Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Up, up, and away....

Oh to travel in a beautiful red and white hot air balloon. Here`s the Vauxhall which made a record flight from Vauxhall Gardens England to Nassau Germany in 1836. It was 157 feet in circumference and, with car attached, 80 feet high.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Diamonds Are A Girl`s Best Friend

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and if you can’t afford a real one you can at least look at this beautiful photograph of one of the most beautiful diamonds in the world. This 1947 picture shows the famous Jonker Diamond One, at one time owned by Harry Winston.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

1924 Admiral Peary The Man Who Thought He Found the North Pole

Robert Edwin Peary (1856 - 1920) was an American explorer who claimed to have been the first person, on April 6, 1909, to reach the geographic North Pole. He was the first explorer to study and use Inuit survival techniques, build igloos and use Inuit to drive dog-sled teams and provide back-up support. Unfortunately, Peary, in his final expedition, was some 8 km or 5 miles short of his destination.

This is a beautiful photogravure of Peary dressed in the furs that he wore on his expedition in front of a mock up of a globe with the American Flag and “Peary 1909” centered on the North Pole.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

1901 The Barn Owl

The fabulous Barn Owl with its heart shaped face, dark eyes and golden buff feathers on its back is joined by fifteen other birds to colorfully grace this plate. This graceful and elegant print was originally intended as a scientific document for academic purposes. Now, not surprisingly, this ornithological masterpiece can be appreciated for its real beauty with birds that are rare, common, and sadly, some extinct.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

1940`s John and Jane Bedroom

Back to the 1940`s when everything old seems new again. A nursery-bedroom for two kids -- John and Jane featuring walls lamps for reading in bed and wall coverings to minimize finger marks, red linoleum floor with an easy-wash white carpet, a table desk large enough for two. Neatness is encouraged by the built-in storage units beneath the window.