May 3, 2008

Fetch Me A Table Bat

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) museum's site is a little "busy", so you'll have to figure out your way around. It's difficult for me to describe it in just a few words. They do have a lot of items. So, don't forget to take a virtual tour and visit the galleries and the exhibits.

As for the ITTF, the museum is located in Switzerland

ITTF Museum

May 2, 2008

The Old Days of The Theatre

According to "Theatre Ephemera" the purpose is to mainly focus on the theater's history prior to 1900. "Theatre Ephemera" carries information about people, ephemera and theaters. There are also sources for research (I have not check them) and links to online theater images. It's a little site, so there aren't tons of stuff, but they do have nice items.

Theatre Ephemera

May 1, 2008

Civil War & Dinos Packed with Guitars & Clothes

The images are from prior to 1923, and are no longer copy righted. I wanted to post this because I thought the dinosaurs images were nice. But even if you are not into dinosaurs, you can find nice images of other subjects, which I also recommend for viewing. There are illustrations of the civil war, antique guitars (18 images), prehistoric animal bones reconstructions, and fashion.

The images of the guitars and the fashion illustrations are from old magazines.

There are also "Special Collections featuring Animals of the Prehistoric World" Paleo Art by Heinrich Harder, John F, Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins.

Lastly, there is a 1905 Set of 18 "Chocolat D'Aiguebelle Cards" from France, with images of the Prehistoric Animal Skeletal Reconstructions.

Early Images

Make My Car A Cut-Away

Wow, these are really awesome cut-away illustrations by Kevin Husley, a technical illustrator. Just look at his portfolio! I enjoyed looking through his pieces. Personally, my favorites were the RV and the cruise ship. All those tiny details aren't easy to make which makes it even more impressive, to me anyway. It takes some time to do it (I use the same software). He uses computer applications to create his artwork. He has done great illustrations using the computer applications. There are also tutorials, techniques, tips and more. His illustrations include mainly Automotive, Industrial & Products Advertising, and ships. There is also a Line Art and Stock Images sections.

By the way, this site is in several languages. English, Chinese, Deutsch, Francaise, Italiano, Japanese & Korean.

Kevin Husley Illustration

April 30, 2008

Call An Ambulance Yesterday

The Automotive Chronicles site has an article from 2005 about the ambulance's history accompanied with photos of old ambulances.

The CONCEPT of the ambulance started in Europe with the Knights of St. John. It was during the Crusades of the 11th century. The methods of transporting injured soldiers started centuries earlier. Before the concept first appeared, horses, mules and camels were used as "ambulances" transport. There were litters of chairs (cacolets) attached to them, that could transport a soldier or two. Another early method was the used of chariots by the Romans and the Greeks. I would imagine that the injured had a lot of headaches by the time they arrived to their destination.

The first motorized ambulance came out in 1899 in Chicago. It traveled 16 miles an hour. In 1900 the first horseless ambulance. They could travel between 20 to 30 mile per hour.

Visit here to read more and see a few pictures.

History of the Ambulance

April 28, 2008

Composing Toilets

Hmm, this is one of those environmental sites. It says that the "Composting Toilet World is an advocate for the use of composting toilets worldwide. Our goal is to educate, promote and facilitate the use of compost toilets."

Composing Toilet World

Pop A Mattel Music Box

Mattel made several wonderful Jack-In-The-Box during the sixties (one in 1953 which is very different, and one in in 1971 which was one of the last one made by Mattel). There are 7 in total plus the one from 1953. These 7 boxes are: Jack In The Box (a redesigned version), Porky, Snoopy, Cecil & Beany, Tom & Jerry, The original Jack In The Box, and Timmy Tiger.

Toy Gallery

April 27, 2008

Tattfoo Tan

On this site you'll find information about the Tattfoo Tan's new exhibition called "Hacia Afuera My El Barrio" which is currently taking place. The reception is on May. There are pictures of his artwork both here and in his blog (link is on his site.)

Tattfoo Tan is a graphic designer likes to focus on exploring (according to the cv's page) "issues related to the individual in society through which to collapse the categories of 'art' and 'life' into one.

More info under the cv page section.

Tattfoo Tan

The Black Five - Blog

I like how the blog focuses on the history of black culture in sport. I am not much of a sport ace when it comes to history of sport; so this has certainly taught me a few things. Now I need to learn about other cultures' sport as well!

The blogger describes his blog : "This blog combines insights about pre-NBA African American basketball history with popular elements of black culture to produce meaningful motivation, inspiration, and enlightenment you can use today. That's why our slogan is “Make History Now!"