1939 Snow Cone Face Mask! January 04 2014, 0 Comments

A photograph, c.1939, of women wearing the 'Snow Cone Mask'. Invented in Canada, the mask was a plastic cone designed to protect faces from the ravages of icy winter snowstorms. With the below freezing temperatures maybe you want to try it?! On the other hand, if these women had wings they could have migrated south for the winter instead!

Stay Warm!

Elephant Girl October 23 2013, 0 Comments

Collection of Barbara Levine / PROJECT B
At PROJECT B, we love unique, bizarre and beautiful anonymous photographs. To celebrate this spirit, we are featuring a special limited edition print of a haunting photograph of a little girl in a paper elephant mask. The original photograph was taken in the 1940s and our large format archival print captures every detail. Why would someone take this photograph from behind a chain link fence? The mixture of distortions, textures and stillness make this a mysterious image that conjures the work of Diane Arbus.

We have made our "Elephant Girl" print very affordable and in two ready to hang sizes! Making an elephant mask out of a paper bag? Priceless!

A Gorgeous Paper Moon (Photograph)! October 14 2013, 0 Comments

At PROJECT B we love real photo postcards and paper moons! The paper moon above is exceptional because the photographer created a souvenir of a man astride the moon floating above a city street in Saskatchwan, Canada. Anyone have a souvenir paper moon photograph like this one? 

Ode to Collecting Found Photos October 09 2013, 0 Comments

Eloquent ode to collecting found photographs. Robert Skingle, veteran dealer says "Instead of being thrown away, these photographs live on." Vintage vernacular photographs is one of the fastest growing collecting areas in art and photography.

Antique Cabinet Card Photographs September 05 2013, 0 Comments

Two women, one dressed as a man, c. 1905, John Emberson © National Media Museum / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

"Cabinet cards, such as the example above,  are photographs mounted on stiff pieces of cardboard. They were introduced in the 1860s and gradually superseded the smaller carte de visite format. The front of the card is usually printed or embossed with the photographer’s details, and the back of the cabinet card is often printed with elaborate designs. The popularity of the cabinet card waned around the turn of the century, particularly after the introduction of the photographic postcard, but they were still being produced right until the First World War."

via the National Media Museum Blog


Early Photos of Blind People Seeing a Museum Collection July 25 2013, 0 Comments


The Walrus, A group of blind children feeling the stuffed walrus at Sunderland Museum, so they can 'see' what it looks like. Courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Visiting a museum usually means we are going to experience objects by seeing them with our eyes. But what if you are blind?

In 1913, a remarkable curator, John Alfred Charles Deas, at the Sunderland Museum in England, wanted blind children to be able to experience objects in the museum's collection - he wanted to create a museum of touch for those who could not see. "To them, their fingers are eyes," Deas said. He started a program in which blind children were able to touch taxidermied animals including polar bears, crocodiles, birds and lions. They also heard lectures on different parts of the museum's collection and were able to touch the objects and then make drawings based on texture and what they saw in their mind's eye. The sessions were so successful that Deas opened them to adults. Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden was a remarkable place and had a great influence on programming for the blind because it demonstrated there was a different way for people to experience museum collections.

A young girl who is blind examining mounted birds at Sunderland Museum. Courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums  

Reptiles. Blind visitors to Sunderland Museum are handling the reptile specimens, including the crocodile and shells. Courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

'Seeing Budha. Courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Blind adults are listening to a short lecture at Sunderland Museum before examining a human skeleton. Courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Post first appeared in Atlas Obscura.

Splash! July 18 2013, 1 Comment


Collection of Barbara Levine / Project B

This photograph of a woman, complete with her 1920s bathing costume, is a picture of summertime vacation fun. Stay cool, stand and splash in some water!

Tattered Love July 16 2013, 0 Comments

Collection of PROJECT B / Barbara Levine

This tattered vintage snapshot from 1939, exemplifies the wonderful and mysterious ways photography intersects with people's lives and their private domestic rituals. Vigorously ripped up, repeatedly folded or accidentally left in a pocket and put in the wash, the photo remained precious to its owner and was carefully taped back together. While we will never know if their love lasted, the worn voice of the photograph remains preserved.

PROJECT B Limited Edition Prints of Vintage Photographs April 16 2013, 0 Comments

Hanging on the walls of a modern villa outside San Miguel de Allende, Tattooed Woman (Artoria Gibbons) and Girlfriends, from our introductory album. Print size is 16" x 20," in an edition of 100.