Sunday, May 29, 2016

A M U S E M E N T S . . . of the past

metal 1960s jumping cricket toy
A metal 1960s jumping cricket toy:  we press it down on a smooth surface,  and walk away.
Soon it pops free and startles passing adults notably more mature than ourselves.
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
Coney Island Steeple Chase ride 1920
The Steeple Chase ride at Coney Island in 1920    Click images twice for full size
    
A M U S E M E N T S
      
White City amusement park 1905
1905
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
squawkers or blow-outs 1903 advertisement
 1903 squawkers: phallic sadness
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
1907 blow-outs amusement from catalog
1907 'comic face'
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
barbeque cigarette ash tray 1950 advertisement
1950 elegance
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
Paris sewers tour 1800 illustration
 Paris sewers, 1800: people paid to tour the massive underground system
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
Paris sewers tour 1870 illustration
 Paris sewers tour, 1870
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
Paris sewers tour 1870 illustration 2
 Paris sewers tour, 1870
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
Paris catacombs tour 1851 illustration
Paris catacombs tour, 1851
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
1972 Unisonic tv advertisement
1972 Unisonic amusement on a tiny tv screen
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
1963 stylish television station photograph
a 1963 television station in the business of programming amusement
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
1963 broadcast television camera advertisement
A 1963 television camera captures amusement,
and feeds it to a broadcast tv tape recorder . . .
broadcast tv tape recorder advertisement 1963
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    

    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
asbestos cigar-pipe & piggy in a coffin advertisements 1890
Tobacco pipes disguised as cigars were sold to youth
who couldn't afford real cigars in 1890.
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
1947 cone dispenser for ice cream store
a 1947 cone dispenser, above a loud gas-powered generator.
Noise, heat, sunglasses, ice cream . . .
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
joke store 1950s birth control kit
 1950s: did customers in joke shops see this, and laugh out loud?
Was the air blue with the store owner's cigar smoke?
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
party hats 1965 advertisement photograph
1965 New Year's Eve: No need to fake a smile, but wear the damn hat.


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

SMILES in art

A 1947 magazine advertisement for steel office furniture: 
imagine walking in on these two in real life . . . something is amiss.
    
S  M  I  L  E  S
   
a 1947 illustration by R.G. Harris    click images twice for full size
    
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 a book illustration by W. Heath Robinson
    
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A 1950s magazine ad for Pabco Paints by
 Saul Bass and some other designer
    
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 Somebody's photograph of an old sun-damaged Esso gasoline tiger
design by illustrator Bob Jones
    
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1958 package design
    
S  M  I  L  E  S
   
by Andrew Loomis
    
S  M  I  L  E  S
   
 A 1957 Parker 51 fountain pen is good enough
for the Vicomte d'Orthez. Screw him.
    
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 illustration by Basil Gogos
    
S  M  I  L  E  S
   
 Ferenc Helbing art 1914
    
S  M  I  L  E  S
   
 by Basil Wolverton
    
S  M  I  L  E  S
   
by Charles Burns
    
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 photo design by Franco Grignani, 1960s?
    
S  M  I  L  E  S
   
 by Heinz Edelmann
    
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a 1972 illustration by Mike Hinge
    
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 a children's book illustration by Nina Prosen
    
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 An old European architectural ornament
    
S  M  I  L  E  S
   
Ren Hoek by Scott Wills
    
S  M  I  L  E  S
   
a caricature of Katie Couric by Thomas Fluharty
    
S  M  I  L  E  S
   
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

P H O T O G R A P H S of interest

tinted postcard of rough sea at Bognor 1895
A color-tinted black & white photo postcard from Sussex, date and artist unknown. 
     
P H O T O G R A P H S
        
louvered mirror photograph for Clairol Creme Toner
This 1962 advertising photo uses a louvered mirror device.
     
P H O T O G R A P H S
        
Jaco Pastorius album photo of arctic sun for  1981 Jaco Pastorius album art, Word of Mouth Big Band
These Arctic sun photos were composited for a
1981 music release by bassist Jaco Pastorius.
     
P H O T O G R A P H S
        
1941 London blitz children photograph
1941 England in black and white    Click images twice for full size
     
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a posed crowd, 1950s
This is a posed crowd for an advertising photo. At a closer look,
we see that no one is talking or moving. The large room is silent
except for the photographer's directions. A retouch artist later
added dark eyes and mouths with a fine brush.
     
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A vintage supermarket color photo of busy people
 This unposed photograph shows people as they really are in public . . .
a smile here and there, but generally neutral in public appearance.
     
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A 1912 photograph of Victoria Falls
This is a 1912 photograph of Victoria Falls bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe.
     
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P H O T O G R A P H S
        
motorcycle police photograph
A Life magazine photo?
     
P H O T O G R A P H S
        
Promotional color photograph for a 1960s aqua-theater
 A promotional shot for a 1960s aqua-theater
     
P H O T O G R A P H S
        
     
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Hollywood & Vine 1960s color photograph
 A moment at Hollywood & Vine, 1960s
     
P H O T O G R A P H S
        
An old photograph of sugar cubes and shadow
     
P H O T O G R A P H S
        
Photograph of a bordello in 1900 Japan
A bordello in 1900 Japan . . .   at full size,  this is a powerful image
     
P H O T O G R A P H S
        
Photo of a 1919 telescope observatory interior
A photo of a 1919 telescope observatory  See it full size
      
P H O T O G R A P H S
        
A 1930s product photograph for Parade of Progress
A 1930s photo for a magazine advertisement.
Most likely everything was chilled, and glycerin was
brushed on for a lasting appearance of wetness during 
the shoot.
       
P H O T O G R A P H S
        
A 1961 Cyclone ad photograph in color for Oranyl & Comtal
  1961: The models' images were likely composited on to 
the background photo for this design.
     
P H O T O G R A P H S
        
1940 photo of a busy public scene
Posed photographs focus the message on one product or idea,
but candid shots offer a wide range of smaller observations.
     
P H O T O G R A P H S
        
1921 x-ray of a high heel shoe
 A 1921 X-Ray photograph
        
      
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