Friday, July 29, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXXV

Thanks to the great (and inquisitive) people at The Scout Project, I spent a few lovely minutes clicking through some wonderful, late 19th-century photographs (along with a handful of drawings) of Old Boston.  Here's one representative example (as always, click image to enlarge):

This is the Paul Revere House at 19-21 North Square in the North End, circa 1898 -- by then already almost 220 years old.  (Click here to see what it looks like today after it was completely restored to Revere's era.)

The Reveres owned this house from 1770 to 1800.  By the time the above photograph was taken, the structure had been greatly modified to serve as a tenement with a ground-floor commercial space.  Apart from its obvious historical importance, I love this image because it shows how what's old is new again.  We're finally re-learning operable windows (even upper sashes!) and shutters actually serve an important, very functional purpose; that Jane Jacobs was right when she reminded us that mixed-use makes for stronger, more cohesive neighborhoods; that even a slight overhang can provide useful shading.

Before the days of central heat and air, people had to be smart and practical; and now, in our era of expensive, dwindling and polluting fossil fuels, we must be again.

The helpful lessons aside, I really just wanted to share the pictures because they're click here to see the other 112 of them.  Enjoy!

[Source:  Boston Public Library via The Scout Project.]

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXXIV

Holy sheep-dip!

This is a American Army paratrooper (wearing a helmut cam?), hanging with some friends, midair, somewhere over Ukraine. 

Are we invading Ukraine now??

Regardless, this picture has me reaching for my Xanax bottle.

[Source:  U.S. Army; hat-tip @pourmecoffee.]

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXXIII

The House of Mouse is for sale!

This former residence of Walt Disney is currently on the market in Los Angeles for $3.65 million.  It was built in 1932, and he lived there until 1950.

Seems downright spartan in comparison to current crib standards (for people with a fraction of Disney's celebrity).  Click here for additional images.

[Source:  LA Curbed via Boing Boing.]

Friday, July 22, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXXII

Those wacky kids over at Boing Boing unearthed this beauty:

It's the cast of the original Star Trek visiting the familiarly-named Space Shuttle Enterprise in 1976.

Check out those threads, man!

[Source:  Boing Boing.]

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXXI

The crew of the International Space Station captured this image of Atlantis on its final descent back to Earth.  Pretty wild.

[Source:  Crew of ISS via MSNBC's Photoblog; hat tip:  @pourmecoffee.]

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXX

Dude, where's my car!?

[Source:  Time Lightbox; hat tip:  @NatGeoPhotos.]