What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Read by Douglass Descendants.

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Read by Douglass Descendants

To say that this year has been a year of drama, fear, learning, change and enlightenment is an understatement. And we continue with opening your eyes by sharing this short film with you today on the ironically named Independence Day. Read more

Someone Had A Lot of Fun Naming These Fireworks

Fireworks with Bizarre Names

I always thought that naming lipstick colors would be a fun gig, but I’d never have thought the same about Fireworks until I saw these. Of course there are many types of fireworks that have patriotic names and references to bombs, explosives and blasts. And as you might suspect, there are a few with names that might offend. But then there are these… random, bizarre and in some cases, just damn funny. Read more

Distorted American Flag Sculptures for a Distorted America

Each year around the fourth of July, we try to introduce you to some sort of creative form of patriotism and this year is no different. Meet artist Paul Rousso, an American artist based in North Carolina who combines realism with abstraction in his oversized sculpted representations of everything from candy wrappers to cigarette packs. But since today is July 4th we are sharing with you his series of distorted American Flags, hand sculpted of styrene or acrylic. Read more

Vintage Fireworks Posters, Packaging and Labels for The Fourth of July.


above: a vintage Litho from the Colorcraft Poster Co. in Oklahoma City

I scoured the web, online fireworks museums, vintage poster shops and more to find 30 of the most beautifully designed graphic and illustrated fireworks labels, posters and packaging from the 20th century to share with you. Read more