O. Ray Courtney’s 1936 K.J Henderson Motorbike

O. Ray Courtney's 1936 Custom Built K.J Henderson Motorbike

In 1936, at the height of the Art Deco movement, O. Ray Courtney built this custom motorcycle, based off of the 1930 K.J Henderson model. Little is known about Courtney, who built a variety of custom motorcycles throughout his life. In a Popular Science article from 1953, Courtney was briefly mentioned alongside photos of other … Continue reading

The Anonima Group (1960-1971)

The Anonima Group

AN ANONIMA IDEA (WITHIN THE WORLD) “Anonima means anonymity for its members in regard to the world. Anonymity is not necessarily a virtue in itself, an ideal state to be achieved. It is the basis of any group which values the results of collaboration more than the individual distinction of the collaborators. Anonima has as … Continue reading

Hitler’s Stealth Bomber

“The Horten Ho 229 was a late-World War II Nazi German prototype fighter/bomber. It was the first pure flying wingpowered by a jet engine and designed to be more difficult to detect with radar – the first aircraft to incorporate what is now known as stealth technology.” E.

Spotting the Enemy with RAY-BANS

The Demon Core

The Demon Core was the nickname given to a 6.2-kilogram (14 lb) subcritical mass of plutonium that accidentally went critical in two separate accidents at the Los Alamos laboratory in 1945 and 1946. Both incidents resulted in the acute radiation poisoning and subsequent death of a scientist. After these incidents the mass of plutonium was referred to as the Demon Core. E. … Continue reading

L’esprit de L’escalier

Eero Saarinen Architecture

(TWA –terminal, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York. New York, 1962. Photographer Balthazar Korab.)   (General Motors Technical Center. Warren, Michigan, 1956. Photographer Ezra Stoller.)   (TWA –terminal, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York. New York, 1962. Photographer Ezra Stoller.) (General Motors Technical Center. Warren, Michigan, 1956. Photographer Ezra Stoller.) (General Motors Technical … Continue reading

The Little Red Riders Book

NIGEL:…look this, this miniature bread. It’s like…I’ve been working with this now for about half an hour. I can’t figure it out…let’s say I want a bite, right, you’ve got like this… IAN: You’d like bigger bread? NIGEL: Exactly! (This Is Spinal Tap, 1984) I recently came across a book called The Little Red Riders … Continue reading

Jacksonism

Greil Marcus: “Jackson-ism produced the image of a pop explosion, an event in which pop music crosses political, economic, geographic and racial barriers; in which a new world is suggested. Michael Jackson occupied the center of American cultural life: no other black artist had ever come close.But a pop explosion not only links those otherwise … Continue reading