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John L. Sullivan (1858 – 1918), also known as the Boston Strong Boy […] is generally recognized as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle boxing. He was the first American sports hero to become a national celebrity and the first American athlete to earn over one million dollars.

“When I started out boxing,” he wrote, “I felt within myself, as I do now, that I could knock out any man living.”

Sullivan’s fame was enormous. In what has always best illustrated, to me, the term degrees of separation a popular phrase of his time was "I shook the hand that shook the hand of John Sullivan."

image via Partisan NYC


John L. Sullivan — Wikipedia

John L. Sullivan (1858 – 1918), also known as the Boston Strong Boy […] is generally recognized as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle boxing. He was the first American sports hero to become a national celebrity and the first American athlete to earn over one million dollars.

“When I started out boxing,” he wrote, “I felt within myself, as I do now, that I could knock out any man living.”

Sullivan’s fame was enormous. In what has always best illustrated, to me, the term degrees of separation a popular phrase of his time was "I shook the hand that shook the hand of John Sullivan."

image via Partisan NYC

John L. Sullivan — Wikipedia

lizzystewart:

Love this print by Emily Sutton, who graduated a year before me at ECA.
kickcanandconkers:

A is for Accordian - a new screenprint by Emily Sutton
via All Things Considered

lizzystewart:

Love this print by Emily Sutton, who graduated a year before me at ECA.

kickcanandconkers:

A is for Accordian - a new screenprint by Emily Sutton

via All Things Considered

ableparris:

I want to live here.
Hotel Inntel by Wilfried van Winden | Design Milk
/via @stewf



In truth, every changeable thing has the measure of its time within it; this would exist even if nothing else existed; no two things in the world have the same measure of time … There are an infinite number of times in the Universe at any one time.

-Johann Gottfried Herder

Dutch Culture in a European Perspective

ableparris:

I want to live here.

Hotel Inntel by Wilfried van Winden | Design Milk

/via @stewf

In truth, every changeable thing has the measure of its time within it; this would exist even if nothing else existed; no two things in the world have the same measure of time … There are an infinite number of times in the Universe at any one time.

-Johann Gottfried Herder

Dutch Culture in a European Perspective

Collages by Hugh Scott Douglas via but does it float

mask as coping mechanism:

"to the ordinary people, festival arts are more than minstrelsy; they affirm the use of the mask, literally and metaphorically, in coming to terms or coping with an environment that has yet to work in their interest, a society that is yet to be mastered and controlled by them…"

—Masking and power: carnival and popular culture in the Carribean by Gerard Aching p.59

mask as entry to the spirit-world:

"There are many spirits with talents for invention who are constantly employed in devising new methods of accomplishing known objects or methods of accomplishing objects which in themselves are new. The majority of important inventions are thus first discovered in the spirit-world, and from thence are impressed on the minds of medially endowed individuals on earth. In most instances after an invention is perfected in the spirit-world a spiritual model of it is brought to earth, and here sufficiently materialized to test it under earthly conditions.
Spirit mechanics have tools and implements of every description, and by their labor they accomplish as much in one day as a mortal, equally skillful and correspondingly employed, can in a week."

—Spirit World: Its Inhabitants, Nature and Philosophy 1879 by Eugene Crowell p.84

"There is nothing unreal and spectral about the spirit world. This world, with its solid mountains, its rock-ribbed coasts, its vast plains and vaster oceans, is not more substantial than and not so permanent and enduring in character as all that constitutes that world, and if the concurrent testimony of intelligent spirits can be relied on, this in comparison, from their side, is the shadowy land, theirs the real"

—Spirit World: Its Inhabitants, Nature and Philosophy 1879 by Eugene Crowell p.24

Collages by Hugh Scott Douglas via but does it float

mask as coping mechanism:

"to the ordinary people, festival arts are more than minstrelsy; they affirm the use of the mask, literally and metaphorically, in coming to terms or coping with an environment that has yet to work in their interest, a society that is yet to be mastered and controlled by them…"

Masking and power: carnival and popular culture in the Carribean by Gerard Aching p.59

mask as entry to the spirit-world:

"There are many spirits with talents for invention who are constantly employed in devising new methods of accomplishing known objects or methods of accomplishing objects which in themselves are new. The majority of important inventions are thus first discovered in the spirit-world, and from thence are impressed on the minds of medially endowed individuals on earth. In most instances after an invention is perfected in the spirit-world a spiritual model of it is brought to earth, and here sufficiently materialized to test it under earthly conditions. Spirit mechanics have tools and implements of every description, and by their labor they accomplish as much in one day as a mortal, equally skillful and correspondingly employed, can in a week."

Spirit World: Its Inhabitants, Nature and Philosophy 1879 by Eugene Crowell p.84

"There is nothing unreal and spectral about the spirit world. This world, with its solid mountains, its rock-ribbed coasts, its vast plains and vaster oceans, is not more substantial than and not so permanent and enduring in character as all that constitutes that world, and if the concurrent testimony of intelligent spirits can be relied on, this in comparison, from their side, is the shadowy land, theirs the real"

Spirit World: Its Inhabitants, Nature and Philosophy 1879 by Eugene Crowell p.24

An image of a rug from the Smithsonian Collections via an ambitious project collapsing

An image of a rug from the Smithsonian Collections via an ambitious project collapsing

The Tsar Cannon is an enormous cannon, commissioned in 1586. It is currently housed within the Kremlin. The Guinness Book of Records lists it as the largest bombard by caliber. The cannon is decorated with reliefs, including one depicting Tsar Feodor Ivanovich on a horse. The original wooden carriage was made in the early 19th century, but it was destroyed by fire in 1812 when Napoleon descended on Moscow.


Tsar Cannon - Wikipedia

The Tsar Cannon is an enormous cannon, commissioned in 1586. It is currently housed within the Kremlin. The Guinness Book of Records lists it as the largest bombard by caliber. The cannon is decorated with reliefs, including one depicting Tsar Feodor Ivanovich on a horse. The original wooden carriage was made in the early 19th century, but it was destroyed by fire in 1812 when Napoleon descended on Moscow.

Tsar Cannon - Wikipedia

Techniques of writing Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Ukrainian Museum-Archives, Cleveland, OH

Techniques of writing Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Ukrainian Museum-Archives, Cleveland, OH

"There are so very many strange conceptions about the egg: on the one hand it is pure and sacred and the bearer of radiant new life; on the other hand there is the secret inside, out of which anything may come to life; good and joyful, or bad and filled with hatred.

In ‘white magic’ you may give an egg to the incubus, whereupon its power is broken and you will not be troubled by it anymore. At the turn of the century nobody in High Albania dared to set an egg for hatching without first drawing the sign of the cross on it; otherwise some monstrous creature might creep out of it.”

Newall, Venetia An egg at Easter: a folklore study Routledge, 1971

"There are so very many strange conceptions about the egg: on the one hand it is pure and sacred and the bearer of radiant new life; on the other hand there is the secret inside, out of which anything may come to life; good and joyful, or bad and filled with hatred.

In ‘white magic’ you may give an egg to the incubus, whereupon its power is broken and you will not be troubled by it anymore. At the turn of the century nobody in High Albania dared to set an egg for hatching without first drawing the sign of the cross on it; otherwise some monstrous creature might creep out of it.”

Newall, Venetia An egg at Easter: a folklore study Routledge, 1971

This image is from a booklet produced by the American Folklife Center in 1982, long out of print but available at their website as a PDF. It gives a brief description of European egg decorating traditions and explains the traditional wax-and-dye techniques for producing elaborate designs.

Online Collections and Presentations — The American Folklife Center

This image is from a booklet produced by the American Folklife Center in 1982, long out of print but available at their website as a PDF. It gives a brief description of European egg decorating traditions and explains the traditional wax-and-dye techniques for producing elaborate designs.

Online Collections and Presentations — The American Folklife Center

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Folk Object is an ongoing collection of graphic objects derived from the ornament & utility of folk culture. It's curated by Clifton Burt.

"The folk object stands outside both time and space. It signifies historicity and otherness...
The objects are less objects of ownership than of symbolic intercession, like ancestors. The marginal object stands outside the myth of progress embodied in modernity."
-Jean Baudrillard

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