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From the Archives – Calgary in the Sixties

  Science Fair Entry    Science Fair Winners     The Family Bomb Shelter   Learning to Drive Framed by a Tire   Arko the Police Dog   Long-Distance Phone Call 400,000th Visitor to the Zoo Images courtesy the Glenbow Museum’s Calgary in the Sixties series (via Flickr Commons).   

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Archival Campus Day

UW Campus Photograph Collection With apologies to my home institution, the University of Washington wins the award for the best documented, most stylish and frolicsome campus day (a day for university students to perform grounds maintenance, wear shawl collar sweaters and pose for photos). For more evidence that past was better (or at least better …

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We’re just so inspired by the work of Jake Davis that we had to make an homage to his Test Shots. Full resolution version here.

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Archival Jockey Silks

I have a deep fondness for jockey silks. Unlike most sporting garb, the basic jockey’s uniform of jodphurs, cap and tunic has remained unchanged over time. Designed for legibility from a distance, the visual code of stripes, dots, hoops, sashes, crosses, chevrons and bold colors has a functional beauty that appeals to me in any …

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Shopping from the movies: The Queen (2006)

Next to Montgomery Wards and Mamet’s State and Main, the Queen (Frears 2006) is my favorite shopping opportunities. I love to browse all the classic Barbours, Range Rovers, silk scarves, leather brogues, tweed keeperwear, cashmere crewnecks and matching dog breeds. Like a mail order house lost to time, The Queen stocks a small but deep …

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Archival Dog Collar: Danzig Bros.

As a kid, despite not owning a horse, I used to mail away for equestrian supply catalogs. I would browse through the pages of bits, bridles, silks and saddles, kitting out my imaginary Man O War with a full set of racing tack. Over time, horses morphed in bicycles, but I recently found a source …

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Archival Equines

Auzoux model of horse, life size. Specimen no. 2635 Cantering up to the summit of Whites Hill, Brisbane Ward says good by [i.e., goodbye] to Gen. Grant Two young ladies admire a horse at the racetrack Dobbs & Edwards Good friends Skijoring A shearer Barnum Bailey Show Horse powered wheat thresher Sheila Byrne on Harvey …

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