Oh I love this…

January 11th, 2014

Harold Lloyd

You go on with your bad self Harold…

“Harold’s reaction to his ruined suit – “Speedy” (1928) | Pretty shocking, considering this is 1928 and Harold Lloyd’s always being such a gentleman, but it’s in the film, so I felt I had to include it. This is very atypical of Harold and his films, and I’ve not been able to find out any information on it in any of my many Lloyd books. As far as I know, this is the very first celluloid record of anyone making this particular gesture in a popular movie……somehow it got by the censors.” From F’k Yeah, Harold Lloyd! Blog

Femme Fatales

January 4th, 2014
Etta Diem's Attic of Curiousities: Femme Fatales: Kathleen Ward

“Kathleen Ward had convictions for drunkenness, indecent language and theft. She obviously enjoyed thumbing her nose at the authorities, as can be seen in this image where she appears to have deliberately fluttered her eyes in order to ruin the long-exposure photograph. DOB: 1904.”

Femme Fatales: 35 Vintage Female Mug Shots – a look into the past where women were just as… seriously as meh as men!

Franz Reichelt

December 27th, 2013

One has to wonder why anyone who wasn’t suicidal would jump off of the Eiffel Tower. Well, if you’re Franz Reichelt you do it to test out your super neato parachute suit…

Franz. Doesn't he look dapper!

Franz. Doesn’t he look dapper? And that mustache!!

Franz was an Austrian-born French tailor who became known as the Flying Tailor for his parachute designs. Now a few of his first personal parachute suit designs were successful when tested using dummies and thrown from the roof of his fifth floor apartment building. However, some of his following designs were not quite so successful and he attributed this to not having a high enough platform to toss his dummies from. He petitioned the Parisian Prefecture of Police to use the Eiffel Tower for his test. When he was finally granted permission to do this ole Franz did a bit of a bait and switch and stated he was going to test the suit himself in place of the test dummy. That’s a really snazzy suit but I’m not sure I would have the same confidence.

Well… the time came for the jump and friends and gathering witnesses did attempt to persuade Franz from making this jump, or at the very least using some type of safety device like a rope, you know… just in case. But Franz would have none of this instead wanting to put complete faith in his invention. The end result was he jumped, the parachute did not properly deploy and very soon there was a impressive Franz shaped impression in the ground and the Flying Tailor was no more. It went without saying that the jump killed him but he was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. Some accounts suggest he died from a heart attack long before the impact bumped soul from body.

This entire event was filmed and widely distributed by the press for the weeks that followed. The entire story and the film itself on Franz’s wiki-page. And while the film is not actually as gruesome as you would think, there are still some things you cannot un-watch. So you are warned Mr. Morbid Curiosity.

And now… Bill

December 24th, 2013

Yeah, we miss Bill...

Dear me… don’t we all miss the old Bill? Carry on.

Albert Arthur Allen

December 22nd, 2013

Traverse Alchemy has a wonderful article on Albert Arthur Allen: Forgotten American nudes of the 1920′s. As the title and below image implies, the site/article is not terribly work safe. Enjoy!

Albert Arthur Allen

The Isidore Tarot Deck

December 11th, 2013
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Isn’t this darling! My mundane Bethalynne was commissioned to make a tarot deck based on her collage pieces. Now I feel like I should explain collage art as some people view this as original artwork. Not quite. Collages are taking small pieces from a variety of sources and putting them together to create a new image. Additional hand done ink work fleshes out the collage and then the final collage is stained with color. Bethalynne’s original reference was Une semaine de bonté or A Week of Kindness, which were a series of collage style graphic novels by Max Ernst in 1934. Bethalynne’s pieces are based mostly on the work of J.J. Grandville, her favorite, and a variety of Victorian era illustrations and art. For her it is a process of taking something from the past and reinventing it into something for the present. Whatever the case, we at the Attic Shoppe are all very proud of this new deck -which, honestly, is very different from her first two tarot decks. Each card is very closely based upon the symbolism of the Rider-Waite deck. She has a potential publisher for the deck -a group that originally sought to commission it- but whether they take it or not is still in negotiations. If they pass, it will become realized through self publishing this spring. No worries tarot lovers, it’ll be around.

The S.S. Ourang Medan

December 10th, 2013

A Ghost Ship!Oh it was a frightful sight for those first few men who braved the deck of the deserted Ourang Medan. It floated there so quietly among the waves with not one steward of the vessel to be seen. A curious inspection of the ghost ship began and when finally her crew was found it brought a brave man’s heart to stand still for but a moment. Not even the bravest among those first investigators would ever truly get the chill of that first sight from their memories. It was enough to make a man’s heart run cold.

It was a February in 1948 and the S.S. Ourang Medan was sailing Indonesian waters. Only hours earlier before the ship was sought out, several ships had heard the distress signals being sent from the radio operator. Morse Code was quickly tapping out the gruesome message that the ship’s crew was dead. And then the final rat-a-tat-tat proclaiming “I die” from the radio operator himself… then silence. The City of Baltimore and the Silver Star, both American vessels moving through the Strait of Malacca, were the first to come to the silent Ourang Medan.

Inside the ghost ship were the frozen bodies of its crew all locked in a last pose of terror. Each man’s face was a mask of agony with his hands reaching out towards the sun. There were no marks of injury or molestation on any of the crew men. Even the dog that traveled with them succumbed to this ugly death. The investigating men quickly moved from the ship to get the horror out of their heads and only a few minutes later there was an explosion from the ship. The vessel cried out in moans that were stolen from her crew and slowly sank beneath the sea to forever be lost. The Ourang Medan and her crew left the world with no answers as to what happened…

I felt that this Tuesday would be the perfect day to start out with a little moodiness in the form of a watery ghost story. The tale of the ill fated S.S. Ourang Medan has never been authenticated. No one’s ever been able to find any record of the ship or the alleged shipwreck. The only name mentioned in this story that has been verified is the Silver Star. But honestly, facts are just adornments a good watery ghost story can take or leave. It’s the mystery that intrigues our easy to scare minds. You can find out a bit more about this story on many of the Unexplained sort of sites. I recommend Mysterious Universe’s version.

Kiyo Murakami

December 6th, 2013
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This woman’s work is absolutely stunning! Just gorgeous! The artist’s name is Kiyo Murakami and she comes to us from Tokyo Japan. These photos feature aerial performer ALK. You can see more of her work on her personal website here, or take in the immediate visual feast through her flickr site here. These images are all copyright Kiyo Murakami.

Emilie Autumn

December 3rd, 2013
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I can’t fathom the idea that someone out there doesn’t know the wonder that is Emilie Autumn! So today, a brief lesson: A very brief one actually because I’m not very good with the biography type wordy words.

She makes mad and lovely noises with the violin, the harpsichord, the piano, the viola, and her own voice. To see one of her performances you’ll be greeted by the weaving threads of cabaret, classic theater and burlesque as she’s joined by her back-up dancers The Bloody Crumpets. Her style is peppered with the influence of the Victorian era but there is nothing polite or refined about her sound or performance. A few people liken her music to Victorian Industrial and I have to say I like that description a great deal. Above is a photographic sampling of the style of Miss Autumn. A wardrobe to envy and bonk heads over! Visit EmilieAutumn.com for a tour of the ratty lady’s works.

Scary Mary

December 1st, 2013

So they made a movie about the making of Mary Poppins
It could be interesting but it would probably tickle me a bit more if it
were a making of the movie in the style of Shadow of the Vampire. Sigh!
Ah well, a very happy and frigid December first to you all!