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Chris Otto
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Program cover: Kabardinka State Folk Dance Ensemble
Here's the colorful cover of a program for the Kabardinka State Folk Dance Ensemble of the Kabardino-Balkarian ASSR. Let's start with the second part of that. The Kabardino-Balkar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (that's a mouthful) was an autonomous re...

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"I've Got My Beatles Movie Ticket..."
I discovered this circular piece of Beatles ephemera/memorabilia among Mom's stuff. She was 16 when The Beatles landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport 1 in February 1964, on their way to The Ed Sullivan Show . Thus, she was the perfect age to be a ...

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Old, definitely 100% authentic photograph of Dracula
Who says you can't take a picture of a real vampire?

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Fairy-tale postcards via Postcrossing
One little thing that's been comforting during the chaos and sadness of the past two months is that I've still been receiving a steady flow of postcards from international Postcrossers in my mailbox each week. They always bring a smile to my face after a lo...

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Cool illustrations: The New Human Interest Library (Part 19)
On the heels of yesterday's post , here are some more photographs of children's games from 1929's The New Human Interest Library . Regarding this "wooden spoons" game, the text states: "A very good game for a large or small party is that of 'guessing with t...

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Cool illustrations: The New Human Interest Library (Part 18)
I was wrong, way back in February , when I stated that we were at the end of the "The Do-It-Yourself Book" portion of 1929's The New Human Interest Library , our ongoing series that understandably ended up on the back-burner in late winter/early spring. The...

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Happy Easter! ... Wait. What?
This vintage photo comes from the absolutely wonderful @HorribleSanity Twitter feed .
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