Photochroms of Norway in late 19th Century

Tvinde Waterfall and hotel

Landscape and marine views of late 19th Century Norway created by the Detroit Publishing Company using the Photochrom process.
Photochrom, invented in the 1880s, is a process for producing colorized images from black-and-white photographic negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lithographic printing plates. The process is a photographic variant of chromolithography (color lithography).
Images: Library of Congress

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Victorian Bathing Machines

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The bathing machine was a device, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, to allow people to change out of their usual clothes, change into swimwear, and wade in the ocean at beaches. They resembled wooden changing booths, with wheels and wooden steps that led inside. The bathing machine was part of etiquette for sea-bathing more rigorously enforced upon women than men but to be observed by both sexes among those who wished to be proper.

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Vintage Flower Light Bulbs

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Aerolux Light Corporation was a prolific manufacturer of figural neon glow lights containing  flowers between the late 1930s and into the mid 1970s. Aerolux gas discharge light bulbs contained low pressure gas, either neon or argon, or a mixture of the two. Also within the bulb were metal sculptures coated with phosphors. These phosphors fluoresced when excited by glow discharge. Nowadays vintage Aerolux flower light bulbs can be found on sites like eBay and Etsy.
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Upcycling Old Suitcases to Vintage Furniture

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Using pieces of discarded junk, Katie Thompson recreates a unique, recycled range of furniture, each piece infused with its own previous character but with a new function. By blending South African craftsmanship, with high end finishes,  Thompson creates an original end product with a new integrity that epitomizes the very best of South African design.

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Bubble Houses

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Known as Bolwoningen (globe houses), these structures that resemble giant white golf balls are made out of cement and fibreglass. In the early 1980s the Dutch government offered subsidies for experimental housing. Bolwoningen were the idea of architect Dries Kreijkamp who wanted to create ‘the optimal experience of nature in all its facets’.  Each globe offers bedrooms on the ground floor, bathroom in the middle and living rooms on the top floor, which have the best views. Being only 5.5 metres across , most globe houses are inhabited by just one or two people. They are still inhabited to this day and give us a glimpse into what future living looked like 35 years ago. 

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