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Happy Mardi Gras! We love these beautiful Krewe of Proteus float designs - from New Orleans Mardi Gras parades gone by. Shown here are designs from (top to bottom) 1895, 1902, 1904, 1927, 1936, and 1939. Each year’s floats reflected a different theme - 1895, for example, should be a favorite for any “Thor” fans out there, with its depiction of “Asgard and the Gods.”

Images from Tulane University’s "Carnival Collection," part of the Louisiana Research Collection.

Loving the cape through the seashell action in 1939. Very “birth of Aphrodite”.

The Birth and Triumph of Venus, about 1743, Francois Boucher. J. Paul Getty Museum.

(via coeurdelhistoire)

Dark love: Roman bronze Cupid, A.D. 1–50
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love

Dark love: Roman bronze Cupid, A.D. 1–50

Aphrodite and the Gods of Love

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