A True Artisan at Work

(AP Photo/Francisco Seco) Francisco Seco AP Portuguese bookbinder, Ilidio Antonio, applies egg whites to the cover of new books as he works in his workshop in Lisbon, Portugal. Antonio, who has been running his own business as a bookbinder for the past 36 years, said that applying egg whites to the covers helps the leather […]

Rock classics.

Casa do Penedo, Fafe, Portugal, 1974 This ‘House of the Rock’ was created by an engineer who took advantage of the way huge glacial rocks had littered the landscape. Walls were bridged with rough concrete to create a simple shelter. It now sits in the middle of a wind farm, though ironically remains off-grid. Image […]

Child Labourers – 1913 by Lewis Hine.

Between 1908 and 1911, the photographer and social reformer Lewis Hine travelled the U.S. for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) documenting child labor — in factories, textile mills, canneries, and coal mines — focusing in particular on the Carolina Piedmont. Amongst the hundreds of photographs he made in this time is this unique set […]

A young Child in a charcoal field in India.

A young child engulfed by plumes of smoke from burning coal inside an unregulated charcoal production field in Jharkhand, India, which holds some of India’s largest coal reserves. Image Credit: Photograph by Ashley Crowther Source: Paper tigers exhibition: Australia’s contemporary photojournalists – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Henry McGill’s popular Stapler, 1879.

by Colin Bisset A stapler is a very satisfying object, securely attaching paper with a pleasing crunch. Small wonder that it is so often a child’s favourite stationery item. The emergence of the stapler reflects a rise in the use of paper within offices during the 19th century. Previously, sheets of paper had been held […]

Unusual Old Typewriters.

Article by M. Christian and A. Abrams Horse and buggies, hoop skirts, steam engines, bustles … oh, yes, life around the turn of the previous century was a delight of simplicity and workmanship. But that doesn’t mean that the artisans and engineers of way-back-when didn’t at least have their hearts and minds in the right […]

The Rowing-Bath (1916).

Touted as the “newest contribution to the enjoyment of living”, news of the ingenious “rowing-bath” comes to us from the pages of a 1916 edition of The Popular Science Monthly. Consisting of what amounts to some sort of a metal dustpan tied by a rubber cord to the taps, the device promises to secure “the […]

BREAKING: It’s Our ABC Report

By 2022, the total funding cut to the ABC will be over $783 million. The ABC’s 2019-20 operational revenue from Government of $879 million represents a decrease in real funding of $367 million per annum, or 29.5%, since 1985-86. It is now operating with the smallest budget since the Howard Government’s extraordinary 2% funding cut […]

Freckles like Veils of Stars.

People have always been Fritz Liedtke’s favorite subjects. He was out to dinner several years ago when he was taken with one of his dining companions, a woman with “amazing freckles.” Liedtke asked if he could take her photograph, which he did under the light of a neon sign in front of the restaurant. “It […]

Ao Phang-Nga Marine National Park.

Established in 1981 and covering an area of 400 sq km, Ao Phang-Nga Marine National Park, Thailand is noted for its classic karst scenery. Karst: an area of limestone terrain characterised by sinks, ravines, and underground streams. Image Credit: Photograph by Catherine Sutherland. See more beautiful images via 22 of the world’s most breathtaking places