“Gossip Being Punished” (1910) by Spanish painter Ignacio Diaz Olano
A series of postcards from the Paul C. Koeber Co. (PCK, “Peacock Series”). The company was in business from 1900 to 1923 with offices in New York City and Kirchheim, Germany. Koeber was the President and Dietrich Kaufmann was the company’s Secretary. They published postcards of scenes across the United States, and in this case as far afield as Japan. The website of the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City notes, “Published national view-cards and illustrations in chromolithography and in black & white. Much of their color work has a dark heavy feel to it because of the many thick layers of ink they used. In their later years they published postcards using tinted halftones.” I became interested in Paul C. Koeber because of a short series of postcards he published of Silver Bay on Lake George; what fascinates me about this series is that they were photographed in Japan, printed in Germany, and published in New York City; and I quite love the colors. And there’s a dog.
Three Autochrome color photos by Belgian photographer Alfonse Van Besten (1865-1926). “Autochrome Lumière” was a fascinating color process, using potato starch on a glass plate, patented by the Lumière brothers in France.
“Winter Scene in Park” 1912
People concerned about the lack of funding for libraries can take heart, according to the June 2013 issue of Architectural Digest. The new George W. Bush Library in Dallas, set on 23 gently sloping and freshly planted acres, cost $250 million to build and will be supported by an endowment of another $250 million, with every penny coming from private, anonymous, grateful donors. Inside the 226,000-square-foot building, library patrons will find a gift shop, a museum (don’t miss the pistol Saddam Hussein was carrying when he was captured), bronze busts of pets Barney and Miss Beazley, a 360-seat theater, a restaurant (Café 43), a spacious living room, a formal dining room that seats 36, and “a full-scale replica of Bush’s Oval Office.”
All without a penny of taxpayer money. Except for the National Archives’ expense of running the Bush Library, as they do the other 12 Presidential libraries, the total cost to taxpayers approaching $100 million dollars a year.
I have resisted including Internet memes here, but this one overcame my reluctance. To justify it to myself, I include the origin of the word meme:
“We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. ‘Mimeme’ comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like ‘gene.’ I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate ‘mimeme’ to ‘meme.’ If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to ‘memory,’ or to the French word ‘même.’ It should be pronounced to rhyme with ‘cream’.”
– Richard Dawkins, ethnologist/evolutionary biologist, in The Selfish Gene (1976)
This book has been read to four generations of my wife’s family, and I thought it was time that the art at least was shared more widely. Published in 1935, Puppies was the work of artist Diana Thorne (1894-1953) whose odyssey took her from Russia to Germany to England and Canada before she arrived in the U.S.
From “Foolish Little Bing”
“The Stranger” in which Tuck finds a mirror leaning against a wall.
“The Good Little Beggars” in which Nig and Nip are forced to stay in the sun-room and play with their rubber rats during tea, but eventually score a cookie by being polite.
“The Mischief-Makers,” Sandy and Andy, play with goldfish, who survive.
“Scrappy Rescues Nancy” at the beach, successfully battling a mongrel who attempts to steal his mistress’ doll.
A self-portrait with her dog Pat.
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There is a bio of Diana Thorne here.
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