Pictures, drawings, paintings
Cleveland circa 1931. “View of Terminal Tower at night, with eagle on right.” 8×10 inch acetate negative by Theodor Horydczak.
Palatine, Illinois, circa 1950. “Schoolchildren at Hirsch’s.” Home of the Neon Typo. 4×5 acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive.
Circa 1908. “High Street at night, Arch City, Columbus, Ohio.” If you can’t get into Bliss College, there’s always Professor Rader’s Academy of Dancing next door. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 25, 1955. “Becton Dickinson Inc., Rutherford, New Jersey. Mr. Sherman’s secretary’s desk.” With, presumably, Mr. Sherman’s secretary. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner.
Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1905. “Shoot-the-Chutes ride at Luna Park.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
The Mississippi River circa 1906. “Steamboat landing at Vicksburg, Miss.” Starring the paddlewheelers Belle of Calhoun and Belle of the Bends. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
New York circa 1908. “Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.” Where hustle meets bustle. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
Circa 1910. “Schlitz Hotel, Atlantic City.” On the Boardwalk at Ocean Avenue. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
San Francisco circa 1920. “Locomobile touring sedan.” An expensive open car fortified against the elements with yet another variation on the so-called “California top.” 5×7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin.
Ken: This is my mom, Dorothy Porter, and my two older sisters, Madge and June, on a family vacation trip to Folly Beach, South Carolina in the summer of 1950. Not sure if the old carousel was at Folly Beach or if this was perhaps taken at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. 35mm Kodachrome slide.
April 20, 1965. “Vending Machines, Cigarettes.” 35mm negative by Marion S. Trikosko for U.S. News & World Report
Washington, D.C., circa 1928. “Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. office boys football team.” National Photo Company glass negative.
Washington, D.C., 1936. “Dept. of Interior exhibit — kitchen at all electric farm.” An early manifestation of the government’s push for rural electrification, three years after the Tennessee Valley Authority was created by act of Congress. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
Great Halloween Costume!!
Bad Design This radiator coolant that looks like beer.
Bad Design this floor cleaner that looks like an energy drink.
Bad Design The charging port on this wireless Apple mouse.
Bad Design This billboard layout.
Bad design or maybe it’s just a brutally honest Venn diagram.
Bad Design The CGI burger in this Carl’s Jr. commercial.
Bad Design This faucet.
Somewhere in Washington, D.C., circa 1928. “S.W. Barrow” is all it says here. Who can pinpoint the location? 8×10 glass negative, National Photo Co.
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. “National Fruit Co. banana truck.” 8×10 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection.
June 1943. Arlington, Virginia. “One of several alcoves off the corridor in Idaho Hall, Arlington Farms, a residence for women who work in the U.S. government for the duration of the war.” Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.