Jun 5: A cool miniature camera, photos of the Polaroid factory, a 717 gigapixel image and more

  1. Take a look at this rare miniature camera from the 1930s, the aluminum-bodied Compass 35 manufactured by the Swiss watch-making company Le Coultre et Cie. Perhaps the coolest features are the detachable heads that allow for shooting in either panorama or stereo. One happens to be up for auction right now.
  2. No extra pocket change for a Swiss miniature camera? Go completely lo-fi with this DIY fully functional concrete camera
  3. On June 1, 1999, Blink-182 released Enema of the State. Feel old yet? They say no one likes you when you're 23, but this 23-year-old album holds up just fine. (P.S. The original photographer of the album cover shared outtakes from the iconic shoot a few years ago.)

  4. Check out this 717 gigapixel (giga = billion) image of Rembrandt's famous painting The Night Watch. Enhance, enhance! The Night Watch actually used to be larger, but the 12 by 14 foot painting was cut up to fit through a door in the 1700s. Recently, AI was used to reconstruct the missing canvas using "neural networks that learned Rembrandt's technics and mannerisms to mimic his style."
  5. Speaking of really cool Dutch people, did you know that all Polaroid film is still made in the original film factory in Enschede, Netherlands? This Flickr pool is a wealth of amazing images, mostly from the 2000s.