Friday, March 24, 2017

Joyce Mercer Illustrates The Dragon of Wantley

A few days ago I was excitedly blogging some of the work of Joyce Mercer and promising that there would likely be more in days to come... well here it is. The Dragon of Wantley is a perfect foil for her zany style.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vintage Swimwear Holiday Snaps

It's been a while since I have bought any vintage swimwear photos. In fact, I think it has been since the Brexit vote last year. When the pound tanked, it wasn't that I looked at things like this online and they were suddenly vastly expensive but rather, they went up just enough to move them from "oh that's nice... CLICK" to "oh that's nice... do I really want to pay that!" Anyway, finally, I did!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

1950s and 60s Gang Show Song Books

I don't need to rehearse here the history of The Gang Show, a huge phenomenon within the Scouting movement around the world in which Scouts and Guides at various levels from local to national produce Scout based variety shows. The national shows in the UK were organised by Ralph Reader who remained associated with the shows for decades after their inception in the 1930s. The songs for the shows were written and composed by Reader and these quarto booklets contain the piano scores for the songs. These copies are from the 1950s and 60s and I thought the covers were rather good and cheerful pieces of design.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Janet and Anne Johnstone Illustrate Tales of Long Ago by Enid Blyton

A book by Enid Blyton might seem an unlikely fit with this blog, but Tales of Long Ago "retold" by Enid Blyton is a rather fun book which takes myths and legends which are mainly Greek but which include such things as Aladdin as well, and retells them with illustrations by Janet and Anne Johnstone, twin sisters who worked together all their lives on illustrating children's books. I find their work completely wonderful and it is often available at very cheap prices. This book in particular shows off their black and white work to great effect. There are further images of theirs as well as some biography already on Front Free Endpaper.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

Another bundle of Films and Filming, the 60s and 70s magazine that looked at cinema with a decidedly homoerotic eye arrived in my study today.  As ever they yield up interesting films that one has never heard of before and these three pages of the July 1975 issue highlight a film called "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud", a supernatural thriller in which the title character has recurring nightmares, including of watching himself being murdered by a woman in a boat; he is swimming naked in a lake at night and as he attempts to get back in the boat she kills him by whacking him round the head with the oar. This opening scene pans out into a search for the place where this and other things from his nightmares happens. The wiki page has a pretty good synopsis and, if you like the sound (or look) of it, despite the fairly unenthusiastic reviews, you can watch the whole thing at the moment on Youtube. A David Fincher remake was announced in 2009 but that seems quite a while ago now!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Eclectic Bunch of Vintage Photos

A somewhat eclectic mix of vintage photographs harvested from the internet and presented for your viewing delight.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Crucifixus by Philip Core

 Philip Core was an astonishing man and artist who has featured a couple of times already on this blog, including quite a long biographical post so I am just leaving these here by way of an 'update' really. This set of four silverpoints were offered for sale at auction by Chiswick Auctions during the week titled 'Crucifixus', they have labels on the back which the auction house interprets as meaning they were exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1985. This may be the case but I think the labels only indicate that they were entered for the exhibition, not that they were selected and hung.

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