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Johnny Cash postage stamp to be released this year
01.30.2013
11:14 am

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The United States Postal Service will be issuing a Johnny Cash stamp later this year as part of its new “Music Icons” series. The stamp features a photograph taken by Frank Bez which appeared on the cover of the album Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.

Makes me want to start writing letters again.

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What you never asked for: The Barrel-Pong, 1972
01.16.2013
08:24 am

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Lovely design by Hunter Electronics in 1972.

The Barrel-Pong, which was described as, “A low key cabinet conceived for the better-type bar.”

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Motörheadphones: ‘By rockers for rockers’
01.10.2013
02:53 pm

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Headphones for headbangers. I ordered myself a pair. Will get back to you with a review.

Here’s the hype from Motörheadphones’ website:

We all love the deep, low, warm feeling of that body-shuddering sound called ‘bass’. It rumbles through your chest like a juggernaut, feeling like it’s coming from within instead of a speaker off in the distance. Unfortunately most headphone makers (in a desperate hunt to achieve that warm low end) end up sacrificing the presence and dynamics in the mid and high end areas of the sound spectrum. The result is no warm low end body-shuddering bass experience.

And you lose the guitar sound, because in this misguided attempt to achieve the warm low end, the low/mid range is also lost. A double negative really. One which we weren’t prepared to engage in.

When we at Motörheadphönes developed our headphones, we immediately went to the very top of the professional headphone range as a bench mark. Why wouldn’t we? We want to make the best, so we refer to the best of the best.

Another thing we realized, was that most of the music we listen to today, is guitar-based rock and pop. There was nothing which allowed for the heavy rock experience, nothing which could accommodate the crushing power of loud rock’n’roll.

Obviously somebody needed to do something, and that somebody was the iconic Motörhead, the genuine road warriors for the last three decades. This is why we can now, after hard work and collaboration, proudly present Motörheadphönes, by rockers for rockers.

Does the volume control go to 11?

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Engrossing Soviet science fiction holiday cards
12.20.2012
07:18 am

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Despite adopting a policy of state atheism, the secularization project of the Soviet Union could do nothing to sever the cultural connection to Christmas.

Below are some “holiday” cards from the Soviet era, but one can easily detect efforts at sneaking familiar Christmas traditions into what had become a Soviet New Year celebration. You can see the character of Ded Moroz, formerly an evil sorcerer from Slavic mythology—he was said to freeze and kidnap children without conciliations from their parents. His striking resemblance to Santa is the result of a massive rebrand by the Orthodox Church to mimic the Dutch Saint Nicholas.

Of course, after the Russian Revolution, Ded Moroz was declared “an ally of the priest,” and was subsequently (somewhat awkwardly) retrofitted over the Soviet New Year holiday. In 1935, high-ranking Soviet politician (and primary facilitator of the famine-genocide in the Ukraine), Pavel Petrovich Postyshev spoke out in defense of Christmas, arguing that its pre-Christian origins and value to children should exempt it from condemnation as bourgeois or religious. This paved the way for a more lenient view on the holiday.

In 1937, Stalin even commissioned a Ded Moroz for public appearances, commanding, however, that they wear blue, so as not to be conflated with the Western Saint Nicholas. There were even Soviet Nativity Scenes with Ded Moroz as Joseph, a Snow Maiden (Ded Moroz’ helper) as Mary, and the baby New Year as Jesus.

As you can see below, Soviets fashioned some truly surreal feats of cultural synthesis with Ded Moroz, Communist iconography, and the USSR’s omnipresent symbol of ambitious futurism: space travel.
 
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Rockets for speed, horses for nostalgia
 
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Actually, screw the vestigial horses—they’re just bourgeois sentimentality
 
Soviet Xmas tree
Note the icons of industrial economy in the tree—factory, bridge, dam, rocket, minecart, etc
 
More after the jump…
 

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Saul Bass poster design ideas for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’
12.13.2012
11:26 am

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Bobby Solomon of The Fox is Black posted a few rough sketches made by Saul Bass before he came up with the winner for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

According to Solomon, “I’ve read online that Kubrick made Bass go through at least 300 versions of the poster until finally ending on the extremely alien looking version we now know.”

You can see larger images over at The Fox is Black website.
 

 

 
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One Long House: Producing a website in a single day
11.28.2012
09:26 am

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It’s a race against time from our friends at One Long House, the design collective who produced this blog back in 2009:

Today the One Long House team will attempt to re-design and code the One Long House site in ONE DAY. At 8am PST on Wednesday, November 28 team members in Bordeaux, NYC, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles will convene online to kick-off the process. No preparation has been done…

The team hopes to go live by 12am PST. To follow their progress in real time go to the One Long House Twitter page and use the hashtag #siteinaday. The latest update saw their developer’s computer dying, a first for him.

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Boris Karloff: Color footage of Frankenstein’s Monster

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At night, during the making of the Frankenstein films, Boris Karloff sometimes slept with his monster make-up on, as it took so long to apply. He would sleep between 2 books to protect his neck from any harm, which could be caused by those famous glued-on bolts. Karloff spent up to 4 hours in make-up, as the legendary Jack Pierce applied his iconic design.

Over the years, I have seen quite a few hand-tinted photographs of Karloff as the Monster, but rarely any color footage. So, this brief home-movie clip from 1939, of Karloff in full make-up on the set of Son of Frankenstein, is quite delightful.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

The First Film Version of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ from 1910


 

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Ken Adam: The Man Who Designed for James Bond and Stanley Kubrick

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You will know Ken Adam for the War Room in Stanley Kubrick’s Doctor Strangelove. Or, perhaps his car design for Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang. And of course, his unforgettable designs for the James Bond movies - from the specially adapted Aston Martin car, to his vision of Fort Knox in Goldfinger; the jet pack in Thunderball; or his stunning rocket base, within a hollow volcano in You Only Live Twice - Adam has created some of the most brilliant and unforgettable set designs ever filmed.

The 007 Set: A Profile of Ken Adam tells the story of cinema’s best known production designer from his birth in Berlin, between the wars, to his escape to England after the rise of Hitler, his training as an architect, and his career as the Royal Air Force’s only German fighter pilot during World War 2. First broadcast in 1979, this is a fascinating portrait, with great archive and an excellent interview with Ken Adam.
 

 
With thanks to NellyM
 

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Baby’s First Baby: 16 months old and pregnant?
10.10.2012
08:24 am

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Baby’s First Baby toy doll by artist Darren Cullen is—I’m assuming here—some kind of statement about glamorizing teen pregnancies on shows like MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.

If you notice, even the fetus is pregnant!

Of course, America should gut funding for Planned Parenthood…

Below, an image of the back of the box:
 

 
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Kushed cans: Porcelain weed pipes that look like soda cans
10.02.2012
11:30 am

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Humorous design for your weed smokin’ needs: Kushed Cans by Herbal Innovations. The porcelain soda can bowl is handmade, one-of-a-kind and no two are alike. 

Kushed Cans

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