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Prepare for the upcoming plethora of holiday feasts with diet and fitness ideas presented in the vintage publication Physical Culture - A time-capsule of health and achievement-oriented fetishism.
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A fascination with SPEED was a hallmark of early 20th century society as transportation developments - notably in aviation and automobiles - literally got life moving at a faster pace. Artists struggled to develop techniques to capture the sense of speed in their works (the works of the Futurist movement offering many wonderful examples).
The late 19th century French poster artist Ernest Montaut focused on capturing in his work speed and the sense of exhilaration that it can bring, using "speed lines" and altered perspective. After his death in 1909, posters from his studio continued to be produced under the name of "Gamy," thought to be the artistic name of his wife. We are pleased to offer here a selection of these beautifully produced images, most of which depict auto and aviation races which were enjoying great popularity at that time.
AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE 1882-1908
A conundrum: what colors should be used in painting a Victorian house? More conundrums: how does one supply water for country dwellings? is an Anglo-Japanese mantel-piece the right choice? or perhaps a zinc roof? The answer to these and other thorny problems can be found in the pages of Carpentry & Building Magazine from the 1880s. (As for the initial conundrum, one should: "paint the cornices, casings, window frames, porches, &c. a medium olive or seal brown; the beads, chamfers, rosettes, &c., to be picked out in dark red; the sash to be painted dark bottle green…” etc.) Click here to see the four years (bound in two volumes) of this fascinating illustrated magazine that we have in stock: 1882-1883 and 1884-1885.
Public Baths and Railway Stations, Apartment Buildings and Hospitals, Hotels, Schools, Office Towers, Private Homes, Churches and Armories — all of these are featured in the turn of the 20th century journal The Brickbuilder. The monthly magazine offers a fascinating array of illustrated articles covering designs for domestic, religious, civic and commercial buildings—all of them united in the concept: “Architecture in Materials of Clay”— (with a decided bias for terra cotta). Monthly numbers from 1904 through 1908 provide insight into intriguing aspects of early 20th century architecture and the decorative embellishments that distinguish it. See issues from 1905 to 1908 here.