Thursday, September 30, 2010

Babe Ruth in baseball uniform, holding baseball bat.

Babe Ruth in baseball uniform holding baseball batBabe Ruth, full-length portrait, standing, facing slightly left, in baseball uniform, holding baseball bat.

Title: [Babe Ruth, full-length portrait, standing, facing slightly left, in baseball uniform, holding baseball bat] / Irwin, La Broad, & Pudlin. Date Created, Published: c1920.

On September 30, 1927, Babe Ruth hits his 60th home run of the season and with it sets a record that would stand for 34 years.

George Herman Ruth, Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948), best known as "Babe" Ruth and nicknamed "the Bambino" and "the Sultan of Swat"
Medium: 1 photographic print. Reproduction Number: LC-USZC4-7246 (color film copy transparency) LC-USZ62-105246 (b&w film copy neg.) Call Number: BIOG FILE - Ruth, George Herman, 1895-1948 [item] [P&P] [P&P] Other Number: J242488.


* J242488 U.S. Copyright Office.
* Signed on image: "Yours truly "Babe" Ruth."
* No. 6.

This Image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1923 are copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published before 1923 (in this case 1920), are now in the public domain.

American (c)ART(oon)IST

Cartoons were popular in all kinds of advertising in the mid-century -- but perhaps nowhere more than in advertising directed at artists. The ad pages of old 1950s issues of American Artist magazine are a virtual goldmine of cartoon styles and subjects.

Well known art materials suppliers like Bainbridge...


... Speedball...



... and Royal Crest seem to have felt that the best way to win over customers was to take a lighthearted approach - often running long series of cartoon ads month after month...


... even year after year.



No American Artist advertiser was more committed to cartoon art than the Iddings Paint Company, which ran small space ads in the back pages of the magazine that featured a new, tiny, always beautifully crafted cartoon nearly every month throughout the '50s.






Its also interesting to see how competitors sometimes chose remarkably similar ad concepts. Both of these pencil ads appeared in the same issue of AA -- both featuring cartoon art.



Meanwhile, Marshall's had a different idea. Though still using cartoon art.


I don't know how many other people there are out there who will share my fascination with this stuff. It is admittedly pretty obscure; but I love it. In fact the smaller the ads, the greater my delight for the tiny images that decorate them.


I can't help but marvel at the quality of the work done by these (usually anonymous) advertising cartoonists. This was not the work of amateurs.


Who drew all this marvelous stuff? Some thoughts and some clues... tomorrow.

* My Ads with Cartoon Elements Flickr set.

Triumphal Maximiliano

"The [Holy Roman] Empire comprised a collection of diverse territories of varying size, importance and religious adherence, each ruled over by its own territorial overlord, who in turn owed allegiance to an elected Emperor.

In its basic form, the entry* was ceremonial in character, an event in which the ruler with his retinue entered officially into one of the cities of his realm and was received by the dignitaries of that city with a standard set of ceremonies of obeisance or of feudal contract.

The imperial entry had its origins in Roman, Byzantine and medieval ceremonial. Ancient ceremonial combined with classicising impermanent architecture, above all the triumphal arch, were its characteristics.

The Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519, elected Emperor in 1508) commissioned two works of art which exerted a considerable influence on court festivals generally in the Empire: the set of 192 woodcuts commissioned from Dürer in 1515 which together make up the Triumphal Arch and the series of 136 woodcuts by Burgkmair, Altdorfer, Dürer and others which constitute the Triumphal Procession of 1517."

[Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, 1999 via BL]

*or procession or triumph

Triumph of Emperor Maximilian I

Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I (5)

Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I (8)

Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I (10)

Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I (11)

Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I (12)

Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I (17)

Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I (32)

Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I (56)

Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I (58)

Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I (72a)

Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I (73)

Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I (80)

Click through to large and extra large versions :
even larger images are available from the source site, listed below.

[this is an original entry on BibliOdyssey]

"'Festival Book' is the term for accounts of festivities such as entries, of which there are many hundreds, often surviving in very few copies. Originally manuscripts, often illustrated, compiled for prince or city, with the arrival of print they were frequently published, varying in form from short pamphlets describing the order of events, and perhaps recording speeches, to lavish books illustrated with woodcuts or engravings showing the various tableaux, often including a fold-out panorama of the procession, curling to and fro across the page. [..]

These livrets are not always to be trusted as literal records; some were compiled beforehand from the plans, and others after the event from fading memories. The authors or artists engaged in producing the books had by no means always seen the entry themselves. Roy Strong finds that they are 'an idealization of an event, often quite distant from its reality as experienced by the average onlooker. One of the objects of such publications was to reinforce by means of word and image the central ideas that motivated those who conceived the programme.' [..]

The Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I, went a step further, creating enormous virtual triumphs that existed solely in the form of print. The Triumphs of Maximilian (begun in 1512 and unfinished at Maximilian's death in 1519) contains over 130 large woodcuts by Dürer and other artists, showing a huge procession (still in open country) culminating in the Emperor himself, mounted on a huge car."

The charming manuscript images seen above were sometimes assiduously copied from, and at other times simply inspired by, The Triumphs of Maximilian I. That the procession was itself imaginary makes the concept of embellishment more a stylistic contrast with the originals than in any sense a deviation from reality. The manuscript was produced in about 1700 (so it is claimed) and features captions in German. It may have been originally commissioned by the Hapsburg Archduke Albert of Austria (d. 1621) and ended up in Spain via his successors, Philip IV and Charles II. The manuscript artist is not known.

'Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I, Rey de Hungría, Dalmacia y Croacia, Archiduque de Austria' is owned by BNE and hosted by Biblioteca Digital Hispánica

You'll notice that the direct link to the manuscript goes via the European Library. They are host to a(n) (new) exhibition section called Reading Europe: European Culture Through the Book, that makes a 1000 books from the national libraries of Europe available in bilingual or multilingual format.

[alternative, or, I suppose, the original, from the Graz MS]

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Halloween Trick or treat in sweden

Halloween Trick or treat in swedenDescription: Halloween Trick or treat in sweden.jpeg. English: Trick or Treat in Sweden. Svenska: Bus eller godis i Sverige. Date: 31 October 2005(2005-10-31)

Source: Own work. Author: ToyahAnette B

I (ToyahAnette B), the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. This applies worldwide.

In case this is not legally possible: I (ToyahAnette B) grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.

Mail Day

Manolo takes all the orders from my shop to the Post Office each week in style
Mail bag
with a very cool Three Potato Four cotton canvas mail bag :)
And every order from my shop includes freebie "Topography of a Bird" postcard :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

Ted Williams Boston Red SoxDescription: Ted Williams BaseBall Digest May 1949 raw.jpg. An image of Major League Baseball hall of famer Ted Williams.

Date: May 1949(1949-05). Source: Baseball Digest, back cover, May 1949 issue. Author: unknown.

On September 28, 1960, at Boston’s Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox's Ted Williams hits a home run in the last at-bat of his 21-year career.
Also on this day in 1941, Ted Williams plays a double-header against the Philadelphia Athletics on the last day of the regular season and gets six hits in eight at bats, to boost his batting average to .406, becoming the last player to hit .400.

Permission: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 with a copyright notice, and its copyright was not renewed.

Baseball Digest: This image or file was extracted from an issue of Baseball Digest published before January 1, 1964. A search of the following sources: reveals no renewals for the title "Baseball Digest" within the required period for filing. Additionally, independent research by the Library of the University of Pennsylvania, "First copyright renewals for periodicals", confirms the absence of filed renewals.


Whole wheat pretzels
Pantry door
Daniel and I baked pretzels today using this recipe.
I used whole wheat organic flour instead of all purpose.
We didn't have pretzel salt so I used a Hawaiian black lava salt
I had in the pantry and sprinkled a few with black sesame seeds. Yummy.
I asked Manolo to make me shallow shelves in the pantry
to be able to see everything in there and I really love it.
We used some left over pieces of pine beams from the roof in the living room
and other scraps of maple.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Door No.9

Door No.9
The other side
Israel's side
The other side of the studio that I share with my two sons.
Daniel (age 12) owns the orange chair & Israel (age 14) owns the blue one.

Prince, an Alaskan dog, carrying utensils on his back

Prince, an Alaskan dog, carrying utensils on his backTitle: Prince, an Alaskan dog, carrying utensils on his back. Other Title: "Prince," Seward, Alaska
Date Created/Published: [between ca. 1900 and ca. 1930] Medium: 1 photographic print. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsc-01606 (digital file from original)

Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.

Access Advisory: No known restrictions on reproduction. Call Number: LOT 11453-1, no. 51 [P&P] Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.


* Title transcribed from caption accompanying item.
* Photo by Gordons.
* Forms part of: Frank and Frances Carpenter collection (Library of Congress).
* Gift; Mrs. W. Chapin Huntington; 1951.

Fabulous '50s Cartoon Ads!

Many readers already know that I'm a cartoonist who has specialized in advertising for much of my career. So it'll come as no surprise that I have a real affection for the cartoon art of 1950s advertisments.


The reason Today's Inspiration wasn't updated for most of last week is that I had to put every spare minute I wasn't teaching into the preparations for an event I had organized; a day of cartooning workshops/lectures with several of my fellow members of the National Cartoonists Society (Canadian chapter).


That event happened yesterday and was a huge success. During my one-hour presentation I spent quite a lot of time talking about and showing examples of the advertising cartoons I've done over the years. So in celebration of that particular cartooning niche, this week I've decided to feature more fabulous '50s cartoon ads from my collection of old magazines.


I know I'm not alone in my affection for the styles featured in these ads. The collection I've archived on Flickr in a set called "Ads with Cartoon Elements" has been viewed more than 56,000 times.

I think many of today's illustrators and cartoonists are hugely inspired by the unique, clever drawing styles artists like the one who did this 'Oral B' series of ads invented in the '50s.


So be sure to drop by each day this week for another batch of mid-century advertising cartoons!


And if you'd like to see a few photos from yesterday's event (expertly taken by my son, Simon Peng) and read a bit about what was discussed, drop by the new NCS Canada blog... and please feel free to leave a comment.

* My Ads with Cartoon Elements Flickr set.