1. smithsonianlibraries:

    July 31st is the birthday of artist and naturalist Mary Vaux Walcott. Born in 1860, Walcott took an early interest in the arts. After spending many of her summers in the wilds of Western Canada with her family, she turned her artistic inclinations towards botanical illustration. Later in life, she married Charles Doolittle Walcott, who was Secretary of the Smithsonian at the time (1914).

    She returned to the Rockies for many months out of the year with Charles as he conducted paleontological and geological studies. There she continued her watercolor studies of native flowers. The Smithsonian published her illustrations in North American Wild Flowers in 1925 in a five volume set that you can find in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.  

    We’ve posted about Walcott before, here and here. Her work is exceptionally beautiful, and we think some of the blooms here might have even been in bloom around her birthday.

     
  2. maptitude1:

    This gif shows the most popular girls name in each French department between 1946 and 2011.

    (Source: just--maps)

     
  3. sorrygirlsisuckcock:

    dança kuduro e samba para mim :3

    (Source: leprinceofsins)

     
  4. themanonfive:

    Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and Medina Athletic Club (now Intercontinental Hotel) from the Chicago River c. 1930

    (Source: digital-libraries.saic.edu)

     
  5. shutterstock:

    Ombre Mountains

    (Photographed in Thailand by Unchalee Foto.)

     
  6. hunkopedia:

    Follow Hunk’o’pedia for more hot guys!

     
  7. Harbor and rail yard districts of Boston

     
  8. 1890 Lake Union in Seattle, looking east

     
  9. Campus Martius in Detroit

     
  10. 1922, Camden, NJ showing the streets and transit lines.

     
  11. Gorgeous old map of Istanbul

     
  12. 1889, Rio de Janiero from I think Corcovado Mountain

     
  13. Plan of Bogota from 1932

     
  14. maptitude1:

    This map shows what Los Angeles might look like after a 260’ sea level rise. (Here’s a similar map of Seattle).

     
  15. smithsonianlibraries:

    Cats are critical to posters, apparently. A smattering of kitties appear in Posters, a critical study of the development of poster design in continental Europe, England and America by Charles Matlack Price.

    Price obviously knew the importance of cats in art. He certainly had strong feelings about the topic of art, going so far as to include the quote above from Robert Louis Stevenson as the epigraph to the book. And since we see 2 kitties gracing the title page, we can deduce that his idea of good art = cats. But I’m no art historian.