1940s Office of War Information Victory Garden Posters

From well before there were multi-national mega-corporations churning out the genetically modified nonsense that passes for food these days, these posters — mostly from the Office of War Information and War Food Administration (real things) — encouraged Americans to take ownership of their food supply by planting victory gardens and putting food up for long-term storage. Novel ideas, I’d say.

Robert J. Lang Origami Bugs

I recently had the pleasure of seeing an exhibit of Robert J. Lang’s exquisite origami at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. If you’re not familiar with Mr. Lang’s work do yourself a favor and check out the wonderful documentary Between the Folds, which aired on PBS a while back and featured numerous other origami artists such as the master himself, Akira Yoshizawa. Robert J. Lang also has a TED talk where he discusses his process in greater detail. [Read more…]

AttaBoy Papertoys – R.I.P. Billy Mays

From MonkeyInADryer, the folks that brought us the Cereal Box Archive, comes one of the best tributes I’ve seen to the late, great boardwalk-turn-television huckster Billy Mays. AttaBoy has an impressive gallery of downloadable patterns for making your own hexagonal paper bobble-head dolls of such B-list celebs as Frankenberry and Mayor McCheese as well as pop-culture favs Margie Gunderson (ya betcha!) and Boba Fett. They’re even throwing a contest to use their downloadable AttaBoy templates to design and submit your own paper bobble-head. Remember paper, scissors and glue? Anyone? Anyone?