humanoidhistory:

The pyramids of Giza, Egypt, 1870s, courtesy of the New York Public Library. humanoidhistory:

The pyramids of Giza, Egypt, 1870s, courtesy of the New York Public Library. humanoidhistory:

The pyramids of Giza, Egypt, 1870s, courtesy of the New York Public Library. humanoidhistory:

The pyramids of Giza, Egypt, 1870s, courtesy of the New York Public Library.

humanoidhistory:

The pyramids of Giza, Egypt, 1870s, courtesy of the New York Public Library.

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The Nature Fakers controversy arose from a new literary movement, in which the natural world was depicted in a compassionate rather than realistic light. Works such as Ernest Thompson Seton’s Wild Animals I Have Known (1898) and William J. Long’s School of the Woods (1902) popularized this new genre and emphasized sympathetic and individualistic animal characters.

In March 1903, naturalist and writer John Burroughs published an article entitled “Real and Sham Natural History” in the Atlantic Monthly. Lambasting writers such as Seton, Long, and Charles G. D. Roberts for their seemingly fantastical representations of wildlife, he also denounced the booming genre of realistic animal fiction as “yellow journalism of the woods”. Burroughs’ targets responded in defense of their work and the resulting controversy raged in the public press for nearly six years.

The controversy effectively ended when President Theodore Roosevelt publicly sided with Burroughs, publishing his article “Nature Fakers” in the September 1907 issue of Everybody’s Magazine. Roosevelt popularized the negative colloquialism by which the controversy would later be known to describe one who purposefully fabricates details about the natural world.

aldrin:

Franz Kafka book covers by Peter Mendelsund
Thanks to the last MIBF, I have all but the last one. I’m led to believe that the last one, by some Kafkaesque twist of bureaucracy, didn’t actually get published, since I can’t seem to find it anywhere, online or off. But I vaguely remember holding a book that might have been titled Aphorisms, written by Kafka, and designed by Mendelsund at some bookstore sometime last year. Until I actually find a copy of it, though, I say my Kafka/Mendelsund collection is already complete.
aldrin:

Franz Kafka book covers by Peter Mendelsund
Thanks to the last MIBF, I have all but the last one. I’m led to believe that the last one, by some Kafkaesque twist of bureaucracy, didn’t actually get published, since I can’t seem to find it anywhere, online or off. But I vaguely remember holding a book that might have been titled Aphorisms, written by Kafka, and designed by Mendelsund at some bookstore sometime last year. Until I actually find a copy of it, though, I say my Kafka/Mendelsund collection is already complete.
aldrin:

Franz Kafka book covers by Peter Mendelsund
Thanks to the last MIBF, I have all but the last one. I’m led to believe that the last one, by some Kafkaesque twist of bureaucracy, didn’t actually get published, since I can’t seem to find it anywhere, online or off. But I vaguely remember holding a book that might have been titled Aphorisms, written by Kafka, and designed by Mendelsund at some bookstore sometime last year. Until I actually find a copy of it, though, I say my Kafka/Mendelsund collection is already complete.
aldrin:

Franz Kafka book covers by Peter Mendelsund
Thanks to the last MIBF, I have all but the last one. I’m led to believe that the last one, by some Kafkaesque twist of bureaucracy, didn’t actually get published, since I can’t seem to find it anywhere, online or off. But I vaguely remember holding a book that might have been titled Aphorisms, written by Kafka, and designed by Mendelsund at some bookstore sometime last year. Until I actually find a copy of it, though, I say my Kafka/Mendelsund collection is already complete.
aldrin:

Franz Kafka book covers by Peter Mendelsund
Thanks to the last MIBF, I have all but the last one. I’m led to believe that the last one, by some Kafkaesque twist of bureaucracy, didn’t actually get published, since I can’t seem to find it anywhere, online or off. But I vaguely remember holding a book that might have been titled Aphorisms, written by Kafka, and designed by Mendelsund at some bookstore sometime last year. Until I actually find a copy of it, though, I say my Kafka/Mendelsund collection is already complete.
aldrin:

Franz Kafka book covers by Peter Mendelsund
Thanks to the last MIBF, I have all but the last one. I’m led to believe that the last one, by some Kafkaesque twist of bureaucracy, didn’t actually get published, since I can’t seem to find it anywhere, online or off. But I vaguely remember holding a book that might have been titled Aphorisms, written by Kafka, and designed by Mendelsund at some bookstore sometime last year. Until I actually find a copy of it, though, I say my Kafka/Mendelsund collection is already complete.
aldrin:

Franz Kafka book covers by Peter Mendelsund
Thanks to the last MIBF, I have all but the last one. I’m led to believe that the last one, by some Kafkaesque twist of bureaucracy, didn’t actually get published, since I can’t seem to find it anywhere, online or off. But I vaguely remember holding a book that might have been titled Aphorisms, written by Kafka, and designed by Mendelsund at some bookstore sometime last year. Until I actually find a copy of it, though, I say my Kafka/Mendelsund collection is already complete.
aldrin:

Franz Kafka book covers by Peter Mendelsund
Thanks to the last MIBF, I have all but the last one. I’m led to believe that the last one, by some Kafkaesque twist of bureaucracy, didn’t actually get published, since I can’t seem to find it anywhere, online or off. But I vaguely remember holding a book that might have been titled Aphorisms, written by Kafka, and designed by Mendelsund at some bookstore sometime last year. Until I actually find a copy of it, though, I say my Kafka/Mendelsund collection is already complete.

aldrin:

Franz Kafka book covers by Peter Mendelsund

Thanks to the last MIBF, I have all but the last one. I’m led to believe that the last one, by some Kafkaesque twist of bureaucracy, didn’t actually get published, since I can’t seem to find it anywhere, online or off. But I vaguely remember holding a book that might have been titled Aphorisms, written by Kafka, and designed by Mendelsund at some bookstore sometime last year. Until I actually find a copy of it, though, I say my Kafka/Mendelsund collection is already complete.

onceuponatown:

New York. BAYONNE AX MURDERER. FRENCH NUDISTS. Coney Island wax Museum, July, 1939.

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The Fort Lauderdale wade-ins of 1961 lasted six weeks and helped end de facto segregation at all Broward County’s beaches. A state court judge refused to enter an injunction against the NAACP stopping the wade-ins a year after they began. - Florida Memory blog, Florida State Library The Fort Lauderdale wade-ins of 1961 lasted six weeks and helped end de facto segregation at all Broward County’s beaches. A state court judge refused to enter an injunction against the NAACP stopping the wade-ins a year after they began. - Florida Memory blog, Florida State Library The Fort Lauderdale wade-ins of 1961 lasted six weeks and helped end de facto segregation at all Broward County’s beaches. A state court judge refused to enter an injunction against the NAACP stopping the wade-ins a year after they began. - Florida Memory blog, Florida State Library

The Fort Lauderdale wade-ins of 1961 lasted six weeks and helped end de facto segregation at all Broward County’s beaches. A state court judge refused to enter an injunction against the NAACP stopping the wade-ins a year after they began. - Florida Memory blog, Florida State Library

A.J. Libeling standing by an airplane in a desert.

From Cornell University Libraries. Hat tip: Slate’s The Vault

“What we know as apples, from the tree Malus domestica, are the products of hundreds of generations of careful breeding that started with the tree Malus sieversii, native to Central Asia. The author Michael Pollan once described the fruit of Malus sieversii as tasting like “a tart potato,” or, alternatively, like a “Brazil nut sheathed in leather.” Avocados, a staple of many paleo menus, have similarly been transfigured. The originals consisted of just a thin layer of flesh surrounding a giant seed.”

"We begun to come to trees with Spanish moss on them, hanging down from the limbs like long, gray beards. It was the first I ever see it growing, and it made the woods look solemn and dismal."
Huckleberry Finn

The Postcards of T. Tyler Sweeny

In 2002, I found 42 postcards in an antique store/junk shop in Lakeland, Fla. The postcards were written by investment banker T. Tyler Sweeny between 1955 and 1963 while he vacationed in Mexico and throughout Europe. 

I reproduced the postcards in a 104-page zine, An Antidote to Your Girl in the Bikini, and mailed out a dozen or so to indifferent friends. This seems especially crazy now but I never thought twice about it at the time.

The only additional information I could find on Sweeny was his obituary in the New York Times. He died in August 1975 at the age of 68. He had retired from Snow, Sweeny & Co. in 1963 — the same year as the last of the postcards shared here.

You can see and read all of the postcards here.

Sweeny Postcard #42 Sweeny Postcard #42

Sweeny Postcard #42