Hip, Hip, Horray! Its Fat-Collection Day!
In the early 1940's, America was in the midst of WWII and American's needed to conserve goods and salvage all usable materials.
Fat and grease were among the salvageable materials needed, in fact, three pounds of fat could make a pound of gunpowder.
The photo below shows a group of school children from Roanoke, Va spending a Saturday standing in line for "Fat-Collection Day" (October, 1942)
Mindblowing Mount Rainier Shadow
Found by Mary (via Reddit)
Love America - STOP Strip Mining
"Strip mining" is the practice of mining mineral by removing the earth below and digging out the mineral.
In North America, this method is still commonly used to mine coal.
This type of mining uses some of the biggest machines on Earth to scrape the mountain, sometimes even removing a mountaintop to get to the desired mineral.
This method is terrible for the environment and leaves an ugly scar on the Earth's surface.
I love this photo shot in October 1973. It comes with this description, "There is some local opposition to stripping the land in Southeastern Ohio. Most people, however, are employed by the coal companies and are afraid any demands for reform will cost them their jobs."
Strip mining can also include "mountaintop removal,” which, as the process is known, has already flattened nearly 500 Appalachian peaks, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. This photo shows a mountain in Kentucky.
Victory Gardens During WWI and WWII
Gardening during WWI and WWII was considered a very patriotic thing to do.
During WWI, Europe had severe problems producing enough food for its people.
The farmers were off to work and much of the land became a hazardous war zone, so growing food became very difficult.
North America became responsible for providing food for the people in the countries of the Allied Forces, which meant there were a whole lot of mouths to feed.
The government began to urge people to start a "victory garden" to provide food for themselves and take the burden off the food supply.
In 1917, there were 3 million garden plots, a year later that number shot up to over 5 million plots nationwide.
After WWI many people stopped gardening until WWII came along.
Once again, Americans rose to the challenge of growing their own food.
This time we sent all of our extra food to our American soldiers.
"Every Garden a Munition Plant." Charles Lathrop Pack 1918 WWI
Victory Garden Program: Secretary Plowing Boston Common 1944 WWII
Eggshell Sculptures...Who Knew People Did This?
I recently became aware of the work of "The Eggshell Sculptor" Gary LeMaster.
Gary has been carving eggs for 27 years.
Not bad...not bad at all.
"Ascension" Sculpture on Goose Egg inspired by "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zepellin
"Mona Lisa" Sculpture on Emu Egg
Is It Really Street Art?
French artist Sandrine Boulet is often referred to as a street artist.
Her work, however, does NOT exist on the street.
Sandrine takes photographs of things she finds on the street and then uses her computer to draw in her own little details.
She's doodling on the whole world one photo at a time.
I'm not quite sure if her work should be classified as street art...but I am positive that her work is incredible and fun.
Campers in Garner State Park 1972
Photographer Marc St. Gil captured this amazing photo back in the early 70's.
I love this picture....summer is almost here!