Category Archives: History

Maybe I’m A Mazed

In a city packed with attention grabbing tourist attractions, monuments and museums, Washington D.C.’s National Building Museum is often overlooked by visitors. But this summer there’s a new incentive to check out this marvelous museum. Referencing classic European hedge mazes, … Continue reading

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Then & Now

We’ve all seen lots of websites featuring “then & now” photo mashups—I’ve even posted a  few here on TBTP. Now a handy app called Timera 2 allows users to create their own composite photographs right on their smartphones. The secret … Continue reading

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When in the course of human events…

The Declaration of Independence in American H.L. Mencken 1921 WHEN THINGS get so balled up that the people of a country got to cut loose from some other country, and go it on their own hook, without asking no permission … Continue reading

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Faces of Paris

The Pantheon is not one of my favorite Paris attractions, but French artist  JR may have changed my opinion with his recently installed series of massive collages there in which his signature black and white portraits of everyday people have … Continue reading

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Before Columbus

Self-taught cartographer Aaron Carapella created this amazing map of Native American tribes showing their original geographic locations prior to contact with European colonialist. He spent nearly a decade researching archives, history books, visiting reservations and interviewing tribal leaders for his … Continue reading

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Lost Tracks

I’m a dewy-eyed sentimentalist when it comes to old fashioned steam trains, but photographer Matthew Malkiewicz has an enduring passion for the historic locomotives of the 19th and 20th centuries. He travels North America in his spare time capturing the … Continue reading

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Memorial Library

Standing incongruously amidst the graves and memorials of the Jüdischer Friedhof Krems are three wooden bookcases. This library was created ten years ago by artists Martin Guttmann and Michael Clegg as a memorial to the destroyed Jewish community of Krems, … Continue reading

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An American Odyssey

These rediscovered Photochrom and Photostint postcard images were produced by the Detroit  Photographic Company between 1888 and 1924. Using a photolithographic process they offered peoplethe very first color photographs of The United States. For the first time, America’s colors were … Continue reading

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Take the A Train

I’ve ridden the New York City subway system since infancy, sadly I never paid much attention to the intricate tiling, murals and typography throughout many of the stations. However, New York-based designer Adam Chang has opened my eyes to the … Continue reading

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Discovering Literature

Last week the British Library launched Discovering Literature, an online treasury of more than 1,200 items from the Romantic and Victorian periods, including first editions, manuscripts and rare illustrations. A wealth of contextual material – newspapers, photographs, advertisements and maps … Continue reading

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