“The Flute of Shame” - punishment for bad musicianship:
The “flute of shame” is a medieval contraption inflicted upon bad musicians at a time when public humiliation was a ruler’s means of invoking fear in the people he controlled. Not only was it imposed upon displeasing musicians, but public performers in general who were deemed lewd, offensive, or bothersome. The device would be fitted around the subjects neck, with the fingers clamped tightly along the flute, where it could remain for days. (via Mark Wein)
Three American botanical collage drawings on Cartes de Visite
Anonymous, verso blank
US Civil War era
I found these on eBay years ago.
A short piece I wrote for Saint-Lucy.com about a family photograph.
…JUST THE RIGHT EXPOSURE
THIS IS A FINE QUALITY DECALCOMANIA
*©FLEX-COTE PROCESSED FOR GREATER STRENGTH
Via Google Street View, the obscured faces of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President Barack Obama, and others depicted in a mural at 407 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago.Related: The Dream Continues: Camilo José Vergara’s Photographs of MLK Murals, including an unobscured photo of this one.
7-11 Height Chart, Jackson Heights, NY
Security Cameras love the “Magic Hour”.
East Elmhurst, NY
Coming to a carpool lane near you. This was quite the elaborate son of a bitch schemer. The rear passenger windows were tinted opaque black. I know if I wore a Metropolitan Museum of Art cap backward I’m pretty sure nobody would ever fuck with me.