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praha-ah-ha

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continuing with the backward uploading of photos from my european travels, these are from a trip to prague. the city is just as pretty as you’d imagine, but jammed with tourists (even in late november – the place must be positively bursting at the seams in summer). it’s always best to wander away from the crowds, and hopefully you’ll find yourself in some tiny street with no one else around. see more at my flickr.

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bygone

oupa being shot at

i decided to start scanning in all our old family photographs, mostly for safety’s sake – but also to share some of the pretty radical images my parents have in their archives. you can see the complete (and growing) set here.

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what, me worry?

alfred e. neuman

alfred e. neuman, before being picked up by MAD – some interesting history there.

“Nineteenth-century publications [...] depicted the typical Irish immigrant as a bomb-throwing cretin barely distinguishable from the adult ape …. Versions of the face were used as medical pictures of people with deficiency diseases or hormone imbalances; the faces of patients with Williams syndrome have been compared to Neuman … Neuman’s image was also used negatively, as a “supporter” of rival political candidates, with the idea that only an idiot would vote for them

also used in Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda

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