H/T to Ron DeMarco for this info-graphic of cooking pot technology throughout history.
Still recovering from my trip out west. Enjoy other people’s webpages for the day:
- What do stylists keep in their kits? Glue, Spit and a Prayer.
- That last link comes from the Propville directory. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and work in props, you should check it out. If you don’t, it still has some great articles to read like the one above.
- Need a homeless person sign for your show? Michael Zinman has been collecting them since 2001, and this slideshow has plenty of authentic examples for research purposes.
- Does anyone else watch Cougar Town just for the set design? I don’t, but you might.
Today is a fairly random posting, but I’m knee deep in the two Shakespeare in the Park shows for this summer, as well as a little side project.
Here is a pretty sweet timeline of Nokia phones over the past three decades:
I had a Nokia cellphone for about three years. Still have it, in fact.
Here’s a similar timeline which Lego put out on the fiftieth anniversary of the Lego brick in 2008:
It seems like everyone is working on at least one, if not more, shows at the moment. I should have some cooler stuff to write about in a few weeks. Until then, enjoy another list of links!
- You may be familiar with the Props Timeline I have listed over on the side of this website. Wikipedia also has a timeline of historic inventions which is similar and has links to the specific Wikipedia articles for each object or invention. You can also find a categorical (rather than chronological) list of inventions and inventors throughout history over at E-ssortment.
- The Toolemera Press has a great collection of old books on early tools, crafts, and industries which they’ve scanned in and made freely available.
- This has been out for awhile, but I wanted to point out the Craftster Best of 2009. It features hundreds of DIY projects in dozens of categories, for the more crafty of you props people.
- Finally, for a less technical read, here is an interesting philosophical rumination related to what we do on NPR: “The Enlightening Bridge Between Art And Work” by Alain de Botton
Mint.com recently had a posting showing pictures of over twenty different kinds of historical US currency. Some of the pictures are really fascinating with the colors used, and the large denominations which used to be in circulation.
The Secret Service, which enforces counterfeiting laws in the United States, has very clear rules governing the reproduction of US currency:
- The illustration is of a size less than three-fourths or more than one and one-half, in linear dimension, of each part of the item illustrated
- The illustration is one-sided
- All negatives, plates, positives, digitized storage medium, graphic files, magnetic medium, optical storage devices, and any other thing used in the making of the illustration that contain an image of the illustration or any part thereof are destroyed and/or deleted or erased after their final use
For further exploration of historical US currency, you can check out the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing to see some (very tiny) pictures of fractional currency. You can also play with an interactive timeline of the five dollar bill throughout history (click on “History in Your Wallet”)
For the best collection of images though, look no further than Wikipedia. You can find information and pictures galore under the articles for the United States dollar, the History of the United States dollar, and large denominations of United States currency. For an even grander overview, you can look at a list of all their articles concerning historical currencies of the United States.
See you next year!