May 23, 2013 § 1 Comment
I am supposedly part of the generation of “digital natives”, but even I remember a time where the internet wasn’t so vast. The mere possibilities that come with having accessible information still kind of blow my mind, just think about all the things you could know . So today we peek into the library of congress photo archive for pictures of historical New York City Gardens.I also found this gem of a poster created by the federal government encouraging Americans to be patriotic and plant a Victory Garden, helping reduce the possibility of a food shortage by creating a local food supply. Which, to be honest, is still pretty sound advice even outside of wartime!
April 8, 2012 Comments Off on National Park Sign Font
A little bit of a sneak peak of tomorrow’s post for all you typophiles out there. I visited Shenandoah National Park and one of my favorite things when I visit is the font they use(d) on the signs! The National Park Service actually has official fonts, currently NPS Rawlinson and Frutiger, however this is a much older style font used in the early days of the park, I believe circa 1930’s.
April 5, 2012 Comments Off on Historic Botanical Lithographs
For a long time I was turned off of botanical lithographs. I was seeing them sold everywhere, and the mass production really wasn’t all that inspiring. I didn’t want to hang something in my house that was also being hung in a grocery store bathroom.However, on my recent trip to Seattle, as we waded through some antique shops I found 3 delicately drawn lithographs from the 1800’s, and all of the sudden I was in love. They were so simple, and the colors so muted. Even though these too were massed produced through botanical books, mass produced 200 years ago had quite a different meaning. I had a conversation with myself about how there are better things to spend $200 on(is there really?) and walked away empty handed. I have regretted not buying them and have since been lusting after pictures on the internet constantly stalking ebay for the perfect print.
March 30, 2012 Comments Off on Using Library of Congress for Historical Garden Inspiration
The Library of Congress is the cornucopia for information geeks. My favorite thing is their extensive photo library, which is in large part online. It just so happens that within that they have a wealth of garden photos to pull inspiration from going into the weekend. If you hold your mouse over the photo, it will give you the photo title, so you can search the LOC website for more information. Have a great weekend!