A weekly round-up of my favorite preservation related stories from around the web and in the news. Click on the title of each story to jump through to the original article/blog post.
“Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public for the first time on the internet… Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the 870,000 photographs feature all manner of city oversight — from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.” This photo database has the potential to be an amazing resource for researchers! Not only will it be easy to find images of buildings and streets, but the photos also contain clues about how people lived: the food they ate, the prices they paid, the clothes they wore, how they moved from place to place, how they entertained themselves, and on and on! And for the non-researcher, they are just fun to look at! Click on the link to see more images!
Put A Bird On It – True Adventures of an Art Addict
Artist Sharmon Davidson explores the current cultural obsession with birds in art and its deep historical roots. Did you know that what may be the earliest rock pictograph ever uses a bird image?! Click on the link to learn more!
A Man Full of Trouble – Indiegogo
You may have seen this quirky dark comedy on Bricks + Mortar’s Facebook page yesterday. The film, Temple University student Michael Johnston’s thesis project, follows the story of a suicidal Alexander Hamilton re-enactor as he’s entangled in a love affair and gears up for a duel. According to Johnston, he wanted to make a film “that explored and expressed Philadelphia’s history and architecture.” To that end, the film is using several area locations for shooting, including the Woodlands Mansion and Cemetery. Shooting fees and donations raised at the film’s premier party/fundraiser at the mansion will benefit on-going restoration of the National Historic Landmark! Check out the link to learn more about A Man Full of Trouble and how you can help Johnston and his team make this film and restore Woodland Mansion!
The Lavish Sets of the Great Gatsby– Architectural Digest
Look at the photograph above… do I really need to say more? Click through for more photos of Gatbsy’s mansion, the Buchanan’s house, Nick’s cottage and more!