The Only Surviving Behind-the-Scenes Footage of I Love Lucy, and It’s in Color! (1951)

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The enduring popularity of comedian Lucille Ball’s 6-season sitcom, I Love Lucy, has resulted in so many full-color collectibles, occasional viewers may forget that the show was filmed in black and white.

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Watch the Celebrated Ballerina Anna Pavlova Perform “The Dying Swan” (1925)

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Prepare my swan costume.
— alleged last words of ballerina Anna Pavlova, as reported by her husband
The Internet suggests that swans are fairly tough specimens, quick to hiss and flap at any YouTuber unwise enough to violate their personal space with a video camera.

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A Spellbinding Supercut of the First & Final Frames of 70 Iconic Films, Played Side by Side

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Filmmaker Jacob T. Swinney’s First and Final Frames, Part II, above, is a rare sequel that upholds the quality of the original.
As he did in its predecessor, Swinney screens the opening and closing shots of dozens of recent and iconic films side by side, providing viewers with a crash course in the editorial eye.

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M.C. Escher’s Perpetual Motion Waterfall Brought to Life: Real or Sleight of Hand?

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Since M.C. Escher bent minds in the 20th century with his Möbius strips, metamorphoses, and impossible objects, other artists have been trying to bring his creations to life. And the advent of computer illustration, then animation, has made it all the more possible.

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Watch La Linea, the Popular 1970s Italian Animations Drawn with a Single Line

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Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.
Thus spake designer Paul Rand, a man who knew something about making an impression, having created iconic logos for such immediately recognizable brands as ABC, IBM, and UPS.
An example of Rand’s observation, La Linea, aka Mr.

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20-Year-Old Louis CK Performs Stand Up (1987)

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Ever been taken aback by a vintage photo of a Facebook friend? “Look how young he was! An infant!” If you’re a member of comedian Louis CK’s generation, it’s likely that at some point, the person in the photo was you.
Louis model 1987, above, is close to unrecognizable, with a full head of red hair and a trim belly.

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The Origins of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk: Vintage Footage of Cab Calloway, Sammy Davis Jr., Fred Astaire & More

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Michael Jackson took one giant leap for pop history on March 25, 1983 when he gave an adoring public their first taste of his signature moonwalk in honor of Motown Records’ 25th birthday. (See below)
Novelty-wise, it wasn’t quite a Neil Armstrong moment. Like many artists, Jackson had many precedents from which he could and did draw.

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Vintage Films Revisits Literary Scene of 1920s New York, with Clips of Sinclair Lewis, Willa Cather, H.L. Mencken & Other Icons

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When young artists, be they writers, painters, or musicians, aim to strike it big, they invariably choose to move to New York.

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Musical Comedian Reggie Watts Reinvents Van Halen’s Classic, “Panama”

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Jump back, what’s that sound? Oh, it’s just Reggie Watts covering Van Halen‘s 1984 cock rock anthem, Panama, in a crazy-ass golf sweater. Carry on.

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The History of Typography Told in Five Animated Minutes

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Caslon, Baskerville, Helvetica… these names have graced many a pull down menu, but what do they signify, exactly?
Graphic designer Ben Barrett-Forrest spent 140 hours animating the 291 paper letters on display in the History of Typography, an introduction to the ways in which language has been expressed visually over time.

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