IT’S A ROCKET. Well…it’s a radio. Well..it’s both. The braided wire goes to an ear plug. And that shiny nose of the rocket is the “tuner.” Pull the nose shaft out slowly and you’ll move from station to station within…uh…whatever range worked wherever you were.
It was what they called a “crystal” radio. There was no battery. When it died, it died.
My dad bought me one from one of those gadget shops near Times Square. I remember listening to radio while supposedly studying in my seat at Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School in Jackson Heights, NY. Never got caught.
Paul Coates was the only one who took a stab at it, with: “It looks like a toy rocket night light.”
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WHODA THUNK IT? This is a library. Really. And a fascinating one at that. Worth a visit just to be there, much less check out a book or three.
MVRDV architects joined with Tianjin (China) urban planners to design the Tianjin Binhai Library.
The contoured bookshelves rise to the roof and the sea of books provides the only color to the otherwise stark white interior.
The look of the place is spellbinding. More detail and more photos here.
SOME OF YOU may think these are just pictures of buildings. I think they’re excellent photos, taken by photographer Andres Gallardo. The play of lines, light, swerves and curves is fascinating…in some cases, breathtaking. Look at them closely, slowly. Could you take photos like these? I’ve tried, but I wouldn’t compare any pix I’ve taken with these. Enjoy!