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November 30, 2006

Ipanaman Says


Such a strange little flier, isn't it? It was handed out at the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair; can you guess what it's advertising? Click on either of his shifty eyes for the answer!

Fairchicago_03_1 Obviously, Tinselman has no room in his life for this shifty-eyed Ipanaman. But I do enjoy much of the artwork of that period. And world's fairs are a particular favorite here at Tinselman! That's why I practically couldn't tear myself away from the web archives of the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair (brought to us by the University of Chicago).

Many of the pamphlets and guides are visually stunning. And you can download the entire documents (like the one to the right) as high resolution PDF files! Yummy-fun!

Fairchicago_04To find the scanned files, first go to this page. From there, select 'keywords' from the drop-down menu. Next, make sure you select the 'Search only digitized items' check-box. Finally, without entering anything into the search field, click the submit button.

Have fun!

Previous World's Fair and Expo posts:

Faux Victoria Falls
Mareorama (and Suchlike)
Yesterday's Transport of Tomorrow
Atomium and Mini-Europe
Big Happy Futurama

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November 26, 2006

Making the Run to Gladewater

Henderson, Texas—where I went to jr. high and high school

Making the Run to Gladewater
by Michele Shocked

Upshur County's drier than an empty bottle
Since the Mormon's come to town
And to run out of beer means a run to Gladewater
Highway 79 thirty miles on down

Now fair is fair but life's a gamble
when it's eleven forty five
And it's a toss of the coin to see who's got fifteen minutes
To make a thirty minute drive

It was Saturday night
You was sitting 'round the square
Small town Texas sons and daughters
But you lost the toss
That means you're taking up the money
That means you're making the run
Making the run
Making the run to Gladewater

Here's what you do
You hustle all your buddies off
the back of your truck
You grab your girl, you say
c'mon lets....

Tuck your jeans in your boots
That's what you do
Slap your gimme cap on
Turn the country music radio station
louder than you oughter

But it's okay, you're on your way
You lost the toss
you're taking up the money
You're making the run to Gladewater

It's 79 to the county line
And the Mini Mart with not one to spare
And your friends back in Gilmer
They're your friends indeed
Why? Well, you got their money
and their six pack of beer

Making the run
Making the run, making the run
Making the run to Gladewater

photo by Exquisitely Bored in Nacogdoches (cc), some rights reserved

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November 25, 2006

Paper Storage

Paper18__1This is my favorite kind of invention; it breaks the mold. I assume Sainul Abideen had to completely unthink everything he knew about high-capacity storage before he invented the solution to all his problems.

And his problems were these: how could storage be made dirt cheap... and biodegradable. His "Rainbow Format" proved to be the answer, which is as simple as printing a big, colorful barcode onto paper. According to The Arab News...

A high quality DVD, which is very expensive can store only about 4.7 gigabyte (GB) of data. In contrast, the Rainbow Versatile Disc (RVD) can store 90 to 450 GB.*

Now let's hope his technology catches on; soon we'll all be "printing" high-capacity storage onto biodegradable paper (if it really works)!

Note: Oh no! Was it really a scam? Well, at least it was fun while it lasted... (thanks Xenmate).

* Engadget reported storage amounts less than those reported by The Arab News.

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November 24, 2006



I like sketching faces in pen and ink. I painted this one a couple of days ago.

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November 15, 2006

Evolution Complete


Far back, in the twisted history of Tinselman, I began a portrait of the above large beast. I kept Tinsel-readers abreast of my work over the course of a couple of posts. Then I abruptly quit the painting and never touched it again.

Above is a near finished version of the painting. I never bothered to post this version.

Creature2_1_2To the left was what the painting looked like soon after I started.

And finally, there's this previous post of the painting in midstream.

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Extinct Breeds


If you flip through old photos, you might be lucky enough to run into this now-extinct "long horse". It was strong, handsome and could carry up to four people at one time but, because of overwork, the horses tended to die young and, to put it bluntly, the population was eventually used to death.

A substantial collection of long horse photos, curated by Hardy Burmeier, is now on display.


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November 14, 2006

Attack of the Blog Monsters!


Geozilla (or George Davis) has been posting his extraordinary vinyl monster photos on flickr for some time. Now he has a blog called "Omni-Monster!!! – Kaijutopia" and he's already been posting some amazing stuff! Vinyl monsters never looked so good!

Toytoy_02Don't be frightened... these monsters can't hurt you. They are as harmless as kittens (though some are gigantically humongous). Do yourself a favor and drop by!

Blue Godzilla photos (beautiful)

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Ride the Skies in Luxury


Believe it or not, this behemoth is not lighter than air! As this Popular Science article explains,

Its 14 million cubic feet of helium hoist only two thirds of the craft's weight. The rigid and surprisingly aerodynamic body—driven by huge rearward propellers—generates enough additional lift to keep the behemoth and its 400-ton payload aloft while cruising.

Luxuryblimp02_1 Of course, the size of the "Aeroscraft" has some obvious benefits. It's practically a flying cruise ship and is being designed to accommodate luxury staterooms, restaurants... even a casino!

But you have to admit... it sure is ugly. Looks like a giant bean.

Luxuryblimp03_1I'll be sticking with Norman Bel Geddes Airliner No. 4.

Aircrafts that never flew
Bel Geddes Futurama
Bel Geddes Futurama II
Bel Geddes Futurama III
Rail Propeller Train (1931)


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November 13, 2006

Grandpop's Shop—Part 2

Outdoor entrance to basement shop (below my Grandmom's house).

Back in April, I posted a few photos of my Grandpop's old machine shop (and the best photo was just published in the current issue of Make magazine) but, as you can imagine, there's a number of photos left over.

And though the photos may not be pretty, I thought the readers of Tinselman might be interested in seeing a little more of the shop. Please enjoy! (and click photos to enlarge)...

Walking down toward the inner door of the shop.

View upon entering shop.

View of closed door. For close-up, see previous post.

From as far back as I can remember, the back end of the shop was so full of junk that it was unusable. 

This is not the lathe that I wrote about in the short Make article.

Grandpop's old drill press. Is this not the coolest thing you've ever seen?



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November 09, 2006



Okay, I lied. I'll post again...

I painted this one this morning. Brush and ink, colored in Photoshop.

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