History

Thinking about getting some ink? Or just after some audacious advice for 2018? Check out these pearls of wisdom from Sailor Jerry, the father of the old-school American tattoo (not to mention a rather tasty brand of spiced rum)... 

We kind of fell in love with this story of a group of totally untrained classical musos – including a young Brian Eno – who, despite being terrible, ended up becoming a minor hit. 

How They Made Wallpaper in the 1960s

Wednesday January 03, 2018

We’ve uncovered a gem from the British Pathé vaults: a weirdly mesmerising short film about the old art of hand-blocked wallpaper printing.

 

“Work more and better. Don't get lonesome. Wash teeth if any.” The singer’s resolutions from 1943 are full of good advice, if only we could make it stick.

The Dark Side of Christmas

Sunday December 17, 2017

Halloween was supposed to be the scary holiday. Here are four weird things about Christmas everyone gladly ignores to make it less terrifying.

We loved catching up with photographer Eamon Donnelly about his mission to capture just about every milk bar in the country, before they disappear.

Merry Christmas! Here are some creepy Victorian-era Christmas cards of dead birds and frogs stabbing each other for some reason.

The USSR’s Failed Internet

Wednesday November 29, 2017

It turns out the Soviets almost created the most influential invention of modern times: the internet. So what went wrong?

Forget in-flight movies – back in the day, first-class passengers were treated to live piano concerts and other decadent treats. 

Artist, filmmaker and one-man publicity machine: Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí was a man of many talents. But his stint as a tarot designer is less well known.