Absolutely amazing black-and-white photos of vintage NASA facilities from the 1920s-1950s.
Cold War Wonderland – remarkable photos of the East/West divide.
The Girls of Atomic City – the untold story of the women behind the bomb.
Happy birthday, chronophotography pioneer Étienne-Jules Marey!
Happy birthday, Étienne-Jules Marey! Celebrate with his seminal chronophotography, which sparked modern animation.
More grimly whimsical Goreyana here.
Edward Gorey’s 1960 illustrations for H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds. Gorey was born on this day in 1925.
Happy birthday, Edward Gorey! Celebrate with The Gashlycrumb Tinies, his beloved 1963 alphabet book of grim misadventures.
In 1960, beloved mid-century pen-and-ink slinger Edward Gorey, born 88 years ago today, illustrated H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds – two classic masters of the macabre and wonderful, together at last.
The great Nina Simone would’ve been 80 today. This quietly breathtaking photograph was taken at NYC’s Town Hall in 1959 and is part of William Gottlieb’s photos of jazz icons.
Celebrate Simone’s legacy with Francine Prose’s poignant meditation on the powerful political message in the singer’s “Strange Fruit.”
One August morning in 1958, photographer Art Kane decided to ask every notable jazz musician in New York City to show up in Harlem for a photo shoot at 10am. Despite the challenge of getting jazz musicians to show up anywhere at 10am, 57 musicians showed up. The result is this iconic photograph, which features such icons as Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, Charles Mingus, and Mary Lou Williams.
Complement with William Gottlieb’s timeless portraits of jazz legends, Herman Leonard’s rare photographs, and the fantastic Jazz Loft Project.
I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail – a 17th-century British “trick” poem illustrated in die-cut Indian folk art, two years in the making.