John Adams to Abigail Adams, December 25 1786.
Because nothing says romance like giving your wife a heart-attack for Christmas
I love John Adams
Can’t not love John Adams.
A Parisian apartment left untouched for over 70 years was discovered in the quartier of Pigalle a few summers ago and I’ve been meaning to share the pictures with you. Time to unlock the vault …
The owner of this apartment, Mrs. De Florian left Paris just before the rumblings of World War II broke out in Europe. She closed up her shutters and left for the South of France, never to return to the city again. Seven decades later she passed away at the age of 91. It was only when her heirs enlisted professionals to make an inventory of the Parisian apartment she left behind, that this time capsule was finally unlocked.
The team that had the honor of opening what must have been a very stiff old lock for the first time in 70 years, likened the experience to ‘stumbling into the castle of sleeping beauty’. The smell of dust, the cobwebs, the silence, was overwhelming; a once in a lifetime experience.
There is a further twist to the story. In the apartment a painting of familiar style was discovered of a beautiful woman in pink. One of the inventory team members suspected this might be a very important piece of treasure. Along with the painting, they also found stacks of old love letters tied with colored ribbon.
With some expert historical opinion, the ribbon-bound love letters were quickly recognized as the calling card of none other than Giovanni Boldini, one of Paris’ most important painters of the Belle Époque. The painting was his. The beautiful woman pictured in the painting was Mrs. de Florian’s grand-mother, Marthe de Florian, a beautiful French actress and socialite of the Belle Époque. She was Boldini’s muse. And, despite him being a married man, she was also his lover. The art world went a bit nutty for the whole story and the painting was later sold for $3 million at auction.
AAAGH Holy shit, I love Boldini’s artwork too. This is amazing.
There’s a Lord of the Ring-themed second breakfast happening right now in the Ezra Stiles Dining Hall!
This is the email from Stephen Pitti, Master of Stiles:
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, we will enjoy second breakfast in the Ezra Stiles dining hall during the hours in which the other residential colleges are simply “having lunch”. All are welcome … except trolls!
Master of Ezra Stiles
ARE YOU SERIOUSSSSS?
I cannot believe I missed this, just because I was too lazy to walk to Stiles. Fuck my lifeeeee.
The only American designer for high fashion retailer Hermés lives in Waco, Texas—and works as a postal worker:
Kermit was sitting in the living room, in an armchair covered by a red-and-white quilt. He stood up when I arrived. He was small-framed, with salt-and-pepper hair combed off his forehead. Dressed in loose khakis and an untucked plaid oxford shirt, he gave the impression of a small-town surgeon who’d just gotten off the late shift. His eyeglasses were in his hands, which continuously fidgeted while the rest of him stood still. ‘Why do you want to talk to me?’ he asked.
I stammered something about his story, how interesting it was. He looked skeptical. ‘Why don’t you tell me what my story is,’ he said. I told him what they had said in Lyon, reciting the words almost like the first line of a fable: ‘There once was a postman who designed scarves for Hermès.’
‘Well, it’s never that simple,’ he said with a mysterious grin.
Underwater Photos That Mimic the Look of Baroque Paintings
Hawaii-based photographer Christy Lee Rogers specializes in creating dreamlike photos of people underwater. Her project Reckless Unbound shows people swirling around one another while wearing colorful outfits. The photos are reminiscent of the paintings of old Baroque masters, who would often paint people floating around in heavenly realms.
Rogers creates her photos in swimming pools at night. The scenes are illuminated with bright off-camera lights, and the shoots often last two to four hours each.
You can see more of her work over on her website.
this is absolutely amazing. What a brilliant idea and execution!!
HOLY CRAP. These are photographs?
Greetings card, 1882.
The set of cards of which this card is a part parodied the Aesthetic Movement, including its followers’ style of dress and particular love of lilies and oriental objects.
I, for one, shall be signing all my cards and letters henceforth with “wishing you an utterly charming time.”
As shall I.
asdfjkl; Aesthetes are so cute.