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17 Apr 18:55

DRB Feel-Good Issue #8

by Avi Abrams

Link - by Avi Abrams

Some joyful stuff to brighten up your day
Mixed images flow: cars, girls, sci-fi, cats, etc.

Welcome to the new issue of Dark Roasted Blend's "Feel-Good" series: mostly bright and sweet collection of images designed to propel you along your day with a smile on your face and a spring in your gait.

This is a kind of Tumbler-substitute for the caffeinated, busy crowd with deeply-felt and sophisticated sensibilities, somewhat nostalgic about more glamorous times (you know who you are), or just looking for that extra bit of sunshine.

"Spring is in the air"! -

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Huge, impressive yarn-bombing! -

(image via)

"The craze is becoming so popular it has a fan page on Facebook, where guerilla knitters share their creations by posting pictures online." (more info)

Looking back from the future (check out that futuristic fashion!) - cover of the "Life Magazine" way back from 1914 -

(art by Otho Cushing, via)


Beatles: we need to catch that train!

(image via)


Mixed fresh links for today:

How NASA will build its very first warp drive! - [wow future, science]
Ants Predict Earthquakes by Their Behaviour - [interesting]
Weird! Fantastic! Carbon Nanotubes - [wow video]
Declassified UFO design from 1956 - [futurism, planes]
Mesmerizing "Wall of Candles" (artist's site: sound!) - [cool art]
Amazing Treehouse Hotels, Capsule Hotels - [architecture]
Comperssionhead: German All-Robots Band - [wow video]
Great Trans-Siberian Railway: Virtual Journey - [on Google Maps]
Visualization of Kowloon’s Walled City - [wow picture]
The Lost Library of Ivan the Terrible - [fascinating]
This Orchestra "Pretended to be" Moscow Philharmonic! - [successfully]
Giant Fish, Incredible Catches - [pics, compilation]
Everything Only 1 Dollar! - [sponsored]
More Great Photoshop Disasters - [funny pics]


Feel-Good Cars (and some girls)

We'll start with this gorgeous 1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible:

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(right image: small car Messerschmitt KR200, on the left is Russian actress Irina Pechernikova in the 1970)

(Nationwise Rod Shop made this beautiful car on the bottom; image via)


Beautiful Actresses & Smiley Faces

Sally Field as Gidget in the 1960s - a restored photograph from Star Celebrity Photos:

(image credit: Star Celebrity Photos)

Italian actress Giorgia Moll, 1958:

Photograph by German-American photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt:

(image credit: LIFE Magazine, Alfred Eisenstaedt)

Swedish actress Britt Ekland in the 1960s:

(image via)

Elisabeth Taylor and vintage "Red Star Lines" cruise poster:

American actress Mitzi Gaynor:

Italian actress Christine Carere holds a kitten:

(images credit: LIFE Magazine, via)

American actress Jean Simmons:

Feel that breeze... Jean Simmons in "The Blue Lagoon", 1949 (info):

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Italian actress Eleonora Rossil Drago from the 1950s (more info):

(images via)

Russian actress Tamara Semina (top images):

(Soviet child actor Natasha Guseva in the 1983 movie "Visitor from the Future")

Pippi Longstocking: Swedish child actress Inger Nilsson from the 1969 film - and Tami Erin from "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" (1988):

(images via 1, 2)


Awesome Pulp Art of the Day

Fragment of the cover by Lawrence Sterne Stevens, for "Fantastic Novels Magazine", 1951:

(image via)


Feel-Good Animation & Sci-Fi Art

Make sure to check out these classic Japanese sci-fi animation masterpieces:

"Crusher Joe" (1983) - fast moving space adventure:

Here is some backgrounds and vehicle concept art made for the "Crusher Joe" movie in the 1980s:

(art by Mitsuki Nakamura and Tomoaki Okada, "Mecaman Art Works"; buy the book here, or here)

"Gothicmade" (2012) by Mamoru Nagano: robots and girls (which are also half-robots, called "Automatic Flowers" - they help pilot these extreme-looking giant robots):

"Five Star Stories" re-boot:

("Bang Doll" huge robot in "Five Star Stories", info)

Another cool vehicle from the 1980s Japanese comic "The Wingman" - transforming flying bike hybrid:

Transform! -


Weird Photograph of the Day

Testing a baby gas mask:

"In 1938, the British Government gave everyone, including babies, gas masks to protect them in case the Germans dropped poison gas bombs on Britain. This gas mask was for children up to two years old. Child Welfare Centres gave lessons on how to use the mask. Despite instruction courses, few parents were totally happy with encasing their child in an airtight chamber..." More info and pictures here.


Looking forward to summer!

Until next time! Keep the sunshine, folks.