The title says it all. 1960’s posters for The Grateful Dead, Sons of Champlain, Initial Shock, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Muddy Waters, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Doors, The Association, 13th Floor Elevator, and Bob Dylan.
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Tagged 13th Floor Elevator, 1960's, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Bob Dylan, Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Grateful Dead, Initial Shock, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Quicksilver Messenger Service, rock posters, Sons of Champlain, The Association, The Doors
This set of cards was designed in 1909 by the great authority on the Tarot and revered mystic Arthur Edward Waite with the help of artist Pamela Coleman Smith. The two met at a meeting of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a magical order from the late 19th century devoted to the study and practice of the occult, metaphysics and paranormal activities, a group that has influenced modern witchcraft and Wicca.
For Waite, Tarot cards belonged in a different realm than fortune-telling cards or gypsy cards. With the Tarot cards you gained insight to your question through divination and help from a supernatural agency. Your social character in a religious context came into play. You could find help in perplexing situations by shuffling the deck and reading the cards, and it was no more random than opening a bible, putting a finger on a passage, and gaining insight to what is troubling you.
Waite drew his inspiration from the Marseille Tarot Deck seen here, which was introduced to France, from Italy, in the late 15th century. He gave Pamela Coleman Smith instructions based on the design of this set, but not being an artist himself, he let Smith have artistic license, especially on the minor cards.
And look how beautiful they are!
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Tagged art, beauty, black and white, cattle, chickens, dictionary illustration, dictionary illustrations, dogs, flowers, horses, vintage
I can’t seem to find out anything about the artist who made these illustrations. They are signed A.H. Winkler for Albert H. Winkler and were found in the back of a dictionary dating from 1971. They seem to be older than that though, just from their style. I especially like the title page, which is the last one on this post. Imagine flipping through a big dictionary, with only black and white pages, and coming to these at the end. I was transported to the natural world! If you know anything about this artist, I’d love to hear from you.
Wild Animals illustration by R. H. Winkler
American Conifers illustration by R.H. Winkler
Garden Flowers illustration by R.H. Winkler
Mushrooms illustration by R.H. Winkler
Flowering Trees and Shrubs illustration by R.H. Winkler
American Wildflowers illustration by R.H. Winkler
American Desert Plants illustration by R.H. Winkler
North American Reptiles illustration by R.H. Winkler
Song and Perching Birds illustration by R.H. Winkler
American Fur-Bearing Animals illustration by R.H. Winkler
North American Insects illustration by R.H. Winkler
American Game Fish illustration by R.H. Winkler
American Game Birds illustration by R.H. Winkler
Carrion Birds and Birds of Prey illustration by R.H. Winkler
Butterflies and Moths illustration by R.H. Winkler
These color lithograph views of Jerusalem came out of a souvenir book that was dated 1908. Check them out! You won’t be disappointed.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Church of the Nativity
Convent of Saint George
Ecce Homo Arch
First View of Jerusalem
Garden of Gethsemane
General View of the Temple Area,Jerusalem
Golden Gate, Jerusalem
Grotto of the Nativity
Jerusalem from the North
Jew’s Wailing Place
Mount of Olives
The Axa Mosque
The Dead Sea
Tomb of the Kings
Tower of David
Valley of Jehosophat
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Tagged axa mosque, bethany, bethlahem, christian, church of the nativity, damascus, dead sea, gethsemane, golden gate, grotto, holy land, holy sepulchre, jaffa, jehosophat, jericho, jerusalem, jesus, jordon river, mount olive, nativity, nazareth, palestine, rachel's tomb, saint george, temple, the rock, tiberias, tomb of the kings, tower of david, wailing wall
Edmund Dulac was a French-born illustrator who studied art at the famous École des Beaux-Arts in France; he moved to London as a young man and eventually became a British citizen. Though he did design British bank notes and postage stamps, he is remembered today for his beautiful book illustrations.
Dulac’s first commission was to illustrate the novels of the Brontë sisters, and soon after he was commissioned to illustrate The Arabian Nights (1907), an edition of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1908), and Stories from Hans Christian Andersen (1911), among many other projects. This was the golden age of illustration and publishers were producing scores of gorgeous limited edition gift books for children and adult collectors alike. Dulac was much in demand and his work is a perfect example of the Art Deco style that was so in vogue at the time.
The set of illustrations posted here were for a 1909 edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the famous Persian poem that’s nearly 1,000 years old! I love how Dulac takes us back hundreds of years to a magical place – and yet he does so while maintaining that turn-of-the-century style that we now can so easily recognize.
Of course, ancient Persia has been a popular subject in European art and literature for centuries, so Dulac would have had plenty of material to borrow from; but he was also undoubtedly inspired by the ancient poem itself. Here’s the first verse from Edward FitzGerald’s classic translation of The Rubaiyat – I think Dulac’s illustrations match its tone perfectly:
AWAKE ! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
And Lo ! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light.
Here are some more souvenir photos, this time New York City. They came in the package that you can see here, and all twenty were still inside. I wish I could date these views precisely, but with the emphasis on the Empire State building among the scenes, they probably date from the beginning of its reign as the tallest building in the world, which began in 1931 and ended when the World Trade Center went up in 1972. Exact date aside, the views seem timeless, iconic, and are truly beautiful. Scroll down for views of the Fulton Street Fish Market, the R.M.S. Queen Mary, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the ‘playground of the nation’-Times Square.