Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Maxfield Parrish’s illustrations for an 1897 edition of Frank L. Baum’s “Mother Goose in Prose.” was also a Fisk tire advertisement. (thanks to Pau!)

Mother Goose in Prose is a collection of twenty-two children's stories based on Mother Goose nursery rhymes. It was the first children's book written by L. Frank Baum, and the first book illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. It was originally published in 1897 by Way and Williams of Chicago, and re-released by the George M. Hill Company in 1901.

you can read it online at

The volume begins with an historical overview written by Baum himself, in which he notes that the first use of the name "Mother Goose" was by the great French author of fantasies, Charles Perrault -- the inventor of Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Puss in Boots. Each tale begins with the nursery rhyme, and then a tale that illustrates the rhyme follows -- told in Baum's charming, natural fashion. Mother Goose in Prose is a delight for children of all ages. The book's last selection features a girl named Dorothy who can talk to animals — an anticipation of the Oz books.

Old king Cole seems to be a favorite of Parrish, who did all 3 of these variations on the story. The bottom one, the original painting, hangs in the St Regis Hotel, it's been appraised between 5 and 10 million dollars.

by the way, there was a companion volume:

Parrish also illustrated a couple other significantly famous books (that I've only just learned of)

Thank you Patricia!

For making the tip jar clang!

For anyone else who hasn't considered tipping, I offer you humor, 'cuase it's ok that you keep coming back to enjoy what I do,

but have you thought that maybe your donation would go to a worthy cause?

or prevent the extinction of a species?

or fund the research that discovered that Hendrix was murdered, and who did it?

and for Billy and Mark who want to correct the Avions Voisin spelling, but contradict each other

Neighborhood fixes gigantic pothole by placing Christmas tree in the hole

There was such a massive pothole, has been getting bigger for weeks, that neighbors in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania complained about it

The hole was not getting fixed, despite the complaints, so Marietta Spak decided to fill it with an artificial Christmas tree over the weekend.

“I was upstairs in the attic and was looking for more Christmas decorations and I came upon the tree and I thought, ‘That’d look nice in the hole,’” Spak said.

She put the tree in her car and placed it in the hole as a way to keep drivers from hitting it.

The Wilkes-Barre Department of Public Works said it was aware of the sinkhole and, now, the holiday decorations.

“We have a lot of comedians in the area that like to put trees in there.” David Iskra said.

A company the city contracts to do its paving is expected to get the job done within a day or so. Crews said the company was just backed up.

it's obvious why this company is going to fail in business

putting on quite a show to earn some money.... that's respectable!

For the first time in nearly 20 years, a Los Angeles County law enforcement officer, Sheriff's deputy Luke Liu, has been charged with killing an unarmed civilian while on duty, 34 months ago

L.A. County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, who was elected in 2012, has faced repeated criticism for declining to bring charges in shootings by officers during her years in office.

Lacey said the use of force in this case was not reasonable — the critical factor that often determines whether an officer is charged with shooting someone.

Sheriff’s department policy says deputies should not fire at stationary or moving vehicles unless a person in the vehicle is imminently threatening someone with deadly force using something other than the vehicle itself.

Garcia was in a vehicle that Liu believed may have been stolen, at a Norwalk gas station on Feb. 24, 2016

Liu stood near the driver's side door before walking to the rear of the car, according to prosecutors. When Liu returned to the driver's side door, Garcia, 26, began driving away at approximately 5 mph, prosecutors said.

Liu reported seeing Garcia’s right hand reaching into the back seat (of course, clearly inventing a reason he had to shoot the suspect) and feared he was grabbing a firearm, the sheriff’s department report says. As Garcia pulled away, the car hit Liu in both knees, (another reason to shoot the suspect? There is no mention of evidence that this factually occured) according to the report.

Liu drew his service weapon, ran alongside the car and fired seven shots at Garcia, who was struck four times and killed, according to prosecutors.

"We believe the officer's use of deadly force was unjustified and unreasonable under the circumstances," she said. "There is an inherent danger for law enforcement officers every time they put on the uniform. We applaud their dedication and bravery to make split-second decisions in potentially life-threatening situations. But we also must hold them accountable when their conduct is unlawful."

11 months later the case was presented by sheriff’s homicide investigators to prosecutors on Jan. 31, 2017.

26 months after the shooting, in April 2018, the county paid $1.75 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Garcia, who worked at a moving company.

Although about 1,500 officer shootings have occurred since 2000, none had faced prosecution since LAPD Officer Ronald Orosco was accused of shooting an unarmed motorist in the back in September 2000 during a dispute over a traffic citation. Orosco pleaded no contest to a felony charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle. The motorist survived. Orosco was sentenced to five years in prison.

Larry W, thanks for clanging the tip jar! But, by the way, you've got a hood ornament huh?

Thanks Larry! 

Rene Vincent advertising art

Above is the Ambulance going to war, and below, the Ambulance returning from war

He enrolled in a famous school for architecture, and to help pay for it, began doing illustrations in books. He liked illustrating so much more than architecture, he changed majors.

Vincent’s success took him to visit the United States, where he did some work for esteemed magazines Saturday Evening and Harper’s Bazaar. When he arrived back in France, he set up his own studio in Paris. He began illustrating advertisements for Bugatti, Peugeot, Michelin, and Shell Oil.

As a keen automobilist, Vicent was one of the first French citizen to have a driver’s license. Additionally he built a garage onto his house, to park his Bugatti. In the 20s, owning a car was a symbol of success.

a couple of years ago I discovered this remarkable artist, so, if you'd like to click through and see the paintings and ads that I posted then: and

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

French bicycle advertising from the 1890s

advertising by a little known French artist Marcel Bloch

talented artist born in 1884, that's all I can find on the internet, mostly because he's not famous, and two other guys that lived in the 1890s in France had the same name, one was an aircraft designer

Italian painter, and artist, Giovanni Carpanetto 1863-1928

the evolution of the Fiat badge

the first one, the nice brass parchment appearing one in the upper left? Was made by artist, painter, and publicist Giovanni Carpanetto (1863-1928), which included the company name Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, and would also include the car chassis number, each logo having a unique identity.

airline travel poster art of Edmond Maurus 1930-1947

Edmond Maurus between 1925 and 1955 designed numerous posters for french airlines (Air Union and Air France), and he was a landscape painter too.

for some other artists airline galleries, by artist

or by airline, not all posters show up in the other link