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houghtonlib:

Poster for a 1917 production of Caliban by the Yellow Sands, a play written for Shakespeare’s tercentenary by Percy MacKaye. An outgrowth of MacKaye’s belief in community theater, it was first performed in St. Louis in 1914 with a cast of 7,000.

MS Thr 412

Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University


thingsmagazine:

The art of Peter Firmin (via things)


newberrylibrary:

Chicago was a hotbed of music publishing during #wwi: from “peaceful strains” to saber-rattling marches. Come hear it all during a free performance at the Newberry this Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6 pm.


Via the Tripe Marketing Board and several other people on Twitter.


jellobiafrasays:

le troisieme homme (1967 ed.)


biblipeacay:

From an auction collection of 28 Soviet posters from 1920s-1940s or thereabouts – *Factories, Agricgulture, Education & Advertisements* that sold a couple of years ago. [source]


disciplinedd:

Periodic Table


biblipeacay:

APOLLINAIRE, GUILLAUME—DUFY, RAOUL — LE BOEUF. BOIS ORIGINAL GRAVÉ POUR LE BESTIAIRE OU CORTÈGE D’ORPHÉE DE GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE. (30 X 21 CM). PARIS, DEPLANCHE, 1911, SOUS CHEMISE DEMI-MAROQUIN NOIR MODERNE. LOT SOLD. 4,000 EUR 


houghtonlib:

Today is National Coffee Day, but here, from our Tumblr Archives, is a contrary view on some alleged drawbacks to its enjoyment.

houghtonlib:

The women’s petition against coffee : representing to publick consideration the grand inconveniencies accruing to their sex from the excessive use of that drying, enfeebling liquor, 1674.

*EC65.A100.674w

“Our men, who in former Ages were justly esteemed the Ablest Performers in Christendome; But to our unspeakable Grief, we find of late a very sensible Decay of that true Old English Vigor; our Gallants being every way so Frenchified, that they are become meer Cock-sparrows, fluttering things that come on Sa sa, with a world of Fury, but are not able to stand to it, and in the very first Charge fall down flat before us. Never did Men wear greater breeches, or carry less in them of any Mettle whatsoever.”

The mens answer to the womens petition against coffee : vindicating their own performances, and the vertues of that liquor, from the undeserved aspersions lately cast upon them, by their scandalous pamphlet, 1674.

*EC65.A100.674m

Houghton Library, Harvard University


houghtonlib:

Click here for a zoomable high-res image, and read about the many ailments coffee is claimed to cure, including “the Stone, Scurvey, Gout, Dropsie”.

The virtues of coffee, chocolette, and thee or tea, experimentally known in this our climate. [London : s.n., ca.1690]

EB65.A100.B675b   v.2

Houghton Library, Harvard University


Jon Klaasen, How to Draw a Bear Thinking about Something


ryersonlib:

Z neznámých přičin

Published in Prague by Vytiskla “Legiografie” in 1933.

An unconventional publication from Prague in the early 1930s,  presenting a wide array of contributions by noted cultural figures in the Czech avant-garde, including poetry, prose, music, drawings, color lithographs, and photography.


Cover by the strange and gifted Ethel Reed. From the collection of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.


From Monoskop’s collection of avant-garde magazines

The books that meant the most to me in my teen years, in the editions that I knew then. (Those covers are burned into my memory.)


Penguin-style Miyazaki posters


Via the Smithsonian Libraries. Let’s just say that all together: The Old Fashioned Beer which makes friends on first acquaintance and holds them forever in the spell of its exquisite flavor. Ah, there were giants of advertising copywriting on the earth in those days!


momalibrary:

Moth? Mosquito? Metaphor? It’s by mail artist Marcos Kurtycz, possibly related to his “mail bombs” directed at the Mexican Museum of Modern Art (MAM). From a file on Kurtycz in the Library’s Franklin Furnace Archive. The project is discussed in this essay. -jt


rogerwilkerson:

DC 4 – Sky Comfort


robertogreco:

Untitled [Strange Devices…], Ray Johnson, c. 1955-1960 (via MoMA)

Stange devices resembling TV antennae are mounted on roofs in Tibet to entangle passing ghosts.

If I were in NYC, I’d find my way to this show.


album covers by Josef Albers


typeworship:

London Transport Type

Last week I had the chance to visit the London Transport Museum in the old Flower Market building in Covent Garden Piazza.

I’d been meaning to go for a while, particularly after the 100th anniversary of Johnston’s pervading typeface last year, and to see the history of the iconic roundel logotype which first appeared in 1908.

With a rich visual heritage spanning 200 years there’s plenty of graphic design and typography to see. There’s a decent sized display dedicated to graphic design and signage of the transport system with lots of printed ephemera. However type and lettering examples cover everything: vintage buses, underground carriages, posters, wayfinding.

Above, you can see some print examples together with hand–painted signage, ceramics, metalwork, and even some beautiful Pouchée type in use.


thingsmagazine:

Gamma, 1963


thingsmagazine:

Beautiful illustrations from the Prague Zoo, 1963, found at Oliver Tomas


smithsonianlibraries:

Mmm… Donuts!

Our Galaxy of Images contains a few images from this trade catalog of the Ringer Do-Nut Co. from Minneapolis, MN. 

Happy National Donut Day!


typetoy:

www.typetoy.tumblr.com


erikkwakkel:

A colourful book

I encountered this book from 1692 in a French database today and it turns out to be quite special. For one thing, apart from a single mention in a catalogue, no scholar appears to have written, or even know about it. Moreover, the object is special because it provides an unusual peek into the workshop of 17th-century painters and illustrators. In over 700 pages of handwritten Dutch, the author, who identifies himself as A. Boogert (Pic 2), describes how to make watercolour paints. He explains how to mix the colours and how to change their tone by adding “one, two or three portions of water”. To illustrate his point he fills each facing page with various shades of the colour in question (lower image). To top it he made an index of all the colours he described, which in itself is a feast to look at (Pics 1 and 3). In the 17th century, an age known as the Golden Age of Dutch Painting, this manual would have hit the right spot. It makes sense, then, that the author explains in the introduction that he wrote the book for educational purposes. Remarkably, because the manual is written by hand and therefore literally one of a kind, it did not get the “reach” among painters – or attention among modern art historians – it deserves.

Pic: Aix-de-Provence, Bibliothèque municipale/Bibliothèque Méjanes, MS 1389 (1228). Luckily, the entire book can be viewed here, in hi-res, zoomable images. Here is a description of the book.


Mahendra Singh, via Adam Roberts on Twitter


houghtonlib:

Bible. Gospels. Selections. Latin. Gospel readings for Holy Week : manuscript, [ca. 1510-ca. 1515].

MS Typ 252

Houghton Library, Harvard University


houghtonlib:

Polot︠s︡kiĭ, Semen. Potop / S. Polot︠s︡kiĭ ; risunki D. Bulanova. Leningrad : Raduga, [1927?] Typ 958.27.706. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


comparison to other covers here


two ways of displaying Plain Words


here


houghtonlib:

The women’s petition against coffee : representing to publick consideration the grand inconveniencies accruing to their sex from the excessive use of that drying, enfeebling liquor, 1674.

*EC65.A100.674w

“Our men, who in former Ages were justly esteemed the Ablest Performers in Christendome; But to our unspeakable Grief, we find of late a very sensible Decay of that true Old English Vigor; our Gallants being every way so Frenchified, that they are become meer Cock-sparrows, fluttering things that come on Sa sa, with a world of Fury, but are not able to stand to it, and in the very first Charge fall down flat before us. Never did Men wear greater breeches, or carry less in them of any Mettle whatsoever.”

The mens answer to the womens petition against coffee : vindicating their own performances, and the vertues of that liquor, from the undeserved aspersions lately cast upon them, by their scandalous pamphlet, 1674.

*EC65.A100.674m

Houghton Library, Harvard University


thingsmagazine:

Fantastic Mr Fox, 1970


houghtonlib:

The young-mans victory over the power of the Devil. Or, Strange and vvonderful news from the city of London; being a full and true relation of a vertuous young-man, who being but fifteen years of age, living in the parish of St. Giles’s, was wonderfully tempted by the Devil, 1693.

*EBB65H v.2  No. 321

Houghton Library, Harvard University


thingsmagazine:

Gerald Murphy, Razor, 1924 (via)


poetrysociety:

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.

Burnt Norton Published today in 1941.


wesleyhill:

A Tale of Four Seats on the London Underground (here)


typeworship:

I love how the aged quality of these pages works with these characters.

betype:

Dispatch Ontario – Letter Mirror


thingsmagazine:

The Iron Man, A Story in Five Nights


thingsmagazine:

China in Sign and Symbol


Femme cyborg, via Adam Roberts


50watts:

L’Esorcista (via)


rare-posters:

Sools. 1929. A. M. Cassandre.


typeworship:

Lurid Lettering

Some spooky designs that have oozed across my screen today.

chromatic wood type, from Bibliodyssey

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