Dorothea Lange – “Migrant Mother”
I ❤️ NY – by Milton Glaser
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National Geographic Magazine and Steve Mc Curry’s portrait “Afghan Girl”
Monopoly – an update
I have been reading about an exhibition – “Game Plan – Board Games Re-discovered” – and excellent show at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green (East London) which runs between 8 October 2016 – 23 April 2017.
As our regular readers will know, my family and I have a very healthy Monopoly habit that has been known to dominate our Christmas and New Year celebrations.
“Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered will celebrate the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games. This will exhibition include some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games. Alongside current family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games like chess, the exhibition will look at historical board games including The Game of the Goose and other beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.”
V&A Museum of Childhood is open daily from 10.00 to 17.45
Castiglioni’s RR126 radio-phonograph
Bic Cristal ballpoint pen
During the Second World War, Marcel Bich had seen a ballpoint pen made in Argentina by Hungarian brothers László and Gyorgy Bíró – which they had first announced in 1931.
Bich’s (later to change his name to “Bic”) design team developed the Bic Cristal after he invested in Swiss technology capable of cutting and shaping metal down to a 1mm sphere which allowed ink to flow freely. Bich developed a viscous ink that neither leaked nor clogged and, under a licence from Bíró, launched the Bic Cristal in December 1950 – a huge world-wide success.
The Bic Cristal was the best selling pen in the world; the 100 billionth was sold in September 2006.
Photo from BicWorld.com
Swan Vestas Matches
New York Yankees Cap
Photo from New York Yankees
Sears Roebuck’s Waterwitch Outboard Motor
Alessi Juicy Salif – designed by Philipe Starck
Photo from Alessi
Coca-Cola Glass Bottle
The original Coca-Cola glass bottle – the so-called “contour bottle” – originates from an early prototype from November 1915 and was designed by Earl R Dean, a member of staff at the Root Glass co of Terre Haute, Indiana. It is said to have been inspired by the shape of the coca pod. It became Coca-cola’s standard bottle by 1920 with a revised version gaining patent protection on 25th December 1923.
Photo from Coca-Cola
The original Dualit toaster was designed by Max Gort-Barten in 1952 primarily for the catering market it had six slice holders, a manual ejector and a timer. An iconic design, the Dualit toaster is still hand-built at the Dualit factory in Crawley, West Sussex.
Photo from Dualit
Dyson Airblade Hand-dryer
Photo from Dyson
Hamilton Beach Classic Blender
Photo from Estribos.co