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May 10, 2018

11-foot-long ribbon map of the Mississippi River

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Utterly sublime.

From Atlas Obscura:


Steamboat Tourists of the Late 1860s Wrapped It Around a Spool

By the 1860s, a pair of St. Louis-based entrepreneurs had decided there was a market for a Mississippi River map that embraced its true length.

In 1866, Myron Coloney and Sidney B. Fairchild, a.k.a. Coloney and Fairchild, unfurled their first Ribbon Map, a long, blue-inked facsimile of the Mississippi.

A depiction of the entire Mississippi, from the Gulf of Mexico all the way up to its source in Northern Minnesota, the map stretched 11 feet long and was a little over two inches wide.

"Coloney and Fairchild's patented apparatus required that the single sheet be cut into strips, attached end-to-end, mounted on linen, and then rolled inside a wooden, metal, or paper spool," wrote art historian Nenette Luarca-Shoaf in an article in Common-place. ("This patent is for the 'IDEA,'" the pair specified when filing it.)

An advertisement for the map suggests that people needed an outlet for their awe: having your own chart to unroll, it promised, would stop you from "constant[ly] questioning… the officers of the boat," and causing "an immensity of annoyance" to them.


Explore one of these maps in its entirety here.

May 10, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Moche Octopus Frontlet

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Gold, chrysocolla, and shells.

Peru, 300-600 A.D.

In the collection of the Museo de la Nación, Lima, Peru.

Currently on display in the spectacular show "Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City through May 28, 2018.

[via the New York Times]

May 10, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Anti-Sand Beach Mat


Say what?

From the website:



Developed for military use, this beach mat sheds sand that come into contact with it.

Employing technology used in military applications to contain sand and dust and suppress helicopter brownouts, two layers of patented woven polyurethane instantly filter sand to the beach as soon as it falls on on the mat surface.

The specially woven polyurethane acts as a one-way filter to prevent sand from reemerging through the bottom of the mat.

The 36-square-foot mat also eliminates dirt, dust, and water from its surface, ensuring a perpetually clean outdoor expanse for camping or watching a concert.

Rip-stop polyurethane construction resists abrasions from outdoor furniture or pets, bound edges remain flat, and the mat won't absorb moisture, preventing mold and mildew.

Metal D-rings on each corner accommodate ground stakes (not included).

6'W x 6'L.

3.75 lbs.


Two-person: $69.95.


Six-person: $149.95.

May 10, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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