“My genes, my love, are rubber bands and rope; make yourself a structure you can live inside.” — Aimee Bender
This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has 3D relics from Civil War times, mechanical arachnids, simple sculptures and swingin’ ’60s coeds.
Who knew that 3D photography existed as early as the Civil War? The Library of Congress recently posted a special set of stereoview photographs to commemorate the war’s 150th anniversary. As they explain,
“The start of the American Civil War in 1861 coincided with a surge in stereo photography — a technique that makes it possible to see photos with three-dimensional depth. Through a special viewer, a pair of images combines into a single 3D scene. (Or, you can “freeview” by crossing your eyes!)”
— Civil War – 3D Viewing set description
[Via The Flickr Blog]
Oh, to be a coed in France in the early ’60s. This diverse mixture of free spirits and squares are surely enjoying their study abroad semester, if the Thelonious Monk, casual guitar playing and cafStay Fancy Free]culture are any indication. [The LIFE Archive via
Wow! This fascinating scientific short, made in 1909, demonstrates how a spider (in this case, mechanical) spins its threads to create a web. Director Percy Smith believed he could cure people of their arachnophobia with his short films showing enlarged replicas of spiders, and it seems certain that most viewers would be more amused than frightened by the mechanical star of this short. (But wait for the ending…) See more entertaining shorts and newsreels on the British Film Institute’s YouTube channel. [Via even*cleveland]
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