Portrait by Remo Frangiosa

Philly-Bob’s Free-for-All 2021

One man's visual art, largely consisting of digital manipulations of images, taken from (1) my own photographs/videos, (2) downloaded from the Public Domain, or (3) utilized under the Fair Use provision of copyright law. Also, occasional prose observations on politics and life.

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JACOBEAN EMBROIDERY & CATALOG FABRICS (Still)
 


A fanciful design composed of two parts. Foreground is a crewel embroidery pattern from the 1912 book "Jacobean embroidery, its forms and fillings including late Tudor" (Link1). (The Jacobean era was roughly England between 1567 and 1625.) In the background are some fabric designs from a 1954 German department store catalog, "Nordland" (Link2).
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Link1: archive.org/details/jacobeanembroide00fitzrich
Link2: archive.org/details/nordland-katalog-1954

February 27, 2021

SNIPER STANDS NEXT TO FAKE TREE (Still)
 

An image from the 2008 "History Of Sniping And Sharpshooting" (Link1) showing a World War 1 German sniper in camouflage next to his fake-tree sniper's nest. The text explains "German snipers also concealed themselves in cast-iron trees that expertly duplicated real trees in no-man's-land, which were switched at night. 'These trees,' wrote an Australian soldier describing British-made versions, 'were such perfect imitations that a man could walk past within two feet of one and not realize it was a dummy—unless he tapped it.'"
My artistic attention these days is drawn to ordinary images with ordinary explanations -- but, without those explanations, they appear hallucinatory and mysterious -- somewhat sinister. Like today's image, like yesterday's. Because I look around recently -- at Covid masks, at Q-Anon, at the former president's cult -- and it seems like a sci-fi nightmare.
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Link1: archive.org/details/JohnPlasterHistoryOfSnipingAndSharpshooting


February 25, 2021

MOVIE PROPERTY MANAGER ARRANGES MANNEQUINS (Still)
 
From a photo essay titled 'Property Men Are Hollywood's Wonder Workers' appearing in a 1950 Toronto "Star Weekly" Sunday supplement. The caption reads 'The property scout walks off with two dummies for use as stand-ins to be thrown off cliffs or under trains. Many of the dummies have facial features like those of famous stars.'
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Link1: archive.org/details/star-weekly-1950-01-14


February 25, 2021

NEW COLORING TECHNIQUE ON GEORGE ADE (Still)
 
I just discovered an alternative to style transfers for adding color to a black-and-white image: it's a bit obscure. It's in GIMP, in the G'Mics extension, under a listing of filters called, simply, "Testing." It's by someone called Reptorian and it's named "Autofill Coloring Book", and in a note Reptorian explains it is designed to "autofill areas with random colors that only appear once." You can't really control the colors except by giving the function a new random number seed.
I run it on a set of cartoon-style illustrations to "Breaking into Society", a 1903 book of satire by turn-of-the century American newspaper humorist George Ade.
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Link1: archive.org/details/breaking-into-society


February 25, 2021

ARTIST ACCOMPANYING WILD WEST PHOTOGRAPHERS (Still)
 
Plastic Club member Mike Nathan presented this picture to our artists' Zoom tonight and explained "I was looking through an old magazine and there was an article about how, when the USA was opening up the West, photographers traveled with artists. The artist would hand-color the photographs so they would show everyone back East what the West looked like and would prevent the photographs from fading. This photograph shows one of the artists."
"It reminded me of someone." Mike deadpanned, "but I couldn't be sure." It was hilarious.
The hat is decorated with a feather (used as a quill pen), a set of six small brushes, and my very own artist's mark, the winged trilobite.
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Photo taken by Mike Nathan after online Zoom posing session with Bob Moore.


February 24, 2021

CLOISONEE DAGGERS WITH WW2 TEMPTRESS (Still)
 
Cloisonee is a demanding decorative craft, in which wire is used to define areas and then those areas are filled with powdered pigment and heated. Here is a selection of cloisonee sheaths and handles for daggers from the 2012 "The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Weaponry" (Link1). The collage is lightened with an illustration from a World War 2 pamphlet on venereal disease prevention, "She Looked Clean But..." (Link2).
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Link1: archive.org/details/the-illustrated-encyclopedia-of-wea
Link2: archive.org/details/SheLookedCleanBut-nsia

February 22-23, 2021

PILOTING LIFE'S JOURNEY(Still)
 
I'm cautious about borrowing images from school yearbooks (copyrighted or not) because of concern for the privacy of students, but here I use two yearbook images. Barely visible in the background is a full page of charming drawings of a little Eskimo girl with a puppy, sitting in front of an igloo (Link1) from the 1951 issue of the University of Alberta's "Evergreen and Gold" yearbook; and from the 1930 issue of the same yearbook, an ink-drawing of a ship's helmsman taken from an ad by the yearbook's printer, MacDermid (Link2).
Finally, the confusing lines in the background are from a page titled "Enclosed Ornament" from the 1900 "Handbook of Ornament; a grammar of art, industrial and architectural designing in all its branches, for practical as well as theoretical use" (Link3). They remind me of the markings on a marine navigational or star chart.
The general idea is that in life, we have to steer through a complicated space/map filled with dense but confusing information, all the time facing our own psychological issues, which may distort our view of the information on the chart.
SOURCES:
Link1 (background): archive.org/details/P009022_31
Link2 (steersman): archive.org/details/P009022_11
Link3: archive.org/details/handbookoforname1900meye

February 21, 2021

WWI: MORTAR ATTACK ON ROMANIAN RIVER-CROSSING(Still)
 
I can read neither German nor the old black-letter font in the 1917 edition of the German "Illustrirte Zeitung" (Link1; trans: 'Illustrated Newspaper'), but I gather this image depicts an incident in World War I during the Battle for Bucharest when German artillery fired on a Romanian wagon train. The drawing is by German artist Hugo Ungewetter, serving as "war artist" for the periodical.
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Link1: archive.org/details/illustrirte-zeitung-3845-1917

February 20, 2021

GENIE'S LAMP & FLYING CARPET (Still)
 
From the 1858 English "The treasury of ornamental art, illustrations of objects of art and vertu" (Link1), two images. On top, an Indian vase, placed upon the carved sandalwood lid of an Indian casket.
Technical note: the title page says "Photographed from the originals and drawn on stone by F. Bedford"
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Link1: archive.org/details/treasuryoforname00robi

February 18, 2021

OLD IRISH WOMAN AT SPINNING WHEEL (Still)
 
There's another volume of the 1903 Dutch ethnographic book, "De Volken der Aarde" (Link1; trans: 'Peoples of the Earth') by Johannes Snelleman. The first volume covers Oceania, Australia, and Asia. This is from the second volume (Link2) covering Africa, Europe, North America, and South America. It shows an old Irish woman at her spinning wheel.
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Link1: archive.org/details/devolkenderaardesnel
Link2: archive.org/details/devolkenderaardesnel_0

February 17, 2021

TWO YOUNG WOMEN IN OCEANIA (Still)
 
Another image from a 1903 Dutch ethnographic book, "De Volken der Aarde" (Link1; trans: 'Peoples of the Earth') by Johannes Snelleman.
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Link1: archive.org/details/devolkenderaardesnel

February 17, 2021

TWO TIBETAN BUDDHIST TEACHERS (Still)
 
An image from a 1903 Dutch ethnographic book, "De Volken der Aarde" (Link1; trans: 'Peoples of the Earth') by Johannes Snelleman. It is difficult to read the original Dutch, and as far as I know, there is no English translation available. The caption is 'Tibetan Lamas'. The book has a somewhat old-fashioned colonialist outlook, with a lot of exotic native outfits and bare-breasted young women, but the reproduction of the photographs is excellent.
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Link1: archive.org/details/devolkenderaardesnel

February 16, 2021

WOOD TYPE AMPERSAND OUTLINE (Still)
 
A pantograph-cut specimen of old American wood type (maple), an outline and color overlay of the character "&" (Ampersand) (Link1) done by a Rochester, NY company Virgin Wood Type Manufacturing Co. A discussion of the specimen is here.
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Link1: archive.org/details/lfaunitedstates0021

February 15, 2021

INTERNAL COMBUSTION COOL (Still)
 
A collage of images of two gasoline engines: (#1) a big one, a 195-220 horsepower REO "Gold Comet" V-8 truck engine, from an ad in a 1955 "Popular Mechanics" magazine (Link1) and (#2) a small one, a model boat engine of "vee-twin type" from the cover of a 1951 issue of the English magazine "Model Engineer" (Link2).
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Link1: archive.org/details/PopularMechanics1955/Popular_Mechanics_01_1955
Link2: archive.org/details/Model_Engineer_Vol_105_No_2625
February 14, 2021

VALENTINE'S DAY CARD (Still)
 
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February 13, 2021

CUBAN DEBUTANTES CIRCA 1926 (Still)
 
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Link1: archive.org/details/SocialVolXINo12Diciembre1926
February 12, 2021

SUFFOCATING SMELL IN POE'S PIT (Still)
 
Illustration by A.M. Trotter for an undated edition of Edgar Allen Poe's "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" (Link1). The image illustrates Poe's 1842 story "The Pit and the Pendulum," in which a victim of the Inquisition encounters a fiendish torture device. The caption reads "A suffocating odour pervades the prison."
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Link1: archive.org/details/talesofmysteryim00poeeuoft
February 12, 2021

TEXTILE DIAGRAMS & JEWELRY DESIGN (Still)
   
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February 10, 2021

PAPER CUTOUTS FROM PORTUGESE MOVIE MAG (Still)
     
 
There's an old art form involving paper cutting, making silhouettes. A 1925 edition of the Brazilian movie magazine "Revista A Scena Muda" (Link1) had a talented paper-cutter designing some of its print ads. The first silhouette, depicting an idealized island scene, is from an ad for perfumed soap. On the left, a woman washes clothes, on the right a manor house, and in the center a unusually-rigged sailboat. Birds sing in the trees around the woman.
In the background/sky of the island scene is an illustration from the 2018 issue of the countercultural Los Angeles magazine "Razorcake" (Link2).
The second image, from the same issue, presumably by the same artist, shows a couple snuggling on a balcony overlooking a body of water. The product is "Lady" rice powder, a cosmetic base.
Background/sky is from various sources.
The third image, from a different isssue of the same magazine (Link3), shows a woman and a winged cherub in a boat being towed by two swans. It appears in an ad for Oriental Beauty Cream.
Fourth image shows a variety of birds in an ad for another beauty product, Hummingbird powder gloss, from the same issue.
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Link1: archive.org/details/per084859_1925_00249
Link2: archive.org/details/razorcake_102
Link3: archive.org/details/per084859_1925_00229


February 6-8, 2021

WHEN MANUSCRIPT COPYISTS PLAY (Still)
 
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February 4, 2021

1970's NEW AGE OPTIMISM (Still)
 
A hand-drawn motivational image from "The Rainbow Oracle of Mandala City" (Link1) exhorting readers to "Live Healthy". The booklet was published by the "Rainbow Family Of Living Light". That image of a healthy hippy is superimposed on a decoration from the same booklet; it is a low-tech production, some of it apparently typewritten, exhibiting a genuine West Coast hippy style. The group still has a web page (Link2). The site headlines an "old Native American prophecy": "When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow."
From the Text in left top box: "Don't Be Scurgy" (meaning: unknown). Text in right top box "Don't Be Scuzzy." (meaning: Dirty; grimy, disreputable, sleazy).
Bottom text: "Breathe Healthy", "Eat Healthy."
A product of my hippy adolescence, I personally have some sympathy and connection with these predominantly gentle, anti-authoritarian communards -- certainly more than I do with the neofascists and greedheads who ran the place during Trump's America.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/the_rainbow_oracle_of_mandala_city_01_july_1972
Link2: welcomehome.org/rainbow/

February 3, 2021

FOUR CARPETS (Still)
 
Using newly-discovered adjust/resize/rescale technique on an image of four Axminster rugs from a 1931 Sears catalog of "Rugs of Fine Quality" (Link1). Hoping to synchronize texture of frame with texture of central image.
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Link1: archive.org/details/SearsRugs

February 2, 2021

GIRL IN DRESS, LIGHTING HARDWARE (Still)
 
Researching the QAnon view of the world, one runs across unpleasant material.
Some of it is entirely delusional, such as sex-trafficking world leaders addicted to immortality-conferring adrenochrome obtained from tortured children.
Some of it is all too real, such as the underage girls groomed for sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
One of the first of Epstein's victims (in the early 90's) was Maria Farmer, who survived the abuse and went on to become a figurative painter. The painting of the girl in this image is by Farmer (Link1). Sadly, Farmer, now 51, is suffering from cancer.
As a way of artistically distancing myself from yucky feelings after jumping into this rabbit hole of anti-innocence, I superimposed a page of home lighting fixtures from a 1919 Sears catalog of home kits and furnishings (Link2).
SOURCES:
Link1: See "Commissions" on www.mariafarmerart.com/#/artwork-archive
Link2:  archive.org/details/Sears1919Pg001/Sears_1919_pg001.jpg

February 2, 2021

CAR CATALOG ELEMENTS (Still)
   
Experimenting with a last step in my process, in which I adjust/resize/rescale the central image within the frame.
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February 1, 2021

TIME HAS COME TODAY (Still)
 
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January 31, 2021

GOD IS NOT ON YOUR SIDE, ASSHOLES (Still)
 
The Trump era and the January 6 insurrection had a distinctively religious origin, with the Religious Right, Charismatics, Evangelicals, and the right-wing of Catholicism all on board. A frequent rallying cry for religiously motivated Trumpists was "Deus Vult" (trans: 'God Wills it'), the Pope's 11th-century Latin call for the bloody crusades. Here, I use my rusty high-school Latin to revise it: "Deus Non Vult" (trans: 'God most definitely does NOT want it').
The slogan is placed on an illustration from an undated Italian encyclopedia, "Lexicon Vallardi" (Link1), probably dating from the early to mid 19th century. The illustration is from a museum in Bologna, dated 1666, There is little information about the image. It seems to show a child holding a cudgel standing over a jumbled pile of precious silver. This may refer to the 15th century "Bonfire of the Vanities" when the preacher Savanarola sent children to collect books, musical instruments, cosmetics, and other 'occasions of sin' from the wealthy.
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Link1: archive.org/details/lexiconvallardie01milauoft/page/1278/mode/2up

January 30, 2021

PHOTOGRAPHER GETS SUSPICIOUS GLARE (Still)
       
Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson went to Russia and shot this photo of a factory worker for an article in a 1955 issue of the German magazine "Stern" (Link1). The text says that the worker was very suspicious when Cartier-Bresson took the photo.
First image is Cartier-Bresson's original cropping, second image is scaled 150%, third image is scaled 150% again, fourth 150% again. A technical breakthrough. Hopefully, it displays the "spaghetti" texture to advantage.
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Link1: archive.org/details/stern-1955-08_202101

January 28, 2021

WEIRD ONE: BROKEN RECTANGLES (Still)
 

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Link1: archive.org/details/canadianjewel1920cana

January 28, 2021

WEIRD ONE: WATCH WORKS (Still)
 

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Link1: archive.org/details/canadianjewel1920cana

January 27, 2021

WEIRD ONE: ETCETERAS (Still)
 

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January 26, 2021

OLD SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY (Still)
 

A wall painting (Link1) by Renaissance painter Luca Signorelli showing "The Damned in Hell," done between 1499 and 1505. I wish Joe Biden luck in his calls for "Unity", but I also want Congress to open a big can of whoop-ass on people in the government who encouraged and cooperated with the January 6 Capitol riot.
Second version focuses on a detail of the painting, a horned devil carrying a young woman into the flames of hell.
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Link1: commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=158956


January 24, 2021

WEIRD ONE: HOPALONG ON HARDWARE (Still)
 

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archive.org/details/bingham-company-hardware

January 23, 2021

WEIRD ONE: THREE SENTIMENTAL CERAMICS (Still)
 

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January 19, 2021

INAUGURATION: DOCTOR JILL IS IN PERIWINKLE (Still)
 

Done with tears in my eyes during the inauguration celebration. (I include links to the music, but caution you that many browsers are set to automatically play the "next" video that some megacorporation thinks you want to hear after the video you actually want to hear ends.) I especially liked Jon Bon Jovi's "Here Comes the Sun", Yo Yo Ma's "Amazing Grace", the Broadway Medley (with dancer Charlotte d'Amboise at 2;30 in the center square at the end), Yolanda Adams' Hallelujah, John Legend's "Feeling Good", and the mixed Spanish and English "Pass-the-Mic" number.

The image in the center is a composite of (a) a flower of a gentian plant from a 1991 issue of "Kalmiopsis : journal of the Native Plant Society of Oregon" (Link1) and (b) a photo from the 1953 "Kodak Data Books of Applied Photography" (Link2), showing a carbide cutting blade subjected to flourescene, revealing fine cracks. The collage is meant to convey the mess of a country Trump has left for Biden, mismanaged, but with great potential.
Afterthoughts:
Janice tells me that Jill Biden's coat was not Periwinkle. My source was MSNBC commentator Joy Reid.
Janice and I shared a commercial flight (Philadelphia-to-Florida) with the Bidens fifteen or so years ago. The couple seemed pleasant, down-to-earth, and friendly, and Jill seemed quite glamorous in a digified, professional way.
My musical correspondent Hugh reminds me of another upbeat, optimistic song: Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now".
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Link1: archive.org/details/kalmiopsis22nati
Link2: archive.org/details/kdbap

January 20, 2021

WEIRD ONE: BUGS & FABRICS (Still)
 

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January 19, 2021

WHEN RUBBER CAR TIRES WERE NEW, 1917 (Still)
 

Illustration for an advertisement by Pirelli Tires in a 1917 issue of the magazine "Touring Club Italiano" (Link1), showing white Pirelli tires (middle right) carrying a heavy load while an old-fashioned wagon wheel lies broken in the lower right corner. Pirelli Tires is still in business, but was bought ("temporarily privatized") by a Chinese chemical company in 2015.
The intensely modernistic style of art is Italian Futurist, a style that became identified with Fascism under Mussolini.
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Link1: archive.org/details/2021-01-14-13-22

January 19, 2021

NATIONAL PARK VIEW, 1915 (Still)
 

From the 1993 book "Presenting Nature: The Historic Landscape Design of the National Park Service 1916 to 1942" (Link1) by Linda Flint McClelland: a 1915 photo of a scenic highway tunnel. The caption explains: "Photographed in 1915, Mitchell Point Tunnel was one of several naturalistic tunnels constructed along the Columbia River Highway in Oregon from 1913 to 1922. Carved out of a steep rock embankment that rose from the river, the tunnel was 390-feet long and had arched buttresses that alternated with open galleries to provide the motorist with river views framed by jagged rock work." (Oregon Historical Society).
The book sparked a quarantine fantasy: that after I get my vaccine, I take off in a recreational vehicle and document what has happened to national parks since 1993, visiting sites identified in McClelland's book, now in the public domain. I fear much has been lost under modern management. The Mitchell Point Tunnel was destroyed in 1966 as part of the building of Interstate I-80 under LBJ.
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Link1: archive.org/details/Presenting-Nature

January 18, 2021

YOUNG GIRL PENS A FATEFUL LETTER (Still)
 

In a scene from the opera "Eugene Onegin," 17-year-old Tatiana writes a letter declaring her passion for a new neighbor, a disillusioned aristocrat. The neighbor rejects her, but decades later he will bitterly regret spurning her love. Pictured is operatic soprano Julia Varady playing the role of Tatiana in Munich in 1977, Photo from a 2018 issue of the classical music magazine "Gramophone " (Link1).
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Link1: archive.org/details/Gramophone2018-8

January 17, 2021

READING A MAGAZINE (Still)
 

Upon further examination of the 1930 Canadian food journal, "La Revue Culinaire" (Link1), I realized that the magazine employed a staff artist who was very skilled at creating ink drawings, such as yesterday's rushing paper-boy. Here's another ink-drawing, a lovely lady lounging on a sofa.
The colors & pattern in the background are from the same source as yesterday's image, color samples in a 1910 paint catalog (Link2) by Alabastine Company of Grand Rapids.
Incidentally, here is a link to various paint catalogs.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-rbsc_revue_culinaire_TX1R48_v1-20231/
Link2: archive.org/details/mysteryoflostwom00alab

January 15, 2021

I READ THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY (Still)
 

Something broke inside me when I saw self-styled "patriots" threatening elected legislators in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. My work has been increasingly abstract, escapist. Here, a composition based on color samples in a 1910 paint catalog (Link1) by Alabastine Company of Grand Rapids, using a G'Mic deformation filter, Conformal Map (dipole).
In silhouette, a running newspaper boy from a beer ad in a 1930 Canadian food journal, "La Revue Culinaire" (Link2).
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Link1: archive.org/details/mysteryoflostwom00alab
Link2: archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-rbsc_revue_culinaire_TX1R48_v1-20231/

January 15, 2021

GEOMETRIC COLORIZATION IN TED'S STYLE (Still)
 
Friend and neighbor Gutswa presented a work of art in our Tuesday Digital Sharing session; this is my response to it. It is a stacking of boxes in red, green, blue and black, with successive reductions scalings into the center. Then it is placed on a halftoned background using a Gimp G'Mic filter. (There are so many filters that I forget which one.)
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Image by Bob Moore
January 14, 2021

OVER A CLIFF (Still)
 
Long day to get this done.
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January 13, 2021

MISC: DANCER IRENE CASTLE (Still)
 
From the cover of a 1922 issue of illustrated movie fan magazine "Pantomime" (Link1), a portrait of actress and modern dancer Irene Castle, who, along with her husband Vernon, formed a popular team doing performance and instruction in modern dance -- "they taught the world to two-step".
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Link1: archive.org/details/PantomimeJan.211922
January 12, 2021

MISC: SELF-PORTRAIT (Still)
 
Me, looking like a grotesque 76-year-old troll, thoughtful and sad during this unnerving time. Horrified by events in Washington.
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Link1: Photo by Janice Moore
January 11, 2021

MISC: BALLET SCENE II (Still)
 
A costume design by Leon Bakst for a production at Sergei Diaghilev's famous ballet troupe, Ballets Russes. The drawing appears in the 1911 Russian "Sovremenny Balet" (Link1: trans: 'Contemporary Ballet').
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Link1: archive.org/details/sovremenny_balet
January 10, 2021


MISC: BALLET SCENE I (Still)
 
Photo of ballerina Tamara Karsavina in the ballet Giselle. Photo from the 1911 Russian "Sovremenny Balet" (Link1: trans: 'Contemporary Ballet'). The book is listed on archive.org as Public Domain Mark 1.0, which means it is no longer under copyright and you are free to adapt and alter, as I have done here. Photos and posters inside are a treasure.
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Link1: archive.org/details/sovremenny_balet
January 9, 2021


MISC: COLORIZED RUNE STONE (Still)
 
Herman Wirth was a German-Dutch scholar who studied ancient symbols and religions. His fringe theories (for example, the Aryan race came from Atlantis) was popular for a while in Germany in the 30's, but Heinrich Himmler pushed him aside in the Nazi's occult research program (portrayed well in the Indiana Jones movies). Here, from Wirth's 1931 "Die Heilige Urschrift Der Menschheit" (Link1; trans: 'The Sacred Origin of Mankind') Wirth shows a carved gravestone with a twisting snake and runic symbols surrounding it.
I am so horrified by American current events (invasion of the Capitol building) that I seek escape with the old, the arcane, the silly, and the abstract.
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Link1: archive.org/details/wirth-herman-die-heilige-urschrift-der-menschheit-band-5-und-6/Wirth%2C_Herman_Die_heilige_Urschrift_der_Menschheit_Band_1_1931%2C/
January 7, 2021


MISC: RUSSIAN BICYCLE-RIDING MONKEYS (Still)
 
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Link1: archive.org/details/neobychainye_pohozhdeniia_samokatchika_v_strane_kolesa
January 6, 2021


MISC: RUSSIAN FLYING BICYCLES #1 and #2(Still)
 
A fanciful image from a 1903 edition of the Russian magazine "Samokat" in St. Petersburg (Link1), billed as "The extraordinary adventures of a scooter in the land of the wheel, where a lot is funny like ours, but very much is beautiful: For boys and girls from 3 to 75 years old. Stories, scenes and cartoons (over 300) from the life of cyclists."
The Russian text (google-translated) explains how the machine works: "It's very simple: to lift you need just spread the sails and work with the pedals. The blades of the wheels will quickly fill the sails [and] the apparatus rises into the air. When they want to go down, little by little collect sails. If you almost remove them then the apparatus will drop to the ground."

So charmed by the 1903 Russian flying bikes that I find distraction and shelter from my anger at the takeover of the Capitol Building by Trumpists, by doing another image from the same publication (Link1).
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Link1: archive.org/details/neobychainye_pohozhdeniia_samokatchika_v_strane_kolesa
January 5-6, 2021


MISC: SWORDS OVER WORDS OVER GEOMETRY OVER GARDENS (Still)

Complicated collage, seeking abstraction thru pattern to clear my head after yesterday's disturbing piece.
The only representational piece is the design of clashing swords in the center foreground. It is from a 1949 issue of "Weird Tales" (Link1).
The pattern of black squares in the middleground is from the 1854 "Perigal's Contributions to Kinematics" (Link2). It shows "bicircloids cut from the lathe using a geometric chuck." A bicircloid is a "curve generated by the uniform motion of a point around the circumference of a circle the center of which itself uniformly describes a circle."
In the deep background are some garden layouts from the 1544 "Regole generali di architettura di Sabastiano Serlio" (Link3; trans: 'General architectural rules of Sabastiano Serlios')
Late addition to the composition: the four Asian characters in orange just to the left of the center, from "The Complete Commercial Artist, Vol. 15," (Link4) 1929 by Hamada Masuji.
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Link1: archive.org/details/weird-tales-v-41-n-02-1949-01
Link2: archive.org/details/perigal-contributions-to-kinematics-1854
Link3: archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-rbsc_regoli_generali_folio_NA2517S571544-20136
Link4: archive.org/details/lfaperiodicalsccartist0009/LFA_Periodicals_CCArtist_0009_001.jpg
January 4, 2021


MISC: LATEST PLASTIC-MOLDED SEX DOLL (Still)

Appealing in its female form but rather terrifying in reality and implication: a TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) molded sex doll. Foreground is the $1595 "hot petite latina Maria" (Link1), with optional spare head, USB-powered heating element, and removable vagina. In the background, is a photo (Link2) used to explain how to clean a sex doll after use, with exaggerated circular breasts at top right and graphic plastic anus and vagina on bottom left. It feels like an evolutionary and psychological tragedy. Like my December 21, 2020, variation on an extremely difficult Kama Sutra sexual maneuver, I tend to obscure rather than clarify sexual subjects.
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Link1: www.lovedollpalace.com/products/maria-hot-petite-latina-spinner
Link2: madamdolly.com/an-easy-guide-to-cleaning-and-taking-care-of-your-sex-dolls

January 2, 2021


MISC: ROMANTIC RIVALS FIGHT ON CHIMNEY (Still)

A dramatic moment from a silent film, "Zwischen Himmel und Erde" (Link1; trans: 'Between Heaven and Earth') from a drawing in a 1913 issue of the German film trade journal "Lichtbild-Bühne" (Link1). The plot involves the repair of a giant factory chimney and involves the factory owner's daughter who is courted by the chief engineer and an administrator. The two suitors fight atop the chimney.

SOURCES:

Link1: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwischen_Himmel_und_Erde_(1913)
Link2: archive.org/details/lichtbildbuhne-1913-07

January 2, 2021


MISC: UNEASY THRONE (Still)

From a 1913 issue of the German film trade journal "Lichtbild-Bühne" (Link1), a studio photo of leading German actor Albert Basserman in his role as a traveling actor in the silent movie "Der Konig". Basserman left Germany because his wife Elsa, an actress and screenwriter, was Jewish. Basserman did work in Hollywood, but had to deliver his English lines by phonetics.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/lichtbildbuhne-1913-07
January 1, 2021


MISC: AIRPLANE AND GYMNASTS (Still)

Foreground are shots of the warplane F-111 Ardvark, a General Dynamics aircraft that pioneered variable-sweep wings, from a 1963 edition of "Aviation Week" (Link1). In the background, two overlaid shots of Romanian gymnasts working out in a field, one of women gymnasts, one of men. From a 1943 issue of the Romanian picture magazine "Signal" (Link2).
Last day of the year, working busily on the transfer from Free-for-All 2020 to Free-for-All 2021. Lot of trouble...Here's where it should be: 2020 Archive.
SOURCES:

Link1: archive.org/details/Aviation_Week_1963-12-16
Link2: archive.org/details/signal-nr.-19-1-din-octombrie-1942-ed.-rom.

December 31, 2020


MISC: CHANGE OF YEAR (Still)

An image marking the coming New Year. Relieved that my country's slide into autocratic thuggery has stopped -- or slowed. I'll be happy when January 20th Inauguration comes.
My personal to-do list before the New Year is to transfer web site (Philly-Bob's Free-for-All 2020) to a new year version, Philly-Bob's Free-for-All 2121, for which this will be the first entry. Also, usual holiday stuff, muted by quarantine. My birthday is two days before Christmas, and I hope my friends and family are accustomed to my moody holiday distraction, in terms of cards and gifts. As an old girlfriend once said, "Who pissed on you on Christmas?"
Maybe I should work on a "Greatest" page. I've been doing these images since October 10, 2012, and it must be difficult for new visitors to get oriented.
2021 numerals are from "Hyper Block" font (Link1) by Indonesian design studio Lettersiro (Link2). Background is numeral in various fonts from 1886 "Letters and Monograms for Marking on Silk, Linen, and Other Fabrics" by Mrs. Jenny June Croly (Link3)
SOURCES:

Link1: www.dafont.com/search.php?q=hyper+block
Link2: lettersiro.com
Link3: archive.org/details/Monograms
December 17, 2020

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Masthead Portrait by Remo Frangiosa, 2015

12/31/2020