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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

In his book “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, Ransom Riggs writes -“All the pictures in this book are authentic, vintage found photographs, and with the exception of a few that have undergone minimal postprocessing, they are unaltered. They were lent from the personal archives of ten collectors, people who have spent years and countless hours hunting through giant bins of unsorted at flea markets and antiques mall and yard sales to find a transcendent few, rescuing images of historical significance and arresting beauty from obscurity-and most likely, the dump. Their work is an unglamorous labor of love, and I think they are the unsung heroes of the photography world.”

I have never found such a beautiful and poetic description about collecting old photos. Bravo!

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Ancient Games: Marbles

The origins of marbles are very old, clay balls have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, as well as in old American cultures such as Native Americans and Aztecs.
Children have always liked to play marbles in the streets.
Children Playing Marbles in the Street
In 2001 the Marbles University has been founded in Ravenna, Italy. Subjects such as “Piffetto Shooting”, “Science of Ballistic Trajectories”, and “Technical Construction of Paths for Marbles” are taught, and there is a museum dedicated to this old games.
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Non-Recruiting Head Hunting

The practice of removing and preserving heads of living beings is conducted for different reasons. The main reason for keeping heads of selected wild animals is for showing the prey as a hunting trophy. A souvenir. Today sport hunting has more and more opponents, and crocodile hunting has been made illegal in many countries.
Crocodile Head Hunter, 1930s
To portray today such rituals as the drying of the crocodile heads photographed here, would be considered by the average civilized citizen as the cruel misdeed of a sadist. And probably, no gamer would pose smiling proudly next to parts of carcasses. However, we can ask ourselves how civilized our species is, if there are still people who like killing animals for sport?

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Traduire Hannah, Ronaldo Wrobel, Métailié

The novel Traduire Hannah by Brazilian author Ronaldo Wrobel has a French translation published by Editions Métailié. 1930s, during the oppressing dictatorship in Polland, an intriguing story develops around a translation…
A good summer reading.

Traduire Hannah
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Colonel Yuri Gagarin’s Smile

April, 12 1961.
Russian pilot and cosmonaut Colonel Yuri Gagarin is the first human being to travel around the earth’s orbit with the spacecraft Vostok.
He had a beautiful smile, as you can see in this photo.

When asked about the sensations of outer space he said: “The feeling of weightlessness was somewhat unfamiliar compared with Earth conditions. Here, you feel as if you were hanging in a horizontal position in straps. You feel as if you are suspended”.
In March 1968 he lost his life in a crash, during a routine flight. He aged 34.