The most fortunate of them have tents. The rest use black-and-blue plastic tarps draped over bamboo trunks to keep the brutal tropical sun from melting them at midday.” – Photos by Eraldo Peres, AP
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum shown here is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas, Nevada signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. The Neon Museum campus includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, a visitors center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery. Neon signs, introduced in Las Vegas in 1929 were popular up until the 1980’s, but as LED and LCD screens began taking over the Las Vegas Strip, many of the old signs were removed. – Getty reports
“Airstreams? They still make those?”
Not only are the retro-looking “silver bullet” travel trailers still being built by hand at the same western Ohio site that has produced them for more than 60 years, but the company can’t roll them out of there fast enough to meet the demand these days.
Models took to the runways of Paris for the Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture collections.
In 1931, Gerald Griffin wrote for The Sun that “in slight over a year, there will be a great bustling and stirring about in the region of Calvert and Fayette streets, as a result of which Baltimoreans again will find their post office back at its old stand, but in a new building.
Baltimoreans are quite generally familiar with the fact that the old building was not torn down because it was structurally unsafe or “worn out”; for it was constructed so solidly that its existence would have approached a theoretical “forever,” but the enormous growth in the volume of mail handled in Baltimore — from 146,604,622 pieces of ordinary mail in 1890 to 733,484,969 in 1930 — made it essential that an additional room and facilities be provided, and it was decided to erect the new building on the desirable site of the old one, a choice also made logical by the fact the Federal Government owned the ground.”
The British Library’s brand new National Newspaper Building officially opened today. The newly built storage void holds 60 million newspapers and periodicals spanning more than three centuries. The temperature and humidity controlled store is operated by robot cranes and can retrieve newspapers from any time and date. The British Library spent six months moving the archive from its previous home in Colindale, north London. – Getty reports
King’s Day is a tradition marking the 12th night after Christmas and the official start of the Mardi season. Carnival is celebrated along the Gulf Coast with parties, balls and parades culminating on Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, a final day of celebration before Lent. Mardi Gras falls on Feb. 17 this year.
Baltimore photographer Tim Shahan, set up his Nikon D750 with a Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens to shoot a time lapse of the New Year’s celebration at the Inner Harbor from the countdown, the fireworks, and a tug taking the fireworks barge away. He shot a 2.5 second exposure every 3 seconds at ISO 100 at f/3.5.