Portrait by Remo Frangiosa

Philly-Bob’s Free-for-All 2021

One man's visual art, largely consisting of digital manipulations of images, taken from (1) my own photographs/videos, (2) downloaded from the Public Domain, or (3) utilized under the Fair Use provision of copyright law. Also, occasional prose observations on politics and life.

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CANDY CART TRIPTYCH
 

A collage of illustrations from the 1941 "Candy Book" (Link1) by Chicago's Culinary Arts Institute. The book opens:

"Until the beginning of the nineteenth century, the art of making sweetmeats was practiced chiefly by physicians and apothecaries, who used sugar and honey to conceal the taste of their medicines."

I didn't know that! It's got 45 pages of stuff, including how to make marshmallows when you can't buy them in a plastic bag at the supermarket.

Done as a triptych because I wanted to experiment with the form after talking to some artist friends.

LINKS: Link1: https://archive.org/details/candy_202110 October 24, 2021



CARICATURE AND CARICATURE ARTIST'S TOOLS
 

At a Philly-Cam street party, where I went to see fashion instructor Laurel Hoffmann (subject of a video series by her son and Plastic Club member Andy Hoffman). I showed Laurel one of my father's World War 2 woolen uniform shirts. Although she thought the workmanship was excellent, she said the basic design for a man's shirt was unchanged and she could duplicate the shirt if she wanted to.

While there, I played percussion gourds with an impromptu drum circle by local musicians and I took advantage of the offer of a free caricature by Steve Lefkowitz. Lefkowitz's caricature of me is on left, his selection of tools is on right. Should I switch that humorous image with Remo Frangiosa's more serious image at the top of the page?

Here are some other portraits of me:
       
       

For sources, see bottom-most post in 2017 Free-for-All.

To update this list, I should add four more:

  1. Caricature
  2. Dante
  3. Closet
  4. Repair caffeine weird

SOURCES:

Caricature by Steve Lefkowitz

Photo by Bob Moore
October 23, 2021



IMPROVISATION WITH CLAY PRODUCTS
 

SOURCES:

Background is a photo of brickwork from the 1932 catalog "Recapturing the charm of old brick" by Western Brick Company (Link1). The variation in brick color is caused by primitive control over temperature and glaze.

On top of that, decorative tiles from the 1887 catalog "Grand tuileries réunies" (Link2: trans: 'Large tileries united') by Perrusson Fils & Desfontaines of Dijon, France.

Behind that, ancient pots excavated from a Nubian town, shown in a 1910 archaeological book "Karanòg V.4" (Link3)

LINKS:

Link1: archive.org/details/western-brick-1932-a(Link3)
Link2: archive.org/details/perrusson-1900-a/
Link3: archive.org/details/karanog-v.-4

 
October 22 2021


CENTURY-OLD MODERN CHINESE CARTOONS (3:49)

There's an occasional phenomenon where the right artist gets a regular gig doing covers for a regular magazine. It doesn't happen often. Norman Rockwell and the Saturday Evening Post. Currently the newsmagazine The Week has a regular artist who does covers.

In exploring the online treasures of the Internet, I ran across one blessed coincidence of a skilled artist and a magazine willing to run their art on the cover: it's a Chinese literary review, published in Shanghai between 1921 and 1923, called "Sunday." Because I don't read Chinese, I don't know the artist's name, but I respect their mastery of drawing and watercolor and their sense of humor.

SOURCES:

MUSIC: Excerpt from "Butterfly Lovers", a modern arrangement for piano and clarinet by Shuwen Zhang (Link1) of a song from a traditional Chinese opera (Link2)

IMAGES: Covers (Link3) from 星期 ("Sunday") a short-lived literary magazine published in Shanghai from 1921 to 1923. Sadly, I do not read Chinese and do not know the name of the excellent artist.

LINKS:

Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Butterfly_Lovers_(Zhang%2C_Shuwen)
Link2: www.butterflyinsight.com/butterfly-lovers-chinese-legend.html
Link3: .archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22%E6%98%9F%E6%9C%9F%22&page=1
 
October 21, 2021


1920 HALLOWEEN PARTY
 

Illustration for article in 1920 catalog (Link1) from Dennison Mfg. company showing a stylish Halloween party. The range of Halloween Bogies was much narrower back then: black cats, spiders, witches on brooms. Now you got -- what? Zombies, Cthulu, superheroes. .

LINKS:

Link1: archive.org/details/dennisonsbogiebo00denn.
October 18, 2021

1930 MACHINES, 2021 MODELS
 

Thinking about China these days. Note that China is an economic competitor, not an enemy. As far as I know, it doesn't engage in overseas assassinations or sneaky armed conquest like Russia, they're just fighting via economic means for share of the world market. That's fair, under the rules of capitalism.

Influenced by two sources, showing the development of China over the last century. First source is early Chinese economic magazines, showing the machines used to extract China's mineral wealth and build its infrastructure. The other source is the Alibaba Group marketing machine, which is more sophisticated (and intrusive) than the American Amazon marketing machine and posts incredibly sexy models showing off its clothes offering.

The machine in the foreground is an electrical transformer for light and power plants, from the 1905 issue of the "Far Eastern Economic Review" (Link1).

The background is composed of two images. Barely visible (except for the straps) is a revealing top ("sexy hollow out camisole women Punk style Ribbed knitting crop tops club party wear Colorful tank top bandage vest") which is mainly visible in the frame from Alibaba (Link2)

The second Alibaba source, less overtly sexy but very romantic and dreamy, is a wallpaper showing an Asian woman modestly dressed in white lace. sitting in a flowery river, used by an Alibaba vendor in a live feed (Link3) .

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/far-eastern-review-1905.3
Link2: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001325501707.html
Link3: https://live.aliexpress.com/live/6000032587301851?spm=a2g0t.170

October 17, 2021


QUIET STREET, BUSY MIND (0:47)

SOURCES:

MUSIC: Excerpt from 2021 composition by David Verotta (Link1) entitled "Dances to Mytilini," a quartet inspired by the folkloric traditions of the eastern Balkans and Turkey. (Link2)

IMAGES:
Disaster Dingbats: From Disaster font by Ric Stephens (Link3) based on icons designed by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Link4)
Face: Engraved portrait of Cooper Union founder Peter Cooper from 1964 yearbook of Cooper Union (Link5)
Background Video: Cell phone video (Link6) showing wind-tossed fabric hanging.in front of The Pleasure Chest on Walnut St.

LINKS:

Link1: http://davideverotta.com/
Link2: https://imslp.org/wiki/Dances_to_Mytilini,_O.38_(Verotta,_Davide)#IMSLP738741
Link3: https://www.dafont.com/disaster.font
Link4: https://brand.unocha.org/d/xEPytAUjC3sH/icons
Link5: https://archive.org/details/1964-cable/page/n3/mode/1up
Link6: Video by Bob Moore
 
October 16, 2021

TWO DIFFERENT VIEWS: COSTUMED PONTIC DANCERS
 

A photograph of young men doing a folk dance, appearing in the 1991 issue of "Ellopia" (Link1), a magazine of Greek history and culture. The text emphasizes the importance of preserving the culture embodied in "Pontic Dances" (Link2), first developed in Pontus (in Turkey) and imported to Greece but later suppressed during the bloody Ottoman genocide (Link3). One source notes:

"The Pontian style is one of the most serious of all Greek dances. This is because dancers are representing those who have gone to war and died for their families. Each time the daouli beats, it is representing one heart that has died at war. This is why Pontian dancers look very somber in their expression and have a hard and powerful style."

The Pontic dances often include songs, including this touching poem:

O work abroad, many drink your poison,
They pour it into the heart with a glass;
They live with homesickness and want to return
To their wives, to their children.
Some work five years, others seven.
They struggle to earn much money.
One breaks his foot, the other loses his hand.
Working in a foreign land is a two-edged sword.
"Mother, where is my father?" the child asks,
My wife writes in a letter, it will cost me my life.
"Will you return home when it is too late?
Will you stay there nine or ten years more to earn more?
Stranger, your feet grow weary,
You do not recognize your children, they have grown up.
Your withered wife has half a soul left,
For her there is no life, she will pass on."

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/ellopia-8/page/54/mode/1up
Link2: https://socalfolkdance.org/articles/pontian_music_and_dance_boxell.htm
Link3: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontic_Greeks

October 15, 2021

TWO DIFFERENT VIEWS: ALIBABA MODEL & ART DECO TEXTURE
 

transformation. Another AliBaba model (Link1) showing a "Sexy Club Elegant Dress Backless Mini Corset Bodycon White Summer Dress 2021 One Shoulder Asymmetrical Flounced Edge". Her image is placed on a digitally transformed Art Nouveau fabric pattern (Link2).

The second image is a by-product of my peculiar digital transformation process, representing the combined colors and shapes of neural style layers ready to be merged onto my original transformation.

LINKS:

Link1: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002517892888.html
Link2: https://archive.org/details/neuer-flachenschmuck-5/mode/1up

October 14, 2021

TWO DIFFERENT VIEWS: SHIPS & BLUE DRESS
 

Sometimes I don't know whether I'm a horny 14-year-old boy or a placid septaguenarian. Many times, I obscure the sexy image the 14-year-old boy likes (on the right) to produce a less overt, more socially acceptable image (on left).

The obscuring pattern, above the girl, is a set of drawing of ship models from a 1937 edition of the English magazine "Hobbies Weekly" (Link1).

The background girl in the blue dress is a model from the fashion industry, a frequently used image I found here at an advertising page for Chinese clothing marketer "Ali Express" (Link2). It is a $16 "summer short-sleeved ... women's ultra-short mini dress." The company is a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate AliBaba Group (Link3). The company's catalog photos are very sexy (in a Jessica Rabbit/Kim Kardashian way) and the models seem to be holding their own smart phones, as if they are taking their own pictures..

LINKS:

Link1: archive.org/details/hobbies-weekly-no-2186
Link2: www.aliexpress.com/item/10000351460619.html
Link3: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alibaba_Group

October 13, 2021

SUPERIMPOSED PHONE AISLES & SAILING SHIPS

SOURCES:

IMAGE1: Two superimposed images of telephone system wiring from a 1942 magazine published by a Canadian telephone company (Link1)

IMAGE2: Boat silhouette from dingbat font sailing-ships (Link2) by Ric Stephens, an interesting graphic designer (Link3)

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/bc-tel-telephone-talk/BC%20Tel%20Te
Link2: https://www.dafont.com/sailing-ships.font
Link3: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ricstephens/

October 12, 2021

MUSIC VIDEO (2:12)

I really like this song, but I fear that when I tweaked the sound in the audio editing program Audacity, I used Normalize and it hurt the dynamic range, making it sound like an old car radio. Next day: remixed audio without Audacity Normalize adjustment, and I think it's a little better.

SOURCES:

MUSIC: "Electro Piano in D Minor" (Link1), excerpt from instrumental piece written and performed by young Australian composer Nicholas Locke.

IMAGES:
(1) Specimen of lace, (2) Engraving of bas-relief, (3) Ceramic plate from 1861 edition of French illustrated art magazine "Art Pour Tout" (Link2)
(4) Video of sunlight on Plastic Club floor (Link3)

LINKS:

Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Electro_Piano%2C_Op.11_(Locke%2C_Nicholas)
Link2: archive.org/details/08-l-art-pour-tous-1861-1904-xvie-siecle-italie-1/page/n11/mode/2up
Link3: Video by Bob Moore, September 2021
 
October 11, 2021

STEICHEN DRAWING IN MODERNIST MAGAZINE

SOURCES:

IMAGE: Drawing (Link1) by photographer Edward Steichen (Link2) appearing in the 1915 first issue of Alfred Steiglitz's (Link3) "291 Magazine" (Link4). The drawing illustrates (lower right) a line based on Shakespeare: "What is rotten in the State of Denmark?" Digitally transformed and framed by me.

Link1: archive.org/details/291-magazine-no.-1
Link2: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Steichen
Link3: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Stieglitz
Link4: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/291_(magazine)
October 9, 2021

OLD SCIENCE, NEW SCIENCE (0:48)

SOURCES:

MUSIC: Excerpt from song "The Witch of the Woods" on album 'Nar Kveld Hever Like Ved' (Link1; trans: "When Evening Rises Just By") by Australian two-man band Kveld Falls on Canadian label Deadknife Records.

IMAGES: A selection from the 105 collages in the French book "Le Tombeau Virtuel de l'Alchimiste Quantique" (Link2; trans; 'Virtual Tomb of the Quantum Alchemist'" by Claude Packet (Link2). The author combines scientific and spiritual references from the Mesopotamians and shamans with the latest modern quantum physics.

LINKS:

Link1: archive.org/details/nar-kveld-hever-like-ved-remastered
Link2: archive.org/details/tombeau-alchimiste

 
October 7, 2021


EXHIBITS FOR CANADIAN PIGEON DISCUSSION (0:52)

Did this at the last minute, barely making my personal quota of a video per week to present at my Tuesday Digital Sharing.

SOURCES:

MUSIC: Excerpt from song "The Lucent Moon" on album 'Nar Kveld Hever Like Ved' (Link1; trans: "When Evening Rises Just By") from Australian two-man band Kveld Falls on Canadian label Deadknife Records.

IMAGES: Images of pigeon tail feathers from "Leaked Evidence" (Link2), a booklet submitted to the Toronto City Council in a controversy over a measure to ban feeding of pigeons in public places. The images are watercolors.

LINKS:

Link1: archive.org/details/nar-kveld-hever-like-ved-remastered
Link2: archive.org/details/leaked-evidence-hwmb-01-006

 
October 4, 2021

EMERGING MEGA-BEING

The world is full of wild theories, most of them implausible. One idea I like is a vision of the future that envisions a technological singularity. Along comes someone writing under the pen name 'Gregor Mobius', who opens his essay "Biosphere The Next Stage Of Life" (Link1) with disarming humility:

"This is not a coherent text, just a number of notes about the possible emergence of a single living being consisting of all life on Earth -- the Biosphere.
"Of course, this entire idea is very hypothetical, but if it has some substance it could indicate that the evolution of life on Earth is still going on. That life continues to develop from smaller and simpler toward larger and more complex entities, as it did all the time since the emergence of first living molecule. That the next stage might be an emergent living being that would encompass the entire Earth in which humans together with all other living beings will be integrated and play specific roles. In that way the anticipated [Technological Singularity] might, after all, have a living alternative."

Four of the elements of this collage are illustrations from Mobius' book: (from top right), the earth, a rectangle showing the eye parts of different animals, a rectangle showing cell division, and the largest rectangle, showing a representation of all the species on earth. The fifth element, bottom left, is a portrait of a Norman king from Volume 19 of the 1985 Spanish series "Los Grandes Imperios Y Civilizaciones" (Link2; trans: 'The Great Empires and Civilization')

Link1: archive.org/details/biosphere-the-next-stage-of-life
Link2: archive.org/details/los-grandes-imperios-y-civilizaciones-19-la-expansion-de-gran-bretana-sarpe-1985


October 3, 2021

DESIGN IN JEWELRY FROM RUSSIAN CATALOG

A collage of two illustrations of jewelry from a Russian edition of the 2012 mail order catalog from Bader's department store (Link1). Click on the image to enlarge and look at the subtle textures.

Link1: https://archive.org/details/output_20210925


October 2, 2021

GIRL USES LEAF TO SHIELD SUN

Recently released to archive.org, a set of magazines (Link1) called "North China" published by the Japanese-controlled North China Transportation Company during the Japanese occupation of China 1939-1943. The magazines are similar to the American Life magazine, full of large, high-quality photographic reproductions. The general idea seems to be to present a picture of normalcy and tradition in China despite the brutal occupation. Here, a girl with a long braid holds up a leaf or fan to block the hot sun on a Peking afternoon (Link2).

Link1: archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22The+North+China%22&page=1
Link2: archive.org/details/kitashi-2.7


October 1, 2021

KID CLIMBING ROPE NET

In a 1977 news photo from a local newspaper, a 13-year-old boy climbs rigging at a park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (Link1). The photographer was Joel Librizzi. The photo was captioned "Sky Climber.".

In the background, from a 1991 book "Gemology" (Link2), a diagram showing the interference pattern of a sample of quartz.

Link1: https://archive.org/details/ppds-1977-complete
Link2: https://archive.org/details/gemology_202109


September 30, 2021

SILENT MOVIE LOVE SCENE

From a collection of movie Press Books for 1917-1918 (Link1), an illustration for a 1918 movie called "His Own Home Town" starring Charles Ray (Link2).

Link1: https://archive.org/details/paramountpressbo05famo_4
Link2: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0712776/

September 27, 2021

SWEET GRAND OPERA SCENES

Trying to sound a more hazy, hopeful, romantic note after the suicide and fascist posts. A collage of two illustrations from the 1981 (Link1) and 1983 (Link2) season brochures of the Dublin Grand Opera Society.

Link1: archive.org/details/1981s-season-brochure-dgos
Link2: archive.org/details/1983s-season-brochure-dgos

September 27, 2021

OVERLY DRAMATIC FASCIST VIEW (0:51)

After 76.75 years on this planet, I try to be positive and surround myself with positive people. But I am troubled by the stupidity and evil of my fellow men, past and present. Lately I've been thinking about the sufferings of World War 2 because it was so well documented and my father was in Patton's army.

But my own country in the current age has a strong undercurrent of stupidity and evil -- witness the anti-science anti-vaxxers, the "Fuck your Feelings" libtard-baiters, and the Jan. 6 Trump coup-plotters. If my work is dark these days, so be it. I am seeking (somehow) beauty in the ugliness. But, sadly, my dear reader, the world sometimes turns very dark, and my art reflects that.

A friend sent me a card with the following message:

This, my dear, is the greatest challenge of being alive: To witness the injustice of this world, and not allow it to consume our light.

SOURCES:

MUSIC: Excerpt from song "Gen Antonescu" from bRAINWASHEd's undated album 'Legion'. (Link1) Ion Antonescu (Link2) was a member of the Iron Guard who was prime minister of Romania, executed for war crimes in 1946.

IMAGES: Illustrations from various issues of Romanian magazine "Glasul Stramosesc" during World War 2 (Link3; trans: 'The Ancestral Voice'), the magazine of the Romanian Iron Guard (Link4)

ATROCITY IMAGES: From collection of pogrom images on Pinterest (Link5). Caution: extremely disturbing.

LINKS:

Link1: archive.org/details/Brainwash_legion
Link2: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ion_Antonescu
Link3: archive.org/details/glasul-stramosesc-anul-vi-nr.-7-1-dec.-1940 and others
Link4: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Guard
Link5: www.pinterest.fr/alamowitch/pogrom-de-lviv-1941-ww2/ 
 
September 25, 2021

EVELYN McHALE'S SUICIDE LEAP OFF EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, 1947

In 1947, 24-year-old beauty Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from the Empire State Building, landing on a parked limousine. A student photographer, Robert Wiles, took this photo (Link1). Life magazine ran it full-page.

On the building's Observation Deck, with her neatly folded coat, McHale left the following suicide note:

"I don’t want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg of you and my family – don’t have any service for me or remembrance for me. My fiance asked me to marry him in June. I don’t think I would make a good wife for anybody. He is much better off without me. Tell my father, I have too many of my mother’s tendencies."

She's dressed in a lady-like skirt and jacket. Her feet are at the top, her head at the bottom of the crumpled limousine. It was a black-and-white photo, I added the color and texture.

Link1: weirdpicturearchive.com/pics/suicide-of-evelyn-mchale.php

EQUIPMENT UPDATE UPDATE

New laptop computer broke down. Seems to be a battery or battery charger problem. Returned it to Fred, he's looking at it. He'll replace it if he can't fix it, but I'll have to go through rigmarole with Adobe if I have to transfer the license for Creative Cloud to a different computer.

September 23, 2021


EQUIPMENT CONFIGURATION UPDATE

Grumbling profanely, I took advantage today of a deal at Adobe and updated to the Creative Cloud installation of Photoshop and other Adobe programs. It will cost me $40/month for a year (on sale from $50/month). It will enable me to use high-end Adobe Premiere on my videos.

I also took the opportunity to buy a refurbished laptop, a large screened Acer gaming setup for $625, from my local vendor, low-key and friendly Fred Huang at Tristate Computech.

To mark the expected but unscheduled $plurge, Iq cxdew8KI6/898 had a dinner of Chicken Ramen, the standard low-cost student subsistence ration.

September 22, 2021


GLIMPSE INTO DESPOTIC BELARUS (0:51)

SOURCES

MUSIC: Excerpt from song "Children of Heaven" by Belarussian "bard singer" Tatiana Belanogaya on 2006 album 'See the World' (Link1)

IMAGES: Medals and honors awarded to Belarussian dictator Alexander Lukashenko (Link2)

IMAGES (B&W): First picture (of paranoid man) is from a 1989 literary journal published by the Belarussian Central Committee. (Link3) The picture is credited to A. Nazarenes.

IMAGES (B&W): Next two pictures are from the same journal and are credited to Belarussian artist Marta Shmatava (Link3)

IMAGES (Color): Marta Shmatava's recent work displayed on the European art sale site "Artburgac" (Link4)

LINKS:

 
 Link1: kamunikat.org/?pubid=17664
Link2: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Lukashenko
Link3: archive.org/details/kamunikat-36540-1.pdf
Link4: artburgac.blogspot.com/2012/08/marta-shmatava.html
 
 
September 20, 2021

DANCE PARTNERS

SOURCES:

LINKS:
 
 Link1: archive.org/details/TheStrandMagazineVolume57


  
September 18, 2021

VICTORIAN HAT LAYOUT (0:42)

SOURCES

MUSIC: 1928 recording of dance song "Louisiana" by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra from 78 RPM record (Link1). See article on Ellington (Link2)

IMAGES: Illustrations from a six-page spread in the 1909 English magazine "The Strand" (Link3)

LINKS:

 Link1: archive.org/details/78_louisiana_duke-ellington-and-his-orchestra-razaf-schafer-johnson_gbia0064586b
Link2: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Ellington
Link3: archive.org/details/TheStrandMagazineVolume57
 
 
 
September 17, 2021

EXPERIMENTS WITH KALEIDOSCOPE (0:42)

SOURCES

MUSIC: Song "Ooh" on 2021 album 'Let the House Burn' by acid band Professor Robodisco 303 (Link1)

IMAGE1: Photo of reception during Royal Visit to Melbourne, Australia, showing an arch erected by Chinese residents, from a 1901edition of English photo magazine "The Junior Munsey" (Link2)

IMAGE2: Illustration from a scholarly article (Link3) by geologist Karl Gumbel about an 1875 meteorite shower in Iowa, showing the distribution of constituent minerals in a thin slice of one of the meteors.

IMAGE3: Ape and laughing woman, an illustration from a 2018 French book about early man, "Gaia: Prehistory Revisited" (Link4)

LINKS:

 Link1: archive.org/details/let-the-house-burn
 Link2: archive.org/details/the-junior-munsey-v-10n-06-1901-09-autolycus-0152-beb
 Link3: archive.org/details/gumbel_iowa_stone_meteorite_munich_academy_1875_english
 Link4: archive.org/details/gaia-2021
 
 
 
September 15, 2021

COLLAGE/MONTAGE FROM INDUSTRIAL AGE

Another experiment, not happy with it.

SOURCES:

The main image is a combination of two images from the company magazine "Pacific Electric" (Link1), one (left) showing an executive at the controls of a steam shovel, the other (right) showing a chemist (far, far right) looking at his chemistry apparatus.

In the background, top right and bottom right, a photo from a 1901 issue of the children's picture magazine, "The Junior Munsey" (Link2), showwing "bluejackets" from a U.S. Navy ship drilling on the New York waterfront.

LINKS:
 
 Link1: archive.org/details/pe-mag-1924-05-may-10
 
 Link2: archive.org/details/the-junior-munsey-v-10n-06-1901-09-autolycus-0152-beb


  
September 14, 2021

SIX MADAGASCAR LIZARDS, SILHOUETTES AND X-RAYS

Another experiment in the frame, using the three versions of a kaleidoscope utility offered in Gimp.

SOURCES:

Superimposed black-and-white photos and X-rays of reptiles from the island of Madagascar, from a 1977 edition of the French science journal "Faune de Madagascar" (Link1).

LINKS:
 
 Link1: archive.org/details/faunedemadagasc45blan


  
September 13, 2021


MEDICAL ADVICE FROM A NONPROFESSIONAL

Since every Internet-enabled idiot feels free to offer medical advice during this pandemic -- sure, ingest horse parasite medication; go ahead, drink bleach, etc. -- here's my contribution: Just Dont Fall. Whatever piss-poor shape you're in now, you'll be worse off if you fall and break some bones.

This is part of a series I started after Janice's mother broke her hip in a fall. I call it my "JDF" series -- "Just Don't Fall." See another JDF posted July 18 explaining my irrational belief that the Universe pays more attention to my ungrammatical petitions and protects my circle/audience from falls.)


Also, re-did my July 18 JDF after objections to the typeface from friends. See July 18 entry for sources, except following Ted Gutswa's suggestion for revising the letterforms. (Link3).


SOURCES:

Ran my Photoshop/Gimp/Style Transfer digital process on an illustration for a story in a 1934 issue of "Ladies Home Journal" (Link1). The story is titled 'The Crooked Lane' by Frances Noyes Hart and the illustrator is Roy Spreter. I seldom read the whole story because I find it difficult to read from the computer screen, but for this story I skipped to the end and was charmed/puzzled by the story's romantic conclusion:

"When he dropped his hand, the hall was empty; only the echo of her voice still haunted it—that deep young voice, clear and gallant as a child's, even the echo of which was to make every other one that he ever heard again unreal as a dream."

The font is "A Antara Distant" by Indonesian designer 'wep' (Wahyu Eka Prasetya) (Link2). Prasetya offers his font "100% Free" but notes in his comments that contributions are accepted. I sent him $5.

LINKS:
 
 Link1: archive.org/details/ladies-home-journal-v-051-n-07-1934-07
 
Link2: www.dafont.com/a-antara-distance.font

Link3: docs.microsoft.com/en-us/typography/font-list/sitka


  
September 12-15, 2021

INTERDIMENSIONAL FALLOPIAN ON RELAY BOARD

Experimenting with the three Kaleidoscope utilities I have found in Gimp: (1) Filters/Distorts/Kaleidoscope, (2) Filters/G-Mics QT/Testing/Joan Rake/Deformations/Kaleidoscope Layer Cake, and (3) Filters/G-Mics QT/Testing/Reptorian/Kaleidoscope Polar.

In the foreground, several kaleidoscope-based variations of an illustration in the 1995 "The Body Emblazoned: Dissection And The Human Body In Renaissance Culture" (Link1), showing reproductive anatomy of a dramatically posed female figure from the 1522 Italian book 'Isagoge Breves' by Giacomo Berengario.

In the background, a photograph of an electrical substation switchboard from a 1922 issue of "Pacific Electric Magazine" (Link2).

LINKS:
 
 Link1: archive.org/details/0176-the-body-emblazoned-dissection-and-the-human-body-in-renaissance-culture
 
Link2: archive.org/details/pe-mag-1922-12-dec-10


  
September 11, 2021

DEATH LEANS ON SCYTHE

The traditional hooded death figure with scythe stands on the left; pictured dimly next to him is a man sitting next to a clock. A black-and-white illustration from a 1920 issue of "All Story Weekly" (Link1). The story was called 'The Death Sentence.'

My treatment was an attempt to master a tiling technique, but it didn't work and I made the best of it. The tiling appears vaguely in the frame.

LINKS:
 
Link1: archive.org/details/all-story-weekly-v-109-n-03-1920-04-24
  
September 10, 2021

1890'S ART AND MUSIC (0:58)

SOURCES:

MUSIC: Scott Joplin's 1899 "Maple Leaf Rag" in 1941 recording by Lu Watters and the Yerba Buena Jazz Band recording (Link1)

IMAGES: Plates appearing in 1922 German "Kunstgewerbliche Schmuckformen für die Fläche, Band 10" (Link2; trans 'Decorative forms of jewelry for the surface, volume 10') LINKS:

Link1: archive.org/details/78_maple-leaf-rag_lu-watters-yerba-buena-jazz-band-lu-watters-bob-scobey-turk-murphy_gbia0044083a

Link2: archive.org/details/kunstgewerbliche-bd-10SOURCES:
 
September 9, 2021

RUSSIAN THEATRE: MIME 'PIANIST' PLAYS "LIVE PIANO"

SOURCES: Central image is from the 1985 Russian "We Can't Forget These Roads: Articles, Memories, Diaries" (Link1), recollections of Russian theatre people who performed during World War II. Image is a photo of a musical gimmick, a number called "Live Piano": five girls dressed in white have black keys on their white gloves, and a pianist pretends to play them.

Background is composed of full-color Art Deco images from the 1922 "Kunstgewerbliche Schmuckformen für die Fläche, Band 10" (Link2 trans 'Decorative forms of jewelry for the surface, volume 10').

LINKS:
 
Link1: archive.org/details/1985_20210906
 
Link2: archive.org/details/kunstgewerbliche-bd-10
  
September 8, 2021

TWO FORTIES KIDS EATING LUNCH

A long, frustrating, nervous day's work ends up in a simple image and (for me) an innovative use of style transfer technology. Much wasted effort -- but ran across some gorgeous Art Deco fabric patterns in full color, for later use. ss

SOURCES:

In the foreground, part of the cover image from another cookbook, the 1940 "Sealtest Food Adviser" (Link1), showing a brother and sister sharing an outdoor lunch on a porch.

In the background, a black-and-white fabric pattern from the 1930 "Neuer Flachenschmück VII" (Link2: trans 'New Flat Jewelry VII'). Using style transfer, the color scheme and style of the Sealtest image was applied to the fabric pattern.

LINKS:
 
Link1: archive.org/details/sealtest-1
 
Link2: archive.org/details/flachenschmuck7
  
September 6, 2021

THE INTERNET IS A CAKE BAKED BY WW2 WIVES

The mental connection here is this: I'm so fortunate to have the modern Internet and an adequate Social Security income to allow me to spend these closing years exploring a creative outlet. In truth, I think my good fortune is is the privilege of being a white, male child of that World War II generation. Dad came back a war hero and Mom, after years of separation, was smart and independent -- and they loved each other. I got a good education in a stable community.

SOURCES:

In the foreground, part of the cover image from a wartime cookbook, the 1942 "Sealtest Food Adviser" (Link1), showing a smiling wartime wife preparing a cake for her husband, home on leave.

In the background, an illustration by Errol Le Cain for a 1975 retelling of the Grimm's fairy tale, "Thorn Rose" (Link2). From one online summary:"[T]here came a king’s son into that land: and an old man told him the story of the thicket of thorns; and how a beautiful palace stood behind it, and how a wonderful princess, called Briar Rose, lay in it asleep, with all her court." In the illustration, the prince enters on the right into the thicket of thorns.

LINKS:
 
Link1: https://archive.org/details/sealtest_202109
 
Link2: https://archive.org/details/thorn-rose-grimm 
  
September 5, 2021

MOVIE RETELLING: DEADLY KISS

IMAGE1: Two-page spread of pictures from a 1928 issue of the French magazine 'Le Film Complet', a periodical that told the story of an already-produced film in words and pictures. The film described is the 1926 German film "Le Baiser Mortel" (Link1: trans 'The Deadly Kiss').

IMAGE2: (Background) A drawing of a jazz band from an ad for a music store in a 1921 edition of the "North China Herald" (Link2).

SOURCES:

LINKS:
 
Link1: archive.org/details/FilmComplet-BaiserMortel
 
Link2: archive.org/details/north-china-herald-1921.01.01/mode/1up 
  
September 4, 2021

PROVIDE YOURSELF ENUF LIGHT

SOURCES:

LINKS:
 
 https://archive.org/details/wardwayhomes.1930/page/n92/mode/1up
  
September 3, 2021

SCARS OF BOGEYMAN ON CHILDREN'S SOULS (1:11)

Childen's images are always interesting, and the book cited promises to distinguish schizophrenic kids' drawings from normal kids' drawings, but since I don't read Russian I can't really classify them. The scholar finds the root of many kids' drawings in the folk tale of a monster, Baba Yaga, who kidnaps disobedient children. Which led me to Mussorgsky's masterful musical reflection on Baba Yaga.

SOURCES:

MUSIC: Excerpt from 2018 performance by Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, playing the ninth movement in Mussorgsky's 1874 "Pictures at an Exhibition," about Slavic bogeyman Baba Yaga, said to live in a house that walked on chicken legs. (Link1)

IMAGES: Illustrations from 1971 Russian book "Drawings of Preschool Children with Schizophrenia" (Link2)

LINKS:

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA-MEgv1evg&ab_channel=KhatiaBuniatishVEVO

Link2:
archive.org/details/risunki_detey_doshkolnogo_vozrasta_bolnykh_shizofreniyey
 
September 3, 2021

SIX STAGS: PINK, BLUE, WHITE

SOURCES:

LINKS:
 
  
August 31, 2021

RUNES & ANCIENT GEOGRAPHY

SOURCES:

In the center of this image is a round map of the world from the Seventh Century. It's from the 1986 "Theodorich Guide to the Holy Land" (Link1). It's called a T and O map" and shows a circle (with East at the top) divided into three parts. (The image shown has been updated with English translations from a modern scholar.) In the top half is Asia, with Jerusalem prominent, bounded by the Don River which run across Russia and was an important trading route in Byzantine times. The bottom half of the globe is divided by the vertical Mediterranean into Europe on the left and Africa on the right.

Surrounding the ancient world map are two sets of Runes, the alphabet used in Scandinavia and Europe until the Latin alphabet was introduced around 700 A.D. The images are from the 1994 book "Il Segreto Delle Rune"(Link2; trans.'The Secret of the Runes').

LINKS:
 
 Link1: archive.org/details/theoderich-guide-to-the-holy-land
 
 Link2: archive.org/details/il-segreto-delle-rune
 
August 30, 2021

ICONS OF A PROPHET (1:01)

I like the traditional icons of the EasternChristians. See also July 25 images.
Note that here I slowed MacDowell's recording to 76% to make the duration match the video -- but distorting the pitch.

SOURCES:

MUSIC: Excerpt from "Rhapsodie" of Edward MacDowell's XXXX 'First Modern Suite, Op. 10' (Link1)

IMAGES: Icons from undated Romanian religious pamphlet "Sfântul prooroc Samuel" (Link2: trans 'Holy Prophet Samuel').

Samuel is a historical religious leader who lived from 1070 BCE to 1012 BCE (Link3).

LINKS:
 
Link1: imslp.org/wiki/First_Modern_Suite%2C_Op.10_(MacDowell%2C_Edward)
Link2: archive.org/details/sf.-samuel-nou-edit
Link3: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel
August 30, 2021

PORTUGESE DANCERS

From a 1941 edition of the Portugese news magazine "Vida Mundial Ilustrada" (Link1), a picture of two dancers and their shadows.

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/vida-mundial-ilustrada-n-032-1941.1 (Link broken)
August 29, 2021

CURIOUS CARTOON IN CHINESE FILM MAGAZINE (1:11)

SOURCES:

MUSIC: "Of a Tailor and a Bear" composed by Edward MacDowell performed in 1919 on album 'Rhythms for Children' by the Victor Orchestra. (Link1) MacDowell is an interesting figure (Link2). A leading American composer, a teacher at Columbia, he got involved in faculty politics, resigned in protest, and later succumbed to dementia.

IMAGES: From an unusual feature in the Chinese movie fan magazine "Movie Life," February 1940 (Link3) and March 1940 (Link4). May have been a propaganda piece during the Japan-China war 1937-1945 (Link5)

LINKS:
 
Link1: archive.org/details/78_rhythms-for-children-2-the-wild-horseman_victor-orchestra-edw-macdowell_gbia0327468/01+-+Rhythms+for+Children+(1.+Of+a+Tailor+an+-+Victor+Orchestra.flac 
Link2:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_MacDowell
Link3: archive.org/details/movielife-1940-02
Link4:  archive.org/details/movielife-1940-03
Link5: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Sino-Japanese_War
 

August 27, 2021

SEARS SUGGESTS XMAS GIFTS, 1940

A 'Gifts for Him' display from the 1940 "Sears Christmas Wishbook Catalog" (Link1).

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/1940-sears-christmas-wishbook-catalog
August 25, 2021

ZOOM ROOM BACKGROUND

Sometimes I like to change my background on Zoom calls. Here is a background I may use, my digital treatment from a black-and-white photograph of a room in Pogrzybow, Poland, from the 1929 Polish book "Memento Kresowe" by Antoni Urbanski (Link1).

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/urbanski-memento-kresowe-1929


August 24, 2021

CHURCH STATUARY AND SAINTS

Combining two illustrations from the 1936 Polish history book "Polska Jagiellonów: dzieje polityczne" (Link1: trans 'Poland of the Jagiellonians: political history'). The Jagiellonian Dynasty reigned in several Eastern European countries from the 14th to the 16th centuries, during what some consider the "Polish Golden Age".

Image captions (via Google Translate) are (1) "Top of the altar by Wit Stoss in the church of N. P. Marja in Krakow" and (2) "Polychrome in the vault of the Jagiellonian chapel st. Cross in the Wawel Cathedral". I especially liked the haloed saints crowded in the Top of the Altar Piece and the way I was able to add color to the black and white photo of the Wawel Cathedral Vault.

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/kolankowski-polska-jagiellonow-1936


August 23, 2021

ARMY OF BEAUTIES/CARTOON HERO (0:58)

MUSIC: An unusual 2018 performance of Erik Satie's composition "Gymnopedia #1" by the Argentinian Ezequiel Diz Tango Quintet, featuring Keyboard, Hand Saw, Bandoneon, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Bass (Link1)

IMAGE1: North Korean cheerleading squad, known as "The Army of Beauties" from a 2014 photo in the 'Voice of America' website (Link2). North Korean leader Kim Il Sung married one of the cheerleaders in 2005.

IMAGE2: Cover of 1937 Argentinian comic book "Patoruzú" (Link3) featuring a Patagonian chief by that name who is the last of his dynasty and has superhuman strength. (Link2)

SOURCES:
Link1: imslp.org/wiki/3_Gymnop%C3%A9dies_(Satie,_Erik)#IMSLP724979
Link2: www.voanews.com/east-asia/north-korea-sending-cheerleaders-asian-games
Link3: archive.org/details/patoruzu-n-4-febrero-1937


August 22, 2021

IROQUOIS/MOHAWK AMERICAN SAINT (0:53)

A popular figure in the Catholic lore of saints in the midwest and upstate of the U.S. is Katerin Tekawitha.

This piece took three days -- way too long. Several times I got completely lost. I had to scale my ambitions back.

MUSIC: Excerpt from video of a 2009 Round Dance by the Logan Alexis Singers and Friends (Link1)

OPENING VIDEO: Excerpt from video (Link2) introducing the "National Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha" in Fonda, NY.

B&W IMAGES: Illustrations from 1934 German book "Kateri Tekakwitha, die Lilie der Mohawks 1656-1680" (Link3; trans: 'Kateri Tekakitha, The Lily of the Mohawks')

COLOR IMAGE: Photo portraying Kateri Tekakwitha by the Saints Project (Link4)

SOURCES:

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo_4x0vhzhE&ab_channel=SgweProductions
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OMUCvhNYEI&ab_channel=SyracuseDiocese
Link3: archive.org/details/Tekakwitha
Link4: www.thesaintsproject.org/saints/st-kateri-tekakwitha-2/

August 21, 2021

VICTIM'S WATCH & MESO-AMERICAN SKULL

Although I personally am living in relative security, I find the world a scary place. Here, for instance, are two reminders of man's inhumanity to man.

Foreground are four views of a wrist watch dented by a bullet, recovered from a mass grave of Polish resistance fighters killed by Nazis in January 1945. The picture is from an Archeology article in "ScienceMag.org" (Link1). The hands of the watch are stopped at 5 PM, the time of the massacre.

To the right of that is an illustration from the 2007 anthropology book "The Taking & Displaying Of Human Body Parts As Trophies" (Link2), a decoration on a bowl showing a man in a horned serpent costume displaying the severed head of an enemy and a curved knife, from around A.D.1000.

In the background, from the same source, a modern digital reconstruction of horizontal supports for the Great Skull Rack in a sporting arena of México.

SOURCES:

Link1: www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/08/archaeologists-unearth-nazi-era-massacre-poland-s-death-valley
Link2: archive.org/details/the-taking-displaying-of-human-body-parts-as-trophies


August 18, 2021

BISMILLAH HIR RAHMAN NIR RAHIM

Fine Arabic calligraphy of a significant verse from the Koran, uttered several times a day by observant Muslims. Translation: "In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious and The Most Merciful". You can hear it pronounced here.

Image is from the undated "Symbols Of Islam" by Tanja Al Hariri Wendell (Link1). See the explanation by an Islamic online reference (Link2).

I present it here thinking of the Islamic Taliban's conquest of Afghanistan this week, hoping that the victors will remember the capacity of Allah to be merciful.

Note: the spelling of the title of the book seems to be a typographical error, "Islamn" instead of "Islam." I retained the typo in the link, but not in the text.

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/symbols-of-islamn-by-tanja-al-hariri-wendell
Link2: myislam.org/bismillah-hir-rahman-nir-rahim/


August 17, 2021

WORKING ON CALUTRONS FOR HIROSHIMA

In 1944, women working 24/7 on calutrons (mass spectrometers used to separate isotopes of uranium) at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The uranium they produced was used to bomb Hiroshima.
SOURCES:

Link1: 
archive.org/details/the-girls-of-atomic-city-the-u-denise-kiernan

Link2: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Calutron_operators.jpg

August 15, 2021

COMMUTER TRANSIT ENCOUNTER (1:39)

MUSIC: Excerpt from the 2021 song "El Camino de la Ballena" (Link1; trans 'The Way of the Whale') on the album 'Archipiélago Coloane' by the Chilean group 'Lluvia Acida' (trans 'Acid Rain'). The song is dedicated to the writings of Chilean novelist Francisco Coloane (Link2)

IMAGES: Cartoon strip "Express" (Link3) by Claude Renard and Francois Schuiten from the collection of European cartoons 'Illustration+ Comix Internacional' by publisher Toutain S.A. (Link4). Animation added by Bob Moore.

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/pnvny01/pnvny01_07_El-camino-de-la-ballena.mp3
Link2:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Coloane
Link3: archive.org/details/raccolta-su..-comix-international-liberi-varios-b-n-e-colori-toutain-ed.-1980-cr
Link4: es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toutain_Editor

August 14, 2021

BUST OF EGYPTIAN QUEEN

Illustration from 1911 German book "Der Porträtkopf Der Königin Teje Im Besitz Von Dr. James Simon In Berlin" (Link1; trans: 'The Portrait Head Of Queen Teje Owned By Dr. James Simon In Berlin 18'). The bust shows Queen Tiye, (c. 1398 BC – 1338 BC) who was the Royal Wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III. She was the mother of Akhenaten and grandmother of Tutankhamun. Her African facial features are often pointed out in books like "The Black Image in Antiquity" (Link2).
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/der-portratkopf-der-konigin-teje-im-besitz-von-dr.-james-simon-in-berlin-18_202108
Link2: drrunoko.com/product/book-the-black-image-in-antiquity/

August 14, 2021

CADET DISSECTING STARFISH

There was a skilled photographer working on the 1971 edition of "Recall", the annual yearbook of of the Augusta Military Academy in Fort Defiance, Virginia. Here, a cadet dissects starfish in Biology lab
The Academy was shut down in 1984.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/augusta-military-academy-recall-1971/
August 13, 2021

CIVIL RIGHTS PAMPHLET, ANTHEM (1:04)


MUSIC: Excerpt from 1942 performance of gospel hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (Link1) performed by The Southern Sons, digitized from a 78 RPM record (Link2). Originally written by James Weldon Johnson for for the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday in 1900.

IMAGES: Illustrations from the 1946 pamphlet "Smash the Chains" (Link3) by Louis E. Burnham (Link4) of the Southern Negro Youth Congress (Link5). Illustrations by Irwin Greenberg.

SOURCES:
Link1: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lift_Every_Voice_and_Sing">
Link2: archive.org/details/78_lift-every-voice-and-sing_james-weldon-johnson-j.-rosamond-johnson-the-southern-son_gbia0000392b
Link3: archive.org/details/smash-the-chains
Link4: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_E._Burnham
Link5: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Negro_Youth_Congress


August 11, 2021

Testimonial: "I WAKE UP A DIFFERENT PERSON NOW"

Using this image, an ad for a "bust development" program promoted a product promising to add "Instant Inches for Your Summer Bosom. 2 inches the first day. 3 inches the first week." It sold for $9.95 plus $0.90 postage and handling. The ad appeared in a 1979 issue of "TV Star Parade" (Link1). The company was later shut down by the government for mail fraud. It was part of 70's American culture. Writers Lenny Bruce and Nora Ephron wrote about it.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/tv-star-parade-1979-september
August 9, 2021

NOTES ON FREE KALEIDOSCOPE FILTERS

SOURCES:
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August 7, 2021

ABOUT TRUTH BOXES AND PHYSICS

A chart from the 1999 book by Nancy Ellen Abrams' "A God That Could Be Real" (Link1). The chart is referred to in the following passage:
"Everything still in use needs to be cleaned out once in a while, and this is as true of religions as refrigerators. Bad or wrong ideas gradually smother a religion’s essential messages in a million sticky notes tacked on by narrow- minded, power-oriented, or simply confused leaders...

"There is a brilliant model we can use. It comes from science, which has a method of separating 'best working knowledge' from those principles that we can confidently call truth. At first this may sound paradoxical, but it’s quite profound: No scientific theory can be both true and universally applicable. In other words, you can never call a scientific theory true until you know its limits—where it stops being true, what it can’t explain.

"The clearest example is Newtonian physics, which is still taught to every physics student and still accurately describes how things fall when you drop them and how the planets orbit in our solar system. However, for any object traveling close to the speed of light or near the immense gravity of a black hole, Newton’s laws don’t apply, and you need Einstein’s theory of relativity to calculate what’s happening.

"In the 1960s a philosopher of science named Thomas Kuhn wrote a book called The Structure of Scientific Revolutions that has misled generations into thinking that a new scientific theory, like Einstein’s, simply overthrows the previous theory, in that case Newton’s, and Newton’s is no longer considered true. But Kuhn was wrong. Einstein’s theory explains gravity in extreme circumstances, but in the ordinary circumstances we experience on Earth, the two theories make the same predictions.

"Einstein’s theory of relativity never overthrew Newtonian physics; it enshrined it. It drew a box around it—a truth box. Inside the box Newtonian physics can forever be considered true. This exalts Newtonian physics to what’s actually the highest level of truth that exists in science: the truth of a theory whose limits we know. We can rely on it with absolute confidence— inside its truth box.

"The idea of a truth box is a real humility enforcer. It prevents the kind of disastrous conflicts caused by competing religions, all claiming that their theories are both true and universal. Only by defining the limits of a religion can you discover in what respects it is reliably true. In the previous example, I should point out, no one has defined the truth box for relativity or quantum mechanics, so no one knows how far these theories can be trusted. They are our best working knowledge. Right now the best guess for a bigger theory that could encompass and define the limits of relativity and quantum mechanics is something called superstring theory, but so far there’s zero evidence for it. Physicists are constantly trying to find the limits of their best theories, constantly forced to embrace their own humility in the process. "


The background is three overlapping patterns: from a 2015 book on Indonesia "Nusa Jawa 2 (Jaringan Asia)" (Link2, trans: 'Asian Network'), two patterns: Javanese magic coins and Indonesian playing cards. These two patterns are laid over the map of an ancient Egyptian workers settlement from Flickr (Link3).
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/nancy-ellen-abrams-a-god-that-could-be-real
Link2: archive.org/details/denis-lombard-nusa-jawa-2-jaringan-asia
Link3: www.flickr.com/photos/quadralectics/4355398451

August 6, 2021

KNIGHTHOOD LOGOS AND "BRANDS" (0:49)


SOURCES:

MUSIC: Excerpt from Canadian Michel Rondeau's (Link1) 2021 composition "Trumpet Canon & Fugue No.87" (Link2), based on Joseph Haydn's E-Flat Trumpet Concerto for 2 B-Flat Trumpets)

IMAGES: Illustrations from the 1454 "Armorial de Berry", a manuscript collection of coats of arms of nobility (Link3), the earliest heraldic roll in Scotland.

Link1:  www.windrep.org/Michel_Rondeau
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Trumpet_Canon_%26_Fugue_No.87_(Rondeau,_Michel)#IMSLP721622
Link3: archive.org/details/armorial_de_berry
August 4, 2021

SCYTHIAN STAG IN STEPWELL

In the center, a 2500-year-old metal ornament by Scythian craftsmen depicting a stag. The Scythians were nomadic warriors from the Ukrainian and Siberian steppes. (Link1)
The frame is derived from a photograph of a famous Indian landmark, a 16th-century stepwell -- a pool of green water surrounded by steps -- near Jaiphur called the Panna Meena Kund from an Indian travel brochure (Link2).
SOURCES:

Link1: twitter.com/britishmuseum/status/892697196948320257/photo/4
Link2: archive.org/details/magnificent-bharat-1
August 3, 2021

MISCELLANY AT END OF WORK PERIOD

My current work method is to do periodic "crawls" over my favorite sites (such as here) selecting promising images while I'm watching television. These selected images pile up in folders on my easy-chair laptop for "harvesting." Eventually, they are transferred to portable hard-drive storage on my big computer. Before closing out a folder, I take a final look for usable images and gather a few for a "Collage of the Left-Overs", with or without a unifying theme. (See, for instance, my July 12 picture.)
Here are the Left-Overs from my 7/23 collection.
Left, an illustration from the 1880 "Children's Treasury" (Link1), a book of children's stories, showing a mischievous girl looking out from her porch.
Next to that, an illustration from the undated "Essays on Indian Love [in Japanese]" (Link2), the statue of an Indian goddess or temple priestess writing in a book.
Towards the center of the image, an architectural ornament from the 1996 Russian "Encyclopedia of Symbols" (Link3).
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/the-children-s-treasury-1880
Link2: archive.org/details/tanaka-love
Link3: archive.org/details/1996_Lexikon-der-Symbole

August 1, 2021

SUBTLE COLORING ON JAPANESE PRINTS (0:53)


MUSIC: Excerpt from song "Somnis d'en Patufet i en Baldufet" (Link1; trans 'You Dream of Patufet and Baldufet') from 2021 album 'La Culminacio' (trans 'The Culmination') by Catalan musician Xavier Corbera. Patufet is a character in a Catalan folktale. IMAGES: Large woodblock prints (approx. 21" x 16") from catalog (Link2) by Bonham's for 2019 auction of "Fine Japanese Prints"
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/XavierCorberaLaCulminacio
Link2: archive.org/details/japanese-prints-bonhams-march-2019
July 31, 2021

JEMMA REEKIE ADJUSTING HER SHOE

Scottish middle-distance runner Jemma Reekie stops to tie her shoelace at the track. The 21-year-old is competing in Tokyo in the 800-meter event. She posts pictures of family, dog, friends, and racing developments on Instagram .
(Update) Reekie qualified for the 800-meter final on Tuesday, but came in fourth, edged out of third in the last 20 meters. She tweeted:
"Just now im heart broken💔 Not because I came 4th but because I truly lined up knowing I was a whole lot more capable than what I achieved. I know I’ll come back stronger from this. Paris I’m coming for you🔥 Thank you to all my team❤️"
SOURCES:

Link1: i.iplsc.com/jemma-reekie/0009T1B2LBT7IX76-C122-F4.jpg

July 31, 2021


RISKING YOUR LIFE TO MAKE A MARK

A resistance fighter paints an anti-Nazi graffiti on a wall (right) during the Nazi occupation of Poland. The graffiti shows a swastika hung from a gallows (left). Hard-to-remove asphalt varnish was used for paint. Graffiti teams worked in pairs. The work was called "Soft Sabotage."
Other popular resistance graffiti included a turtle -- "work slow for the Germans", a kind of anchor formed around the letter "P", and the symbol "V" representing resistance throughout Nazi-occupied Europe. The photos are from a 2011 book "Graffiti In Poland 1940-2010" (Link1).
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/graffiti-in-poland-1940-2010

July 30, 2021


MODERN TOY/ANIME/CARTOON CHARACTERS

Figures from Gundam , a "Japanese military science fiction media franchise/media mix." A massive expansion of the tell-a-story sell-some-merch business model that I first experienced with my boyhood Davy Crockett coonskin cap. In the background is the pattern of the waste parts of a Gundam plastic model -- the (new word) sprues, that is, the plastic skeleton left over after a model is assembled.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/gnc-web-0411-12-m/

July 26, 2021

COPIES OF LOST RUSSIAN ICON (0:54)


This is the venerated Kazan icon.
Turns out mother-and-child icons are differentiated by pose. Here, note the angles of the two heads. And it shows only one hand, that of the child blessing. The hands of the Mother and the left hand of the child are not visible, but are under clothing or out of the scene.

Most Kazan icons are small, 9 x 11 inches.

A Russian Orthodox source says "The Kazan icon of the Virgin remains popular, especially as a wedding gift, and is sometimes associated with Russian nationalism."

SOURCES:

MUSIC: Carlotta Ferrari's 2017 hymn "Ave Regina" performed in 2018 by Magnificat Children's Choir of South Korea (Link1)

ICONS: From 2021 Russian book "Icona Maicii Domnului facatoare de minuni din Kazan" (Link2: trans: 'Icon of the Miraculous Mother of God in Kazan')

IMAGE: Scenes from opening of rebuilt Cathedral of Kazan on July 21, 2021. The original was blown up in 1932 (Link3)   

Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Ave_Regina_(Ferrari%2C_Carlotta)
Link2: archive.org/details/ic.-md-de-la-kazan
Link3: orthochristian.com/140669.html

July 25, 2021

OLYMPICS PART ONE (0:45)


Rushed this out in one day.
SOURCES:

MUSIC: Excerpt from song "Gravity" on 2021 album 'Empty Sounds' by Gleam (Camilo Vergara) (Link1)

VIDEO: Excerpt from video of Yaroslava Mahuchikh's high jump of 6 feet 9 inches (2.6 m), which set a meet record at Banska Bystrika in Slovakia (Link2)

IMAGE: Mahuchikh in blue dress in the Ukrainian city of Lutsk, from her Instagram page ("rosya_dp") (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/A22026_EmptySounds
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgOqTwZiYbE
Link3: www.instagram.com/p/CQOdMImHFML/

July 22, 2021

EUROPEAN MANOR SITTING ROOM

An elegantly decorated parlor of a manor house in Tokarówka, Poland, before World War 2. The black-and-white photograph is taken from from the 1929 memoir "Pro memoria: 4-ta serja rozgromionych dworów kresowych" (Link1; trans: 'Pro memoria: 4th series of defeated borderland manors') by Antoni Urbanski.

The colors are my own addition; I am experimenting with colors created algorithmically using (1) the Gimp/G'Mics/Testing/Reptorian/Autofill Coloring Book command and (2) various Dreamscopeapp Style Transfers.

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/urbanski-pro-memoria-1929

July 21, 2021

YOUNG DISNEY MEASURING SHOT

Background: 24-year-old Walt Disney running one of his first full-size movie cameras; photo from "Walt Disney: Maker of Magical Worlds" (Link1)

Middle: Cartoon advertising Stanley measuring rulers, from "Auto Tips 1939" (Link2), a compilation of car repair ideas from "Popular Science."

Left: Drawing of a pre-Christian idol from Ireland, from the book "Codex Magica" (Link3) by disreputable occult writer Texe Marrs.

SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/storyofwaltdisne00seld
Link2: archive.org/details/auto-tips-1939
Link3: archive.org/details/MarrsTexeCodexMagica_201608/Marrs%20Texe%20-%20Codex%20Magica


July 20, 2021

INDIAN ACTRESS 1945

Color cover photograph from a 1945 issue of "FilmIndia" (Link1), a cinema magazine based in Bombay. The studio photo shows Nirmala Devi, a vocalist and actress appearing in the 1944 movie 'Gaali'. Nirmala was the mother of Bollywood superstar Govinda and former actor Kirti Kumar. You can hear her here. The caption to this picture reads:

NIRMALA: This pretty starlet is reported to have given some good work in 'Gaali', a social story by N.R. Desai Productions.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/filmindia194511unse


July 18, 2021

MY IRRATIONAL SUPERSTITION -- JUST DONT FALL

I have an irrational superstition. Call it the "Deliberately Ungrammatical Invocation." I used it for 20 years or so among my friends; when we parted after an evening, I always said "DRIVE SAFE" -- even though I (a college English major) knew that the correct grammar would be "Drive Safely." And for 20 years, none of my friends got in a serious auto accident. As if the grammatical mistake served as an INTENSIFIER -- and took my wish all the way to the top of the Universe's To-Do list.

Now that I'm old and my circle of friends does less driving, I have adjusted my Invocation. It was suggested after I saw the steep decline in Janice's mother after she fell and broke her hip. She went from being an active woman who happily toodled all over South Jersey in her Toyota to -- suddenly -- a months-long bed-bound cripple, never to fully recover.

So I have a new "Deliberately Ungrammatical Invocation," except the words and medium are different. The medium now is graphic art. And the words are "JUST DONT FALL." (The ungrammatical part is the lack of an apostrophe in "DON'T".) I have done about seven cards on the Just-Dont-Fall theme for distribution among my friends -- and so far, no one has suffered a major fall.

Now with this publication, you, my friends and readers, are under the irrational protection of my superstition: So be aware as you move around the planet of things that could make you fall -- wet spots, dizzy spells, obstacles, snow/ice -- and JUST DONT FALL.

Okay? Do not become a bed-bound cripple.

The image shows stairs in the hallway of a manor house in Raszkow, Poland, from the 1929 memoir "Pro memoria: 4-ta serja rozgromionych dworów kresowych" (Link1; trans: 'Pro memoria: 4th series of defeated borderland manors') by Antoni Urbanski.

The font is the 2011 font "Pink Oil" by truth14ful (Link2), created on the website fontstruct.com. On 9/16, I revised the font according to suggestions by Ted Gutswa.

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/urbanski-pro-memoria-1929
Link2: fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/530824

July 18, 2021
WARTIME HORROR AT ARM'S LENGTH (0:45)


In my Internet browsing, I ran across some images last week from the Spanish Civil War in a 1937 Romanian fascist propaganda newspaper. The photos were gory, graphic and disturbing. Citizens and soldiers, men, women, and children tortured, violated and left to rot.

Recall that history records that the fascists in that time period -- the folks in that magazine complaining about the other side's atrocities -- caused the most human suffering in that time, with the German concentration camps and the Japanese rampages in Asia. You can't choose your side based on one side's atrocity propaganda.

Anyway, I couldn't get the gory Civil War photos out of my head. So, as I often do in art, I used a Window-Framing device to distance myself (and to obscure) the unfortunate victims. At first I tried a view through the window of an airplane cockpit, but later I did a second version with a larger window based on a Francis Picabia surrealist painting used as the cover of a novel "Transit" by Anna Seghers; I also speeded up the atrocity photos, and I hope this second version exorcises the sight of such inhumanity in now-civilized Spain.

MUSIC: Excerpt from 2021 composition by Frank Zintl, "Chaconne for Violin and Piano" performed on MuseScore synthesizer; composer's note: "Bad synthetic sound as usual." (Link1)

IMAGE: Reproduction of Francis Picabia's 1930 painting "Olga" (Link2)

WINDOW: Field photographs of Spanish Civil War atrocities from 1937 edition of Romanian fascist newspaper "Cuvantul Argesului" (Link3)

SOURCES:


Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Chaconne_for_Violin_and_Piano_(Zintl%2C_Frank); permlink: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/715170

Link2: i.pinimg.com/originals/11/93/18/1193187781f2d1d1604e35a7f8e097f6.jpg

Link3: archive.org/details/cuvantul-argesului-anul-ii-nr.-34-37-20-mai-1


July 14, 2021

FOUR LEFT-OVER IMAGES

Yesterday I developed a new system for organizing the image files that I download from the Internet (usually from here). I divide the files into two groups: Sequences and Strays. Sequences are files that I could turn into a video, Strays are images that are promising but solitary. I used this system on a recent group of downloaded files, and was left with these Strays:

  1. a ticket stub (Link1) from a 1942 lecture by popular occult researcher Manly P. Hall
  2. a photograph of an Albanian woman gathering crops, from the 1974 "Albania Tänään" (Link2; trans: 'Albania Today'
  3. a studio photograph of Queen Min (Empress Myeongseong), a Korean queen who resisted Japanese invasion and was assassinated by a gang of Samurai in 1895, from the 2010 "A Brief History of Korea" (Link3). Her story has been retold in books, opera, and television. I recommend this nine-minute Korean music video of her tragic life.
  4. a drawing of a woman with flowing hair from an advertisement for a book in a 1993 "Armchair Detective" (Link4)
  5. an illustration from the 1993 book "Otaku" (link5; trans: 'Obsessed Fans') about Japanese adults who are obsessed with manga and anime; pictured is Di Gi Charat, who, Wikipedia explains, "is ten years old when she comes to Earth with hopes of becoming an idol singer. She has green eyes, green hair, and her maid-like uniform consists of a white and navy blue dress with large cat bells tied to her hair with navy blue ribbons. She attacks using her eye-beam weapon."
    <7/14:> The image is revised as suggested by TedG: lowering the intensity of the purple/red colors on the far right.
SOURCES:

Link1: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MPH-Carnegie-Hall-ticket-1942.jpg
Link2: archive.org/details/albania-tanaan
Link3: archive.org/details/a-brief-history-of-korea-by-mark-peterson-phillip-margulies
Link4: archive.org/details/the-armchair-detective-v-26-n-03-1993-summer
Link5: archive.org/details/otaku-hiroki-azuma
July 12, 2021

FLORODORA DUET OVER COLOR SAMPLES
 

From a 1948 edition of a comic book aimed at girls, "Polly Pigtails" (Link1) two child models pose with parasols in outfits aimed at duplicating the chorus line of an old musical comedy, "Florodora" (Link2). The text:

"Back at the turn of the century, Grandpa watched the Florodora chorus from a balcony seat. Now granddaughter wears Florodora-inspired fashions. Left, a Hered skirt and plaid bib are all that’s needed to make Barbara the belle of the ball. In crisp taffeta, about $5. Ann’s jumper-effect cotton has a quilted skirt, It’s washable."
You can hear a 1908 Edison recording of "Tell Me Pretty Maiden," the hit song from Florodora, here, courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org and Adam Cuerden.

The background is a collage composed of color samples from the 2018 catalog of Vallejo (Link2), a maker of acrylic paints for models and miniatures. The background is shown separately in the second image, before colors are altered by style transfers and filters.

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/polly_pigtails_volume_0003_number_0034_november_1948
Link2: archive.org/details/vallejo-catalogue-january-2018/
July 11, 2021

CLOWN & THREATENING SKY

In 1990, a Moscow publishing house issued a collection of memorabilia, including poems and letters, (Link1) from the career of Alexander Vertinsky (1889-1957). Vertinsky, known as the "Russian Pierrot" performed many popular songs, including "Those Were the Days" (Link2).

This image, appearing without context, shows Vertinsky in his clown costume, inset onto an image of a stormy beach. I found it moody -- an aging man considering his own fears and vulnerabilities; I chose very subdued colors.

SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/1990_20210707
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMaz70bOd7w&ab_channel=jonjamg

July 9, 2021

MOTHER & CHILD IN ABANDONED SHOPPING CENTER

To the right, a 2007 Roman Catholic Holy Card image of a statue of Mary and Jesus from a Cathedral in Stenjevecka, Croatia (Link1). Like most Holy Cards, it has text on its back:

"Mother of God and Our Mother,
You are our role model and example
how to seek and accept God's will,
how to live with God and surrender to Him completely.
... Help our Croatian people
to be faithful to your Son
building with Him your future.

In the background, a photo of abandoned Sears store in Woodville Mall outside Toledo, Ohio. (Link2) Sears was the retail giant of its time, but in the 1970's it began a painful decline because of over-diversification, an Ayn Rand mentality in its corporate suite, and decline in quality of product. Most male Boomers have stories about the decline of Sears's Craftsman Brand tools.

SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/sveta_slicica_majka_bozja_stenjevecka_zagreb
Link2: www.cbsnews.com/news/a-dying-breed-the-american-shopping-mall-2/

July 7, 2021

FINE SOVIET BOOK ILLUSTRATION (0:43)


I am not a supporter of Putin-era Russia, but I have respect for its old European cultural traditions, including its spiritual and military intensity.

SOURCES:

MUSIC: Soviet national anthem, written in 1938 by Alexander Alexandrov, adopted in 1944, performed by the Red Army Ochestra (Link1)

IMAGES: Illustrations by I.L. Abakumov for S.P. Borodin's 1987 novel about the life of Dmitry Donskoy (1350-1389), hero of Russian resistance against Mongols (Link2)

Link1: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Soviet_Union_national_anthem_instrumental_1977.ogg
Link2: archive.org/details/1987_20210629
July 1, 2021

AIRCRAFT ENGINE & EUGENICS

Working on images that I can print BIG -- 24" wide.

At top is a round photograph of an air-cooled radial aircraft engine which powered many English-built heavy bombers from the undated brochure "The Power Behind Their Wings" by the Bristol Aeroplane Company. (Link1)

Below that is a round frontispiece illustration from the 1914 "The Progress Of Eugenics" (Link2).

This is a second try.

SOURCES:
Link1:  archive.org/details/tpbtw
Link2: archive.org/details/williams-saleeby-caleb.-the-progress-of-eugenics-1914
June 29-July 1, 2021

FISH GOTTA SWIM & BIRDS GOTTA FLY
 

In the foreground, a fish and seaweed design for hobbyists to jigsaw and paint, from a 1945 issue of the Do-It-Yourself magazine "Deltagram" (Link1).

Behind that a diagram from a Russian article analyzing the underlying patterns in medieval designs from the 1982 "Khudozhestvenny_yazyk_srednevekovya" (Link2; trans: 'The artistic language of the Middle Ages')

The frame is part of the Deltagram jigsaw pattern. Overlaid on the frame is a Flame Border from the 1912 ATF "American Specimen Book of Type Styles" (Link3).

SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/1945-1502-deltagram
Link2: archive.org/details/khudozhestvenny_yazyk_srednevekovya
Link3: archive.org/details/americanspecimen00amerrich

June 27, 2021

POPULAR SENSATIONAL TRAGEDY (0:21)


SOURCES:

IMAGE: An illustration from the 1865 English Penny Dreadful book, "Rose Mortimer; Or, The Ballet-Girl's Revenge" (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/ anonymous-rose-mortimer-or-the-ballet-girls-revenge-london romance-co.-1865

June 26, 2021

A GASKET SANDWICH (0:42)


SOURCES:

MUSIC: Excerpt from song "Kali" on the 2021 album 'Mono o Estereo?' by the two-person group Clics from Santiago, Chile. (Link1)

IMAGES: From 1980 book "How To Rebuild Your Ford V 8" (Link2). Background shows two V-8 combustion chambers. Foreground shows the application of adhesive to head-to-manifold gaskets. Also, line drawing of engine.

IMAGES: Other gasket images from online catalogs of Napacanada and Allindia.

Link1: archive.org/details/pn190
Link2: archive.org/details/how-to-rebuild-your-ford-v-8-351-c-351-m-400-429-460

June 24, 2021

WATER WORKS (0:46)


SOURCES:

MUSIC: Excerpt from 2018 organ composition "Pastorale giapponese, Marginalia No.69" by Italian composer Fulvio Caldini (Link1)

IMAGES: Collage of illustrations from 1932 engineering book "Motores Hidraulicos" (Link2; trans: 'Hydraulic Motors')


Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Pastorale_giapponese,_Marginalia_No.69_(Caldini,_Fulvio)#IMSLP709734

Link2: archive.org/details/motores-hidraulicos-l-quantz-a-garrigosa-1932

June 22, 2021

COINCIDENCE? SCARABS AND MY WINGED TRILOBITE (1:16)


Note: Dung is an archaic word for shit or manure.

SOURCES:

MUSIC: Song "Golden Rule" from album of the same name by the midwestern group Sun Wave, used by permission (Link1)

BEETLE IMAGES: Various

SCARAB IMAGES: Various.

Link1: archive.org/details/SN004SW

June 20, 2021

SILENT MOVIE STAR IN OVAL
 

IMAGE1: Frame and design from an ad for the movie "Rafaela" starring Erna Moreno in a 1918 edition of the German movie trade magazine 'Lichtbild-Bühne' (Link1).

IMAGE2: 1925 photo of Erna Moreno by Alexander Binder (Link2).

SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/lichtbildbuhne-1918-01
Link2: www.flickr.com/photos/truusbobjantoo/4798588664/

June 17, 2021

GIRL GROOVING ON WAX (0:30)


MUSIC: An excerpt from the song "Spirale (Iteration 1)" by Zumaia, featuring Linn Freberg, on the album 'Oddity Spirale Remixes' (Link1)

IMAGE: An image shows a woman examining a record album, from "The Deltagram" (Link2), a 1947 collection of Do-It-Yourself woodworking plans. The image illustrates a record cabinet designed to hold a Philco radio-phonograph combination.

BORDER: The image is set in a border created from the Beardsley design in the 1912 ATF type catalog. The large face in the second half of the video is also from that set. (Link3) SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/OdditySpiraleRemixes
Link2: archive.org/details/1947-1701-deltagram
Link3: archive.org/details/americanspecimen00amerrich

June 15, 2021

WOMEN SENSE IT IMMEDIATELY
 
IMAGE: Two elegant ladies chatting, from an advertisement for ScotTissue toilet paper appearing in 2013 "Wiped: The Curious History of Toilet Paper" (Link1) BACKGROUND: Digital distortion of a collage ofmetal numbering devices from 1912 ATF type catalog (Link2)
SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/wiped-the-curious-history-of-toilet-paper
Link2: archive.org/details/americanspecimen00amerrich

June 12, 2021

FRAME AND GRAPHIC FROM GERMAN CINEMA
 
IMAGE: An impresario (upper right) beams as he presents a matrix showing the studio's range of film offerings for the upcoming 1918-19 movie season, from "Lichtbild-Bühne," a German movie trade magazine (Link1) FRAME: From the same magazine, a decorative frame used to announce a change in management of a theatre in Cologne, Germany.
SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/lichtbildbuhne-1918-01

June 10, 2021

CHARACTER IN GERMAN SILENT MYSTERY
 
Image from an ad in a German trade magazine (Link1) for the 1916 crime movie "The Living Package", second in the Talarso character series, directed by Felix Bosch. The image is set in a border created from the Card Ornaments design in the 1912 ATF type catalog. (Link2)
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/lichtbildbuhne-1916-9
Link2: archive.org/details/americanspecimen00amerrich

June 9, 2021

VIDEO VERSION TEENAGERS (0:23)

Took a long time, but finally got video version. Music is harsh -- "noise" they call it -- but it expresses my sense of alienation from what Covid-era, post-porn teenage girls have become, as viewed from the Internet. (Doesn't apply to the four teenage girls in my family!)
SOURCES:

MUSIC: Cut 2 entitled 'Post-Humans of '90s Anime Character Design', from 2021 album "A Desert of Noise and Despair," a collaboration between the Nicaraguan musician Cat Destroyer and the Norwegian musician Princess Army Wedding Combat (Link1)

BACKGROUND VIDEO: Excerpt from 24-minute video performance by Princess Army Wedding Combat from 12/27/2021 music/video festival Tsungeddon (Link2)

IMAGE: Screenshot of girls gathered around video-chat camera uploaded anonymously to 4chan (Link3)

GRAPHICS: Border from the Inland family of printer's decorations, as shown in the 1912 ATF type catalog. (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/lf147mp3
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOQcCNn94sA
Link3: www.4chan.org/b
Link4: archive.org/details/americanspecimen00amerrich


June 5-9, 2021

TEENAGERS COURTING HARD
 
Seven girls -- in front, the blonde in a baseball cap, behind, her six girl friends, probably in a dorm room -- mugging and giggling during an online videochat flirtation. The guy on the other end took a screenshot and uploaded it to 4chan.org (Link1), with some kind of misogynistic comment, like "Why are all girls such brain-de
SOURCES:

Link1: www.4chan.org/b
Link2: archive.org/details/americanspecimen00amerrich

June 5, 2021

KNICKERBOCKER ORNAMENT IMPROV (1:13)

Working on minimizing my work process. For a while, I will be turning to a limited number of sources for images (old type catalogs and old movie magazines) and for music I will turn to Netwaves.org (see Link2). Netwaves is a weekly compilation of free music.
SOURCES:

MUSIC: Song "Oasis Mirage" by Waveskania (Link1). Waveskania is a musical project founded in 2019 by Ukrainian music producer Katerina Yan. The song appears on the 6/3/2021 weekly compilation by Netwaves.org (Link2)

IMAGE: Arrangement of Art Nouveau printer decorations from 1912 American Type Foundry edition of "American Specimen Book of Type Styles : Complete Catalogue of Printing Machinery and Printing Supplies" (Link3, Link3A?). Decoration is known as 'Knickerbocker Ornates'. Knickerbocker is the name given to early Dutch settlers of New York.

IMAGE2: Clown figure with balloon in advertisement for short films in 1917 issue of German movie trade journal "Lichtbild-Bühne" (Link4; trans: 'Photo Stage').

VIDEO: Excerpts from a video (Link5) commissioned by New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) honoring installation of iron decorations based on Knickerbocker Ornates at the subway's Knickerbocker Avenue station in Brooklyn.

Link1: archive.org/details/nws.bpm0102
Link2: www.netwaves.org/
Link3: archive.org/details/americanspecimen00amerrich
Link3A: archive.org/details/americanspecimen00amer
Link4: archive.org/details/lichtbildbuhne-1917-11
Link5: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd6Qd3z5Wig
June 5, 2021

VIDEO IMPROV: ART NOUVEAU BORDER (1:32)

SOURCES:

IMAGE: Drawing of German silent movie actress Marta Novelly from 1917 issue of German film industry magazine "Lichtbild-Bühne" (Link1; trans: 'Photo Stage')

GRAPHIC ELEMENTS: Art Nouveau border from 1897 American Type Founders catalog "Specimens of Printing Types" (Link2)

MUSIC: Excerpt from 2021 song "Better Days Ahead" on album 'Etu' by Illinois-based musical project 'Sun Wave' (Link3). Opening narration is:

"Yes, I have decided not to grieve any longer. Okay. You can depend on me. But we only have enough medicine for three more doses."

I contacted the musician Tai of Sun Wave about that quote and he said it was from the 1996 video game: "Resident Evil" for Playstation I. "[I] used it as an implementation of my own subjective sense of nostalgia into the thematic base of the song/project, as well as an homage to the unique aesthetics of the series."

Link1: archive.org/details/lichtbildbuhne-1917-08
Link2: archive.org/details/specimensofprint00amerrich
Link3: archive.org/details/SN007SW
June 3, 2021

IMPROV: ART NOUVEAU BORDER
 
Picture is of German silent movie star Marta Novelly.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/specimensofprint00amerrich
Link2: archive.org/details/lichtbildbuhne-1917-08
June 2, 2021

UNCOPYRIGHTED 1897 GRAPHIC SOURCE
 
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/specimensofprint00amerrich
June 1, 2021

FLAGG LOVE STORY ILLUSTRATION
 
A 1932 illustration by leading commercial artist James Montgomery Flagg for a short love story "The Lone Wolf's Breed" in Redbook magazine. Caption is: "This is too sweet to spoil, darling," said Fenmo. "Only I was surprised and hurt. Forgive me and let me forgive you." Awwww!
Ornament is from Woodcutter's "Celtic Knots" dingbat font. (Link2) Placed on a background of igneous rock too digitized to be recognized (Link3).
SOURCES:

Link: archive.org/details/redbook-v-060-n-02-1932-12
Link2: www.dafont.com/celtic-knots.font
Link3: archive.org/details/encyclopedia-of-minerals-1999
May 30, 2021

MAIL ORDER TALISMANIC RING $1.97
 
Here is a selection from the text of this ad for a 14-karat gold plated ring, from a 1941 edition of "Science Fiction" magazine (Link1):

"POWER ! MONEY! SUCCESS! LOVE! HEALTH! HAPPINESS!

For countless generations, man has sought all these things but only to a few have all of them been given! The Ancients believed that all of them could be acquired by every man and woman if the Key to the Universal could be found.

Even today there are people who believe that they have found this Key to Power and claim that the secret lies in the use of MYRRH..."

MANY MYSTICAL POWERS were attributed to MYRRH as far back as the time of Moses and reference to it may be found in Exodus, Chapt. XXX, Verse 34. The ancient Sassamans, Zoroastians and Egyptians used it in strange rituals which they claimed induced the vibration of a Lucky Planet toward them and followed them into the Astral Plane of Good Fortune and Success."

The medical efficacy of myrrh is disputed, but back in 1941 gold was $35 an ounce and the ring (with its secret compartment for myrrh) was sold for $1.97. Probably a good buy, although the gullibility of the public for this "Myrrh-moves-planets" story reminds me of today's believers in QAnon's absurd conspiracy theories.

There were two payment options in those pre-Amazon, pre-credit card times: (1) Send a $1.97 money order ("PREPAID") or (2) pay your postman $1.97 cash when it arrived (C.O.D.). Other images on that page are from various other products advertised in that issue.

SOURCES: 

Link: archive.org/details/science-fiction-v-02-n-05-1941-06
May 29-June 1, 2021

CONCILIATORY LUNCH AT RACHEL'S
 
Dear Janice, Let's forget about that argument yesterday, let's forget about COVID, let's forget about mortality and money, let's just let Bob have a thick, juicy deli sandwich at Rachael's Nosherieand read the day's New York Times. Bob happy.
SOURCES:

Photo by Janice Moore
May 29, 2021

INSIDE NORA'S DOLLHOUSE
 
A playful reversal of my usual pattern, not entirely successful. Usually, the central rectangle contains the original image and the surrounding frame contains a digitally distorted version of that image.
Instead, here, the central rectangle contains the distorted image and the frame contains the original image, of an elaborate German dolls house from 1639.
Done at last minute as entry to Plastic Club's "What Lies Within" exhibition. Source of image is Lady Antonia Fraser's "A History of Toys."
Nora is a reference to Ibsen's trapped housewife in the play A Doll's House.
SOURCES:

https://archive.org/details/a-history-of-toys
May 28-31, 2021

PURITAN DOLL, ROCOCO DOLL
 
Two contrasting concepts of society, from the 1966 book "A History of Toys" by English aristocrat Lady Antonia Fraser:
Foreground is a plain doll in Puritan costume, carved in oak.
Background is a flouncy, beribboned 19th century ceramic doll dressed in the ornate style of rococo artist Watteau.
Deep background are the end papers of Fraser's interesting book.
SOURCES:

https://archive.org/details/a-history-of-toys
May 27-31, 2021

TWO AVIAN PARASITES
 
I am not sure why I have switched to greatly reduced bibliographic text and captions. Busy schedule and doing some work on other projects.
SOURCES:

https://archive.org/details/adansonia24muse
May 23, 2021

VIDEO: NEANDERTHAL PORTRAITS (0:33)

SOURCES:

IMAGE: Four views of a reconstruction of an early man from the 1964 Russian book "People of the Stone Age" (Link1)

MUSIC:  Track 3 "Szoneratic" from Roberto Massoni's 2020 album 'NeoMTRX5' (Link2) 

Link1: archive.org/details/1964_20210517

Link2: archive.org/details/NeoMTRX5
May 22, 2021

BENEVOLENT HINDU GODDESS OF LOVE
 

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/the-ideals-of-indian-art


May 21, 2021


STONE AGE GRADUATION PHOTOS
 

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/1964_20210517


May 20, 2021


BELLOC'S BOOK FOR BAD KIDS
 

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/1991_20210509


May 20, 2021


DIGITAL/MICROSCOPIC IMAGE OF FLOWER SEEDS
 
Long story short: Janice and I hosted a small post-Covid gathering of neighbors to watch the first episode of the Australian series "The Gods of Wheat Street" two weeks ago. Our friend Peg brought some flowers and Janice has been photographing the life and dying of those flowers ever since. She gathered together a bowl of their dandelion-like wind-borne seeds and I used my USB microscope to take a picture. This is my digital treatment of that microscopic image. Interesting because Janice and I seldom work on the same project.
SOURCES:

Microphoto by Bob Moore


May 17, 2021


IMPROVISATION WITH SEWING MACHINE
 
Another study in confusion, ambiguity, and WTF? From the 1908 catalog of King Sewing Machines (Link1), the cover and an illustration of machine accessories. And from a French fashion magazine of 1896, Paris Mode (Link2), a drawing of a corner decoration for an album cover, copied, flipped, and reversed to make a rectangle.
SOURCES:

Link1:  archive.org/details/1908-king-sewing-machines-buffalo-ny
Link2: archive.org/details/parismode1-1896

May 17, 2021


CONFUSING LIBYAN COLLAGE
 
Sometimes what I am expressing in these images is my sense of confusion at the world around me. The strangeness, the lack of meaning, my disorientation, as if I am a wide-eyed child.
This image is built around a collage of two images from a 1991 Libyan cultural magazine "NO" (Link1). One is a cover image of Arabic text, reversed. (I'm not sure what the text says.)
The second image is a curious drawing of a pair of legs, the feet clad in old-fashioned sandals, next to a pair of amputated hands and a vague bearded face; above the legs is a fist, clutching what seems to be wheat or leaves growing out of the legs. See? It's real -- but it makes no sense to me.
The pair of images from the Libyan magazine are placed over a background of a 12th century stone carving in a cathedral wall by the sculptor Gislebertus, depicting The Last Judgment (Link3). Still doesn't make sense, but I hope you like the combined result of the three images as a kind of psychedelic surrealism.
SOURCES:

Link1:  archive.org/details/VVDFDDSSSSS
Link2: archive.org/details/1bardon-2018/page/36/mode/1up
Link3: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Cath%C3%A9drale_Saint-Lazare_d%27Autun:_Tympan#/media/File:Autun_Tympan_cathedrale.jpg
May 16, 2021


LACE BASE, NEO-PAGAN MYSTICISM
 
DNA tests tell me that my bloodline goes back to Northwestern Europe, a broad swath running from Southern England to mid-Scandinavia. I am proud of that heritage, especially its contributions to Art, Science and Humanism. But when I look too deeply into that heritage -- for instance, what were my people like before they became Christians? -- I find the conversation is dominated by what Mrs. Clinton called 'Deplorables,' supporters of lost white racial supremacy causes like Nazism and the Confederacy.
Here's one example I ran across on the Internet: Guido Von List was an Austrian writer and occultist who advocated the psuedoscientific Volkische movement. The panel with four heads in the illustration above is from Von List's 1898 "Der Unbesiegbare" (Link1; trans 'The Invincible'). Von List died in 1919 but his racialist ideas led to World War II, the deadliest conflict in human history, with 75 to 85 million casualties. Overlaying that panel is a chart of Von List's ancient Runes (Link2).
The panel, the runes, and my winged-trilobite artist's mark are placed over a digitally-distorted drawing of a lace pattern from an 1898 French fashion journal "France Mode" (Link3).
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/von-list-guido-der-unbesiegbare-ver
Link2: 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Armanenrunor_i_cirkel_med_siffror_vector.svg
Link3:  archive.org/details/francemode15-1895
May 15, 2021


TOT WITH BLOCKS, BEAR & KITTY
 
An illustration from an undated Belarusian children's's book, "Ahnija Cacki" (Link1; trans 'Fire Toys'), author not identified.
SOURCES:
Link1:  archive.org/details/Barto_Ahnija.Cacki_old.pdf/mode/2up

May 14, 2021


BELARUSIAN CITY BASE/BAD-ASS ARCHANGEL MICHAEL
 
Recently a user named "aorl" uploaded to the public domain a trove of recent Belarusian literature. It included this image of an old wooden polychrome (painted) statue of the Archangel Michael -- who defeated the rebellious angel Satan in religious mythology and does, indeed, look like he could handle himself in a bar fight. It appears in a 1991 book "Bielaruskaja Skulptura" (Link1; trans: 'Belarusian Sculpture'). Michael's sword and scale of justice have been removed. The statue is from from a church in Grodno. Michael appears in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
The statue is placed over a cityscape illustration from a 1996 book "Backauscyna Zbornik" (Link2: trans: 'Fatherland Collection') devoted to honoring the heroes of World War II. Belarusia lost 25% of its population during that war.
I don't read Belarusian, so information about the statue is based on Google Translate and thus not entirely reliable.
SOURCES:
Link1:  archive.org/details/Lavonava_Ala.Starazytna-bielaruskaja_skulptura.djvu
Link2:
archive.org/details/Backauscyna.Zbornik_1996.djvu

May 12, 2021


CRITTER EYE BASE/TRAIN TRESTLE BRIDGE
 
In the background, from the 1982 Spanish-language children's encyclopedia "Libro Gordo de Petete" (Link1), a grid composed of animal eyes.
In the foreground, a steam locomotive passing over an iron bridge from the German model building magazine "Modell Eisenbahner" (Link2: trans: 'Model Railroad Builder').
SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/libro-gordo-de-petete-03-tomo-magenta-ptt-g-ferre-1982
Link2: archive.org/details/ModellEisenbahner/Modell%20Eisenbahner%201980-01 (Back cover; issue not known)


May 12, 2021


BEES BASE MONEY HONEY
 
A collage composed of three images gathered during a single Sunday afternoon stroll in the Community Texts/Open source collection of the Internet Archive.
The background image, of bees on a honeycomb, is from a popular Spanish-language children's encyclopedia of the 70's and 80's, "Libro Gordo de Petete" (Link1). Petete is a cartoon penguin; the multi-media enterprise is similar to the American Mickey Mouse Club
Two other images come from the 1993 "A History Of Mathematical Notations" (Link2).
The white scrawls in the center are samples of 'bad handwriting', or, as the caption explains "Degenerate forms of Roman numerals in English archives."
The coin behind the scrawls is a 1661 Spanish dollar, probably minted in the New World. The Notations book explains that the coin shows the Pillars of Hercules around the figure "8", and conjectures that the coin may be the source of the common dollar sign "$" symbol.
SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/libro-gordo-de-petete-03-tomo-magenta-ptt-g-ferre-1982
Link2: archive.org/details/florian-cajori-a-history-of-mathematical-notations-dover-publications-1993


May 10, 2021


CARD LADY
 
In the center, from the 1906 French book "Les cartes à jouer du XIV au XX siècle" (Link1; trans: 'Playing cards from the 14th to the 20th century'), a painting of a woman dressed in articles used in making hand-colored playing cards, such as brush, paint bucket, glue, templates, etc. Behind the lady, some ivory game tokens given out at a Paris gaming club.
The frame is made of parts of an old-fashioned steam locomotive from the German model building magazine "Modell Eisenbahner" (Link2: trans: 'Model Railroad Builder').
SOURCES:
Link1:
archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-122623-2081
Link2: archive.org/details/ModellEisenbahner/Modell%20Eisenbahner%201980-01 (Issue not known)

May 9, 2021


MEMENTO MORI -- in case you forgot!
 
The skull is from a 1962 Romanian anatomy textbook "Anatomia omului - Aparatul locomotor, nomenclatura anatomiei omului" (Link1; trans 'Human anatomy - The locomotor system, nomenclature of human anatomy'). The background is a selection of tiles from a current brochure for an Indian tile company, "Benefits Of Bathroom Tiles | Nitco Tiles Dealers In Bhopal" (Link2). Even deeper and barely visible in the background is a set of model railroad tracks from a 1980 edition of the German model building magazine "Modell Eisenbahner" (Link3: trans: 'Model Railroad Builder').
Incidentally, Memento Mori means reminder of death. Other mortality zingers include ultima forsan ("perhaps the last" [hour]) or vulnerant omnes, ultima necat ("they all wound, and the last kills"), and the motto tempus fugit, "time flees".
SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/repciuc-aparatul-locomotor-varianta-2
Link2: archive.org/details/laventure-ppt20-converted/
Link3: archive.org/details/ModellEisenbahner/Modell%20Eisenbahner%201980-01


May 7, 2021


BIRTHDAY BOMBARDMENT (Still)
 
Ran across this picture of wreckage after a U.S. bombing raid on a German railroad yard during the Battle of the Bulge. I liked the look of tortured. twisted rails. But it turned out there was a personal connection; the raid happened on the day I was born, December 23, 1944, and my father was newly arrived in Europe that day, assigned as reinforcement for the besieged American troops in that battle. The photograph appeared with an article assessing the effectiveness of bombing in a 1946 issue of "Flying Magazine." (Link2)
SOURCES:
Link1: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Limburg_railyard_bombed_23_Dec_1944.jpg
Link2: archive.org/details/flying-magazine-1946-01-ocr



May 7, 2021


VISE VERSA VICE (Still)
 
An illustration of a mechanic's vise from the 1912 trade catalog of Meriden CT-based Charles Parker Company (Link1). (Ooops! The picture is flipped 90-degrees.) Parker catalogs are known for their visual design (Link2).
The font is "Las Mamacitas" by Pedro Vitor Pinto Marques (Link3).
Note that in American English it's spelled vise but in other English-speaking countries the workbench holding tool is spelled vice, which in American English signifies "moral depravity" or "wickedness". Working through some psychological issues with this one. Trying to make colors brighter.
SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/CharlesParkerCoCatalogue1912
Link2: www.artdesigncafe.com/charles-parker-hardware-vises-catalogues
Link3: fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/1939046/las-mamacitas

May 6, 2021


MARS AND SWITCHBOARD (Still)
 
Collage of two images from the 1922 edition of the children's picture book "The Wonder Book of Wonders" (Link1). In the background, an old-fashioned switchboard. The caption, headlined "PLUG HOLES AT A TELEPHONE EXCHANGE," explains: Each plug hole represents a subscriber’s number. They are arranged in multiples, so that by glancing up and along the operator can quickly pick out the number she wants. The wires seen are those connecting subscribers who are in the act of conversing.
The foreground round image is an artist's impression of the planet Mars; at the time, the article said, some astronomers believed that Mars was inhabited and that the dark lines depicted here were "canals."

SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/wonderbookofwonders_images
May 4, 2021


POPULAR ENGLISH T-SHIRT (Still)
 
A popular slogan seen on fashionable English t-shirts, "Never Kissed A Tory" (Link1), a statement of rebellion against Boris Johnson's BREXIT Tories. The text is placed on a digitally-enhanced doily from a 1954 Coats & Clark craft catalog (Link2).
SOURCES:
Link1:
Link2: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22Never+kissed+a+Tory%22&sxsrf=ALeKk03FkPwzIeDFsVa5xS_mIMxRfZ7Vww:1620078444555&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjzicjBvq7wAhWWMVkFHaU4DeEQ_AUoAnoECAIQBA&biw=1067&bih=401 
Link2: archive.org/details/coats__clarks_number_308_october_1954


May 2, 2021


FONT DECO V (Still)
 
Another experiment with an Art Deco font, "Noar2" (Link1) by Galoreporter. The Noar2 alphabet, digitally distorted, is displayed over a 1957 aerial photograph (Link2) of the area around the bridge between Portland, Pennsylvania, and Columbia, New Jersey.
SOURCES:
Link1: fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/1923608
Link2: archive.org/details/a-550530040040-cropped-umbt-i-2-i-3

May 2, 2021


FONT DECO IV (Still)
 
Another experiment with a dingbat font, "Alien Hieroglyph" (Link1) by Russian designer Vector Pixelstar (Vischeslav Polovinkin).
SOURCES:
Link1: www.dafont.com/alien-hieroglyph.font?back=theme

May 2, 2021


ART DECO FONT III (Still)
 

SOURCES:
Link1: fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/1869939

May 1, 2021


ART DECO FONT II (Still)
 
"Art 265" (Link1), a modern font style, influenced by Art Deco by Omar Mahafli, two lines of its full alphabet alternating with "Art Deco."
In the corner, a small picture of my boyhood crush Annette Funicello of the Mickey Mouse Club. She came down with Multiple Sclerosis at age 45.
SOURCES:
Link1: fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/1935479
Link2: archive.org/details/WaltDisneysMagazine195802

May 1, 2021


ART DECO FONT I(Still)
 
With my focus on 1897 -- the year of the Plastic Club's founding, the year of the Vienna Secession Movement that popularized the "Art Deco" style -- I'm looking at modern "retro" fonts that are categorized as Art Deco. Here is a design using the font "NewSty" (Link1) by American font designer Julian Lambert (Link2). Overlapping texts are "Art Deco 1897" and "quasquicentennial."
SOURCES:

Link1: fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/1849161/new-wave-3-1
Link2: juli.smvi.co/#svfontheadertxt
April 29, 2021


LINK FROM ZELDA, WITH SHEIKAH SEAL & LANGUAGE (Still)
 
Some elements from the popular video game "Legend of Zelda" (Link1), which began in 1986. In the background is the written script of the fictional language "Sheikah" (Link2) which appears in one of the editions of the game. In the center is the crest of the Sheikah (Link3). And finally, in the lower left, is a drawing of "Link," an elfen protagonist of the series (Link4).
SOURCES:
Link1: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda 
Link2: www.dafont.com/botw-hylian.font?sort=date
Link3: zelda.fandom.com/wiki/File:BotW_Crest_of_the_Sheikah_Symbol.png_
Link4: www.fightersgeneration.com/np4/char/char/link-st.jpg
April 28, 2021


(Note: previous image from 4/27 was removed. I considered it a sensitive study of a female nude, a naked woman holding her camera with one hand, and spreading her privates with the other, and with one foot balancing a floor mirror to get the right angle. But others considered it an over-the-line "beaver shot." I also removed it because I downloaded it from the notorious 4chan.org, but when I attempted to download it again to document the source, it had been removed. There are almost no rules on 4chan, so if the chain of permission issues are too complicated for 4chan, they're too complicated for me.)

ALSO 1897: LOCK (2 SIDES) AND KEY FROM MEYER (Still)
 
Precise drawing, two side-views and the key, captioned 'Old German snap-lock', from Meyer's "Handbook of Ornament."
Background squares based on Greek tile in another ornament book, H. Dolmetsch's 1887 "Der Ornamentenschatz; ein Musterbuch stilvoller Ornamente aus allen Kunstepochen" (Link2; trans: 'The ornament treasure; a sample book of stylish ornaments from all periods of art').
SOURCES:
Link1:  archive.org/details/handbookoforname00meyeuoft
Link2: archive.org/details/derornamentensch00dolm

April 26, 2021


ALSO 1897: ORNAMENTED SHIELDS FROM MEYER (Still)
 
F. Meyers' depiction of several shields in his "Handbook of Ornament", first published in1896 , but produced in eleven editions.
SOURCES:
Link1:  archive.org/details/handbookoforname00meyeuoft
April 26, 2021


ALSO 1897: JIGGLING JELLO RECIPES (Still)
 
With my attention attuned to the Plastic Club's Quasquicentennial, I am noticing books and products introduced in 1897, when the Club was founded as a women artists' club. Turns out another big event in 1897 was the introduction of the fruit-flavored gelatin desert Jell-O.
Here is a collage of illustrations from General Foods' 1963 collection of recipes called "Joy of Jell-O" (Linki1).
SOURCES:
Link1:  archive.org/details/recipes_joys_of_jello_10th_edition
April 25, 2021

RAISE GIANT FROGS FOR BIG $$$$ (Still)
 
An ad from a 1937 edition of "Modern Mechanix" (Link1) extols the profit-making potential of raising frogs, which weigh up to 3 pounds each. A pair produces 10,000 eggs every year. All you need is a small pond and some fencing, the ad says.
The background is from a 2010 Ukrainian book "Garden Ornamental Plants" (Link2).
SOURCES:
Link1:  archive.org/details/modern-mechanix.1937.08
Link2:  archive.org/details/saddekrosl

April 24, 2021

A DOCTOR PHOTOGRAPHS FACES (Still)
 
From a black and white photograph in the 1971 Russian book "The Patient's Face" (Link1), which discusses how illness effects a sick person's face. The caption explains: " View of the face and posture of a pregnant woman during an attack of eclampsia. A typical picture of convulsions of the chewing, eye and facial muscles. Expansion of pupils. Tongue bitten."
SOURCES:
Link1:  archive.org/details/1971_20210422
April 23, 2021

ALSO 1897: VIENNA SECESSION (Still)
 
Thinking about the Plastic Club's Quasquicentennial (125th anniversary) next year, I ran across another significant artistic event in 1897: the founding of the Vienna Secession, a revolt of artists and architects against the traditionalists of the time. This image, by one of the Secession's founders, Josef Hoffman appeared in the 1898 catalog of the group's first exhibition, "Katalog der I. Kunst-Ausstellung der Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Österreichs" (Link1; trans: 'Catalog of the first art exhibition of the Association of Austrian Artists').
SOURCES
Link1: archive.org/details/frick-31072002491357
April 22, 2021

CLOWN MUSICIAN OF OZ (Still)
 
With the 125th anniversary of the Plastic Club (founded 1897) coming up, I'm paying special attention to the culture of the turn of the last century. One event of that year was the first children's book by L. Frank Baum, the creator of the "Wizard of Oz" series. That first book by Baum was "Mother Goose in Prose" (Link1).
The image above is from one of the later books in the Oz series, from 1923, after the writing was taken over by another author, Ruth Plumly Thompson. That later book is "The Cowardly Lion of Oz" (Link1), illustrated by John R. Neill, and shows a circus clown musician holding an odd instrument, part violin, part banjo.
I'm happy with this piece because it gives more room to the frame, which I so enjoy making -- even more than the central image.

UPDATE: Sent an enlarged copy of this image to my hometown musician buddy Hugh. He had previously seen a small version on my web page. His comment:
"My initial reaction was that the character seems to be a mashup of minstrelsy and comedia del arte. Even though the character isn't in blackface (quite, I don't know if you enhanced the color), the fact that the instrument is a banjo is consistent with the times (1920's?). The goofiest part is that the clown is clearly holding the banjo upside down (i.e. the strings side is facing the wrong way, you can tell by the way the neck joins the round head of the instrument). Further examination shows me that what he holds in his right hand (in perfect form, the artist must have been familiar with violin technique, a student perhaps) is not a violin bow but what seems to me to be a cane with the handle visible at the crook of his other arm. It's not clear who is being made fun of, the banjo may be significant, but maybe I'm overthinking it. These details weren't clear to me in the smaller version I originally saw. Granted, I have no idea the context of the original illustration and am not familiar with the Oz stories other than the Wizard one, but that is my impression of this very interesting piece. Far more than first meets the eye! I'm definitely going to frame this as soon as I find a frame with a one-to-one aspect ratio (not one I have unfortunately). Nice work."
SOURCES
Link1: archive.org/details/mothergooseinpro00baum_2
Link2: archive.org/details/the-cowardly-lion-of-oz
April 21, 2021


BOB AS PIRATE (Still)
 
Goes with Mike's 2/24/2021 Photoshop creation of me as a frontier artist.
SOURCES
Photoshop image by Mike Nathan
April 20, 2021

DECORATIVE & DEMONSTRATION (Still)
 
The color in the deep background is provided by two colorful designs for a "skin" for a gaming sports car, uploaded to Reddit by user "Lg_taz" (Link1, Link2).
The foreground is from a 1993 U.S. Army training manual "Basic Photography" (Link3), a diagram showing one image reproduced with three printing methods: (from left, continuous tone, line, and halftone).
Finally, from an excellent website of free textures, a subtle texture -- 'Wood 136 End Cut Tree Cracks' (Link4)

SOURCES
Link1: www.reddit.com/r/Inkscape/comments/ms916a/again_same_as
Link2: www.reddit.com/r/Inkscape/comments/ms8xpf/new_car_wrap_
Link3: archive.org/details/photo1_202104/page/n109/mode/1up
Link4: texturelabs.org/?ct=35
April 19, 2021

SOUTH AFRICAN CALABASH GOURDS (Still)
 
A pen-and-ink drawing from the 1881 book "Seven years in South Africa : travels, researches, and hunting adventures, between the diamond-fields and the Zambesi (1872-79)" by Czech explorer Emil Holub.
The gourds are products of the Calabash Tree and the caption explains that the gourds are used to store honey-mead and corn.
Calabash gourds filled with pebbles and seeds also make shaman-like percussion instruments -- shakers or rattles -- as shown in this instructional video.
SOURCES

Link1: archive.org/details/sevenyearsinsout02holu_0

April 18, 2021

PIRANESI'S FASCINATION WITH RUINS (Still)
 
Thinking humans are only too aware of the prideful rise and painful decline of empires over time. Artists are often fascinated by the resulting ruins, from the Roman ruins scattered over England to the toppled Greek columns of the Parthenon, to the collapsing auto factories of my home town Detroit.
In the early 18th century, a Venetian artist and engraver named Piranesi developed a specialty of exquisitely detailed, moody depictions of old ruins (sometimes imaginary). The image here is a Piranesi engraving of Roman artifacts from his 1784 collection "Le Antichità Romane. Divisa In Quattro Tomi. T. 2: Contenente Gli Avanzi De' Monvmenti Sepolcrali Di Roma E Dell'Agro Romano" (Link1; trans: 'The Roman Antiquities. Divided Into Four Tomes. T. 2: Containing the remains of the sepulchral monuments of Rome and the Agro Romano').
Other elements in this image include cartoon children from the cover of a 1977 Federal booklet "All around you : an environmental study guide" (Link2) and, barely visible in the frame, a pattern from the 1908 "XXX. Ausstellung der Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Österreichs Secession Wien" (Link3; trans: 'XXX. Exhibition of the Association of Austrian Artists Secession Vienna").
SOURCES

Link1: archive.org/details/piranesi-le-antichita-romane-t.-2-1784/
Link2: archive.org/details/allaroundyouenvi00unit
Link3: archive.org/details/frick-31072002471292

April 17, 2021

EARLY VIBRATOR FROM TESLA (Still)
 

SOURCES

archive.org/details/mojo-april-2016_202104/page/63/mode/2up
archive.org/details/curso-de-caligrafia/page/n31/mode/1
archive.org/details/true-detective-sept-1927/page/75/mo
archive.org/details/halliwell-shelton-vibrator/mode/1up

April 16, 2021

TATTING EXAMPLES AND ILLUSTRATION (Still)
 
Some samples of tatting from expert Anne Orr's 1940 book "Tatting Book No. 35 Revised" (Link1). The image also includes, in the center, six photos demonstrating proper tatting technique.
SOURCES

Link1: archive.org/details/TattingBook35revOrr
April 14, 2021

ELECTRICITY IN THE TIME OF TESLA (Still)
 
From a collection (Link1) of marketing photographs from Campbell Electric in the early 1900's, a crude clock-timer in the center and, on each side, various implements used in electrical experiments.
The stringy shapes in the background are from an electrical discharge (a Lichtenburg figure). The photo is from the undated "High Resolution Photos of Tesla Coils from Nikola Tesla, Thomas Burton Kinraide, and Dr. Frederick Finch Strong, Henry Piffard, Charles Campbell, and others" (Link2).
SOURCES

Link1: archive.org/details/campbell-electric-photos
Link2: archive.org/details/high-resolution-1

April 13, 2021

OLD TRUCK DELIVERS CULVERTS (Still)
 
In the center, from a 1910 issue of "Southern Good Roads" (Link1), two men drive a truck precariously loaded with four corrugated iron culvert pipes; the image was used in an ad for ArmCo of Cincinnati.
Above and below that picture, two versions of a black-and-white illustration used in a 2002 edition of the music magazine "Roctober" (Link2), advertising the cultural review website '5Minutes' (Link3).
On the sides are two copies of a 1900 picture of a building wrapped in flags and bunting from a Middlebury (VT) College archival photo. (Link4).
SOURCES
Link1: archive.org/details/southerngoodroad1811unse
Link2: archive.org/details/roctober-33
Link3: www.5minutesonline.com/
Link4: https://ia801504.us.archive.org/12/items/middpf_a10pfmcnb02-15-1900-01np/a10pfmcnb02-15-1900-01np.jpg
April 12, 2021

ROMANIA: ICON-MAKERS' WORKSHOP (Still)
 
A beautiful photograph run in a 2007 issue of a Romanian magazine (link1) with no caption or credit. Originally black and white, I added color. It seems to show two women (nuns?) in a well-lit, orderly workshop, apparently absorbed in the making of religious paintings on the walls.
The process in selecting this piece was interesting. After my first social event in a year, in our neighbors' weekly dinner, I had too much to drink: wine, beer and whiskey.
Sadly, the source of this image, "RUST" magazine, "a magazine for the national and Christian resurrection", is a right-wing publication associated with Romania's fascist Iron Guard. As near as I can tell from Google Translate, the picture accompanies an article headlined "The weariness of the Church before the challenges of the century." Fascism has been waiting patiently in Europe for decades, awaiting an American demagogue like Trump.
SOURCES

Link1: archive.org/details/rost-anul-v-nr.-53-54-iulie-august-2007



April 10, 2021

MOM'S FAVORITE THEOLOGIAN DIES (Still)
 
My mother was disappointed that I didn't share her faith in the Roman Catholic religion, but we did talk about things. One of the things she shared was that she really admired renegade Catholic theologian Hans Kung. Kung died recently, at 93, and I must admit his thinking is much more in line with my current thinking than I would have expected.
Uncredited photo from image accompanying a 2016 article "Hans Küng's appeal to Pope Francis: abolish the dogma of papal infallibility" on the French conservative website "medias-press.info" (Link1).
SOURCES
Link1: www.medias-presse.info/lappel-de-hans-kung-au-pape-francois-abolir-le-dogme-de-linfaillibilite-pontificale/50950/



April 9, 2021

DREDGER & SUPERTUGS THAT FREED SUEZ CANAL (Still)
 
I was fascinated by the news story of the EverGiven, the massive Container Ship that got stuck sideways in the Suez Canal, and by the exotic work boats that helped free it. Here, from three news sources (Link1), pictures of the blue Dredger that removed sand, and two Super Tugs. The collage is placed upon a design from the cover of an Arabic book "Elferqaaa Zaydyaaa" (Link2). The EverGiven is visible on the far right bottom, next to the Dredger.
SOURCES

Link1 (news/file photos): 
1. assetsds.cdnedge.bluemix.net/sites/default/files/styles
2. www.repstatic.it/content/nazionale/img/2021/03/28/12220
3. i.pinimg.com/originals/f8/ac/d1/f8acd1a7c1eea00e8c3292914fbaf5c6.jpg
Link2: archive.org/details/elferqaaa-zaydyaaa

April 9, 2021

MESHING PATTERNS OVER BRICKWORK (Still)
 
Deep in the background is a page of decorative brickwork patterns from the 1942 "Building Construction Vol 2" (Link1) There is also a lovely 1992 painting, "The Living Sea" used on the cover of a 1998 edition of 'Fauna of Australia. Volume 5., Mollusca' (Link2) The Geometric pattern in the foreground is a cover from a 2017 Arabic book (Link3: trans: 'The archipelagos of postmodernism are the stakes of the human self. From the hegemony of seclusion to the approval of emancipation')
SOURCES

Link1: archive.org/details/W.B.McKayVol.21944
Link2: archive.org/details/faunaaustralia5well
Link3: archive.org/details/20210406_20210406_1359

April 8, 2021

MESHING PATTERNS (Still)
 
On the outside of the center circle, a digitally-altered two-page spread from the 2021 French comic book "Siegfreid" (Link1). Inside the center circle, two images from the 1983 book "Mohammed, Charlemagne and the Origins of Europe", a book that professes the conservative 1937 "Pirenne Thesis. The two images, superimposed, are, first a Roman coin, a Tremissis dating from 640 A.D. and second, a golden brooch dating from Charlemagne's reign.
SOURCES
Link1:https://https://archive.org/details/tome-02-la-walkyrie/Tome%2001%20-%2
Link2: archive.org/details/mohammed-charlemagne-and-the-origins-of-europe
April 7, 2021

PATTERN PLAY/PRAY (Still)
   
Second version is adjusted for print quality.
SOURCES

TBA
April 6, 2021

BABYLONIAN EASTER SERMON: ISHTAR (Still)
 
From Iraq, a terra-cotta relief of Ishtar (a.k.a. Innana) the Mesopotamian Goddess of "love, beauty, sex, war, justice and political power," according to Wikipedia. She was worshipped in Sumer from at least 4000 B.C. (i.e., 6,000 years ago) and is a character in what may be humanity's earliest story, the Epic of Gilgamesh, still readable (in translation, of course) to the modern mind. (See the 27-page PDF English translation here.)
Note that my logo has Babylonian origins: the trilobite's wings are from an archaeologist's drawing of a Sumerian statue.
Some Christians claim that the name "Easter" is a derivative of "Ishtar." Another name for Ishtar was "Queen of Heaven" and the Old Testament (Jeremiah) condemns ceremonies honoring the Queen of Heaven.
Anyway. Whatever. I wasnt there. Enjoy your Easter Sunday, everybody. Personally, I don't believe that people come back from the dead, but I like the colorful outfits and the chocolate bunnies. Folks have been having agricultural festivals -- Atiku and Easter were a reminder that it was time to sow barley -- for a long time, and I see no reason to stop now.
SOURCES

Link1: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Queen_of_the_Night_(Babylon).jpg
Link2: www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/W_2003-0718-1
April 4, 2021

AKITU: KURDS CELEBRATE NEW YEAR (Still)
 
A news photograph yesterday (Link1) from Iraqi news site "shafaz.com" shows celebrants dancing at an Akitu festival in Northeastern Syria, an American among them. It was a Babylonian harvest festival; Babylon dates back to 2700 B.C. -- or almost 5000 years ago. See also this. The history -- the age -- of cultures in the Middle East always amazes me. I wish American foreign policy was more mindful of this history. Remember, the location of Babylon was present-day Iraq. Digitally altered.
SOURCES

Link1: shafaq.com/en/Kurdistan/U-S-Special-Envoy-to-Syria-attends-Akitu-celebration-in-northeastern-Syria
April 2, 2021

REMEMBERING WHAT WOMEN SAID (0:13)

SOURCES

INTERIOR: Photo of modern-day aircraft control panel, uploaded by user 'Jttu Vm' to photo-sharing "pexels.com" (Link1)
BACKGROUND1 (Face): Cover portrait from 1926 edition of Brazilian movie magazine "A Scena Muda" (Link2)  showing actress Patsy Ruth Miller (Link3)
BACKGROUND2 (Birds): Two-page spread from 1977 Croatian children's book "Što je ptica?" (Link4; trans: 'What is a Bird?')
MUSIC: Track "Chillway" from 2021 album 'NEKOU-Type Z' by Indonesian 'lolicore noise' musical group NekouaiZ (Link5) 

Link1: www.pexels.com/photo/control-panel-in-cockpit-of-modern-aircraft-4051077/
Link2: archive.org/details/s192605060268a000/s192605060268a000
Link3: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patsy_Ruth_Miller
Link4: archive.org/details/sto_je_ptica_slikovnica_1977
Link5: archive.org/details/lf139mp3

April 2, 2021

AMELIA'S RECORD SETTING PLANE (0:14)

SOURCES

PHOTO: Interior of Lockheed Vega (Link1), the airplane first built in 1927 (Link2), used by Amelia Earhart (Link3) to be the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932.

EXTERIOR: Digitally altered image from 1802 edition of "La Divina Comedia di Dante Alighieri" written in 1265. (Link4)

MUSIC: Track 9 on 2021 album "Generative Brinksmanship" by D.J. Frankenstone (Link5); Composer Thomas Park notes "All tracks equally reminiscent of calamity".

Link1: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lockheed_Vega_Interior.jpg
Link2: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Vega
Link3: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart
Link4: archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-rbsc_la-divina-comedia_dante_folioPQ4329F551802-20446
Link5: archive.org/details/GenerativeBrinksmanship

April 1, 2021


1937: CURTIS HAWK 75 FIGHTER (Still)
 

SOURCES

TBA

March 31, 2021

VIDEO: JET LINER COCKPIT (0:32)

Rethinking things. Doing this inside-cockpit/outside-chaos scene without frame and logo. Considering redoing these scenes and packaging four of them into a multiple-image NFT product. I mentioned the NFT idea at a Plastic Club committee meeting tonight, and the idea was dismissed without discussion -- which makes me determined to at least find out whether it's possible. Update: Our accountant said that if I opened a crypto account and reported it, our tax prep bill would double.
SOURCES

TBA

March 30, 2021

VIDEO: STAR WARS SPACE SHIP (0:32)

TBA
SOURCES

FOREGROUND: Cockpit of World War II B-29 bomber, used as model for Star Wars space vehicle "Millenial Falcon" (Link1)

BACKGROUND 1: Panel showing forest scene from 1950 edition of Argentinian comic book "Intervalo" (Link2)

BACKGROUND 2: Typographic designs for letters 'A' and 'K' by user Katmada20XX posted on Reddit Inkscape board (Link3)

MUSIC: Track 13 on 2021 album "Generative Brinksmanship" by D.J. Frankenstone (Link4); Composer Thomas Park notes "All tracks equally reminiscent of calamity".
 
Link1: www.reddit.com/r/Inkscape/comments/mde54a/letters_a_and_k_more_soon/
Link2: theaviationist.com/2015/12/15/millennium-falcon-b-29-cockpit/
Link3: archive.org/details/intervalo-anuario-1950
Link4: archive.org/details/GenerativeBrinksmanship

March 29, 2021


VIDEO: GERMAN BOMBER OVER ENGLAND, 1940 (0:33)

TBA
SOURCES
PHOTO of bomber cockpit from 1940 Nazi
propaganda pamphlet "Wir greifen England an!"
(Link1 trans: 'We're attacking England!')

BACKGROUND: Photos of sea shells from 1987
issue of “American Conchologist” (Link2)

SWASTIKA: From Wikimedia Commons (Link3)

MUSIC: Song "Even Now They Talked in Their Tombs" on 2021 album 'Forgotten Depths' (Link4) by Lovecraftian musicians Novopanthalassa

Link1: archive.org/details/wirgr-ena-495439908
Link2:  archive.org/details/americanconchol45conc
Link3:  commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nazi_Swastika.svg
Link4:  archive.org/details/wptr0009-Novopanthalassa-ForgottenDepths


March 27, 2021

VIDEO: SCHOOLGIRL IN COSTUME, OVER SEASHELLS (0:12)

TBA
SOURCES

Photo of girl from cover of
1983 issue of Polish children’s
magazine “Plomyk” (Link1)
 
Photos of sea shells from 1987
issue of “American 
Conchologist” (Link2)
 
Music from 2021’’Chacabuco
Parte 4: Despues de la Historia” (Link3; 
trans ‘After the Story’) by 
Chilean José Miguel Candela 

Link1: archive.org/details/plomyk-1983-nr-09x
Link2:  archive.org/details/americanconchol45conc
Link3: archive.org/details/pn184
March 25, 2021

COMING OUT AFTER ... (Still)
 
a year of social distancing.
Image is from a 1988 edition of the Polish children's magazine 'Plomyk' (Link1). It is a photo from an article about maritime survival training. The caption reads: "A lifeguard in fireproof clothing glides through the narrow nooks and crannies of the ship".
SOURCES:

Link1: 
archive.org/details/plomyk-1988-nr-14/page/n13/mode/1up
March 22, 2021

CHAOS OUTSIDE KITCHEN WINDOW (Still)
 
SOURCES:

Link1: 
www.windowworld.com/products/windows/sliding-windows#gallery
Link2: archive.org/details/vesyolyie_kartinki_1973_03
March 22, 2021

INSIDE THE WART-HOG TANK KILLER (Still)
 
SOURCES:

Link1: 
www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/products/planes/tank_killer/
Link2: archive.org/details/vesyolyie_kartinki_1973_03
March 20, 2021

COLLECTIVE SPIRIT OF THE INNOCENT (Still)
 
A change of pace. From a 1956 Russian propaganda poster. Text says: "Students! Wipe your feet thoroughly at the entrance to the school: do not allow dust, dirt and snow to enter the school premises."
SOURCES:

Link1: 
archive.org/details/rbms_russianhygieneposters-wipe-your-feet



March 20, 2021

FIRE OUTSIDE THE WINDOW (Still)
 
A sitting room window set between two chairs and a framed picture, from the 1920 "Architectural interior and exterior woodwork standardized: the permanent furniture for your home." (Link1) Another inside vs. outside piece, with an ordinary inside and a chaotic outside adapted from a Soviet children's magazine (Link2).
Links made live at Al F's suggestion.
After a year more or less constantly indoors, I feel scared of the outdoors, known only by 'if it bleeds it leads' news footage. Life is good if you're a White Retired Quarantined (but Healthy) American, but not so good if you're a Guatamelan teenager recruited by a cartel gang, or a Rohingya refugee woman.
SOURCES:

Link1: 
archive.org/details/ArchitecturalInteriorAndExteriorWoodworkStandardizedThePermanent 
Link2: archive.org/details/vesyolyie_kartinki_1973_03


March 20, 2021

DARKNESS IN A GERMAN FIGHTER PLANE (Still)
 
Another experiment in inside/outside, with the inside of a cockpit from a WW2 fighter plane Focke-Wulf 190, in a screenshot from a digital aerial combat game (Link1) and a heavily altered outside from a Russian children's magazine (Link2).
What I'm getting at here is a feeling that during these retirement/quarantine/senior years, I can see the world clearly and can do some limited maneuvering from inside my cozy 12th floor cloister -- but outside I see horror and danger and spreading chaos.
SOURCES:

Link1: 
https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/upload/iblock/1b0/dcs_2014-12-26_21-58-23-71.jpg
Link2: archive.org/details/vesyolyie_kartinki_1973_03
March 18, 2021

DARKNESS ON THE SHIP'S BRIDGE (Still)
 

SOURCES:

Link1: 
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/efqJd5858Oo/maxresdefault.jpg
Link2: archive.org/details/vesyolyie_kartinki_1973_03
March 18, 2021


DARKNESS IN THE PLANE COCKPIT(Still)
 
Another view from inside a warplane during World War II, from a 1940 edition of the Italian "Cronache della Guerra" (Link1: trans 'Chronicles of the War'). The plane is flying in formation with another plane in the left center. I am attracted to these images because of the deep black masses highlighted against the windows.
At the bottom of the image is a stencil from the undated Canadian "Stephens' Silkstone Stencil Catalogue and instruction book" (Link2). It looks like a Swastika, but it is not.
SOURCES:

Link1: 
https://archive.org/details/cronachedellaguerra022920071940
Link2: archive.org/details/N027038
March 18, 2021


LOST CONTINENT ANGEL (Still)
 
Adherents of the idea of a "lost continent" of Mu, an island of civilization in the middle of the Pacific, that mysteriously disappeared but whose culture spread across the world, have influenced popular culture, but not scientists, who consider it "psuedo-archeology." Chief Mu advocate was James Churchward. Because he believed in the spread of Mu's culture and religion, Churchward's 1933 book "The Sacred Symbols Of Mu" (Link1) contains many symbols from around the world, some ot them collected in this composition.
In honor of the 36th anniversary of my relationship with Janice, who lets me do my crazy art thing with just a hug and a kiss to show my appreciation for her -- in her pink nightgown and her own own abundant creativity. I'm a lucky man.

SOURCES:

Link1: 
https://archive.org/details/the-sacred-symbols-of-mu-james-churchwardp
March 17, 2021


CHRISTIAN & MUSLIM MOTIFS IN SPANISH POTTERY (Still)
 
After Spain was reconquered from two centuries of Islamic rule around 1300, there was a period of cross-fertilization between Arab craft and Christian Gothic design. This 15" bowl, from the 1970 book "Valencian Lusterware of the Fifteenth Century" (Link1) combines Arab pottery technique with a heraldic dragon and the Latin words of the Christian Annunciation "Ave Maria Gratia Plena." The floral decoration, with its triplets of dots, is a motif not found in traditional Arab design.
SOURCES:

Link1: 
archive.org/details/valencian-lusterware-15thcentury-metropolitanmuseumofart
March 16, 2021


BOOKMAN COVERS, STENCIL, WEIRD EYES (Still)
 
A collage of four elements. Two of them are covers of the literary magazine "The Bookman" from 1927 (Link1) and 1925 (Link2).
Third element (in the lower center) is a design from the undated Canadian "Stephens' Silkstone Stencil Catalogue and instruction book" (Link3).
Fourth element (the creepy eyes spanning the middle of the image) is an illustration from a recent Russian/Ukrainian horror anthology, "Anderhound" (Link4), accompanying an essay on horror's role in "Teaching [Children] Caution and Obedience."
SOURCES:

Link1: 
archive.org/details/sim_bookman-a-review-of-books-and-life_1927-04_65_2
Link2: archive.org/details/sim_bookman-a-review-of-books-and-life_1925-12_62_4
Link3: archive.org/details/N027038
Link4: archive.org/details/anderhound-01
March 15, 2021


INCIDENT OVER THE NORTH SEA, 1940 (Still)
 
A German pilot (his hand visible on the plane's control yoke, in the lower left of the image) zooms over a merchant ship on the North Sea during the early days of World War II. The picture is from a 1940 issue of the Italian magazine "Cronache della Guerra" (Link 1; trans: 'Chronicles of the War').
Appended to the image at the bottom is a design adapted from the undated Canadian "Stephens' Silkstone Stencil Catalogue and instruction book" (Link2).
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Low energy day, tired after second COVID shot.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/cronachedellaguerra022018051940
Link2: archive.org/details/N027038
March 13, 2021


RECOLORIZING SPACE MACHINERY (Still)
 

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/Amazing_Stories_UK_v01n20_1952-05_Daisy_Chainsaw

March 12, 2021


RECOLORIZING FASHION CLICHES (Still)
 

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/glamourofhollywo00cond

March 10, 2021


PLAIN JANE'S HOLLYWOOD MAKEOVER (Still)
 
From the 1939-41 movie fan magazine "Glamour of Hollywood" (Link1), a photo essay ('Transformation of an Average Girl') shows Mary Wynn Jones getting a makeover from Hollywood experts. She starts as the shy file clerk at bottom left and proceeds through three hours of treatment to become the fetching vamp at upper right. "Call it what you will," the text says, "chrysalis to butterfly, Cinderella into princess, or even Ugly Duckling into swan." The tilt/slant appears in the original layout.

SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/glamourofhollywo00cond

March 10, 2021


CUNEIFORM TEXTURE (for Anders) (Still)
 
From the 1908 French "Documents Presargoniques, Fascicule I. - Premiere Partie. 30 Planches" (Link1; trans: 'Presargonic Documents, Fascicle I. - Part One. 30 Plates'), a cuneiform inscription on a tablet. Presargonic refers to ancient Mesopotamia from roughly 2700 - 2350 BCE). My treatment is a tribute to the art of Anders Hansen, who covers white paper with careful, tiny marks. The cuneiform is placed over a barely visible layer of Arabic writing (in blue).
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/documents-presargoniques-fascicule-i.-premiere-partie.-30-planches-de-i-a-xxv

March 9, 2021

FROM THE COTTON TO THE KNITTER (Still)
 
A collage of machinery and decorative elements from the 1921 textile trade journal "Cotton" (Link1). Underlying the composition is a thread chart, overlaid with two images of machinery and a pen-and-ink illustration of a goddess unspooling thread.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/sim_textile-industries-1904_1921-12_86_2

March 7, 2021

BYZANTINE EMPRESS THEODORA & PET LIONS (Still)
 

From a 1921 edition of the movie trade magazine "Wid's Filmdom" (Link1), an image used in an advertisement for the 1921 Italian silent film 'Theodora', which dramatizes the life of Empress Theodora (500-548). The powerful empress, wife of Justinian, emerges with three pet lions on leashes. Once, according to some accounts, an acrobat in a circus, she is remembered as beautiful and charming. Theodora and Justinian introduced Christianity to Byzantium and she is revered as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox church. Their reign was scarred with a terrible plague that killed one out of five people in Constaninople.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/widsfilmdomoctde18wids

March 7, 2021

ENGRAVED MOTHER & DAUGHTER (Still)
 
Detail from an image advertising the 1912 silent movie "Home-Keeping Hearts." The movie is a melodrama about an ex-convict who redeems himself and wins the respect of his neighbors and the love of a mother and daughter. The movie is now 'lost' -- that is no copies of it exist in any studio archives, private collections, or public archives. The advertisement appears in a 1921 movie fan magazine "Wid's Filmdom" (Link1). The style of the original black-and-white image is done in a loose engraving style, then I use various automatic coloring techniques, very subtly.
Here is a synopsis of this lost movie's plot (Link2): "After serving a ten-year prison sentence for a crime he did not commit, Robert Colton (Thomas H. Swinton) goes to live with a distant relative, Squire Tead (Edward Grace). Tead has been taking care of Colton's daughter, Mary (Mildred Ryan), all this time and he puts the ex-con to work at his creamery. But in spite of Tead's prominence in the village (along with owning the creamery, he is also president of the school board), he is an unpleasant character. He constantly throw's Colton's jail time in his face, squelches competition by bribing government inspectors to condemn the cows belonging to potential competitors and neglects the schoolhouse, which is in dire need of repair. Finally he's faced with the consequences of his deeds -- he doesn't get re-elected to the school board and is beaten to within an inch of his life by one of the cow inspectors. These incidents force him to look at himself and change his nasty attitude. Colton and his daughter reap the rewards of Tead's realization."
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/widsfilmdomoctde18wids
Link2: www.allmovie.com/movie/v95487 


March 7, 2021

DOCTOR SEUSS FISH AND CRYPTID-MERMAIDS (Still)
 
Cryptozoology is the fringe psuedoscience that studies mythological ("cryptid") animals, like Big Foot, Minotaurs, and Mermaids. Turns out there is a modern artist, E.B. Hudspeth who draws/visualizes the anatomy of these mythic animals. In the picture above, in the upper left and bottom right, there are depictions of a skeleton of a mermaid by Hudspeth. I first saw them in a 2014 edition of the children's magazine "The Muse" (Link1), from Hudspeth's 2013 book "The Resurrectionist" (Link2).
The mermaid skeletons are laid over an illustration from Dr. Seuss's 1947 children's book "McElligot's Pool" (Link3), an uplifting book that describes the hopes of a boy with a fishing pole, who imagines all the different fish he "might" catch. Dr. Seuss is in the news because his family has withdrawn certain books from publication, including "McElligot" because of alleged insensitivity -- but rereading it, I don't see anything objectionable. Besides, "cancel culture" is unworkable. No doubt, there are things I said on this blog in 2012 that I wouldn't say today.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/muse-feb-2014-1_202103
Link2: www.academia.edu/37867016/The_Resurrectionist_The_Lost_Work_of_Dr_Spencer_Black_by_E_B_Hudspeth_pdf
Link3: archive.org/details/mcelligotspool


March 6, 2021

SAINT, SPUTNIK, FLAGS (Still)
 
This image has three same-size colorful images. First is a chart of marine signal flags from the 1995 "Ocean Sailing Academy - Yacht Hand And Yacht Skipper Training Manual" (Link1). Second is the cover of a 1958 Russian pamphlet "Soviet Sputniks" (Link2). Third is a picture of Saint Valentina from a Romanian pamphlet (Link3). Valentina, a girl from Palestine, was martyred in 309 A.D. for refusing to worship one of the Roman gods.
A collection of inspirational saint stories (Link4) tells Valentina's story: "She was small and known for wearing old, worn out clothing. One day, when she was with her friend Thea, they joined a group of Christians gathered to hear the Holy Scriptures. Local officials broke up the meeting, grabbed Thea and tortured her. Valentina yelled, 'How long will you torment my sister?' When the thugs heard her, they grabbed her, too. Valentina was dragged away to be burned on an altar which had already been prepared by the heathens. Kicking the altar with her feet, she knocked it over. Then, Valentina and Thea were tied together and burnt alive. Saint Valentina’s Christian bond with Saint Thea was so strong that whether or not they were natural sisters, they were spiritual sisters. And, Saint Valentina was not going to let Saint Thea be martyred without her."
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/ocean-sailing-academy-yacht-hand-and-yacht-skipper-training-manual
Link2: archive.org/details/soviet-sputniks
Link3: archive.org/details/sf.-muc.-valentina
Link4: thenunsgarden.org/saint-valentina.php

March 4, 2021

BAS RELIEF FROM INDIAN BURIAL MOUND (Still)
 
An ancient bas relief disc from a Buddhist burial mound in India, skillfully redrawn in the 1868 "Tree and serpent worship, or, Illustrations of mythology and art in India in the first and fourth centuries after Christ : from the sculptures of the Buddhist topes [burial mounds] at Sanchi and Amravati" (Link1) by James Fergusson. It shows two men and an elephant surrounded by many young women, kind of a party.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125010818173

March 4, 2021

ADVERTISING HOME STUDY TO THE AMBITIOUS (Still)
 
A collage of images from a 1923 issue of "Science And Invention" (Link1), they were used in ads for (top) a homestudy course in Electricity ('Be an Electrical Expert -- Make Big Money') and (bottom) four circular vignettes showing people using their training in Chemistry in daily life. Again, experimenting with coloring by machine -- a combination of G'Mics' Autocolor utility and Dreamscope style transfers.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/science-and-invention-v-11n-04-1923-10-google-autolycus-0152

March 3, 2021

AUTOCOLORED PORTUGUESE EMBROIDERY (Still)
 


Using two black-and-white images from the 1963 "Bordados e Rendas de Portugal" (Link1 trans: 'Embroidery and Lace from Portugal'), I use my newly discovered autocolor utility in Gimp/G'Mics/Testing/Reptorian/Autofill Coloring Book, blending together two different colorings.
The translated caption on the first image says it is an early embroidery pattern used on a bedspread from Castelo Branco. The translated caption on the second image says it is "gradual work for crossing two pairs of bobbins."
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/bordados-e-rendas-de-portugal-1963

March 1-2, 2021

BLACK SARAH KALI, ROMANI SAINT (Still)
 


I am not faithful to my boyhood Roman Catholic upbringing, but I know the stories and when I hear a new wrinkle on the stories, I am interested. Today I ran across a 2014 book "Rise Of The Imposter Christ. The Hidden History Of Jesus And John The Baptist" (Link1). Author Mark Gibbs nods to post-Truth relativism when he opens the book with this poem:
"There are three truths.
One truth corresponds to facts.
Another truth harmonizes with a system of beliefs.
And a third truth depends on you.
"
Gibbs' book begins with visiting space aliens (the Annunaki) who mated with humans to create a hybrid race. All human history is the story of secret conspiracies to spread Annunaki genetics.
Later in the book, the author tells the story of Sarah the Black, otherwise known as Sarah Kali. The story is this: shortly after the Crucifixion, Jesus' mother, Mary, and the mysterious Mary Magdalene, along with other disciples, fled persecution by boat and ended up in France, where Sarah, a servant from India aided them. She is considered the patron saint of the Romani (or gypsies). The image above includes representations/statues of Sarah.
This narrative ties in with novelist Dan Brown's story of the Templars and Cathars and the Holy Grail told so well in the "DaVinci Code."
Just for the record, the wings on my winged trilobite logo are from Sumerian representations of the Annunaki -- not that I believe any of it.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/rise-of-the-imposter-christ.-the-hidden-history-of-jesus-and-john-the-baptist

February 28, 2021

JACOBEAN EMBROIDERY & CATALOG FABRICS (Still)
 


A fanciful design composed of two parts. Foreground is a crewel embroidery pattern from the 1912 book "Jacobean embroidery, its forms and fillings including late Tudor" (Link1). (The Jacobean era was roughly England between 1567 and 1625.) In the background are some fabric designs from a 1954 German department store catalog, "Nordland" (Link2).
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/jacobeanembroide00fitzrich
Link2: archive.org/details/nordland-katalog-1954

February 27, 2021

SNIPER STANDS NEXT TO FAKE TREE (Still)
 

An image from the 2008 "History Of Sniping And Sharpshooting" (Link1) showing a World War 1 German sniper in camouflage next to his fake-tree sniper's nest. The text explains "German snipers also concealed themselves in cast-iron trees that expertly duplicated real trees in no-man's-land, which were switched at night. 'These trees,' wrote an Australian soldier describing British-made versions, 'were such perfect imitations that a man could walk past within two feet of one and not realize it was a dummy—unless he tapped it.'"
My artistic attention these days is drawn to ordinary images with ordinary explanations -- but, without those explanations, they appear hallucinatory and mysterious -- somewhat sinister. Like today's image, like yesterday's. Because I look around recently -- at Covid masks, at Q-Anon, at the former president's cult -- and it seems like a sci-fi nightmare.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/JohnPlasterHistoryOfSnipingAndSharpshooting


February 25, 2021

MOVIE PROPERTY MANAGER ARRANGES MANNEQUINS (Still)
 
From a photo essay titled 'Property Men Are Hollywood's Wonder Workers' appearing in a 1950 Toronto "Star Weekly" Sunday supplement. The caption reads 'The property scout walks off with two dummies for use as stand-ins to be thrown off cliffs or under trains. Many of the dummies have facial features like those of famous stars.'
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/star-weekly-1950-01-14


February 25, 2021

NEW COLORING TECHNIQUE ON GEORGE ADE (Still)
 
I just discovered an alternative to style transfers for adding color to a black-and-white image: it's a bit obscure. It's in GIMP, in the G'Mics extension, under a listing of filters called, simply, "Testing." It's by someone called Reptorian and it's named "Autofill Coloring Book", and in a note Reptorian explains it is designed to "autofill areas with random colors that only appear once." You can't really control the colors except by giving the function a new random number seed.
I run it on a set of cartoon-style illustrations to "Breaking into Society", a 1903 book of satire by turn-of-the century American newspaper humorist George Ade.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/breaking-into-society


February 25, 2021

ARTIST ACCOMPANYING WILD WEST PHOTOGRAPHERS (Still)
 
Plastic Club member Mike Nathan presented this picture to our artists' Zoom tonight and explained "I was looking through an old magazine and there was an article about how, when the USA was opening up the West, photographers traveled with artists. The artist would hand-color the photographs so they would show everyone back East what the West looked like and would prevent the photographs from fading. This photograph shows one of the artists."
"It reminded me of someone." Mike deadpanned, "but I couldn't be sure." It was hilarious.
The hat is decorated with a feather (used as a quill pen), a set of six small brushes, and my very own artist's mark, the winged trilobite.
SOURCES:

Photo taken by Mike Nathan after online Zoom posing session with Bob Moore.


February 24, 2021

CLOISONEE DAGGERS WITH WW2 TEMPTRESS (Still)
 
Cloisonee is a demanding decorative craft, in which wire is used to define areas and then those areas are filled with powdered pigment and heated. Here is a selection of cloisonee sheaths and handles for daggers from the 2012 "The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Weaponry" (Link1). The collage is lightened with an illustration from a World War 2 pamphlet on venereal disease prevention, "She Looked Clean But..." (Link2).
SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/the-illustrated-encyclopedia-of-wea
Link2: archive.org/details/SheLookedCleanBut-nsia

February 22-23, 2021

PILOTING LIFE'S JOURNEY(Still)
 
I'm cautious about borrowing images from school yearbooks (copyrighted or not) because of concern for the privacy of students, but here I use two yearbook images. Barely visible in the background is a full page of charming drawings of a little Eskimo girl with a puppy, sitting in front of an igloo (Link1) from the 1951 issue of the University of Alberta's "Evergreen and Gold" yearbook; and from the 1930 issue of the same yearbook, an ink-drawing of a ship's helmsman taken from an ad by the yearbook's printer, MacDermid (Link2).
Finally, the confusing lines in the background are from a page titled "Enclosed Ornament" from the 1900 "Handbook of Ornament; a grammar of art, industrial and architectural designing in all its branches, for practical as well as theoretical use" (Link3). They remind me of the markings on a marine navigational or star chart.
The general idea is that in life, we have to steer through a complicated space/map filled with dense but confusing information, all the time facing our own psychological issues, which may distort our view of the information on the chart.
SOURCES:
Link1 (background): archive.org/details/P009022_31
Link2 (steersman): archive.org/details/P009022_11
Link3: archive.org/details/handbookoforname1900meye

February 21, 2021

WWI: MORTAR ATTACK ON ROMANIAN RIVER-CROSSING(Still)
 
I can read neither German nor the old black-letter font in the 1917 edition of the German "Illustrirte Zeitung" (Link1; trans: 'Illustrated Newspaper'), but I gather this image depicts an incident in World War I during the Battle for Bucharest when German artillery fired on a Romanian wagon train. The drawing is by German artist Hugo Ungewetter, serving as "war artist" for the periodical.
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Link1: archive.org/details/illustrirte-zeitung-3845-1917

February 20, 2021

GENIE'S LAMP & FLYING CARPET (Still)
 
From the 1858 English "The treasury of ornamental art, illustrations of objects of art and vertu" (Link1), two images. On top, an Indian vase, placed upon the carved sandalwood lid of an Indian casket.
Technical note: the title page says "Photographed from the originals and drawn on stone by F. Bedford"
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/treasuryoforname00robi

February 18, 2021

OLD IRISH WOMAN AT SPINNING WHEEL (Still)
 
There's another volume of the 1903 Dutch ethnographic book, "De Volken der Aarde" (Link1; trans: 'Peoples of the Earth') by Johannes Snelleman. The first volume covers Oceania, Australia, and Asia. This is from the second volume (Link2) covering Africa, Europe, North America, and South America. It shows an old Irish woman at her spinning wheel.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/devolkenderaardesnel
Link2: archive.org/details/devolkenderaardesnel_0

February 17, 2021

TWO YOUNG WOMEN IN OCEANIA (Still)
 
Another image from a 1903 Dutch ethnographic book, "De Volken der Aarde" (Link1; trans: 'Peoples of the Earth') by Johannes Snelleman.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/devolkenderaardesnel

February 17, 2021

TWO TIBETAN BUDDHIST TEACHERS (Still)
 
An image from a 1903 Dutch ethnographic book, "De Volken der Aarde" (Link1; trans: 'Peoples of the Earth') by Johannes Snelleman. It is difficult to read the original Dutch, and as far as I know, there is no English translation available. The caption is 'Tibetan Lamas'. The book has a somewhat old-fashioned colonialist outlook, with a lot of exotic native outfits and bare-breasted young women, but the reproduction of the photographs is excellent.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/devolkenderaardesnel

February 16, 2021

WOOD TYPE AMPERSAND OUTLINE (Still)
 
A pantograph-cut specimen of old American wood type (maple), an outline and color overlay of the character "&" (Ampersand) (Link1) done by a Rochester, NY company Virgin Wood Type Manufacturing Co. A discussion of the specimen is here.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/lfaunitedstates0021

February 15, 2021

INTERNAL COMBUSTION COOL (Still)
 
A collage of images of two gasoline engines: (#1) a big one, a 195-220 horsepower REO "Gold Comet" V-8 truck engine, from an ad in a 1955 "Popular Mechanics" magazine (Link1) and (#2) a small one, a model boat engine of "vee-twin type" from the cover of a 1951 issue of the English magazine "Model Engineer" (Link2).
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/PopularMechanics1955/Popular_Mechanics_01_1955
Link2: archive.org/details/Model_Engineer_Vol_105_No_2625
February 14, 2021

VALENTINE'S DAY CARD (Still)
 
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February 13, 2021

CUBAN DEBUTANTES CIRCA 1926 (Still)
 
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Link1: archive.org/details/SocialVolXINo12Diciembre1926
February 12, 2021

SUFFOCATING SMELL IN POE'S PIT (Still)
 
Illustration by A.M. Trotter for an undated edition of Edgar Allen Poe's "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" (Link1). The image illustrates Poe's 1842 story "The Pit and the Pendulum," in which a victim of the Inquisition encounters a fiendish torture device. The caption reads "A suffocating odour pervades the prison."
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Link1: archive.org/details/talesofmysteryim00poeeuoft
February 12, 2021

TEXTILE DIAGRAMS & JEWELRY DESIGN (Still)
   
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February 10, 2021

PAPER CUTOUTS FROM PORTUGESE MOVIE MAG (Still)
     
 
There's an old art form involving paper cutting, making silhouettes. A 1925 edition of the Brazilian movie magazine "Revista A Scena Muda" (Link1) had a talented paper-cutter designing some of its print ads. The first silhouette, depicting an idealized island scene, is from an ad for perfumed soap. On the left, a woman washes clothes, on the right a manor house, and in the center a unusually-rigged sailboat. Birds sing in the trees around the woman.
In the background/sky of the island scene is an illustration from the 2018 issue of the countercultural Los Angeles magazine "Razorcake" (Link2).
The second image, from the same issue, presumably by the same artist, shows a couple snuggling on a balcony overlooking a body of water. The product is "Lady" rice powder, a cosmetic base.
Background/sky is from various sources.
The third image, from a different isssue of the same magazine (Link3), shows a woman and a winged cherub in a boat being towed by two swans. It appears in an ad for Oriental Beauty Cream.
Fourth image shows a variety of birds in an ad for another beauty product, Hummingbird powder gloss, from the same issue.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/per084859_1925_00249
Link2: archive.org/details/razorcake_102
Link3: archive.org/details/per084859_1925_00229


February 6-8, 2021

WHEN MANUSCRIPT COPYISTS PLAY (Still)
 
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February 4, 2021

1970's NEW AGE OPTIMISM (Still)
 
A hand-drawn motivational image from "The Rainbow Oracle of Mandala City" (Link1) exhorting readers to "Live Healthy". The booklet was published by the "Rainbow Family Of Living Light". That image of a healthy hippy is superimposed on a decoration from the same booklet; it is a low-tech production, some of it apparently typewritten, exhibiting a genuine West Coast hippy style. The group still has a web page (Link2). The site headlines an "old Native American prophecy": "When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow."
From the Text in left top box: "Don't Be Scurgy" (meaning: unknown). Text in right top box "Don't Be Scuzzy." (meaning: Dirty; grimy, disreputable, sleazy).
Bottom text: "Breathe Healthy", "Eat Healthy."
A product of my hippy adolescence, I personally have some sympathy and connection with these predominantly gentle, anti-authoritarian communards -- certainly more than I do with the neofascists and greedheads who ran the place during Trump's America.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/the_rainbow_oracle_of_mandala_city_01_july_1972
Link2: welcomehome.org/rainbow/

February 3, 2021

FOUR CARPETS (Still)
 
Using newly-discovered adjust/resize/rescale technique on an image of four Axminster rugs from a 1931 Sears catalog of "Rugs of Fine Quality" (Link1). Hoping to synchronize texture of frame with texture of central image.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/SearsRugs

February 2, 2021

GIRL IN DRESS, LIGHTING HARDWARE (Still)
 
Researching the QAnon view of the world, one runs across unpleasant material.
Some of it is entirely delusional, such as sex-trafficking world leaders addicted to immortality-conferring adrenochrome obtained from tortured children.
Some of it is all too real, such as the underage girls groomed for sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
One of the first of Epstein's victims (in the early 90's) was Maria Farmer, who survived the abuse and went on to become a figurative painter. The painting of the girl in this image is by Farmer (Link1). Sadly, Farmer, now 51, is suffering from cancer.
As a way of artistically distancing myself from yucky feelings after jumping into this rabbit hole of anti-innocence, I superimposed a page of home lighting fixtures from a 1919 Sears catalog of home kits and furnishings (Link2).
SOURCES:
Link1: See "Commissions" on www.mariafarmerart.com/#/artwork-archive
Link2:  archive.org/details/Sears1919Pg001/Sears_1919_pg001.jpg

February 2, 2021

CAR CATALOG ELEMENTS (Still)
   
Experimenting with a last step in my process, in which I adjust/resize/rescale the central image within the frame.
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February 1, 2021

TIME HAS COME TODAY (Still)
 
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January 31, 2021

GOD IS NOT ON YOUR SIDE, ASSHOLES (Still)
 
The Trump era and the January 6 insurrection had a distinctively religious origin, with the Religious Right, Charismatics, Evangelicals, and the right-wing of Catholicism all on board. A frequent rallying cry for religiously motivated Trumpists was "Deus Vult" (trans: 'God Wills it'), the Pope's 11th-century Latin call for the bloody crusades. Here, I use my rusty high-school Latin to revise it: "Deus Non Vult" (trans: 'God most definitely does NOT want it').
The slogan is placed on an illustration from an undated Italian encyclopedia, "Lexicon Vallardi" (Link1), probably dating from the early to mid 19th century. The illustration is from a museum in Bologna, dated 1666, There is little information about the image. It seems to show a child holding a cudgel standing over a jumbled pile of precious silver. This may refer to the 15th century "Bonfire of the Vanities" when the preacher Savanarola sent children to collect books, musical instruments, cosmetics, and other 'occasions of sin' from the wealthy.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/lexiconvallardie01milauoft/page/1278/mode/2up

January 30, 2021

PHOTOGRAPHER GETS SUSPICIOUS GLARE (Still)
       
Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson went to Russia and shot this photo of a factory worker for an article in a 1955 issue of the German magazine "Stern" (Link1). The text says that the worker was very suspicious when Cartier-Bresson took the photo.
First image is Cartier-Bresson's original cropping, second image is scaled 150%, third image is scaled 150% again, fourth 150% again. A technical breakthrough. Hopefully, it displays the "spaghetti" texture to advantage.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/stern-1955-08_202101

January 28, 2021

WEIRD ONE: BROKEN RECTANGLES (Still)
 

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Link1: archive.org/details/canadianjewel1920cana

January 28, 2021

WEIRD ONE: WATCH WORKS (Still)
 

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Link1: archive.org/details/canadianjewel1920cana

January 27, 2021

WEIRD ONE: ETCETERAS (Still)
 

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January 26, 2021

OLD SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY (Still)
 

A wall painting (Link1) by Renaissance painter Luca Signorelli showing "The Damned in Hell," done between 1499 and 1505. I wish Joe Biden luck in his calls for "Unity", but I also want Congress to open a big can of whoop-ass on people in the government who encouraged and cooperated with the January 6 Capitol riot.
Second version focuses on a detail of the painting, a horned devil carrying a young woman into the flames of hell.
SOURCES:

Link1: commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=158956


January 24, 2021

WEIRD ONE: HOPALONG ON HARDWARE (Still)
 

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archive.org/details/bingham-company-hardware

January 23, 2021

WEIRD ONE: THREE SENTIMENTAL CERAMICS (Still)
 

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January 19, 2021

INAUGURATION: DOCTOR JILL IS IN PERIWINKLE (Still)
 

Done with tears in my eyes during the inauguration celebration. (I include links to the music, but caution you that many browsers are set to automatically play the "next" video that some megacorporation thinks you want to hear after the video you actually want to hear ends.) I especially liked Jon Bon Jovi's "Here Comes the Sun", Yo Yo Ma's "Amazing Grace", the Broadway Medley (with dancer Charlotte d'Amboise at 2;30 in the center square at the end), Yolanda Adams' Hallelujah, John Legend's "Feeling Good", and the mixed Spanish and English "Pass-the-Mic" number.

The image in the center is a composite of (a) a flower of a gentian plant from a 1991 issue of "Kalmiopsis : journal of the Native Plant Society of Oregon" (Link1) and (b) a photo from the 1953 "Kodak Data Books of Applied Photography" (Link2), showing a carbide cutting blade subjected to flourescene, revealing fine cracks. The collage is meant to convey the mess of a country Trump has left for Biden, mismanaged, but with great potential.
Afterthoughts:
Janice tells me that Jill Biden's coat was not Periwinkle. My source was MSNBC commentator Joy Reid.
Janice and I shared a commercial flight (Philadelphia-to-Florida) with the Bidens fifteen or so years ago. The couple seemed pleasant, down-to-earth, and friendly, and Jill seemed quite glamorous in a digified, professional way.
My musical correspondent Hugh reminds me of another upbeat, optimistic song: Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now".
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/kalmiopsis22nati
Link2: archive.org/details/kdbap

January 20, 2021

WEIRD ONE: BUGS & FABRICS (Still)
 

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January 19, 2021

WHEN RUBBER CAR TIRES WERE NEW, 1917 (Still)
 

Illustration for an advertisement by Pirelli Tires in a 1917 issue of the magazine "Touring Club Italiano" (Link1), showing white Pirelli tires (middle right) carrying a heavy load while an old-fashioned wagon wheel lies broken in the lower right corner. Pirelli Tires is still in business, but was bought ("temporarily privatized") by a Chinese chemical company in 2015.
The intensely modernistic style of art is Italian Futurist, a style that became identified with Fascism under Mussolini.
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Link1: archive.org/details/2021-01-14-13-22

January 19, 2021

NATIONAL PARK VIEW, 1915 (Still)
 

From the 1993 book "Presenting Nature: The Historic Landscape Design of the National Park Service 1916 to 1942" (Link1) by Linda Flint McClelland: a 1915 photo of a scenic highway tunnel. The caption explains: "Photographed in 1915, Mitchell Point Tunnel was one of several naturalistic tunnels constructed along the Columbia River Highway in Oregon from 1913 to 1922. Carved out of a steep rock embankment that rose from the river, the tunnel was 390-feet long and had arched buttresses that alternated with open galleries to provide the motorist with river views framed by jagged rock work." (Oregon Historical Society).
The book sparked a quarantine fantasy: that after I get my vaccine, I take off in a recreational vehicle and document what has happened to national parks since 1993, visiting sites identified in McClelland's book, now in the public domain. I fear much has been lost under modern management. The Mitchell Point Tunnel was destroyed in 1966 as part of the building of Interstate I-80 under LBJ.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/Presenting-Nature

January 18, 2021

YOUNG GIRL PENS A FATEFUL LETTER (Still)
 

In a scene from the opera "Eugene Onegin," 17-year-old Tatiana writes a letter declaring her passion for a new neighbor, a disillusioned aristocrat. The neighbor rejects her, but decades later he will bitterly regret spurning her love. Pictured is operatic soprano Julia Varady playing the role of Tatiana in Munich in 1977, Photo from a 2018 issue of the classical music magazine "Gramophone " (Link1).
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/Gramophone2018-8

January 17, 2021

READING A MAGAZINE (Still)
 

Upon further examination of the 1930 Canadian food journal, "La Revue Culinaire" (Link1), I realized that the magazine employed a staff artist who was very skilled at creating ink drawings, such as yesterday's rushing paper-boy. Here's another ink-drawing, a lovely lady lounging on a sofa.
The colors & pattern in the background are from the same source as yesterday's image, color samples in a 1910 paint catalog (Link2) by Alabastine Company of Grand Rapids.
Incidentally, here is a link to various paint catalogs.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-rbsc_revue_culinaire_TX1R48_v1-20231/
Link2: archive.org/details/mysteryoflostwom00alab

January 15, 2021

I READ THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY (Still)
 

Something broke inside me when I saw self-styled "patriots" threatening elected legislators in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. My work has been increasingly abstract, escapist. Here, a composition based on color samples in a 1910 paint catalog (Link1) by Alabastine Company of Grand Rapids, using a G'Mic deformation filter, Conformal Map (dipole).
In silhouette, a running newspaper boy from a beer ad in a 1930 Canadian food journal, "La Revue Culinaire" (Link2).
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/mysteryoflostwom00alab
Link2: archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-rbsc_revue_culinaire_TX1R48_v1-20231/

January 15, 2021

GEOMETRIC COLORIZATION IN TED'S STYLE (Still)
 
Friend and neighbor Gutswa presented a work of art in our Tuesday Digital Sharing session; this is my response to it. It is a stacking of boxes in red, green, blue and black, with successive reductions scalings into the center. Then it is placed on a halftoned background using a Gimp G'Mic filter. (There are so many filters that I forget which one.)
SOURCES:

Image by Bob Moore
January 14, 2021

OVER A CLIFF (Still)
 
Long day to get this done.
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January 13, 2021

MISC: DANCER IRENE CASTLE (Still)
 
From the cover of a 1922 issue of illustrated movie fan magazine "Pantomime" (Link1), a portrait of actress and modern dancer Irene Castle, who, along with her husband Vernon, formed a popular team doing performance and instruction in modern dance -- "they taught the world to two-step".
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/PantomimeJan.211922
January 12, 2021

MISC: SELF-PORTRAIT (Still)
 
Me, looking like a grotesque 76-year-old troll, thoughtful and sad during this unnerving time. Horrified by events in Washington.
SOURCES:

Link1: Photo by Janice Moore
January 11, 2021

MISC: BALLET SCENE II (Still)
 
A costume design by Leon Bakst for a production at Sergei Diaghilev's famous ballet troupe, Ballets Russes. The drawing appears in the 1911 Russian "Sovremenny Balet" (Link1: trans: 'Contemporary Ballet').
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Link1: archive.org/details/sovremenny_balet
January 10, 2021


MISC: BALLET SCENE I (Still)
 
Photo of ballerina Tamara Karsavina in the ballet Giselle. Photo from the 1911 Russian "Sovremenny Balet" (Link1: trans: 'Contemporary Ballet'). The book is listed on archive.org as Public Domain Mark 1.0, which means it is no longer under copyright and you are free to adapt and alter, as I have done here. Photos and posters inside are a treasure.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/sovremenny_balet
January 9, 2021


MISC: COLORIZED RUNE STONE (Still)
 
Herman Wirth was a German-Dutch scholar who studied ancient symbols and religions. His fringe theories (for example, the Aryan race came from Atlantis) was popular for a while in Germany in the 30's, but Heinrich Himmler pushed him aside in the Nazi's occult research program (portrayed well in the Indiana Jones movies). Here, from Wirth's 1931 "Die Heilige Urschrift Der Menschheit" (Link1; trans: 'The Sacred Origin of Mankind') Wirth shows a carved gravestone with a twisting snake and runic symbols surrounding it.
I am so horrified by American current events (invasion of the Capitol building) that I seek escape with the old, the arcane, the silly, and the abstract.
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Link1: archive.org/details/wirth-herman-die-heilige-urschrift-der-menschheit-band-5-und-6/Wirth%2C_Herman_Die_heilige_Urschrift_der_Menschheit_Band_1_1931%2C/
January 7, 2021


MISC: RUSSIAN BICYCLE-RIDING MONKEYS (Still)
 
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Link1: archive.org/details/neobychainye_pohozhdeniia_samokatchika_v_strane_kolesa
January 6, 2021


MISC: RUSSIAN FLYING BICYCLES #1 and #2(Still)
 
A fanciful image from a 1903 edition of the Russian magazine "Samokat" in St. Petersburg (Link1), billed as "The extraordinary adventures of a scooter in the land of the wheel, where a lot is funny like ours, but very much is beautiful: For boys and girls from 3 to 75 years old. Stories, scenes and cartoons (over 300) from the life of cyclists."
The Russian text (google-translated) explains how the machine works: "It's very simple: to lift you need just spread the sails and work with the pedals. The blades of the wheels will quickly fill the sails [and] the apparatus rises into the air. When they want to go down, little by little collect sails. If you almost remove them then the apparatus will drop to the ground."

So charmed by the 1903 Russian flying bikes that I find distraction and shelter from my anger at the takeover of the Capitol Building by Trumpists, by doing another image from the same publication (Link1).
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/neobychainye_pohozhdeniia_samokatchika_v_strane_kolesa
January 5-6, 2021


MISC: SWORDS OVER WORDS OVER GEOMETRY OVER GARDENS (Still)

Complicated collage, seeking abstraction thru pattern to clear my head after yesterday's disturbing piece.
The only representational piece is the design of clashing swords in the center foreground. It is from a 1949 issue of "Weird Tales" (Link1).
The pattern of black squares in the middleground is from the 1854 "Perigal's Contributions to Kinematics" (Link2). It shows "bicircloids cut from the lathe using a geometric chuck." A bicircloid is a "curve generated by the uniform motion of a point around the circumference of a circle the center of which itself uniformly describes a circle."
In the deep background are some garden layouts from the 1544 "Regole generali di architettura di Sabastiano Serlio" (Link3; trans: 'General architectural rules of Sabastiano Serlios')
Late addition to the composition: the four Asian characters in orange just to the left of the center, from "The Complete Commercial Artist, Vol. 15," (Link4) 1929 by Hamada Masuji.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/weird-tales-v-41-n-02-1949-01
Link2: archive.org/details/perigal-contributions-to-kinematics-1854
Link3: archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-rbsc_regoli_generali_folio_NA2517S571544-20136
Link4: archive.org/details/lfaperiodicalsccartist0009/LFA_Periodicals_CCArtist_0009_001.jpg
January 4, 2021


MISC: LATEST PLASTIC-MOLDED SEX DOLL (Still)

Appealing in its female form but rather terrifying in reality and implication: a TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) molded sex doll. Foreground is the $1595 "hot petite latina Maria" (Link1), with optional spare head, USB-powered heating element, and removable vagina. In the background, is a photo (Link2) used to explain how to clean a sex doll after use, with exaggerated circular breasts at top right and graphic plastic anus and vagina on bottom left. It feels like an evolutionary and psychological tragedy. Like my December 21, 2020, variation on an extremely difficult Kama Sutra sexual maneuver, I tend to obscure rather than clarify sexual subjects.
SOURCES:

Link1: www.lovedollpalace.com/products/maria-hot-petite-latina-spinner
Link2: madamdolly.com/an-easy-guide-to-cleaning-and-taking-care-of-your-sex-dolls

January 2, 2021


MISC: ROMANTIC RIVALS FIGHT ON CHIMNEY (Still)

A dramatic moment from a silent film, "Zwischen Himmel und Erde" (Link1; trans: 'Between Heaven and Earth') from a drawing in a 1913 issue of the German film trade journal "Lichtbild-Bühne" (Link1). The plot involves the repair of a giant factory chimney and involves the factory owner's daughter who is courted by the chief engineer and an administrator. The two suitors fight atop the chimney.

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Link1: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwischen_Himmel_und_Erde_(1913)
Link2: archive.org/details/lichtbildbuhne-1913-07

January 2, 2021


MISC: UNEASY THRONE (Still)

From a 1913 issue of the German film trade journal "Lichtbild-Bühne" (Link1), a studio photo of leading German actor Albert Basserman in his role as a traveling actor in the silent movie "Der Konig". Basserman left Germany because his wife Elsa, an actress and screenwriter, was Jewish. Basserman did work in Hollywood, but had to deliver his English lines by phonetics.
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Link1: archive.org/details/lichtbildbuhne-1913-07
January 1, 2021


MISC: AIRPLANE AND GYMNASTS (Still)

Foreground are shots of the warplane F-111 Ardvark, a General Dynamics aircraft that pioneered variable-sweep wings, from a 1963 edition of "Aviation Week" (Link1). In the background, two overlaid shots of Romanian gymnasts working out in a field, one of women gymnasts, one of men. From a 1943 issue of the Romanian picture magazine "Signal" (Link2).
Last day of the year, working busily on the transfer from Free-for-All 2020 to Free-for-All 2021. Lot of trouble...Here's where it should be: 2020 Archive.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/Aviation_Week_1963-12-16
Link2: archive.org/details/signal-nr.-19-1-din-octombrie-1942-ed.-rom.

December 31, 2020


MISC: CHANGE OF YEAR (Still)

An image marking the coming New Year. Relieved that my country's slide into autocratic thuggery has stopped -- or slowed. I'll be happy when January 20th Inauguration comes.
My personal to-do list before the New Year is to transfer web site (Philly-Bob's Free-for-All 2020) to a new year version, Philly-Bob's Free-for-All 2121, for which this will be the first entry. Also, usual holiday stuff, muted by quarantine. My birthday is two days before Christmas, and I hope my friends and family are accustomed to my moody holiday distraction, in terms of cards and gifts. As an old girlfriend once said, "Who pissed on you on Christmas?"
Maybe I should work on a "Greatest" page. I've been doing these images since October 10, 2012, and it must be difficult for new visitors to get oriented.
2021 numerals are from "Hyper Block" font (Link1) by Indonesian design studio Lettersiro (Link2). Background is numeral in various fonts from 1886 "Letters and Monograms for Marking on Silk, Linen, and Other Fabrics" by Mrs. Jenny June Croly (Link3)
SOURCES:

Link1: www.dafont.com/search.php?q=hyper+block
Link2: lettersiro.com
Link3: archive.org/details/Monograms
December 17, 2020

To contact Philly-Bob, email me at bobmoore [at symbol] pobox.com (of course, replace "[at symbol]" with "@"].

Masthead Portrait by Remo Frangiosa, 2015

12/31/2020