Sunday, July 12, 2009

Paradoxical Train Tales

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Her Travelling Menagerie by Aimee Stewart, a wonderful visual storyteller.

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Etsy sellers left to right No 7 Train Night Light from The House of Six Cats, Vintage Suitcase from Mammys Shop, Ye Old Paris Locket from Secret Jewellz, Train Station Fairy Boy Artists Trading Card from Anitra Bear, Cast Iron Train from Eclectic Pelican, Perfect Travelling Dresses from Australian designer Lyptis, Vintage Travel Charm Bracelet from Terry O, Orient Express Passport or Ticket Holder from Rogue Empire, Vintage Railroad Cheques from Paper Aeroplanes, Not All Who Travel Are Lost Train Case from Get Ready Set Go



Photos of Pullman's Orient Express from Train Chartering and Private Rail Cars on Flickr

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“Orange is the happiest color,” Frank Sinatra said of his favorite hue, which showed up in his clothes and his houses. Sinatra bought a modest house at the Tamarisk Country Club in Rancho Mirage in the mid-1950s and lived there until May 1995. A caboose, a gift from some of his employees in 1971, became the compound’s full-service salon, complete with barber’s chair, a professional hair dryer, a massage table, a scale and a sauna, at rear. via Architectural Digest

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Yoko Ono: Freight Train This work consists of an actual freight train with a locked door, riddled with bullet holes. Inside the freight train, there is a very strong light source sending beams of white light out of all the bullet holes and from a singular large hole in the roof. The concept of Freight Train comes from a specific instance of human brutality. Several years ago, a group of Mexican workers attempting to enter the United States, were locked inside a freight train for the crossing, and perished when the transporters abandoned the train in the American desert. This single incident inspired the artist to create an artwork expressing resistance, healing, and hope for the next century. (Boxcar with light and sound exhibited Germany, Japan, USA)

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words from Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

21 comments:

Sam said...

Good on Yoko Ono - she always challenges us to have a good hard think about what's going on around us. As do you Chrisy! :) That first image is exceptional - you could look at it for days and days. ...and I've quite fallen in love with that vintage charm bracelet too...!

Kat said...

Have you seen Madame Tutli-Putli? Stop-motion on a train, poignant and gorgeous!

Hey Harriet said...

That top image is mesmerizing! What a most charming post about trains Chrisy. There's something quite romantic and dreamy about long distance train travel...

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Cool selections on this theme. The slide show of Orient Express makes me want to be on that train.

I hadn't heard of that Yoko Ono work. Many people struggle and risk their lives to have a better life.

Gabbi said...

Lovely theme! Always wanted to take a trip on the Grand Canyon Railway...

I was especially touched by Yoko Ono's work.

Chrisy said...

hey dear blog friends...very pleased you're enjoying this one...it's been a hectic few days with visitors and i'm so tired i'm afraid the post is kind of disjointed and lacking any commentary but life's like that sometimes isn't it....

lyptis said...

Thanks for the feature in this great post Chrisy!

I like how the light comes out of the train with the bullet holes.

Natasha Burns said...

I love the way the first photo in the slideshow actually looks like it is moving you around the inside of the carriage like a video, great post!

Renee said...

Chrisy your blog is one of the blogs that I wish I had time to read every single one of. They are masterfully done and always beautiful.

I love the freight train, those poor people, I know it is done here as a message, but I am talking of the real people that died.

I really love the Agatha Christie note and how it is handwritten.

Love Renee xoxoo

cabin + cub said...

It must have been so nice to travel the Orient Express. Train travels doesn't seem as glamourous as it once was!

ps. come and enter my giveaway, if you like. ;)
http://cabinandcub.blogspot.com/

Savvy Mode SG said...

it is my dream to take the train to tour scotland. : )

Beth said...

Absolutely fascinating stuff! Thank you for sharing it!

Ali said...

great collection of train goodness! Some really lovely images there - thanks :)

edward and lilly said...

The first image is amazing. I love trains so really enjoyed this post, thank you :)

PeregrineBlue said...

that second photo just draws you in. i could spend some time there. but then again i am always on the move.

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Great train pics! I have always wanted to do the Orient Express or a train trip across Canada. Hmm...I'm thinking my next vacation just might be that!

studioJudith said...

I've always felt a private train / coach would be the ultimate luxury. There must be people in the far reaches of Australia who have private trains ... .
I know of a few (very few) who have them in Texas.
Mostly they've shifted to private aviation to get to the grocery store ... .
JJjj
p.s.
So happy to hear my little card found its way to you.

ArtSnark said...

Love trains! great choices here.

Have you seen The Darjeeling Ltd?

Splendid Little Stars said...

enjoying all the images!

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