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Classic Authors Illustrated: Rudyard Kipling

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Classic Authors Illustrated: Rudyard Kipling

Considering the fact that, to date, I already offer three prints of illustrations from Kipling's works, (with a fourth on the way very soon,) I felt inspired to write this blog entry to discuss the topic a bit more in depth. While I haven't been able to find many details on Rudyard Kipling's direct relationship with, and attitude towards, the many illustrations that graced his work, (as I did with my article on Robert Louis Stevenson,) there are a couple things that I found surprising. Firstly, I assumed that F. H. Townsend was the only illustrator on The Brushwood Boy,...

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The Circus in Vintage Graphics (1903-1935)

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The Circus in Vintage Graphics (1903-1935)

Although not as popular today, the circus was always a sensation when it would come into town a century ago. Today, we will be celebrating this quaint form of entertainment through the graphics it inspired. But before we look at the graphics, some historical context is in order. The origins of the circus are complex and obscure, which has historians debating to this day. Some say it began in Ancient Rome, whereas others attribute the first circus to English equestrian Philip Astley, who put it on on April 4, 1768. Since the Roman circus was an altogether different affair from...

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1920-1929)

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1920-1929)

Life magazine struggled during the 1920s, as it scrambled to find its voice and audience amid changes in popular taste. Even so, the covers haven't changed much at all, and we still see much of the playful humor and bizarre imagery that is characteristic of them. This is one magazine that held up well over those decades, and today we will continue our exciting journey as we explore the Life magazine covers of the 1920s.  5.) "Balance of Power" by F. X. Leyendecker (March 9, 1922): Aside from the delightfully playful nature of the subject matter, this cover is very...

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