Posts Tagged ‘20th century’

American Icon

July 15, 2015

American Icon
Pink plastic flamingo flocked to millions of suburban lawns in Postwar America’s sprawling subdivisions. The bright birds were created by sculptor Don Featherstone in 1957 for Union Products of Leominster,Massachusetts. Mr. Featherstone died last month at the age of 79.

More:

“Creator of plastic pink flamingo dies one day before Pink Flamingo Day,” Colleen Shalby, PBS Newshour

“The Tacky History of the Pink Flamingo,” Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian Magazine

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Iconic Skyscraper Photo: Staged Stunt

September 25, 2012

Iconic Skyscraper Photo: Staged Stunt

The iconic 1932 photo of construction workers eating lunch on a steel beam high above Rockefeller Center, attributed to Charles C. Ebbets, is considered a documentary classic. There are many tributes (like the Sergio Furnari sculpture above) and parodies. Corbus, which owns the photo rights to “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” says it’s licensed more often than any of the snaps in the firm’s 20-million-image catalog.

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Sound of the Web Primeval

June 3, 2012

Sound of the Web Primeval

This, children, was the sound of the Internet in the last century. It is the sound of a computer modem connecting with a telephone line.”Telephone lines” were copper wires connecting these things in homes and offices to each other, and you talked into them ….

Oh, never mind.

More:

“The Mechanics and Meaning of That Ol’ Dial-Up Modem Sound,” Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic

Audio file from the Museum of Endangered Sounds, via John Pemberton.

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