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On his scarred wooden work table, Millet repairs about 10,000 umbrellas a year. He says he has to be fast and precise. But why bother to repair an umbrella at all?
The first reason, says Millet, is environmental: In France alone, about 15 million umbrellas — which aren’t recycled — are thrown away each year.
"But it’s more than that," he says. "People who come to me are attached to their umbrellas for sentimental reasons. Many times they have beautiful stories about them. So I feel obligated to restore them." [x]

On his scarred wooden work table, Millet repairs about 10,000 umbrellas a year. He says he has to be fast and precise. But why bother to repair an umbrella at all?

The first reason, says Millet, is environmental: In France alone, about 15 million umbrellas — which aren’t recycled — are thrown away each year.

"But it’s more than that," he says. "People who come to me are attached to their umbrellas for sentimental reasons. Many times they have beautiful stories about them. So I feel obligated to restore them." [x]

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“Weaving has never changed, the principle of weaving had never changed. All that happened was that we got better and faster,” Harris says. “Nostalgia? With this machine there does come a certain degree of nostalgia, but if you were to look at the modern equivalent, it is the same. It’s just Daft Punk: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger….”
This is mass production, albeit on an antique scale. And while using old machines plays into a sense of British authenticity and lends his company some historical novelty—a word he hates, by the way—it is not what defines the company.
“It’s the difference between careless mass production and considered mass production,” Harris says.

(Boss Tweed by Peter Guest | Narratively)

“Weaving has never changed, the principle of weaving had never changed. All that happened was that we got better and faster,” Harris says. “Nostalgia? With this machine there does come a certain degree of nostalgia, but if you were to look at the modern equivalent, it is the same. It’s just Daft Punk: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger….”

This is mass production, albeit on an antique scale. And while using old machines plays into a sense of British authenticity and lends his company some historical novelty—a word he hates, by the way—it is not what defines the company.

“It’s the difference between careless mass production and considered mass production,” Harris says.

(Boss Tweed by Peter Guest | Narratively)

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The worst of white folks was a pathetic, powerful ‘it.’ It conveniently forgot that it came to this country on a boat, then reacted violently when anything or anyone suggested it share. The worst of white folks wanted our mamas and grandmas to work themselves sick for a tiny sliver of an American pie it needed to believe it had made from scratch. It was all at once crazy-making and quick to violently discipline us for acting crazy. It had an insatiable appetite for virtuoso black performance and routine black suffering. The worst of white folks really believed that the height of black and brown aspiration should be emulation of its mediocre self. The worst of white folks inherited disproportionate access to quality health care, food, wealth, fair trials, fair sentencing, college admittance, college graduations, promotions and second chances, yet still terrorized and shamed other Americans who lacked adequate access to healthy choices. White Americans were wholly responsible for the worst of white folks, though they would do all they could to make sure it never wholly defined them.
The Worst of White Folks by Kiese Laymon

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calumet412:

The main floor at Marshall Field’s, 1956, Chicago.

calumet412:

The main floor at Marshall Field’s, 1956, Chicago.

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Curators at the National Museum of London have discovered what they believe to be the first ever recordings of a family Christmas. They were made 110 years ago by the Wall family who lived in New Southgate in North London. There are 24 clear recordings on wax cylinders which were made using a phonograph machine between 1902 and 1917. Music curators say the sound quality of the music recorded is outstanding.
(via BBC News - Curators discover first recordings of Christmas Day)
Click through to hear some of the recordings! They’re sweet.

Curators at the National Museum of London have discovered what they believe to be the first ever recordings of a family Christmas. They were made 110 years ago by the Wall family who lived in New Southgate in North London. There are 24 clear recordings on wax cylinders which were made using a phonograph machine between 1902 and 1917. Music curators say the sound quality of the music recorded is outstanding.

(via BBC News - Curators discover first recordings of Christmas Day)

Click through to hear some of the recordings! They’re sweet.

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londonshopfronts:

The Fryers Delight, Theobald’s Road WC1X

londonshopfronts:

The Fryers Delight, Theobald’s Road WC1X

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pbump:

Coming soon: A show from the creators of Downton Abbey about the Gilded Age in New York City. Spectacular.

I’d like to say I’m excited, but you know how I feel about Downton Abbey. Let’s just say I’m intrigued.

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pbump:

While replacing his fireplace, a man in Britain found the remains of a WW2 carrier pigeon, complete with message.

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The Brink of Oblivion: Inside Nazi-Occupied Poland, 1939-1940

Amazing color photos of Poles and Jews by Nazi photographer Hugo Jaeger.

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Click through for the super-high-res. (via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive :: Gotham Underground: 1904)

Click through for the super-high-res. (via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive :: Gotham Underground: 1904)

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omgthatdress:

Dress
Madame Grès
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Flawless.
I adore Madame Gres.

omgthatdress:

Dress

Madame Grès

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Flawless.

I adore Madame Gres.

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braiker:

Via the strut

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But the practice does reflect something that’s bugged me for a while about BuzzFeed and the Reddit-Tumblr-4chan matrix from which its list-compiling side springs: The explosion of people happily sharing images and text completely void of context. There’s a stupid disinterest in the story behind whatever shiny internet thing has gone viral now, as if knowing more would ruin the mysterious viralness of the thing. BuzzFeed has, either knowingly or accidentally, capitalized on this by obscuring the origins of its lists—both facts taken from old-school journalistic sources, and ideas found among newfangled meme-creators.

Remix Everything: BuzzFeed and the Plagiarism Problem

Yeah. I continue to be infuriated about the extreme lack of context that the vast majority of Tumblr reblogs seem to be totally cool with. Give me INFORMATION! Give me BACKGROUND! Give me a SOURCE! I don’t understand how we got so fucking lazy and uninterested about this.