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Download Hundreds of Japanese Fireworks Illustrations from the 1800s

Fireworks are beautiful to look at it and enjoy, but the moment can seem fleeting due to their temporary nature. That’s what makes this newly digitized catalog of fireworks illustrations from Jinta Hirayama so amazing. Fireworks are frozen in time to be enjoyed over and over. And the best part? They’re available to download for free.

Jinta Hirayama is responsible for bringing vibrant colors to Japanese fireworks at a time when muted orange hues were the dominant color palette. It’s every bit a mixture of science and surrealism. In fact, Hirayama was so invested in the world of fireworks that he is credited as the very first Japanese person to ever register a patent in America. The late 1800’s changed Japanese fireworks forever.

Hirayama founded his own fireworks company in Yokohama, Japan in 1877. He produced bilingual (Japanese-American) catalogs to display his wares and ultimately moved products internationally. Now, the Yokohama Library has made the illustrations available online for the first time here. (For those who don’t read Japanese, scroll down the page and click on any of the books titles written in English. On the next page that loads, click on “本体PDF画像” to download the file as a PDF.)
— Read on mymodernmet.com/japanese-fireworks-illustration-jinta-hirayama/

Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, Summerville

World’s Folk Art Chapel (begun 1982) For the unfamiliar, Paradise Garden is the life’s work of the late Reverend Howard Finster (2 December 1915 or 1916-22 October 2001). A man of strong religious faith, Finster was a tireless folk artist who used his boundless energy and talent to spread the word of God in every…
— Read on vanishingnorthgeorgia.com/2014/09/15/howard-finsters-paradise-garden-summerville/

Vanishing North Georgia Photographs by Brian Brown

At midnight on New Year’s Eve, all works first published in the United States in 1923 will enter the public domain. It has been 21 years since the last mass expiration of copyright in the U.S.

That deluge of works includes not just “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” which appeared first in the New Republic in 1923, but hundreds of thousands of books, musical compositions, paintings, poems, photographs and films. After January 1, any record label can issue a dubstep version of the 1923 hit “Yes! We Have No Bananas,” any middle school can produce Theodore Pratt’s stage adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, and any historian can publish Winston Churchill’s The World Crisis with her own extensive annotations. Any artist can create and sell a feminist response to Marcel Duchamp’s seminal Dadaist piece, The Large Glass (The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even) and any filmmaker can remake Cecil B. DeMille’s original The Ten Commandments and post it on YouTube.

“The public domain has been frozen in time for 20 years, and we’re reaching the 20-year thaw,” says Jennifer Jenkins, director of Duke Law School’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain. The release is unprecedented, and its impact on culture and creativity could be huge. We have never seen such a mass entry into the public domain in the digital age. The last one—in 1998, when 1922 slipped its copyright bond—predated Google. “We have shortchanged a generation,” said Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive. “The 20th century is largely missing from the internet.”


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