Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Grisaille Communists and Puppet

An example of the Gerhard Richter 'grisaille' look mentioned yesterday.  The people here are suitably Cold War in appearance: a caption describes them as 'British Communists.'   They'd been arrested for 'squatting' in a London flat (and presumably plotting against the bourgeoisie).   Amazing to see the woman with a cigarette.

Second image: a Baltimore puppet-maker, Bernard Paul, in 1930, with what looks like a Balinese puppet.   The muddy pink touch-up is unusual--and delightful.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tosca 1956

Not possible to see and not want.  Nothing zen about it.

Find the photo editor's markups, here and elsewhere, enthralling.  (Likewise the rather terrifying Callas rictus caught by photographer.)  Gray, blue, black, white, sometimes going pink or yellow.  The white-out effects are hypnotizing after a while.  Suddenly realizing how Gerhard Richter developed the weird grisaille he used in those paintings of the Baader-Meinhof gang.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mad Dancers from Baltimore

Horrors!   Have discovered a website devoted to absolutely astonishing archival wire service photos and they have become the obsession du jour.  This is serious: I've been spending *hours* scrolling up and down pages and alas sending constant little billets doux to PayPal.   I know it's a seriously awful new fixation because I don't want to name the site so as not to attract rival collectors to it.  My moral compass has obviously gone completely haywire and is now flying around in 180 degree pirouettes, rather like these two energetic young ladies.    To be continued.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Oh Lawd

 ... I done done.

A certain previous-century Mrs. Reynolds on a visit to Naples.  Beulah, peel me a grape.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Midcentury Experiment in Eco-Living

'World famous
Hole 'n the Rock Home--15 mi. south of Moab, Utah.  Memorial of A.L. Christensen, famous artist, sculptor and taxidermist and home of Gladys L. Christensen, widow.  14 rooms (5000 sq. feet of floor space) personally engineered and sculptured [sic] into the sandstone rock by Mr. Christensen from 1945 until his death in 1957.'    Gorgeous linoleum.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Polly Himself Again

Polly Again.  A children's book from 1886 by Ella Farman--with lovely pictorial boards.   Most surviving copies--to judge by offerings on ABE--are in pretty wretched condition (including mine).   Hideously cracked spines, etc.   Which means the book was obviously much-read, and perhaps much-prized.  I myself am in love with Mr. Himself.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Polly Himself

To be explained.  It's 90 degrees today and I'm all pluffled. Too much to say anything more.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Toothsome Pair

From the lovely oddity department: Eleanor Roosevelt and Lillian Parks, White House maid and proud author of My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House, in a deaccessioned newspaper file photo from 1961.  Check out weird caption note about other White House workers 'pledging to refrain' from memoir-writing.   And all this while JFK and Marilyn were no doubt frolicking in situ.

ER--gor bless 'er-- seems to be relishing all the scuttlebutt.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Carmel Sea View

Actually a fairly large photo; hand-tinting, as always, adds its idiosyncratic or anecdotal element--someone's fantasy of the day.

The crouching lady in fur-sleeves would appear to be an amateur nature photographer too.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Your Lupins or Your Life

Costume drama heaven:  Mr Matheson Lang.  Canadian-born Scottish actor (1879-1948), known for Shakespearean parts, including Hamlet, Romeo, and Macbeth, and Shylock in a silent film version of The Merchant of Venice in 1916.  

"He went on to appear in over 30 films and was one of Britain's leading movie stars of the 1920s. Among his memorable roles were Guy Fawkes (1923), Matthias in The Wandering Jew (1923) (which also featured his wife as Judith), Henry IV in Henry, King of Navarre (1924), and Henry V in Royal Cavalcade (1935). "

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Archaic Device

Nice to know the future will have these stylish beanies.

From a series of comic cards specifically published by and for nudists in the 1950s and 1960s.