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east of east st. louis
and the wind is making speeches
and the rain sounds like a round of applause

vintage clothing. plaid. Gemütlichkeit. wool socks. christoph waltz. bbc radio 6. dorothy parker. scotland. cocktails. british sea power. ivy. tweed. very long reads. the scent of pipe tobacco. terriers. road trips. barbara stanwyck. fog.
not necessarily in that order.

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lostsplendor:

“Alcohol, discovered by Prohibition agents during a raid on an illegal distillery, pours out of upper windows of three-story storefront in Detroit during Prohibition, 1929”.

lostsplendor:

“Alcohol, discovered by Prohibition agents during a raid on an illegal distillery, pours out of upper windows of three-story storefront in Detroit during Prohibition, 1929”.

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iwasbornunicorn:

The Grand Budapest Hotel - M. Gustave’s collection of L’Air de Panache perfumes.

iwasbornunicorn:

The Grand Budapest Hotel - M. Gustave’s collection of L’Air de Panache perfumes.

(Source: papermag.com, via cussyeah-wesanderson)

— 4 hours ago with 185 notes
natgeofound:

This glacial lake sits between mountains and a wild crag in Bavaria, Germany, December 1928.Photograph by Hans Hildenbrand, National Geographic

natgeofound:

This glacial lake sits between mountains and a wild crag in Bavaria, Germany, December 1928.
Photograph by Hans Hildenbrand, National Geographic

(via brilliantinemortality)

— 4 hours ago with 1678 notes
onlyoldphotography:

Brassaï: Les Escaliers de Montmartre, Paris, 1930

onlyoldphotography:

Brassaï: Les Escaliers de Montmartre, Paris, 1930

(via onlyoldphotography)

— 4 hours ago with 236 notes
jellobiafrasays:

traps (1960, cover design by paul rand)

jellobiafrasays:

traps (1960, cover design by paul rand)

— 10 hours ago with 6 notes
Großer Blumenstrauss in einem Holzgefäß / Big floral bouquet in a wooden vessel, by Jan Brueghel, ca 1606-1607.
(sources: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien)

Großer Blumenstrauss in einem Holzgefäß / Big floral bouquet in a wooden vessel, by Jan Brueghel, ca 1606-1607.

(sources: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien)

— 12 hours ago with 3 notes
#painting  #art  #jan brueghel  #still life  #flowers 
scotianostra:


Three lamps

The Last Drop, Grassmarket, Edinburgh. The name of this pub is not a reference to drink but to the hangings that took place as recently as the end of the 19th century outside, in the Grassmarket.

scotianostra:

Three lamps

The Last Drop, Grassmarket, Edinburgh. The name of this pub is not a reference to drink but to the hangings that took place as recently as the end of the 19th century outside, in the Grassmarket.

(via fuckyeahedinburgh)

— 23 hours ago with 191 notes
alwaysalwaysalwaysthesea:

jay-kuh:

Siegfried Farnon recites poetry with “passionate intensity.”

listening to Wagner this morning and thinking about Siegried Farnon and realizing—despite my childhood crush on his brother Tristan—Siegfried (as portrayed by Robert Hardy) would have made the superior boyfriend.  To wit:
cultured
handsome and tweedily dapper
very lovable behind an occasionally gruff facade
clearly more intelligent than Tristan or anyone else in the room
anyway.  there’s not enough Siegfried on Tumblr.  i did a search for him, and didn’t have to go very far to find my initial post about him from 2011 (right when I started this Tumblr).

10 years later….
Well, not really.  But it feels like it.  And I have not changed my opinion about Sigfried.  Or Robert Hardy.  I worry that the 16 or 28 year old me would have fallen for a Tristan.  (Sorry, boring James Herriott.)  But the me who is me now:  100% SIGFRIED.

alwaysalwaysalwaysthesea:

jay-kuh:

Siegfried Farnon recites poetry with “passionate intensity.”

listening to Wagner this morning and thinking about Siegried Farnon and realizing—despite my childhood crush on his brother Tristan—Siegfried (as portrayed by Robert Hardy) would have made the superior boyfriend.  To wit:

  • cultured
  • handsome and tweedily dapper
  • very lovable behind an occasionally gruff facade
  • clearly more intelligent than Tristan or anyone else in the room

anyway.  there’s not enough Siegfried on Tumblr.  i did a search for him, and didn’t have to go very far to find my initial post about him from 2011 (right when I started this Tumblr).

10 years later….

Well, not really.  But it feels like it.  And I have not changed my opinion about Sigfried.  Or Robert Hardy.  I worry that the 16 or 28 year old me would have fallen for a Tristan.  (Sorry, boring James Herriott.)  But the me who is me now:  100% SIGFRIED.

— 23 hours ago with 77 notes
Irving Berlin “Say it with Music” sheet music, art by Eric Nordin.
(Source: Images Musicales)

Irving Berlin “Say it with Music” sheet music, art by Eric Nordin.

(Source: Images Musicales)

— 1 day ago with 4 notes
#vintage sheet music  #eric nordin  #vintage illustration  #say it with music 
Swedish actor Lars Hanson, 1919.
(source: Wikipedia)

Swedish actor Lars Hanson, 1919.

(source: Wikipedia)

— 2 days ago with 3 notes
#lars hanson  #actors  #sweden  #swedish 
willkommen-in-germany:

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, literally “Black Forest Cherry Cake”, originated in Germany. It consists of several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. The cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, sour cherries, and chocolate shavings. Kirschwasser (clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake, although other liquors are also used (like rum, common in Austrian recipes). German statutory interpretation states Kirschwasser as a mandatory ingredient, otherwise the cake can legally not be marketed as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. True Black Forest cakes are decorated with black cherries. The cake was first mentioned in writing in 1934. At the time, it was particularly associated with Berlin but was also available from high-end confectioners in other German cities. In 1949, it took 13th place in a list of best-known German cakes and has since become world-renowned.  

willkommen-in-germany:

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, literally “Black Forest Cherry Cake”, originated in Germany. It consists of several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. The cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, sour cherries, and chocolate shavings. Kirschwasser (clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake, although other liquors are also used (like rum, common in Austrian recipes). German statutory interpretation states Kirschwasser as a mandatory ingredient, otherwise the cake can legally not be marketed as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. True Black Forest cakes are decorated with black cherries. The cake was first mentioned in writing in 1934. At the time, it was particularly associated with Berlin but was also available from high-end confectioners in other German cities. In 1949, it took 13th place in a list of best-known German cakes and has since become world-renowned.  

(via germannn)

— 2 days ago with 291 notes
#cake of my childhood birthdays  #how i would love to have a piece now 
myvintagevogue:

Lucinda Hollingsworth wearing Macshore Classics 1960,
photo by Jacques Simson

myvintagevogue:

Lucinda Hollingsworth wearing Macshore Classics 1960,

photo by Jacques Simson

— 2 days ago with 44 notes
#now THAT is a print 

ibeggedformercytwice:

ibeggedformercytwice:

My medieval servant boy has gone missing. I’ll just use Google to see if I can find him.

image

Oh bother.

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— 2 days ago with 25652 notes
"Salon in the Apartment of Count Lanckoronski in Vienna" by Rudolf von Alt, possibly 1869.
(source: Cooper-Hewitt)

"Salon in the Apartment of Count Lanckoronski in Vienna" by Rudolf von Alt, possibly 1869.

(source: Cooper-Hewitt)

— 2 days ago
#drawing  #art  #rudolf von alt  #vienna  #1800s