Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Skilcraft U.S. Government Pens

I usually don't get too excited about ballpoint pens, but I got to use one of these a while back, and must say they are pretty cool.  They have an interesting backstory, too.  Would pair nicely with a Field Notes notebook.  Here's some info from the Washington Post:

"The original design -- brass ink tube, plastic barrel not shorter than 4 5/8 inches, ball of 94 percent tungsten carbide and 6 percent cobalt -- has changed little over the decades. It costs less than 60 cents. The pen's roots date to the Depression. The 1938 Wagner-O'Day Act required the federal government to buy certain products made by the blind, thereby creating jobs for a then-marginalized population. First came mops and brooms, but the program eventually expanded to include a full line of cleaning and office supplies under the brand name Skilcraft."

Read the entire article here

Monday, June 28, 2010

On the road...

Early Color

I love the old color photographs that were taken between the the wars by the FSA and the OWI photographers. For the longest time, it was difficult for me to picture the time period in anything other than black and white. Discovering these helped to change that. This particular photograph is of Gus Worke, a German immigrant farmer. It was taken by Fenno Jacobs in 1942. Wish I could find some of those Police Brand braces for myself!

First Post

So, I never really planned on creating a blog. Nevertheless, here it is. Over the years, I have amassed a rather large collection of images from all over, and they have been simply languishing on my hard drive. Inspired by people from some of the blogs that I read, I decided they might be interesting to others as well. Many of these come from places everybody has access to, such as the Library of Congress and the LIFE Magazine archive, so you might have seen them before, but hopefully there will be some new gems for you as well. In addition to images, I might also throw in a few other interesting things along the way. Enjoy!