The first-ever MDB calendar is a double-sided affair, with a bonus 1863 calendar on the front, so you can schedule time with your boyfriend between Civil War battles. The reverse side features three love letters from soldiers to their sweethearts.
I think I’d go back to writing poetry again if I had one of these.
AntiqueTypewriters.com has a great section on the Crandall New Model, “one of the most beautiful typewriters ever made.”
It has a wonderful curved and ornate Victorian design and is lavishly decorated with hand painted roses, accented with inlaid mother-of-pearl!
Lucien S. Crandall was born in Broome County New York in 1844. He would become one of the great early typewriter pioneers during the 1860s and 1870s. He patented perhaps ten typewriters with six or so being manufactured. All of his designs are very intriguing and brilliantly imagined machines. The Crandall - New Model was his third typewriter to be manufactured but the first to have some success in sales.
The Crandall was the first typewriter to print from a single element or “type-sleeve”, well before IBM’s ‘Golf ball’ of 1961. The Crandall’s type-sleeve is a cylinder, about the size of your finger (see photo below), which rotates and rises up one or two positions before striking the roller, achieving 84 characters with only 28 keys. The type-sleeve is easy to remove, allowing for change of font style and character size.
Ting London makes bespoke flooring out of recycled leather belts, laying them down like floorboards. When/if you get sick of them, they’ll take them back and recycle them. I’m not sure how they’d wear or what they’d be like to clean, but they look awesome.
Each belt is hand selected to ensure a high grade of leather and then the belts are stripped of their metals, hand cleaned with chemical free substances and prepared for use. The vintage belts for each tile are carefully designed in-house as the colour and patterning on the belts is sensitive to each tile. This means no two tiles will ever be the same.
This undated photo from an unattributed newspaper shows the facade of a Danish clothier that advertised its overstock coats by covering the building from top to bottom with over a thousand coats. The display was so successful the police had to come and clear the crowd, but the merchant still cleared out his overstock.