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Curiosities: Notes Left with Children at the NY Foundlings Hospital

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Due to hardship and poverty, the abandonment of infants in New York in the late 1860’s was unfortunately not a noteworthy occurrence. The beginnings of the New York Foundling Asylum of the Sisters of Charity was brought by the need of mothers and fathers with no options left. Response was immediate, a baby was left with Sister Irene and her two companions before their preparations were even completed. A large number of babies followed, and their institution grew to support them over time.

Pinned notes often accompanied these infants and offered a glimpse of the heartbreak the parents or custodians must have felt when leaving their child behind. The New York Historical Society has a small collection of these notes from the Foundling Asylum which they have shared in a few albums on their Flickr page.

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Curiosities: Examples of Penmanship & Typography from the BHL

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A consortium of botanical and natural history libraries, the Biodiviersity Heritage Library is working towards digitizing their collections of public domain journals and books. It is an endless resource of images and information that can be used freely, depending on its copyright status. Delving through the collection led to an unexpected discovery of many beautiful examples of penmanship and typography.

※ The images above were edited for DC, originals are below.

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The Sea
The Goosebeek’d Whale
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Observed: Eric Lacombe

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Graphic designer and artist Eric Lacombe’s work focuses on the melancholy that goes along with feelings of fear, anxiety and sadness. Something about his style reminds me of Stephen Gammell’s illustrations for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, but Lacombe’s work is decidedly different. His portraits are dark and rich, and have depth and feel dimensional. The dour-looking subjects of his latest exhibition, The Weight of Silence, are tormented hybrids and creatures dealing with the, ” indefinable perceptions anticipating death.” It is currently on view at the Last Rites Gallery in NYC until the 16th of April.

Observed: Noémie Goudal

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Noémie Goudal has created a strange mix of fiction and reality in her photographs. Some are hand-made objects while others are digitally manipulated structures from real photographs that she prints. Goudal doesn’t hide these fabrications, and on study and inspection they stare at you. Even though you can see the deceptions, they are based in reality. Perception is a funny thing sometimes.

Experiments and Curiosities I

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Analog Distortion