It’s a pandemic of a flu nature!

From 1918 to 1920 the world suffered from one of the most deadliest sicknesses that seemed to encompass whole towns, cities and country all at once. Influenza (it was also termed as the “Spanish Flu”) diseased the lives of at least five million people and  killed between fifty to hundred million people.

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It deeply affected the population of the early 20th century by cutting the normal life rate of a person by twelve years thus making Influenza one of the most lethal natural disasters in history of mankind. The most venerable to this disease was young adults who were relative healthy vs those with weak immune system.

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No one really knows how Influenza start and why it spread like rapid wildfire for two years however they are various theories. One example is that the source started from army bases with men who were prepping to go over seas to fight in World War I. One person had the disease and it spread to other people on the base and so forth. Another theory is that it started in a hospital in Etaples, France where French troops  held a base camp around the hospital and doctors there realize this recent outbreak was both aggressive and quickly in attacking the immune system of young adults, making them sick and killing them with a span of hours or a week.  Something as simple as coughing or sneezing with covering your mouth would cause a frenzy panic among people. Another reason why this kind of flu travel so fast is because people were starting to travel more by new modes of  efficient transportation such as trains, cars and boats.

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During those two years of this disease  you would see a rapid advertisements of hoax remedies that claim to cure this sickness. 11-23-1918-flu

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Unfortunately most of theses products were just gimmicks, super expensive and just did not work. However people brought anything and everything in hopes that it will save themselves and their loves ones from being close to death’s door.

The necessity and demand for nurses and doctors were at a all time high:

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Surgical masks were the norm to wear everywhere you go:

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They were even nursery rhymes, and cartoons made about this deadly sickness:

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At the end of December 1920 this deadly sickness that cause to much death and destruction in it’s path just ended. There was no remedy or medication that caused a cure for it. Less and less cases of the flu were being reported in major cities around the world until it died completely down but it already made it’s mark on the world because it claimed so many lives.

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Until next time!

 

 

 

 

The world of Les Diableries

In 1860 a bunch of fake depth photos (objects are actually farther away than they seemed!)called stereoscopic photographs were made in Paris. It was displayed in sets of small clay figures of scenes of what they assumed the daily life of hell would look like. They deemed this whole art form “Les Diableries.”

These scenes depicted more much of a tongue and cheek take of how life was in Paris during the second empire when Napoleon the 3rd was in power. During his reign it was something like the rich grew richer and the poor became poorer type of society. This art form was a way for a lower classes to get there point across in a digestible way for the when there country was run.

Adolph Block was responsible for publishing these series and only three sculptors were know to have made these scenes. The scenes that have survived were mostly published by Adolph Block.

About five years ago I was walking through a book store and a book called “Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell” by Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming caught my attention. It goes in depth about the process of how these scenes were made, the history of the time and how to make your depictions of hell in this kind of art form.

Fun fact: Brian May (from the band Queen) has been collecting these scenes since 1973 and has an extensive collection.

Until next time!

Movie of the Day: The Polka King

Today’s movie of the day is “The Polka King (2017) directed by Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky. It stars Jack Black, Jenny Slate and Jason Schwartzman.

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Based on a true story Jack Black plays a guy named Jan Lewan a local music legend in Pennsylvania who is a person of many hats polka singer, band leader, a store owner and pizza delivery man. His many dream and goal in life is to be a worldwide sensation polka singer however he is having a hard time keeping his band together and his dream afloat because there is hardly any money being made in that field.

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He comes up the idea to get his fans to invest in his dreams of his Jan Lewan Polka empire with the promise of paying them back however he decides in order to do that he just gets new investors to invent money and funnels it to pay off the older investors and with no intention of paying back the money he took from the new investors.

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Even the government in Pennsylvania warned him to stop selling shares for his store he still continue and was leaving a paper trail in about 22 states and had up to 400 people who he sold shares too. He was able to reach this outrageous number do to his touring of his polka band.

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This was a fun movie to watch and what is even more funny is that it is based on a real person. The real Jan Lewan was arrested in 2001 for deceiving people and for also making a Ponzi scheme.

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Until next time!

 

 

Artist’s Spotlight: Moonglumsminis

Today Artist’s Spotlight is on Mark Iddings (IG: @moonglumsminis)

  1. What made you start painting minis?: 

 “I began painting minis when I was young in the eighties.  Our parents took us to a game and book shop called Star Realm in Omaha, which was full of miniatures and books and role playing material and comic books.  My parents bought me the boxed set of Grenadier halflings, and began painting those with Testors enamel paints. I then switched over to the Polly S acrylic paints that had the great D&D names to accompany them, and along with Grenadier discovered Ral Partha. 

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 In 1986 when I was 18 I traveled to Finland as an exchange student, and pretty much gave up and forgot about miniatures and D&D until years later when my wife was concerned that the only hobbies my kid had were sports related, and asked me to look for something for him to do.  Being that I painted when I was little, I got a hold of some minis and craft paints and tried to introduce him to the fine art of miniature painting.  He painted two figures and lost all patience and interest, but I was hooked again, and since that point caught the painting bug and haven’t been able to shake it!” 

2. What are your favorite minis that you have done?:

“It’s really hard to pick a favorite miniature, because for me each one is my favorite as I work on it.  I have slight hoarding tendencies! Which is why I like to keep what I paint instead of doing much commission work.  However brand-wise, my favorite by far is Ral Partha, for whom I’ve done some painting and projects, and then after that, I like the old school miniatures of my youth, such as Heritage and Grenadier.  One of my favorite new companies currently is Stonehaven Miniatures, which has funded their miniatures through some really nice Kickstarters.

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3. How many do you have in your collection?:

Painted miniatures, probably somewhere between 300 and 400, and that’s just a guess. I just went to try to count them but gave up after about 100 and I was less than a third way through.  Unpainted ones, the ones I hope to get to paint someday but may run out of time, probably somewhere in the range of four to five thousand?”

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4. What minis are you planning to showcase on your Instagram?:

Pretty much anything that I’ve painted in the past, present, and into the future.  I’m kind of a slow painter, usually painting a figure every two weeks, so were I to only showcase my new ones, it wouldn’t be a very active page, so I’ve tried to grab ones that I’ve painted before as well.  I’ve shown off figures that I painted back in in the 1980’s all the way up to ones I just finished last week. “

5. Can you offer any advice for people that want to start painting and/or collecting minis?:

For painting, I’d say the key is just to paint and keep painting.  If you’re trying to produce results you’ll be happy with then take your time, and be patient!  Use all the sites and tools the internet has to offer.  Join up on some of the miniature forums.  Reaper has a great one with a lot of friendly and encouraging people.  If you’re not a spring chicken any more, go buy yourself some cheap magnifying visors.  

As far as collecting, that’s a bit more complicated.  People collect with so many different reasons and aims, it’s hard to offer suggestions.  I mostly look for miniatures I find aesthetically pleasing, and ones that I would actually enjoy painting.  My collection has more than a hint of nostalgia, but at the same time it comes from a deep appreciation of the artists that sculpted them.

Whatever your motives to paint or collect, I think the ultimate goal is just to enjoy what you’re doing and if possible find other people that share the same interests as you.  That way you can turn it from a basic nerd obsession into a social nerd obsession!”

For more info or questions about Minis and/or the artist please contact Mark through his instagram: @moonglumsminis

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Until next time!