Paul C. Koeber & Japan


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.










Vice Dens


A selection of favorites from the hundreds of covers in True Crime Detective Magazines (2013) edited by Dian Hanson.





The seat covers, the cigarette, the gun, and the guy out in the night burying the body — it doesn’t get much better than this. Except for the next one:


Screw the Truth into Men’s Minds


“Take heed to yourselves lest you should be void of the grace of God which you offer to others. Take heed to yourselves lest you live in those actual sins which you preach against in others. Will you preach God’s laws and deliberately break them? If sin be evil, why do you live in it? If it be not, why do you dissuade men from it?

“Take heed to your studies to screw the truth into men’s minds and Christ into their affections.

“Take heed to yourselves lest your example contradict your doctrine and lest you lay such stumbling blocks before the blind as may be the occasion of their ruin. Maintain your innocence and walk without offence. Let your lives condemn sin and persuade men to duty.”

 — Quote from Puritan churchman and writer Richard Baxter (1615-1691); illustration of Robert E. Howard’s Puritan hero, Solomon Kane, by Gary Gianni.