Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Holidays, Veterans Day

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THE HISTORY OF VETERAN'S DAY - World War I, then normally referred to simply as The Great War (no one could imagine any war being greater!), ended with the implementation of an armistice [temporary cessation of hostilities—in this case until the final peace treaty, the infamous Treaty of Versailles, was signed in 1919] between the Allies and Germany at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November, 1918.
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Ships and Boats

Shipa and boats (13 Images)
Ships and Boats, RMS Olympic
Ships and Boats, Titanic sea trials
Ships and Boats, Santa Maria
Ships and Boats, USS Missouri
Ships and Boats, Bonhomme Richard
Ships and Boats, USS Salt Lake City
Ships and Boats, The Monitor and Merrimac
Ships and Boats, USS Mobile Bay
Ships and Boats USS Constitution (Old Ironsides)
Ships and Boats, USS Cole
Ships and Boats Viking Ship
Ships and Boats USS Ronald Reagan
Ships and Boats Clipper Ship Three Brothers

Ships and Boats 2 (11 Images)
Ships and Boats, USS Enterprise and Eisenhower
Ships and Boats, dhow
Ships and Boats, Outrigger Canoes
Ships and Boats, USS Preble
Ships and Boats, Tug Boats
Ships and Boats and Chinese Junks
Ships and Boats, New York clipper ship "Challenge"...
Ships and Boats, Patrol Craft Fast "Swift Boat"
Ships and Boats, The "Clermont"
Ships and Boats, S.S. Lusitania
Ships and Boats, USS Rueben James

Ships and Boats 3 (11 Images)
Ships and Boats Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy
Ships and Boats, USNS Hospital Ship Mercy
Ships and Boats, USS Arizona
Ships and Boats Racing Yachts
Ships and Boats USS Sequoia
Ships and Boats HMS Beagle
Ships and Boats, lake freighter Edmund Fitzgerald
Ships and Boats USS Maine
Ships and Boats, USS Ohio
Ships and Boats, Kayaks
Ships and Boats, Kwakiutl canoe

Happy Hallowe'en!

Forget those tiny bite-size excuses for a chocolate bar kids get on Hallowe'en these days......apparently, back in the 50's, moms were handing out full size Baby Ruths and Butter Fingers! Dang! I knew I was born in the wrong era. Not to mention the wrong country... we never had Baby Ruths or Butter Fingers up here in Canada - we just saw the commercials beamed up from nearby Buffalo, New York during our Saturday morning cartoons. Zagnuts, Almond Joys, Hundred Grand bars; how we Canadian kids coveted them, all so near yet so impossibly far away...

The other cool thing about Hallowe'en in the 50's: no expensive and uncreative licensed character costumes. All you needed was to cut a hole in one of mom's best bedsheets and to jam a hollowed-out pumpkin on your head and you were good to go. Sure, the smell in there must have been pretty funky but that's a small price to pay for full size chocolate bars (and a helluva lot better than wearing your old red sleeper with the ridiculous rabbit ears).

You'll find all of this year's (and all of last year's) Hallowe'en illustrations at full size in my Retro Hallowe'en Flickr set.

I Was A Teenage Dinosaur!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Ships and Boats, RMS Olympic

OLYMPIC - maiden voyage, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-76281TITLE: OLYMPIC - maiden voyage, CALL NUMBER: LOT 11261 [item] [P&P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-76281 (b&w film copy neg.)No known restrictions on publication.
Digital ID: cph 3b23472 Source: b&w film copy neg. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-76281 (b&w film copy neg.) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Retrieve uncompressed archival TIFF version (1,695 kilobytes)

Olympic, first of a trio of liners which included Titanic and Britannic, was built at Harland & Wolff shipyards in Belfast, Ireland. - R.M.S. Olympic, The Old Reliable, by Brian Hawley

SUMMARY: Side view, with bow to right, launched at Belfast, northern Ireland. MEDIUM: 1 photographic print. CREATED, PUBLISHED: [between 1909 and 1911]

NOTES: Title and other information transcribed from caption card and item. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Caption card tracings: Ships--Olympic--1909-1911; Shelf.

REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. DIGITAL ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3b23472 hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ , CARD #: 2002698481

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-76281]

MARC Record Line 54: No known restrictions on publication.

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The Art of the Craft

Melinda Padgett bookbinding
Melinda Padgett, Fine Bookbinding
Santa Cruz, California
~~Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop, 2005~~

"Tight back French style binding; sewn on vellum strips; split boards, wide raised bands; bound in ivory calf with Morocco onlays and blind tooling; double headbands in silk; leather joint; endpapers are reproduced 1891 maps of New Mexico; cross ornament on spine made from handmade tool carved from brass. The cover design suggests the imposition of Christianity over the Southwestern Pueblo Indian culture. The spine is intended to resemble a bible’s binding; the Southwestern motifs are adapted from traditional Acoma pottery designs. 21 x 16.5 x 4 centimeters. Created 2005."

Susan Collard bookbinding
Susan Collard
Portland, Oregon
~~The Winter Palace~~

"For me, Winter Palace suggested something both intricate and provisional. I sawed the front and back covers from a salvaged piece of old tongue-and-groove fir, and inset piano hinges to form the basic structure. Meant to function as a sort of stage set or curiosity cabinet, it contains two removable books with 2" square pages. These are perfect bound with Japanese repair tissue and Tyvek, after a board book structure developed by Hedi Kyle. Materials include reclaimed fir, walnut, birch aircraft plywood, basswood, various metals, glass, mirrors, Tyvek, found objects and paper. 11 x 9 x 6.5 centimeters. Created 2006."

Emily Martin bookbinding
Emily Martin, Naughty Dog Press
Iowa City, Iowa
~~Sleepers, Dreamers & Screamers~~

"Sleepers, Dreamers & Screamers is an accordion pop-up book, printed letterpress with hard covers. The pop-ups are constructed of a variety of papers including a cotton and gampi paper made for the project by Bridget O’Malley of Cave Paper. The complete text is “We’ve all had nightmares. Vivid as they may be there is always that sweet release upon waking. But what happens when events in our waking lives surpass even our most horrific dreams. Where is our release now?” This book was begun in 2001 and derailed by the events of September 11, 2001. The text was rewritten in the aftermath and finally completed. 24.5 x 18.5 x 2 centimeters. Created 2006."

Tennille Shuster bookbinding
Tennille Shuster
Oakland Park, Florida
~~Lyrics by Modest Mouse, Crown of Thorns~~

"Crown of Thorns is meant to communicate the concept of sacrifice, using an easily recognizable symbol. This book was letterpress printed in an edition of three. The pages are overprinted off-register purposefully, to look as though the word “take” is being sacrificed — it’s taken away a little each page, until all you’re left with is one simple statement in red — take what you want from me, you deserve it all. The pages were then roughly trimmed and bound in piano hinge format, using acrylic stained dowel rods. A crown of thorns was attached with hemp cord and the structure is then displayed on an antique wig stand. 30 x 30 x 30 centimeters. Created 2005."

Sylvia Rennie bookbinding
Sylvia Rennie
Questa, New Mexico
~~Léo Bronstein, Five Variations on the Theme of Japanese Painting, 1969~~

"Binding edged in black leather; sewn on recessed cords; brown and rust Japanese paper endleaves; brown, rust, purple, and gold handsewn silk endbands; top edge gilt, colored and gauffered; décor of multicolored leather onlays and gold and white tooling. 27 x 18 x 3.5 centimeters." Undated.

Hedi Kyle bookbinding
Hedi Kyle
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
~~Hedi Kyle, April Diary, 1979~~

"This is the original work of the form that has become known as the “Flag Book.” It is the single most influential structure in the world of contemporary bookmaking. This method of construction, employing tipped on page fragments on alternating sides of a concertina structure, has been adopted by artists worldwide for the creation of unique and multiple bookworks. 26 x 14 x 1 centimeters. Created 1979."

Jamie Kamph bookbinding
Jamie Kamph
Lambertville, New Jersey
~~Peter and Donna Thomas, A Collection of Paper Samples from
Hand Papermills in the United States of America, 1993~~

"Bound in full gray Oasis goat skin; pastedowns of Dieu Donné “antique linen” with Nancy Pobanz’s “pampas grass” decorative flyleaves; sewn on linen tapes; gray and red silk endbands; multicolored leather onlays with gold and blind tooling made up from watermarks of participating papermakers. 30 x 23 x 3 centimeters. Created 1996."

Heinke Pensky-Adams bookbinding
Heinke Pensky-Adam
Englewood, Florida
~~Claudia Cassidy, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1979~~

"Bound in full taupe goat skin in French style; sewn on frayed out cords; black paper endleaves; graphite top edge; black, blue, and white silk endband; décor of multicolored leather onlays with blind and gold tooling. The design was derived from an original stage setting for the Tales of Hoffmann. 31 x 26 x 4 centimeters. Created 1981"

The Guild of Bookworkers 100th anniversary exhibition is currently at the Grolier Club in New York City and will be on show at a small number of venues in the United States over the next year. Stanford University host the Guild's exhibition website which features a large array of bookbinding/bookart images with background information including the exhibition schedule, 'Contemporary Exhibition of Juried Works' (the first 4 images above are from here) and 'Retrospective Exhibition: A look back into the Guild's past' (the other 4 images are from here). [via] {previously}
Addit: Hm, the compressing of uploaded photographs to fit the page dimensions really make some of them look ordinary. I swear they are all in fact beautiful pictures if you click on them.

We're almost there!

Remember when you got to wear your costume to school and parade from class to class? I always loved that!When I look at this illustration by John Falter, I'm reminded of the stripped-down environments Charles Schultz used to draw his Peanuts characters into during the early years of his strip: the shoebox houses, inconsequential trees and indoor/outdoor carpet lawns, devoid of landscaping, that represented 50's suburbia. here Falter presents us with a more fully realized version of Charlie Brown's world.

John Falter(1910-1982) has never been one of the illustrators of the 50's that I really get worked up about. But here he has captured a quality of typical childhood experience that is so astute and understated that it is spectacular in its mundanity.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Ships and Boats, Titanic sea trials

Titanic beginning a day of sea trials, April 2, 1912. (NARA, RG 306, Records of the U.S. Information Agency)
"Not even God himself could sink this ship."
--Employee of the White Star Line, at the launch of theTitanic, May 31, 1911

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When the British ship Titanic steamed out of Southampton bound for New York on April 10, 1912, it was the largest and most sumptuous luxury liner that had ever sailed. It was a monument to the promise of technology and to Victorian elegance, with magnificent oriental carpets and crystal chandeliers. It was thought to be unsinkable.

Confidence was so high that the owners and builders rejected plans calling for as many as 64 lifeboats. Although the number of lifeboats on the Titanic (20) exceeded government standards, the boats would only accommodate about half of the 2,228 people aboard. In one of history's great ironies, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, after colliding with an iceberg off the banks of Newfoundland. More than 1,500 people died in the accident.

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The Royal Games of Burma

Burmese Parabeik illustrating royal pastimesFolds 1-4 : Queen watching ploughing ceremony. King watching ? archery/polo.
[description text is cutoff in the dropdown menu]. This image is spliced from
a dozen zoom screencaps so it's a reasonable size if you click on it. I didn't
splice any of the other main pages but some of the details have been both
(or either) spliced and cleaned up in the background.

2 horses and riders

Burmese soccer playing and musicians
Folds 5-8. King and queen watching Burmese football.

football detail

Burmese drummers detail

procession with elephant and horse
Folds 9-12: Procession

procession dancers detail

horse detail

elephant detail

continuation of procession
Folds 13-16: Procession continued

Umbrella men detail

detail of canopy over elephant and rider

Game with elephants in enclosure
Folds 17-20: Game with elephants in enclosure

elephant on hind legs

group of elephants near stadium

tea sellers outside stadium

stadium crowd detail

This is a 19th century burmese parabeik - a folded concertina picture book usually made of palm leaves - with watercolour illustrations of sporting and cultural activites viewed by royalty. It is listed online as 'Parabeik illustrating royal pastimes' among the wonderful 'Seeing is Believing: Traditional and Colonial Images of Popular Culture' section of the Oxford Digital Library.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Crafty day.

Sewing kit in a jar:
Did lots of embroidery today.
I got the idea from Martha Stewart's Living,
you can go see the instructions here.
Mine were made with embroidered wool felt.
And I also made another kitty pillow.
If you scroll down a bit you can see the one I made last week.

Thank you so much for visiting :o)
Have a great weekend!

Ships and Boats, Santa Maria

Santa Maria, REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-D401-22452, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs DivisionTITLE: [Spanish caravel Santa Maria], CALL NUMBER: LC-D4-22452 [P&P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-D401-22452 (b&w film copy neg.), MEDIUM: 1 negative : glass ; 8 x 10 in. CREATED, PUBLISHED: c[1907?]
Digital ID: det 4a15958 Source: digital file from intermediary roll film Reproduction Number: LC-D401-22452 (b&w film copy neg.) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Retrieve uncompressed archival TIFF version (141 kilobytes)

CREATOR: Hart, Edward H., photographer. RELATED NAMES: Detroit Publishing Co., copyright claimant, publisher.

Summary: The bulk of the images in this collection (THIS IMAGE)date between 1890-1910 and are in the public domain.

Works published prior to 1978 were copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published works before 1923 (THIS IMAGE) are now in the public domain.

NOTES: Title devised by cataloger. Attribution to Hart based on negative D4-21178. Either World's Columbian Exposition or Columbian Naval Review. Detroit Publishing Co. no. 022452. Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.

PART OF: Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection, REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, DIGITAL ID: (digital file from intermediary roll film) det 4a15958, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/det, CARD #: det1994012335/PP

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, LC-D401-22452]

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Fauna Japonica Pisces








Matoudai - Zeus fish






Hanaokoze and more

Chimaera monstrosa




Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796-1866) moved to Holland after training as a physician and joined the dutch military as a ship's doctor which took him to Batavia in the Dutch East Indes.

He was soon after assigned the role of doctor/scientist at the dutch outpost on the island of Deshima in Nagasaki - the only western contact Japan allowed at the time. His scientific interests had been primed earlier in life from reading the works of Alexander von Humboldt and so he began establishing what would become during his 6 years stay, an enormous flora, fauna and ethnological collection.

The wonderful images above come from the 'Fauna Japonica Pisces' volume from the series published during the 1840s that catalogued von Siebold's specimens. It is online at the University of Kyoto.
Wikipedia have a good article on von Siebold.
Previously: Fauna Japonica; Siebold's Voyage; The Sometime(s) Natural History of Japan; Glover's Atlas. [All of the above images have had minimal background cleaning. Click on each image for a larger version. (I still haven't even seen von Siebold's volume on birds or the series on flora)]