Thursday, September 22, 2016

For Supreme Satisfaction in Touring . . .

I love the look and color of these automobiles. . .



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Royal Treatment

This is a lovely illustration by August Reseller from 1911 of a lion getting the royal treatment. 28 years later, Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion had a similar appearance and treatment.



Visit Cuba

If you want to visit Cuba, you better do it soon before President Trump cuts you off and sends you to the principal's office. Actually, he'd make a good high school principal, I think — idolized by the teachers, hated by the students.


An Ironic Fist

Any of you oldsters remember this guy? Buffalo Bob Smith and his little protege Howdy Doody ruled the peanut gallery with an ironic fist, way back when.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

20 Thousand Million Years

This blog is not extinct, it's just taking an extended break. After all, we have 20 thousand million years ahead of us, so hang in there . . .


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Barr Work

Early George Barr work from an early fanzine . . .


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Empty Calories for the Brain

Much of early 20th century advertising art can be considered kitsch — gaudy, tacky, however one defines the term. And yet, as 'art for the masses', it has appeal, at least as eye candy — empty calories for the brain. My aesthetic appetite always has a taste for the exotic flavors, whatever the caloric level.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Certificate of Ownership



It used to be that collectors of books would paste an 'ex libris' label in each of their lovely acquisitions. Basically it was a little certificate of ownership that indicated, "this is my treasure, hands-off unless I deem you worthy of loaning this book, and even then you better damn well return it", or sentiments of that nature.

It used to be that persons with money would have their book plates designed by an artist of renown, making them quite collectible in and of themselves.

Then, back in the '60s, there were adolescents like me who bought, for a couple of bucks, a little box of mass-produced bookplates for my mass-produced books. Tolkien's Middle Earth had a huge upswelling back then and I had assumed this was an image of Bilbo Baggins, even though this guy doesn't have big furry feet.

I think I saw this same bookplate design at B Daltons a couple of years ago. Every once in a while as I look through books that have been with me for years, I see one of these with my name signed on it and think again, "this is my treasure . . . "

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Now THAT's a Cowboy Hero . . .

He knows what needs to be done . . .