Posts Tagged ‘print ephemera’
The San Diego Air and Space Museum (SDASM) just celebrated their five year participation in Flickr Commons. While I’m partial to the Museum’s archival collection of Zeppelin crashes and Aviation Pioneers, my favorite SDAM set features photographs, illustrations and ephemera from the Space Shuttle program. Out of context, they invoke a version of the Shuttle that is heavy on concept, light on flight. What remains are charming, lo-fi, diy artifacts: button lit simulators, dated office furniture, slide presentations and cryptic medical tests. Study the photographs below and develop your own space program.
2. Before you buy, be selective. Scrutinize items for build quality, fit, finish, functionality and lasting style. If an item is not perfect, catch and release it.
3. Do more with less. Add a few key pieces to your wardrobe and wear them until they dissolve.
4. Shop from yourself and from thrift shops. Repurpose strategic items from the past.
5. Support apparel companies that manufacture their products in the US. Buy products still proudly made in their traditional country of origin.
6. Contact manufacturers and let them know what they should offer. If you’re a woman and you love classic heritage styles, ask them to offer their products in your size.
7. Find out what products are manufactured in your region. Visit factories and publish reports.
8. Wear wool and linen year round. Experiment with summer weight woolens, and heavier linens.
9. Come up with a signature uniform. Wear it once a week.
10. Read historical newspapers and magazines. Learn about lost brands, fashions, and manufacturing traditions.
From from the Boston Public Libary flickr image archives, here is evidence of the holiday mail rush in 1944.
Here are some analog items that I wish I were buying as gifts (or, in a true Christmas miracle, unwrapping myself). Since many of these artifacts are out of production or difficult to source, I recommend that you print out the images below and create your own wishful tree ornaments.