tom banse via kplu
seattle dept. of transportation
…historically the stingiest, most fiscally conservative, most technologically resistant and investment-averse people ever, with the highest percentage of luddites per capita.
washington dept. of natural resources via kxly-tv spokane
Lots of people love and remember View-Master 3D photo reels, including those involving dolls based on cartoon characters.
Not many people realize View-Master was invented, and based for the longest time, in Portland.
View-Master’s expertise in making cartoon models and settings was the real basis for the Portland stop-motion animation tradition of Will Vinton (The California Raisins) and Laika Films (Coraline, ParaNorman).
Success Story, a documentary series made by KING-TV and its Portland sister station KGW-TV, produced a live half-hour tour of the View-Master studio and factory in 1960.
A kinescope film of the telecast made its way onto the collector circuit. It’s now been posted online by animation historian, scholar, and restorer Jerry Beck.
The factory was the site of an eco-scandal much later. Drinking water at the plant came from the company’s own supply well, on the factory site. Years later, that well was found to be contaminated with residues from processing chemicals (mostly an industrial solvent). Perhaps 1,000 employees over the years received long-term exposure to the tainted water. The factory closed in 2001; the site’s supposed to be all cleaned up now.
"Children play in the yard of Ruston home, while a Tacoma smelter stack showers the area with arsenic and lead residue. Ruston, Washington, August 1972."
In the 1970s, those early heady days of the U.S. ecology movement, the federal Environmental Protection Agency sent photographers into the field, to document environmental problems and programs around the country.
As it happened, these photographers also captured many moments of life across these United States.
Ninety of these images are in “Searching for the Seventies,” an exhibit at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The exhibit opens March 8 runs through Sept. 9.
"Housing adjacent to a U.S. Steel plant. Birmingham, Alabama, July 1972."
The EPA project, known at the time as “DOCUMERICA,” was inspired by the depression-era Farm Security Administration photography project. Just as that project translated the “dust bowl” and other phrases into real lives, DOCUMERICA was meant to show the daily realities behind pollution, gas shortages, and dump sites.
"Michigan Avenue, Chicago (couple on street), July 1975."
And, just like the Farm Security Administration photos did, the EPA photos have become an historic glimpse into their time, bringing the past to vibrant life.
"Two girls smoking pot during an outing in Cedar Woods near Leakey, Texas. (Taken with permission.) One of nine pictures near San Antonio. Leakey, Texas, May 1973."
(Cross-posted with Unusual Life.)
No, today’s princess is not about romance: it’s more about entitlement. I call it “girlz power” because when you see that “z” (as in Bratz, Moxie Girlz, Ty Girlz, Disney Girlz) you know you’ve got trouble. Girlz power sells self-absorption as the equivalent of self confidence and tells girls that female empowerment, identity, independence should be expressed through narcissism and commercialism.
via silver platters and queenanneview.com
ap via nwcn.com
beth dorenkamp via grindhouse theater tacoma
Onetime P-I cartoonist Ramon "Ray" Collins, to be featured in the documentary Bezango, WA
priscilla long, via the american scholar