James Baldwin appears on the BBC program Bookshelf . Here he explains his writing ,influences, and the the state of race relations in America. Baldwin states in the interview “if I’m a novelist with a message it is only one….. the effort people have to make to deal with others as human beings.” African Americans have […]Read more "James Baldwin BBC Bookshelf Program Interview (1963)"
The gymnasticon was an early version of a type of exercise machine. This machine resembles the stationary bicycle of today. This is a 1798 engraving of the gymnasticon demonstrating how it is suppose to be used . The machine was designed to exercise the joints of the body. Francis Lowndes was the inventor of the […]Read more "Gymnasticon Engraving (1798)"
Famed animation director Chuck Jones and actor Boris Karloff are shown in this photograph during a recording session for How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The television special was based on the Dr. Seuss book by the same name. Ever since its release in 1966, it has been a humorous animated classic. Boris Karloff provided the voice […]Read more "Chuck Jones and Boris Karloff Doing A Recording Session For How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)"
Nat King Cole sings “The Christmas Song” in this 1961 video. The song was originally written by Mel Tome and Bob Wells in 1945. The first recording was in 1946 by the Nat King Cole Trio. There have been multiple versions by various musicians and artists, but the Nat King Cole version is the definitive one. […]Read more "Nat King Cole Sings The Christmas Song (1961)"
This was a pen and ink drawing on paper produced by Leonardo da Vinci in 1490. He was not only an artist, but an inventor, engineer, scientist, poet, and a polymath of multiple talents. One of his many interests was the science of anatomy. During this time period in Europe there was a new enthusiasm […]Read more "Vitruvian Man (1490)"
What started out as a black and white comic book became a popular cartoon and franchise known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is a toy commercial featuring the fist Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures from Playmates Toys. The series premiered in 1987 and the following year merchandise was produced for the new […]Read more "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toy Commercial (1988)"
It seems some toys have their roots in ancient civilization. Like children of today, playing with toys was a favorite past time in the ancient world. This artifact is part of the Berlin antiquities collection. The yo-yo is probably one of the oldest toys. It is believed early yo-yo toys were either made out of […]Read more "Boy Playing With a Terracotta Yo-Yo (440 B.C.E)"