1. greatestgeneration:

    Great perspective on Super Bowl Sunday:

    By the end of the Super Bowl on Sunday night, one or more professional football players will be hailed for their valor, for their guts, for their devotion to their teammates. They will be called heroes. And more than 100 million people will be watching. But because, predictably, those laudatory words will be thrown around so casually on Sunday, perhaps we can take a few minutes here to address an act of genuine valor that happened exactly 70 years ago today. It wasn’t televised. There were no sponsors. On February 3, 1943, an Army transport ship called the Dorchester, carrying American soldiers through the icy North Atlantic on their way to serve in World War II, was about 100 miles off the coast of Greenland in rough sea. More than 900 people were on board….
  2. oldbookillustrations:

    Temple of the bonzes in the Quang Yen (?) Rock.

    Thomas Allom, from China vol. 1, by George N. Wright, London, 1843.

    (Source: archive.org)

  3. 1910-again:

    From Actinologia Britanica: A History of the British Sea-Anemones and Corals, 1860

    (via scientificillustration)

  5. Adventure Comics # 429, October, 1973

    on adventurecomicsblog.blogspot.com

  7. found photo: sent home to England, probably 1942-3

    On the back, in pencil, it says “To the best Mother in the world xxxx” and then adds, somewhat superfluously, “that’s me on the left”

  9. myvintagevogue:

    Jantzen 1947 / Illustrated by Pete Hawley

    (via mudwerks)

  10. jtotheizzoe:

    The Animal Kingdom

    Looking for a whole new way to appreciate the wonders of the animal kingdom? Check out this retrospective of Charley Harper’s stunning illustrations for Gerald Fichter’s 1967 edition of The Animal Kingdom (available in book form via this art collection).

    These blew me away. There’s such richness of life in our natural world, such stunning variety and beauty (and even a bit of ridiculousness). These illustrations capture it all. I could hug them.

    Trust me, check out the full retrospective gallery at Codex 99. Tip of the page to Jim Coudal for the link.

    (via deepseanews)

  11. Portland, Maine

    photo by coreysomething

  12. A painter’s a painter! - Punch 1867

    It’s just a matter of scale!

    Punch, the London Magazine of Wit, Satire, Irony and Political Humour; illustrated with numerous woodcut engravings by noted engravers and artists.

  14. Illustration from the series The Cruise Of The Christabel

    The credit reads “Drawn by the Skipper.” From The Boy’s Own Paper, 25th October, 1890.