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Beautiful love story of chewing gum liners

Beautiful love story of chewing gum liners 'Love is...

Kim and Roberto, real prototypes of iconic characters. Beautiful love story of chewing gum liners ‘Love is…

Beautiful love story of chewing gum liners
The sweet romantic series “Love is …” has become the most popular in the post-Soviet space and the former republics of the USSR. The liners of this Turkish chewing gum were collectible and exchanged. Fortunately, I also have such a romantic collection. But I couldn’t even guess about a beautiful love story behind these bright images. It turns out that behind the images of a romantic couple of lovers were real prototypes. Actually, it was a story about love conquering death.

The author of these images was a cartoonist from New Zealand Kim Grove Casali. Aged 19, she began traveling around the world, and after 6 years she settled in California. There she met her future Italian husband Roberto Casali. It was he who inspired her to create two funny characters – a couple of lovers, the prototypes of which were they themselves.

Kim began to draw various episodes from the life of a married couple on napkins, signing above: “Love is …”, and ending the phrase below with text that matches the picture. According to the artist, it was like keeping a personal diary, which describes how her feelings developed.
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Why Russian Santa is the happiest in the world

Why Russian Santa is the happiest in the world

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka (Snowmaiden). Why Russian Santa is the happiest in the world

Why Russian Santa is the happiest in the world

Called Ded Moroz (Father Frost), Russian Santa, undoubtedly, is the happiest in the world. And in particular, he is happier than Western Santa. Why? In my opinion, the main difference between him and any Western Santa Claus – he is not alone. Indeed, this is so cool, as he has a beautiful young girl named Snegurochka, or Snow maiden. According to belief, she is his granddaughter. However, nobody knows anything about her parents, and there is no evidence she is his granddaughter. The fact is – she is just a beautiful girl who accompanies him everywhere. And this is a clue why he is endlessly happy.

Besides, Russian Father Frost doesn’t have to crawl through the dirty chimney, like a thief, to enter a house! Ded Moroz in Russia enters houses quite legally with his beautiful girl. Warmly welcomed in every house. And sometimes even too warmly.

In particular, there is a tradition to treat Russian Ded Moroz with a glass of vodka and delicious food, in every house. So, the fabulous couple visits lots of houses per day… Imagine how our Father Frost looks and feels at the end of the day. And what about children, who are impatiently waiting for the meeting with Father Frost and Snegurochka? All they need to do to get a Christmas present – to tell a poem or sing a song, or just tell how well they behaved.
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Rasputins letter to Nicholas about his own death

Rasputins letter to Nicholas about his own death

Rasputins letter to Nicholas about his own death

Rasputins letter to Nicholas about his own death
In December 1916 Grigory Rasputin sent a letter to Nicholas II about his own death: “I feel that I shall leave life before January 1st. I wish to make known to the Russian people, to Papa (the Tsar), to the Russian Mother (the Tsarina) and to the Children what they must understand. If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you, the Tsar of Russia, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years. But if I am murdered by boyars, nobles, and if they shed my blood, their hands will remain soiled with my blood for twenty-five years and they will leave Russia. Brothers will kill brothers, and they will kill each other and hate each other, and for twenty-five years there will be no peace in the country.
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President Putin’s Plane

President Putin's Plane. Ilyushin Il-96-300PU

Ilyushin Il-96-300PU. President Putin’s Plane

President Putin’s Plane
Brand-new Ilyushin Il-96-300PU – construction of this plane, the equivalent of America’s “Air Force One”, started in Voronezh several years ago. Bristol firm “Diamonite Aircraft Furnishings” has won a 10m contract to refurbish the President Putin’s Plane. “All technical information on the closed project is a state secret,” Russian NTV Mir television told viewers. Now let’s look at top-secret interior.

The Russian presidential aircraft is the official aircraft of the President of Russia, when he flies aboard. All aircraft in the Russian presidential fleet are operated by GTK Rossiya. Previously the president had used Ilyushin Il-62, Tupolev Tu-154, and Yakovlev Yak-40 aircraft.

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Russian Space Hotel With Beautiful Views

space hotel

Russian Space Hotel

Russian Space Hotel With Beautiful Views. Imagine yourself floating in space hotel and looking down on the beautiful Earth and all of those land dwellers. The Russian company Orbital Technologies has released images of their futuristic hotel that will cost $157,000 for a five-day stay, plus $785,000 for the two-day trip on board a Soyuz rocket. Set to be up and running in 2016, the company promises comforts that will far exceed the International Space Station. You can sleep vertically or horizontally and take a shower in a sealed shower cubicle.
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Live photographs by Arthur Mole

209th engineers camp Sheridan, 1919. Live photographs by Arthur Mole

209th engineers camp Sheridan, 1919. Group photography by American commercial photographer. Live photographs by Arthur Mole

Live photographs by Arthur Mole
British-born American commercial photographer Arthur Samuel Mole (January 7, 1889, – 14 August 1983) became known for the series of his human photo compositions made during World War I. In particular, Woodrow Wilson, the Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, an American eagle, an emblem of the YMCA, and the Allied flag. Some massive compositions required the placement of to 30,000 people – soldiers, members of the military. John D. Thomas was his partner in this endeavor.

Noteworthy, Arthur Mole is a pioneer in the field of performed group photography. Executing photographs using such large numbers, and relying on lines of perspective stretching out more than a hundred meters, required a week of preparation. In addition, hours to actually position the formations. Mole would stand on his viewing tower and shout into a megaphone or use a long pole with a white flag to arrange the tens of thousands of soldiers into position.
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Beauty icon for excentric designer Lester Gaba

Beauty icon for excentric designer Lester Gaba

One of ‘Gaba Girls’ on the Fifth Avenue, Life magazine, July 1937. Beauty icon for excentric designer Lester Gaba

Beauty icon for excentric designer Lester Gaba
Born in Hannibal, Missouri, in 1907, Lester Gaba was a talented designer, sculptor and window dresser. As a jewellery designer, Gaba worked for Albert Mfg. Co. which belonged to Albert Weiner. While working for this company, he designed a series of small rhinestone pave brooches called “Yankee Doodlers”. In 1939 Gaba designed for Albert Mfg. Co. a series called “Alice in Wonderland”, which was presented by Altman. Lester Gaba worked with Coro again in 1948 preparing a large presentation of Duettes.
Meanwhile, he started his career in the 1920s by making sculptures made of soap. These figures and miniatures were so impressive that they appeared in advertising campaigns. Also photographed for book covers and Christmas cards, exhibited in store windows and museums and even shown at the 1933-1934 Chicago World Fair. In the 1930s he started to create window-displayed mannequins, which at the time were heavy sculptures made of plaster.
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