On the Rug

Dogs

“They brought me in to a white-bearded bald old fellow who was lying on a worn Turkoman carpet in front of a half-dead fire. He had a book beside him, a catalogue of his railroad bridges, and he held a pen between his toes. He used his magnificent, sleepy, burgundy-and-gold-colored hunting dogs… as pillows and rugs.”

Swan Lake (1989), text by Mark Helprin and illustrations by Chris Van Allsburg

Bricks

1921 Bootleggers Vehicle

This is from 1921, in which a bootlegger’s cargo was disguised as a load of bricks. Probably a police photo, but wouldn’t it be fun if it was in a catalog from which bootleggers could select the ideal vehicle for their operation?

Mail Art, 1898

dentist stamp

From The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects (2010) by John Tingey, a mailing using a “publicity stamp” as part of the address. The addressee was G. Forster, a dentist who used the stamps to publicize his practice, and also the cousin of Reginald Bray, the above-referenced Englishman who delighted in sending cryptic postcards. At this time, such stamps were also popular in Germany.