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The Soothing, Spellbinding Beauty of Vintage Fruit Watercolors

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I don’t know if you’re aware of “old fruit pictures,” the Twitter bot that tweets under the handle of @pomological, but I’ve just recently fallen under its spell. This account injects a dose of pleasure into my Twitter feed, which can often feel like an endless sea of agony.

The bot, begun by Parker Higgins, combs the USDA’s Pomological Watercolor Collection, which is filled with over 8,000 watercolors, lithographs, and line drawings made between 1886 and 1942. There are marvelously detailed renderings of any fruit you can imagine, from diseased lemons to Kelbolan plums to Kalamazoo peaches, in various states of ripeness and decay. The collection boasts nearly 4,000 images of apples alone.

The bot has been tweeting since May 2015, so I’m a bit perplexed as to how it hasn’t even passed the 10,000-follower benchmark yet. The world should know about it. I hate to publicly declare my crushes, but, @pomological, I’m obsessed with you.

Go ahead and give @pomological a follow—or just scroll endlessly.

Tags: Fruit, Culture