Frank Jacobs' great Strange Maps blog turns up a real treasure this week: "A Night-Club Map of Harlem," drawn ca. 1932 by cartoonist Elmer Simms Campbell. The map hits all the high spots, metaphorically (The Cotton Club, Small's Paradise, The Savoy) and literally (131st and Lenox, where a figure helpfully identifies himself as "th' Reefer man"). The only major omission, a caption says, "is the location of the various speakeasies but since there about 500 of them you won't have much trouble." The thing bristles with helpful information (Tillie's "specializes in fried chicken — and it's really good!") and bursts with life — all over the map, figures furtively ask about the day's number, and at 142nd and Lenox, a white-tuxedoed Cab Calloway rises toward the heavens, wailing an ecstatic "Hi-De-Ho." If Harlem was half as jumping in 1932 as Campbell makes it seem, every legend about uptown in its heyday must be true.
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This off-beat Mickey Mouse costume was worn by a live monkey in the 1934 kid's film March of the Wooden Soldiers. The way it moves is totally uncanny. It looks like something that rose up from hell. I wish they would have used a marionette puppet instead, though. I can't imagine how torturous it must… READ THE REST
Corinne Loperfido is an artist who works with compostable materials. I like this video where she teaches us her technique of how to use old fruit peels, fallen leaves, and other compostable items to make wearables. The end result is beautiful and totally innovative. This is a great activity to do with kids, too. From… READ THE REST
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