Monday, June 3, 2013

Nostalgia: Classic toy on computer screen; color film of NYC in 1939

Above is my attempt to create art with an online program called Itch A Skitch, in which you use your keyboard arrows to simulate an Etch A Sketch. If you like your creation, you can save it and share it with others. If you click on a particular "skitch" (such as this flower) in the showcase, you can go to its page and follow the process of creation from start to finish. If you can ignore the preponderance of guns and attempts to render male anatomy, there's some pretty cool stuff. The Google doodle below is impressive, as is the alligator.
Feeling nostalgic? Wade through 100 Classic Toys—Mr Potato Head, G.I. Joe, and Yo-Yos await you! If you're into collecting things, have a look at Collectible Miniature Cars, Collectible Model Trains, and Collectible Toy Soldiers.
And do let us know which of the latest "Skitches" are yours, so we can go to the Latest Skitches page and peruse them.
Finally, enjoy this quick tour of New York City in the summer of 1939. I love the women sharing a cigarette and the kids in the fountain!

Further reading: Public Sculpture and the Civic Ideal in New York City, 1890–1930. Love the Big Apple? See our attractive NYC Passport Journal, where you can jot down all the places you want to visit and your impressions of them once you've been.


  1. Well, this post loaded just fine on the IE8--so what was it about the May 31st post that caused a problem? (I sent you a screenshot, JP, via artsjunkie).
    Re: this post--I had an Etch-A-Sketch as a child, upon which I drew rectangular zebra. I don't feel the need to repeat that on my computer. Cubism is best left to the professionals.

    1. maybe it had too many images?

    2. Oh, you added something!
      I cleared my cache (whatever that means) and the May 31st post still looks the same.
      The NYC Passport is a cute there space for kvetches? (being a native, it's a part of life!)

  2. Lovely film clip. Interesting to see that W. C. Fields was playing at the movies in Harlem.

  3. I was hoping using the Etch-a-Sketch online would make it easier, but nope, I am just as bad as I was on the original. And by bad, I mean great at skylines, horrible at anything that didn't contain 90 degree angles.

    I would like to see the Rectangular Zebra, Gioconda!

  4. Today we have many options of hardware, operational systems and software, general prices had gone down, and some cell phones are Hardwareexpensive than a computer. And what about quality? Well, seem that the border is not so clear, and there are some pretty expensive machines out there, that don't last as long as we expect.