Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cassette Navigation 1971

In 1971 Tomorrow's World showcased the cassette-powered precursor to sat nav. So many reasons why this would never work in the real world.

Via things magazine

Fred Herzog's Colour Street Photographs of Vancouver From the 1950s and 1960s

Fred Herzog arrived in Vancouver in 1953. The young German immigrant was fascinated by all aspects of Canadian life, and set out to document it with his camera. He worked as a medical photographer by day, and on evenings and weekends he took his camera to the streets, documenting daily life.

More here 

Thanks Bruce!

The Moon Pod Beanbag

The Moon Pod Beanbag produces a feeling of weightlessness when you lie or sit down on it. You can use it as a bed, as a recliner, or as an upright chair. Apparently it relieves stress. I'm intrigued.

See their Kickstarter

Today is World Refugee Day

Today is the 18th anniversary of World Refugee Day, sponsored by the United Nations Refugee Agency, which aims to raise global awareness of global responsibility for refugees. 68.5 million people are forcibly displaced around the world. Below is a statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

Via Dr. Caligari's Cabinet

Quilts Made by 19th-Century British Soldiers Are Threaded With Mystery


During the second half of the 19th century, recovering British soldiers made intricate quilts out of thick woolen felt. These “convalescence quilts” were comprised of thousands of tiny triangles and squares in rich primary colours with the outlines of jacket pockets, and even buttonholes worked into the blankets. There are many myths about how these military quilts were made.


Rumour had it that these quilts were made by soldiers as they convalesced in bed. But the only evidence that any soldiers stitched in bed is a single 1856 painting of Private Thomas Walker. It is not clear whether the scraps they used came from the discarded uniforms of fallen comrades or were offcuts from military tailors’ workshops. Recent examination reveals that none of the fabrics show signs of having seen the gore of the battlefield. The true story of how these quilts were made may never be known.

Read more: Atlas Obscura