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Wireless for Ladies, 1922

World's First Mobile Phone (1922). Found by a researcher in the Pathe vaults. We'll just leave it at that, and wish more such reels could be "found".


Today's pictures & links:

"Aeroflorale II - La Machine"

(image credit: Hartmut Bosener, via)

The world-famous French group of artists "La Machine" installed this steampunk sculpture masterpiece in Dessau, Germany. Appropriately mysterious in the fog, this beautiful machine seems almost ready to launch.


A Perfect Vacuum

(image credit: Jeremy Geddes)

We love this painting by Jeremy Geddes (see details here); his artwork is truly out of this world.


Futuristic Rocket Spotted in Vancouver

"Centennial Rocket", a truly beautiful sculpture, designed in the Golden Age of Science Fiction Flash Gordon style, belongs to Vancouver Transportation Club (more info):

(image credit: Dustin Sacks)

(image credit: Ryan Cousineau)

"The design was originally created in 1936... by Lew Parry, built by Neon Products at the first Vancouver Air Terminal from 1939 to 1972 when it was scrapped because of rust. In 1985 the Vancouver Transportation Club and the Sheet Metal Workers Union 280 decided to build a replica to celebrate Vancouver's 100th birthday. They located Lew Parry and he still had the original plans... The Rocket was exhibited at Expo 86 and then donated to the city. A Centennial Time Capsule is housed in the base of the rocket, scheduled to be opened 50 years from 1986." source


Mixed fresh links for today:

What Can be Found Within a Drop of Water - [monsters!]
Spectacular:The Writing of Stones - [wow nature]
Submarine Cable Map: Global Internet - [interesting]
Great Sketch Book! (scroll down) - [cool art]
Parking Device for Car Doors - [finally]
Abandoned Cold War Listening Station - [gallery]
Carved Magazines - [cool paper art]
Pretty Good Flowchart for Science Fiction - [but no Alastair Reynolds?]
Inhabitants of a Tent City - [heart-breaking]
Brainwaves Re-Imagined - [wow video]
Beekeeping: Hilarious Sketch - [fun video]
Typing on a Chinese Typewriter - [wow video]
Four Chords Only! (but you knew that) - [fun video]
Wildest Virgin PR Stunts - [weird]
Real Life Super Hero with a Ray Gun - [video]
Costume Ideas from Crazy Dog - [get ready]


The Leaning Church

This is Suurhusen Church in East Frisia, Germany - more info. Even if structure is leaning, the faith is still strong.

(image via)

"The Suurhusen steeple remains the world's most leaning tower that is unintentionally tilted, beating the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa by 1.22 degrees"

Here is another church that's experiencing quite a roof-bending illumination:

(original unknown)


Before the Test Flight

This is a rare 1968 photo from the Russian ITAR-TASS Press Agency archive:

(photo by Oleg Kuzmin, ITAR-TASS, Russia)


One Little Confused Seal

He looks so adorable... and apparently lost. The story of this lonely seal can be found here

(image via Caters News Agency)


Glorious Backsides of Retro Photographs

This is quite unexpected find: some vintage photographs conceal even more gorgeous art on their back! These elaborate graphics and wonderful Art Nouveau-styled type masterpieces are advertisements for photography studios of St. Petersburg and other cities in Russia; but we have a hunch that similar graphics appeared on the backs of photos in other countries, as well.

(images via)


Cannot. Look. Away.

(original unknown)



These portraits are only a sample of what you can enjoy at this site. Some of the "replaced face" portraits are quite hilarious.

(images via)

Don't miss the similar "war hero" portrait of Gandalf.


Demolition by hand... somewhere in China?

(original unknown)


Origami Beetle

Made by Shuki Kato: check out other works of this wonderful origami artist -

(images credit: Shuki Kato)


An addition to our Haunted Siberian Cities archive

Some new photographs have emerged of an abandoned apartment building complex near Norilsk:

Great location for zombie apocalypse movies.


You gotta do what you gotta do

(original unknown)


I think they did not really intend to put all 1,000,000 eyes on the poster?

Is this a B-Movie classic? Where did the beast come from?



(art by Seb Lester, buy it here)



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Blogger KoraxDC said...

Thing you called "abandoned apartment building" looks like it really a Daryal bistatic phased-array early warning radar

Blogger Phoebe Dancing Cat said...

I really enjoyed the Russian ads on the back of the photographic paper.

We felines always appreciate grace and beauty. ^--^


Anonymous Anonymous said...

agree with KoraxDC, its not an apartament building, we had same type og radiolocation building in Latvia some time ago, in 1992 or so it was demolished

Anonymous cthel said...

That's not a mobile phone; in fact, it's not even a two-way communication system. It is merely a portable radio receiver (almost certainly a crystal set)

Anonymous E_X said...

More about the apartment building:


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