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This giant Underwood typewriter was on display in the Business Systems and Insurance Building at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. It weighed 14 tons and worked—letters could be typed on stationery measuring 9 by 12 feet.
Here we are, alone again. It’s all so slow, so heavy, so sad … I’ll be old soon. Then at last it will be over. So many people have come into my room. They’ve talked. They haven’t said much. They’ve … Continue reading
Charles Ernest Butler: Sunset at Low Tide, Westcliff on Sea (1932)
Patrick von Kalckreuth: Seascape The painting is undated. Von Kalckreuth (1892–1970) was born Patrick Dunbar, but changed his name after his father died and his mother married Richard von Kalckreuth in 1931. The signature on the panting thus indicates a … Continue reading
I took a guess on the date.
In 1921, the Istituto nazionale dantesco in Milan commissioned a lavish edition of the Divine Comedy to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Dante’s death; the edition was to include an original color plate for each of the 100 canti of … Continue reading
The pioneering sociologist Norbert Elias published The Civilizing Process in 1939 with the aim of tracing how Europeans came to imagine what it meant to be “civilized.” In the book, he argues that increasing interdependence in society—in which difference social … Continue reading