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July 3, 2022
Fran├žois Truffaut's Farenheit 451: Montag reading the funny papers

June 30, 2022
Josephine_Baker at the March on Washington, 8-28-1963
  • Recently learned how Josephine Baker was active in the Resistance, and was decorated for her war-time service. Seen here speaking at MLK Jr's March on Washington in 1963, wearing her Free French uniform. (Click the iconic photo for a transcript of her speech). I read of her Jazz Age performances but never heard her voice, until now -‌- a 'video' from the Internet Archive: Haiti, (1934).

  • Politico: What Republicans Know (and Democrats Don't) About the White Working Class.

  • π = 355/113 (or close enough)

June 28, 2022
  • TheHustle wonders, Can a corporation own a color?

  • Although you can find their stuff in yup-scale supermarkets stateside now, I first became aware of Bahlsen cookies during my 1984 tour of West Germany, Scandinavia, Belgium and France. These are my favorite, labeled Choco-Star then; but it's been a while, looks like they'e been renamed. The company's been around a long time, and there's a book about their pre-war biscuit tin and candy box design and the Present & Correct blog has posted some scans.

  • At Bored Panda, 27 photos Rich took in Southern California. #25: Even an Oil Rig can look Beautiful in SoCal.

June 24, 2022

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June 16, 2022
A traveler's development, as documented through his passport photos. The last two are scans of the originals, as it's become difficult to see through the overlayed, psychedelically swirly watermark, which is now made up of strings of identifying data.

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June 2, 2022
The San Francisco trolley painted in DC Transit livery
Everybody knows that San Francisco has cable cars but the City also operates trolley-cars/streetcars/trams, and on the Market Street "F" line these trains are vintage PCC. (Not getting into the nomenclature of cable car here, but those aren't funiculars like Angel's Flight in LA, nor the ski-lifts the Japanese call ropeways.) The site is all about these vintage streetcars, many of which came from Philly, St. Louis and the Twin Cities, in addition to San Francisco; and they've been painted in the livery of cities all over which used to have trolley systems of their own, including one for my hometown, which I've spotted a couple times (including last weekend) but never ridden. Pre-Metrobus, as a teenager, I'd ride buses which looked like this (when the fare was 15¢), but the trolley was terminated before my time. Lots of detail about DC Transit in the page for this car.


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