When William McDonough and Michael Braungart popularized the term “upcycling” in their 2002 book Cradle to Cradle, they were referring to industrial-scale recycling and production. The term, however, has really captured the imagination of the crafty community: you don’t need to browse Etsy for long before coming across handmade products crafted out of used materials of some kind. And St. Louis’ own Upcycle Exchange is just one example of an organization that’s popped up to serve this niche though collecting and distributing materials that the more creative among us see as the basis of something new, useful, and likely even beautiful.
Just in time for the start of the winter holiday season is this vintage Tokyo subway PSA from 1976 warning Japanese strap hangers on the follies of over-indulging in drinks or “dranks” as the (21 and over) kids say nowadays. The translation supposedly says: “I look like Santa because you’ve had too much to drink.…
I’m “blown away” by this working vintage novelty hair dryer modeled on a 357 Magnum pistol that is available for sale on Etsy. I don’t suggest you try to carry this on the plane with you. [Hat tip: Annie]
With the assistance of a mad Russian lens technician, photographer Timur Civan attached a vintage “Wollensak 35mm F5.0 Cine-Velostigmat hand cranked cinema camera lens” circa 1908 onto his Canon EOS 5D Mark II. He then roamed Manhattan taking photos and instantly transported New York City back to a pre-digital era.