Baron Louis Marie Baptiste Atthalin (22 June 1784 – 3 September 1856) is all but forgotten today. In mid 19th century France he was an incredible phenomenon.  A dashing, aristocratic polymath, Atthalin combined being an accomplished artist, watercolourist and lithographer with a long distiguished military and political career. He began his soldiering at 22, fighting in campaigns with Napoleon’s Grande Armée in 1806 and 1807, bravely distinguishing himself at the battle of Eylau and the seige of Grandentz. Battle after battle followed […]... Read on > > >

Life & Art.

Same thing, right?

Hollar’s portraits of 17th century fashionistas & still lifes of their acoutrements showcase that even three centuries ago some people could never have too many accessories. Part of the reason Hollar chose to... Read on > > >

Time travel tourism.

You can still go there.

These Photochrome images of Switzerland are by Photocrome Zurich, made shortly after they invented the process in the 1880s. There were 3 variations of the Photocrome processes at the time; Fotochrom, & Aäc Photocrome & the original, PhotoChrome. The Photocrome process was an old school process for colourizing black-and-white negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lo-fi lithographic printing plates made of stobe. The process is a photographic variant of chromolithography (color lithography). Creatively choosing... Read on > > >

Been there, seen it.


We think of the 19th century as a dusty, monochrome environment, where solemn people stand still for photos, in grey spaces, dressed in shades of grey. It wasn’t. The century, especially the last part of it, was psychedelic with colour. New technology mades a difference to peoples lives. One huge, visible change it supplied to every American in the 19th century, was colour. Colour began to materialise everywhere; on the boxes of farm produce and cigars, on the covers of […]... Read on > > >
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Previous offenses.

Strange bite-sized chunks of retro criminality plucked from the past for your perusal.

Abraham Hendriksz van Beijeren or Abraham van Beyeren was born in The Hague somewhere around 1620. He died in March 1690 in Overschie, Rotterdam. During his 70 years he was little known or recognised for his dark, Baroque still lifes. Van Beyeren specialised in an ornate style of still life known as Pronkstilleven, (Dutch for ‘ostentatious’, ‘ornate’ or ‘sumptuous’). This sumptuous style (and it is so very sumptuous) began life in Antwerp in the 1640s from where its ostentatiousness spread rapidly all […]... Read on > > >
Guide: black=total destruction, purple=damaged beyond repair, dark red=seriously damaged (doubt if repairable), light red=seriously damaged (repairable at cost), orange=general blast damage (non-structural), yellow=blast damage (minor), green=clearance area.     Consectetur dolorem eos ut maiores et. Et vel occaecati explicabo iusto. Dolores corrupti quas accusamus fugit. Est asperiores minima aut nam aliquam aut aliquam.Eius quia praesentium impedit illo. Ut at laboriosam quia tempora quia. Optio maxime praes Officia minus et. Porro ex numquam reiciendis et quia enim autem sequi. Accusantium rerum […]... Read on > > >

Sketchy people.


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John Martin painted various apocolypses. Over and over and over. He was an Apocolyptian painter. Perhaps, it was a kind of escapism. It makes a kind of sense; a man born in a claustrophobic one bedroom cottage in Northumberland, England, who grew up to paint vast open expanses. It could be the other way around. He felt safe when closed in, safe from the hell of a threatening world outside. The source of calamity however most likely eminated from blood. […]... Read on > > >

Art & life.

Strawberries & cream.

Armchair tourism.

Monuments of Persian architecture: historical study and recording of Muslim brick buildings in Asia Minor and Persia by Friedrich Paul Theodor Sarre. Sarre was a German Orientalist, archaeologist and art historian who, during amassed an impressive collection of Islamic art during his lifetime. His father was from a Huguenot family, his mother from the Heckmann industrialist family. Sarre studied art history in Leipzig. He travelled for archaeological research thanks to his aunt Elise Wentzel-Heckmann (1833-1914) to Anatolia, Persia and Central Asia, specializing in Islamic art. Together with Ernst Herzfeld (1879-1948) he excavated […]... Read on > > >

Previous offenses.

Strange bite-sized chunks of retro criminality plucked from the past for your perusal.

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Invented 140 years ago in 1880s Zurich, Photochrom, a.k.a. Fotochrom, Photochrome or Aäc process, is an old school process for colourizing black-and-white negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lithographic printing plates. The process is a photographic variant of chromolithography (color lithography). Creatively choosing colour & then using a mechanical process to apply that colour to a black & white photo rather than doing it by hand. Colouring-in a monotone world. The printer is the Detroit Publishing Co. […]... Read on > > >

Miscellaneous. A pot pourri of pearls purloined from the past.

Random bite-sized chunks of extreme retro-ness plucked from the time's dust and polished for your perusal.

Remote fragments from the void.

Scattered elements. What stories lie in the gaps between? You fill in the blanks.

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If you go to the very outer edge of nowhere, turn right and keep walking you may eventually get to Kamchatka. The indigenous Koryaks, call it “The Land of Fire and Ice” It’s a 777 mile long peninsular jutting out of the farthest end of far eastern Russia. rctic winds from Siberia combine with the coldest current the Sea of Japan can muster to cover the place in snow for 8 months a year. From October through to late May. […]... Read on > > >

Bodies of work.

2 almost forgotten artists models & one not much not so. Peruse a muse.

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1910s - 1920s Russia. Three artists, one disappearing Siberian culture.

Johannes Josephus Artes. Parts 1, & 2.

Whilst it may seem a trifle unempathetic to round up a human life, to precis an existence down to just the sum parts of interest to us, it must be done, selfishly in this case in order to get to the images, the art more swiftly. Arguably an artist’s work is the raison d’etre. Show don’t tell then, but tell a little, we must.  A Dutch printmaker and painter, Johannes Josephus Aarts (18 August 1871 -119 October 1934) trained at […]... Read on > > >

Obscuriousities.

Plucked quickly from within the fog of time for you to scroll thru' slowly :

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“The case of William Hope and his Crewe Circle deserves to be remembered today because it shows that it is practically impossible (and futile) to try to convince someone who wants to believe even in the face of quite convincing contrary evidence.” Massimo Polidoro. Photos of Ghosts: The burden of Beleiving the Unbeleivable. 2011. These photographs of ‘spirits’ are taken from an album of photographs discovered by chance in a Lancashire second-hand and antiquarian bookshop by a curator from the […]... Read on > > >

Art & design.

Treasure with the dust wiped off:

Protest and dissent.

They were so beautiful when they were angry:

Before the Russian Revolution(s) of 1917 there was another; the First Russian Revolution of 1905. Lenin later called it “The Great Dress Rehearsal,” without which the “victory of the October Revolution in 1917 would not have been possible.” The years 1904 and 1907 saw mass movements, strikes and protests decline and an unprecedented wave of overt political violence that swept across Russia. Combat groups such as the SR Combat Organisation carried out many assassinations targeting civil servants and police, and […]... Read on > > >

Art & design.

Treasure with the dust wiped off:

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William Okell Holden Dodds (1867-1934) was a Canadian Brigadier General in the First World War. A militia officer before WW1, Dodds was an army man through and through. He served with the Canadian Garrison Artillery, the Royal Scots of Canada, the Canadian Field Artillery, and the Canadian Grenadier Guards. In 1914 Dodds joined the Canadian Expediationary Force as Officer Commanding the 1st Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery. Dodds returned to civilian life in 1919 and worked in the... Read on > > >

Deep in the Smithsonian archives sits a box labelled "Miscellaneous Photographs circa 1845-1980". No one in their right mind would want to look through that.

Every one of the photographs is an artist. But what of the art behind the face? It’s a wild smargasbord platter of the obscure, forgotten, dubious and "little is known of".

Lost aesthetics.

Backdated & belatedly curated.

  The most distinguished German arts journal of the Jugendstil period, Pan is celebrated for its typographic design and original graphic art. Founded by Otto Julius Bierbaum and Julius Meier-Graefe, Pan highlighted international developments in art, literature, theater, and music.                                                                            ... Read on > > >
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Nature aging beautifully.

Long dead organisms resurrected for your unscientific examination.

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Irrational Geographic.

Backdated & belatedly curated.

His parents, thinking it unlikely their son would support himself with bird pictures, encouraged him to pursue a regular course of study at Cornell. But Louis was far from a brilliant student. He failed in philosophy, mathematics and chemistry, but received perfect grades in drawing. In his memoirs, his elder brother James recalled a brother that lacked any passion for geometry or mathematics and would often fall asleep when being coached. During one lecture, Louis climbed out from... Read on > > >

Global Latest

Irrational Geographic.

Backdated & belatedly curated.

Yle is Finland’s national public broadcasting service. Suomen Yleisradio (Finland’s General Radio) was founded in Helsinki on 29 May 1926. By 1928 Yle’s broadcasts became available to the whole country. After this the broadcasting network was developed and by the beginning of the 1930s, 100,000 households were able to listen to Yle programmes. Cut to the 1950s and Yle Suomen Yleisradio were cutting edge, pushing radio and design boundaries. Welcome to the obscure world of Yleisradio c. 1930-1950.... Read on > > >

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