I really can’t get enough of this bell. Above is the latest; see the whole collection here.
Postcard by Gerhard Glück, “Wovon Werber träumen” (“What advertisers dream”), with thanks to the Rev. John Backe.
“An illustration of the exterior of a tea-house. The mistress of the house is peeling fruit. On the table at the side are vessels containing coloured sugar-waters. In the sun, among these light-hearted people, watching mountains of pink blossom under a clear blue sky, it seems ridiculous to think of work and worry.”
– Text from Raphael Tuck “Oilette” postcard of the Japan-British Exhibition, held in London in 1910. Illustration by Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1855-1938); as Menpes had visited Japan twice, in 1887 and 1902, and decorated his London home in Japanese style, he was a natural choice to paint this image. In the spirit of authenticity, the Japanese gardens at the Exhibition were created with trees, shrubs, wooden buildings, bridges and stones brought from Japan.
A postcard of George W. Walker (1873-1911), a vaudeville actor and dancer who partnered with Bert Williams and toured the U.S. and Europe in “In Dahomey,” a landmark American musical comedy, the first musical written and played by African-Americans to be performed at a major Broadway theater. The plot involved a group who discover a pot of gold, go to Africa and buy the nation of Dahomey (today’s Benin). While in England, Walker was photographed by Cavendish Morton (1874-1939) and the photos are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
Postcard of an incense burner from British Honduras, today’s Belize, from the collection of the Heye Foundation.