Thursday, April 13, 2006

Beauty, even in the threat of fiery death

Does that even count as haiku?

I ran across this website a few months ago thanks to Boingboing.org. It's a collection of WW II Japanese civil defense posters, leaflets and texts in the National Archives of Japan's website.

Diagram of USAAF B-29 range coverage of the Home Islands from bases in China, Alaska and the South Pacific

Strange to see images so well done, clear and, well, beautiful before remembering this was a country's response to strategic bombing.

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