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
a Childe Hassam painting     click image twice for full size
 
R E A D I N G
  
A old photograph of glasses on a newspaper
an old news article had this photograph of glasses on a news article
 
 R E A D I N G
 
A Charles Addams cartoon about signage
a Charles Addams cartoon     click twice
 
R E A D I N G
 
An Abner Graboff illustration from Mothers Are That Way
"Mothers are the strangest people,  you'd never guess what they call fun."
an Abner Graboff children's book illustration     click twice
 
R E A D I N G
 
An old Joseph Sattler illustration of an obsessive reader
a Joseph Sattler illustration,  from 1894?     see full size
  
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.
click twice
   
R E A D I N G
 
An Edwin Georgi illustration of a bookish teen on a sea cruise
an Edwin Georgi illustration     click twice
  
R E A D I N G
  
an 1890 "Patent self-operating swing" catalog illustration
an 1890 "Patent self-operating swing" from a catalog
  
R E A D I N G
  
A photograph of 1916 Teddy Roosevelt style eyeglasses
1916 eyeglass frames     see full size
 
R E A D I N G
  
a Don Martin cartoon about a book store customer
a Don Martin cartoon
  
R E A D I N G
  
a 1940 illustration of a dynamic man at a desk  reading from a sheet of paper
a 1940 illustration
 
R E A D I N G
 
a 1909 cartoon of a reader buried under paper
a 1909 cartoon
 
R E A D I N G
 
a 1919 bookplate, "Neither a borrower nor a lender be - Hamlet Act 1"
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be - Hamlet Act 1"
a 1919 bookplate . . . 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
 
"10 p.m. - Pier 6,  bring the money and come alone!
Burn this"   We'd better do as he says
 
R E A D I N G
 
An Ellis Martin illustration, 1937
an Ellis Martin illustration, 1937     click twice
 
R E A D I N G
 
An Edmund J. Sullivan illustration of a gentleman and his hairdresser
an Edmund J. Sullivan illustration     click twice
               
 R E A D I N G 
Charles Burns sequential art     click twice
 
R E A D I N G
 
a Gustave Dore illustration of book-burning     see full size    
  
Listen to my song about losing at chance . . .

 

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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
 
It was common for understudies to apprentice with working jesters.  1200s?
  
E  E  S
              
An illustration of 1498 jesters
Was this comedy team amusing 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
   
This looks like somebody's younger brother wanted to get into the
comedy business,  but the kid just didn't have the chops for it.
  
J  R  S
       
There were women JESTERS too . . . in France
  
E  T  E  S
   
a 1316 woman jester in King Edward ll's court in England
a 1316 woman jester or 'joculatrix' in England politically admonished the king successfully
 
J  S
  
many comedians have played anger or dignity to hilarious effect 
   
J  S  S
     
An account of the jester Marchesina at the Milan court of Duke Sforza
"... the fool Marchesina bore so striking a resemblance to the Duke's son in law, Malatesta, that it was thought necessary always to send Marchesina out of Milan whenever Malatesta repaired thither on a visit."
   
J  E  T  S
      
An illustration of a jester, 1700s?
an outdoor performance, 1700s?
    
J  S  E  R  S
   
Actual accounts of the English jester Smug
some actual historic accounts of an obnoxious English jester named 'SMUG'   "How Smug, being drunke in bed, pissed upon his Wife through a cullender instead of a chamber pot"
     
J  E  S  E  S
   
A jester, fool, pantaloon, stand-up comic, or 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 Russiathe fate of Ivan the Terrible's jester, in 1500s Russia
   
J  E  T  S
   
cartoon illustrations of an 1889 French clown
cartoon illustrations of an 1889 French clown
   
J  E  T  S
   
an 1886 French theater comic
     
J  S  E  S
      
A photograph and description of 1896 phonograph comedian Jack Simonds
An 1896 comedian with racist jokes
  
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
         
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