Online collections of 19th century trade cards

26 02 2009

I’ve found a collection of Victorian Trade Cards hosted by the Miami University Library and if that is not enough the University of Iowa Libraries also has an online collection

victoriantradecardsTrade cards started to be used in the 17th century by businesses in London a bit like business cards. Often they only advertised the business with the address and a map. In the 19th century with better printing techniques they became more colourful and sophisticated.


The Nightingale and the Rose

25 02 2009

This is an animated short based on Oscar Wilde’s story “The Nightingale and the Rose”.In the story, a young man falls in love with a girl, who tells him that she will dance with him at the upcoming ball if he hands her a red rose. However, the boy only has white roses growing in his garden and he becomes very upset. A nightingale hears him crying and is taken by his story. The bird decides to get a red rose for him.He flies to two different bushes asking them for a red rose, but they have only yellow and pink roses. He then flies to a bare bush that tells him that it can grow a red rose only if the nightingale gives up his life for it and sings to him the entire night as the thorn pierces his heart. The blood of the bird will help to grow a beautiful red rose. So the bird decides to do this and kills himself.The next day, the boy finds the flower and brings it to the girl. The girl responds that another man gave her jewelry and that is a far more expensive gift than any flower…and rejects him. Drawings are all hand painted with watercolors.Music: “Nocturne” by Alexander Borodin

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14 02 2009

This has to be my favourite stop motion animation. Full stop.

Hungry Planet

7 02 2009

I remember this book when it came out now I can see that it can be browsed on Google Books.  It features photos of 30 families around the world and the food they consume in a wehungryplanetek. I remember noticing how people from Western countries often ate the worst food, lots of processed stuff, boxed etc. The problem with nutrition is that every week we read something new, some new research says that eating this is worse than thought, eating that causes dementia or whatever.  I’ve reached the simple conclusion that a good diet is a bit of everything in moderation, I’ve a sweet tooth that I need to please from time to time, but I try to have as much variety of food as possible so I cannot be that wrong. Oops this is a healthy nutrition test.

A very poignant video

7 02 2009

On YouTube it is described as:

The filmmaker combines 2D animation on a graphics tablet with the warmth of sand animation, thus uniting modernity and tradition, Brazil and Africa, music and memory. Sparse in design and humanist in its outlook, Hungu exudes the elegance and suggestive power of a timeless story.

OK, this is good

6 02 2009

Very short but I like it.©2008 Leolyxxx & Finsta, Music by Pluxus

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Tha Artist Series

5 02 2009

A collection of short movies about artists and designers. They are well done and are worth a look.