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Arts, Culture

Black-and-White Russians in Living Color

Because of a change in Internet service providers, The Sea Pearl’s publishing schedule was interrupted this past week. So I’m going to do something I never do (“Never? Well, hardly ever.”), which is to publish a link to somebody else’s site. (I rarely refer to private websites, which often disappear, but this one is really special. You have to see it to believe it.)

My other half sometimes shouts with joy when he discovers old Kodachrome photos online. Recently he came across colorized black-and-white photographs taken during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Russia. Continue reading “Black-and-White Russians in Living Color”

Aesthetics, Culture

Ampersand in the Key of Beauty

Ampersands come in an astounding variety. Goldenflashes21 at English Wikipedia / CC BY-SA

In 1953 a German typographer, Jan Tschichold, published his study, The ampersand: its origin and development, in which he tracked that typographical device back to Pompeii. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, preserving the earliest extant example in some wall graffiti. That still doesn’t tell us how much earlier the mark was actually scrawled before the volcano blew – ten years, two months, five seconds? Continue reading “Ampersand in the Key of Beauty”