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Feb 11, 2012

The 19th Century Version of Facebook

Looks like Mr. Zuckerberg has some explaining to do—he clearly stole the entire idea for Facebook from this 19th century girl's "friend urn"—or, if you will, Vasebook.

The eBay seller says the vase is likely "a graduation present for the young lady in the center." Yeah, you see her? That's her profile picture, with a non-traditional circular Facebook wall surrounding her. Circles were in mode back then, before being briefly banned during WWI for rationing purposes. But there's something very sweet and sad about this! She carried this vase around, labeled "My Friends," as reminder of 50 people who presumably meant the most to her at that point in her life. It was indelible—sealed in ceramic. And now that she's been dead for a very long time, this is all that there is to prove she ever had any friends at all. Will you be able to say the same about your Timeline, Dr. 21st century fancy pants?

42 comments:

Wander said...

thank you for coming by my place...I like the way your brain works..

Wander

Smile said...

Hehe first time I hear about this urn

Shockgrubz said...

I said this same thing for my mother's facebook from 1968~!

Bob Bushell said...

Thanks for coming round my blog, I'll come round here.

kbbuddingwriter said...

Quite interesting.

RCB said...

Great post, stranger. I really like it. 'Vasebook' haha that's so funny and, like you said, sad, too. When I tell people who pretend they're all that because they have an iPhone and 1000 friends on facebook that they're the old-fashioned folks of the future, they always pretend they didn't hear me. People are funny and I think every generation - and age for that matter - has its charms, don't you think?

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

VaseBook! You're so clever!! Thanks for stopping by my Shadow Shot Sunday post. Come back anytime, and I'll do the same here!

Zyu said...

Cool blog! Check out mine too!
http://commonvideogamers.blogspot.com/

Cassie said...

VaseBook! You're so clever!! Thanks for stopping by my Shadow Shot Sunday post. Come back anytime, and I'll do the same here!

That comment was from me, not my dogs!!

CameraCruise said...

Wow, love it!!
Thanks for sharing.

R.gers said...

If I had something like that, I probably wouldn't make it around 360 degrees. :'(

Alucard0691 said...

How cool, Zuckerberg definatly got the inspiration from that^^

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

I had never heard about this!
Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment;o)

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It's me said...

Hahahahaa !! this is nice...thanks for visiting my blog .....nice blog you have ......so technical...cool !!...happy sunday...love Ria...xxx.

R said...

So true!

Akelamalu said...

Interesting concept!

Thanks for visiting me and taking the time to comment. :)

Jenny Woolf said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and glad I found yours What an amazing item. I wouldn't like to put my friends in ceramic though, in case it broke! but then I always was clumsy....

Melly said...

That´s a interesting post.

Birdman said...

Hahahaha Pretty funny and unique for that matter.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I've never seen one of these before - interesting!

YeamieWaffles said...

That's amazing haha, it's the first time I've ever heard of it too but damn that is cool!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

This is amazing!!! Such a treasure. Who'da thunk that FB is actually from an idea long ago. LOL [your imagination is superior]

AND!!!!!!!!!! Do I ever want one of those Androids [in the post below this]

CanadianGardenJoy said...

That is amazing ! I have never seen anything like that and to fraw a comparison to an antique "Face Book" is perfect .. sweetly sad as you have said too.
Thanks for dropping by my blog !
Joy

crowbloke said...

well how about that then. kudos on the vasebook. i

DEZMOND said...

sounds lovely

polkadotpeticoat said...

This is beautiful....thanks for stopping by....

Filip Demuinck said...

What a fantasy. You could be right. It is very special and many people, friends saw ti.

Greetings,
Filip

Adam said...

that's really cool

Song- Thanh said...

Hahaha, love your blog!

Fireblossom said...

"Vasebook"! Oh, I'm dyin.

Thanks for your comment at Night Blooms. :-)

Al Penwasser said...

What a very poignant post. It makes me sad and intensely curious about this young woman.
I'm also curious....why would something like this be rationed during WW1?

Brita said...

Interesting reading. / Brita

Baur said...

This guy could have been a millionaire!

G said...

A far more civilised way to swap pictures...

Reilly said...

Vasebook lol, Nah, i think it's like Google Circle

DWei said...

That's kind of crazy. I wonder how much those things would sell for?

G-Man said...

3911 Followers?
WTF?
I'm in awe...
Thanks for visiting, comments are always welcome!

Nathan said...

lol, clearly stole it.

Tim said...

lol Vasebook, now that`s something

Zyu said...

I wonder how poking works in the 19th century..

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Great post -- thank you for the visit. :)

Leon Kennedy said...

the victorian era really had some creepy stuff