#EmptyShelf17 #3: The Ministry of Nostalgia by @owenhatherley

The story of Keep Calm and Carry On is largely one of the 21st century, rather than of the Second World War, when it was produced. Owen Hatherley uses the poster as a hook as he investigates the ‘nostalgia’ we have for 1940s, and use it to legitimise contemporary austerity. Hatherley refers to the use of this sense by the government as NOT heritage, but, quoting Raphael Samuel, as stealing ‘from the past at random’, as Continue Reading →

BBC Radio 4: Digital Human (Series 6:2014: Episode 4: Nostalgia) #DigiHuman

4/6: Nostalgia http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04n31cr We live in a world where the nostalgia for the past now permeates our present. With online trends like ‘Throw Back Thursdays’, apps like Timehop and platforms which gives you the tools to make your digital image look like it was taken with an analogue camera, the internet has never seemed so backwards-facing. In this week’s episode of The Digital Human, Aleks Krotoski visits imagined worlds and eras long past to explore Continue Reading →

Comic Superheroes!

I’m fascinated by graphics, especially those that emerged in the 1930s and 1940s, so this story in the Times Higher Education caught my attention: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? This is a popular question in team-building exercises. Flight? Invisibility? Super strength? Would you want to be able to hurl balls of fire, communicate telepathically or run faster than a speeding bullet? Sometimes we imagine possessing the powers of other animals: flying Continue Reading →

The art of warfare

By TOBY WALNE Last updated at 10:16 PM on 29th May 2010 Wish I’d had money to buy some of these… would love at least one original (particularly Women of Britain) Your country needs you, Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, famously declared at the start of the First World War in a 1914 recruitment drive poster. Designed by Alfred Leete, the poster proved a huge propaganda success, thanks to Kitchener, his impressive waxed moustache Continue Reading →

A story from @transpositions on #RoyalWedding memorabilia

Read the story here. An extract: I start with the obvious. Memorabilia primarily serves as an aid to remembering. I start here because memorabilia is often judged as being aesthetically deficient, which then levies judgment upon the person who purchased the item. Rather, an item’s capacity to call up memories of an event, a shared moment, or a life-changing experience is surely its purpose and how it should be considered. For example, the screen-printed tea Continue Reading →

The “Party Pack” of Keep Calm and Carry On

Thanks to @adamswbrown for that one (where were you?) Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which she now follows with interest. https://twitter.com/ww2poster Like it? Share it…

Pride of Place @timeshighered

The British landscape and representations of it in art give rise to a happy patriotic glow in many people. Fred Inglis shares that fervour Is it still possible to claim oneself, in polite academic company, to be a patriot? Both the present and the previous prime ministers have gestured, a bit apologetically but I think sincerely, towards such a frame of mind for themselves and even for their parties. Everyone is at pains to dissociate Continue Reading →

Paul Grainge: ‘Monochrome Memories: Nostalgia and Style in 1990s America’

Grainge, P., ‘Monochrome Memories: Nostalgia and Style in 1990s America’ PhD thesis completed, [date]. Nottingham University. The thesis has two main objectives: to theorize nostalgia as a mode, a cultural style that has become divorced from a necessary concept of loss or longing, and to consider (visual) modes of nostalgia in mass cultural production during the 1990s. Publications Monochrome Memories: Nostalgia and Style in 1990s America, 2002 Memory and Popular Film (Inside Popular Film), 2003 Continue Reading →