive in my laptop. So I am missing some essential files, such as the list that contained all the links for my blog (not in the browser ofcourse). The list contained both posted links and non posted ones for the future. So hopefully, I don't end up posting twice the same links. It will take a while to view all the posts that I've done so far. So I'll just do my best here not to repeat and find new links for you. I found out that to get the items that I need from the old hard drive (which crashed) I'd have to pay $2,000 for it. What an insanity. You have to send it to a factory, which take the hard drive apart and do their thing to "pull out" the data. So, one thing that I learned is that keep a separate list of your passwords ( I knew I ahouls, but I was too lazy...) especially for the hard ones, like Kaiser Permanent. It takes a while for them to send you a new one via mail. If you have a second computer, make sure it has the same info as a back up, including the keychain (a Mac feature).

OK 'nuf lecture. So, I'm back using the laptop with a new hard drive.

Good think I remember the password for my blog!

Don't be lazy! Keep a spare list somewhere else!