Sunday, August 28, 2016

DRUG abuse . . . in other times

 
 How did our ancestors get properly gone on the weekends?
We know they did, throughout history and earlier.


A cartoon illustration of laughing gas, or nitrous oxide
From an 1861 comedy magazine:  Laughing gas
(nitrous oxide), was used recreationally from 1799 on.

 
An illustration of 1890 opium paraphernalia: a lamp and a pipe
1890 opium paraphernalia: a lamp and a pipe

 
Illustration of a 1898 opium den client
 An inexpensive 1898 opium den, with client
  

Illustration of a 1898 opium den interior
Youth, guns, gangs, drugs, street life



An interior photograph of a pleasure-boat opium room, 1920s?
In contrast, a pleasure-boat opium room (date unknown)



Elihu Vedder art
Alcohol is a drug too   Elihu Vedder art



Lazy Looey, from a 1945 kids comic book
 From a 1945 kids comic book



a 1947 Little Lulu comic
From a 1947 Little Lulu comic book



A 1940s photograph of a forgotten cigarette



1940s graphic, I Like It, It Likes Me
Temporary euphoria



John Wayne Marijuana poster
Alcohol against marijuana
  


A Robert Crumb comic



A Willy Murphy comic, Thrilling Episodes of Sudden Illumination
A Willy Murphy comic, 1973?



An Emanuel Schongut paperback book illustration, 1970s
Emanuel Schongut paperback book illustration 1970s



A Rod Filbrandt cartoon
A Rod Filbrandt cartoon



Rod Filbrandt, Paging Dr. Junky cartoon
Rod Filbrandt



Rod Filbrandt, Paging Dr. Junky cartoon
 Rod Filbrandt



A Winsor Mccay cartoon
  Winsor Mccay cartoon

 
A Yan Dargent illustration, 1878

  
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

R E A D E R S . . . by different artists

A cartoon illustration of an old book reader, from an 1885 publicationWhy do people watch books?
     
 R E A D I N G
 
A Childe Hassam painting of a woman reading by rocks and shore
Childe Hassam art  Click blue links for more of the artists
 
 R E A D I N G
  
A old photograph of glasses on a newspaper
a print article photograph of glasses on a print article
 
 R E A D I N G
 
A Charles Addams cartoon about signage
 A Charles Addams cartoon  Click images twice for full size
 
 R E A D I N G
 
An Abner Graboff illustration from Mothers Are That Way
an Abner Graboff children's book illustration
 
 R E A D I N G
 
An old Joseph Sattler illustration of an obsessive reader
an old Joseph Sattler illustration, from 1894?
  
 R E A D I N G
  
Dalziel Brothers book graphics for preface, contents and illustrations pages
1890s? ... a book's 'preface' was a message of introduction or explanation . . .
'contents' listed the paginated chapters, and 'illustrations' were indexed too.
 
 R E A D I N G
 
An Edwin Georgi illustration of a bookish teen on a sea cruise
An Edwin Georgi illustration
  
 R E A D I N G
  
An illustration of an 1890 self-operating swing, from a catalog
an 1890 'self-operating' swing from a catalog, patented no less
  
 R E A D I N G
  
A photograph of 1916 Teddy Roosevelt style eyeglasses
1916 eyeglass frames, like the photo of Teddy Roosevelt?
 
 R E A D I N G
  
A Don Martin cartoon about a bookstore customer
A Don Martin cartoon
  
 R E A D I N G
  
a 1940 graphic illustration in color of a businessman reading
a 1940 illustration
 
 R E A D I N G
 
A 1909 cartoon about a man who reads too many newspapers
 a 1909 cartoon
 
 R E A D I N G
 
A 1919 bookplate with the Shakespear quote "Neither a borrower or a lender be."
A 1919 bookplate with the book-owners monogrammed name
. . . clearly we cannot borrow this book.
 
 R E A D I N G
 
an Elisha Brown Bird bookplate illustration
An Elisha Brown Bird bookplate illustration
  
 R E A D I N G
 
Better do as he says
 
 R E A D I N G
 
An Ellis Martin illustration, 1937
an Ellis Martin illustration, 1937
 
 R E A D I N G
 
An Edmund J. Sullivan illustration of a gentleman and his hairdresser
an Edmund J. Sullivan illustration
 
 R E A D I N G
 
Charles Burns sequential art
 
 R E A D I N G
 
A Gustave Dore illustration of book-burning
A Gustave Dore illustration of book-burning
  
    
Two eyes without emotion stare up from the pavement   click  to  L I S T E N . . .  
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

J E S T E R S

An illustration of a theater crowd booing stage performers
Writers and artists may have their works booed, but COMEDIANS
face LIVE  focused contempt from a unified crowd.  Comedy might evolve through
the decades like fashion or music, but crowd disapproval never changes.
  
J  T  E  S
      
An illustration of a professional jester holding a marotte, 1500s?
500 years ago, professional JESTERS toured Europe.
 That miniature head, called a marotte, served as a
comedy prop. Funny funny stuff.
  
   

Here's the sound a jester causes
  
  
An illustration of a jester and his apprentis, 1200s? 
1200s? It was common for understudies to apprentice with working jesters.
  
E  E  S
              
An illustration of 1498 jesters
Was this comedy team giddying religious hosts
in 1498 by mocking science? Just as likely it was a
parody of the amused hosts themselves, as jesters were 
often allowed freedom for the sake of comedy. A fool 
knows this is dangerous, but that's where the laughs are.
 
J  E  S
   
Somebody's younger brother wanted to
get in the business, but the kid just
didn't have the chops for it.
  
J  R  S
   
French woman jester
 There were women JESTERS too . . .
  
E  T  E  S
   
a 1316 woman jester in King Edward ll's court in England
  . . . a 1316 woman jester in England.
 
J  S
  
An illustration of a little person jester
a popular comedian
   
J  S  S
     
An account of the jester Marchesina at the Milan court of Duke Sforza
   
J  E  T  S
      
An illustration of a jester, 1700s?
a 1700s? outdoor performance
    
J  S  E  R  S
   
Actual accounts of the English jester Smug
Some actual accounts of an obnoxious English jester named SMUG
     
J  E  S  E  S
   
A jester, fool, pantaloon, stand-up comic, or funny beggar.
 JESTER, fool, pantaloon, stand-up comic,
or just a funny beggar?
  
J  S  R  S
    
Robin Good-fellow the 1628 jester also called Hob-Goblin
    
J  E  S  R  S 
    
An illustration of a jester 1500s?
To perform for the rich and powerful, he must have
been a comedic genius and a shrewd diplomat.
Wearing his self-humiliating hat, he was free to
 make daring jokes.  That's what his hosts wanted.
   
J  E  S  E  R  S 
   
Ivan the Terrible's jester, in 1500s RussiaIvan the Terrible's jester, in 1500s Russia
   
J  E  T  S
   
cartoon illustrations of an 1889 French clown
an 1889 French clown
   
J  S  T  E  R  S
     
An illustration of an 1886 French comedian l'immortel Chocolat
1886 French Theaters: jesters made a living from their wit
     
J  S  E  S
      
A photograph and description of 1896 phonograph comedian Jack Simonds
An 1896 comedian: yikes
  
J  S  E  S
    
A promotional photograph for 1921 women comedians
In 1921 Hollywood, women comedians had to disrobe for promotional photos . . .
   
S  T  E  S
    
Charles Rodrigues 1973 for National Lampoon Magazine
. . . but by 1973 it was all just about the comedy
   
J  E  S  E  S
    
A drawing from an old book of a sculpture of 1047ad jesters
An old book drawing of a sculpture of two actual jesters from the year 1047 
these guys were hilarious
 
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