Tag Archives: 20th Century

1965: Film

Buster Keaton in Samuel Beckett’s Film (1965). The film is silent, except for the single admonishment “shhhhhhh.” It was Beckett’s only screenplay; Keaton died the following year.

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1904: Columbia

A model of the USS Columbia at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904; cropped from a larger photo: The ship to the right may be the Minneapolis. The Columbia was the fourth ship with that name in the US Navy; … Continue reading

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1958: Firebird III

The General Motors Firebird III was built in 1958, debuted as a concept car at Motorama in 1959, and was featured at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

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1953: Description

A description of what we would now call a depressive episode from a 1953 story by Jean Ferry, “The Traveler with Luggage”: As a result of incidents still obscure to me, I suffered an absolutely atrocious mental breakdown in the … Continue reading

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1912: Butterflies

Odilon Redon: Evocation of Butterflies (ca. between 1910 and 1912)

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1909: Seascape

Léon Spilliaert: Seascape Seen from Mariakerke (1909)

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1908: I Dreamed I Was my Husband

The following poem appeared in several publications in 1908: A Singular Tragedy I dreamed I was a lady, and I was wooed by Me. (The writer of this story you understand’s a He.) I dreamed (I say) I loved Me … Continue reading

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1982: Press Operators

Russ Marshall: Press Operators, GM Fisher Body Trim Plant, Fort Street, Detroit, Michigan (1982, printed 1997)

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5650: The Last Day of Manhattan

In 1905, the great comic strip artist Windsor McCay illustrated a series of satiric science fiction vignettes by the prolific author, humorist, and editor John Kendrick Bangs. The series ran in The New York Herald and other newspapers and featured … Continue reading

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1909: The Seven Ravens

The good little sister took a knife and cut off her own tiny finger, fitted it into the keyhole, and succeeded in opening the lock. When she had entered, she met a Dwarf, who said: “My child, what are you … Continue reading

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