Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter

Stepsisters and lovers, Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe, moved to the Channel Islands in 1937, from Paris, where their lives had been wrapped up in the surrealist movement and communist politics. They had every reason to maintain a low profile but that wasn’t their style. They cross-dressed and Schwob is now regarded as an early transgender icon under her assumed name, Claude Cahun.

The women began their own propaganda resistance movement against the Nazi soldiers occupying Jersey. They distributed leaflets and slipped typewritten notes signed 'The Soldier with no Name ' into soldiers' pockets and cigarette packets. They convinced the Nazis that this was the work of a highly organized team. They were eventually captured and sentenced to death but the war was coming to an end and they managed to return to their unconventional reclusive village life.

The Romance of the Skeleton

The Romance of the Skeleton
is a two-and-a-half minute animation by Adele Davies and Vitoria Bastos that depicts the lows and lower lows of love in the afterlife.

The Romance of The Skeleton from Vitoria Bas on Vimeo.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 19, 1959 – Khrushchev barred from visiting Disneyland

In one of the more surreal moments in the history of the Cold War, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev explodes with anger when he learns that he cannot visit Disneyland. Government authorities feared that the crowds would pose a safety hazard for the premier. Khrushchev, still fuming about the debate with Skouras, exploded. “And I say, I would very much like to go and see Disneyland. But then, we cannot guarantee your security, they say. Then what must I do? Commit suicide? What is it? Is there an epidemic of cholera there or something? Or have gangsters taken hold of the place that can destroy me?” Khrushchev left Los Angeles the next morning.

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Nigel Stanford is a New Zealand based film composer, musician, and entrepreneur. KUKA industrial robots play guitar, keyboard, bass and drums in the video for his electronic track Automatica.


Handcrafted Japanese Shop Signs Of The Edo Period

The Edo Period in Japan (1615–1868) was marked by domestic peace and rapid economic and cultural development with a thriving merchant class. Commercial streets in the major cities were lined with handmade shop signs known as Kanban that advertised goods and services. These were crafted by professional artisans known as kanban-shi.

Early-20th-century shitta kanban for eyeglass shop

A 19th-century mokei kanban for geta shop

Front view of a late-19th-century shitta kanban for a blade shop

About 60 examples of kanban are currently on view at San Diego’s Mingei International Museum in an exhibition curated by Alan Scott Pate.