Europe Projected: "Perspective Views" of 18th Century Europe

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Before jet travel, before World's Fairs, before the camera, Europeans sat back to view the wonders of the world through "vue d'optiques" or perspective views, popular prints from the second half of the 18th century, designed to be projected with a viewing device (a zograscope or perspective glass) which enhanced the illusion of depth and perspective, providing something of a 3D effect.  There is a most interesting and thorough article by C.J. Kaldenbach "Perspective Views" which was originally published in Print Quarterly (June 1985) and is now available for viewing on the web.  Browse the selection we have featured on our website, and see how, just with the Nuremberg Chronicle of some 400 years prior, imagination rather than accuracy was the driving force.  

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An early Twentieth Century fascination with SPEED, on land and in the air.

 

Ernest Montaut and, after his death in 1909, his wife Marguerite (GAMY), produced a series of beautiful color lithographic posters featuring views of Paris, France, the Great Pyramids in Egypt, and more.  See our latest additions here.

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[52005] AVIATION - DIRIGIBLE) Roowy, H. L. ASTRA TORRES XIV (Amirate Anglaise) vilesse a l'heure 82km200 Moteurs Chenu. 

Mabileau & Co. Colombes. Copyright1914.
Color lithograph

[52006] AVIATION) Gamy (Marguerite Montaut). BERLIN-JOHANNISTHAL Latham sur son ANTOINETTE passe au dessus de BERLIN. 

Mabileau & Co. Paris. Copyright 1910.
Color lithograph

[52002] AVIATION) Gamy (Marguerite Montaut). CIRCUIT DE L'EST. Paris Troyes Nancy Mezieres Amien & Paris. 

Mabileau & Co. Paris. Copyright 1910.
Color lithograph

[51999] AVIATION) Gamy (Marguerite Montaut). COUPE de BERLIN. Rougier le gagnant sur biplan VOISIN moteur FNY. 

Mabileau & Co. Paris. Copyright 1909.
Color lithograph

[51994] AVIATION) Gamy (Marguerite Montaut). Grand Prix De La Champagne 

Paris. Copyright 1909.
Color lithograph

[52001] AVIATION) Montaut (illus). Grand-Prix de L'Aviation. Henri FARMAN boucle les 1000m.sur son aeroplane. 

Mabileau & Co. Paris. Circa 1910.
Color lithograph

[52000] AVIATION) Gamy (Marguerite Montaut). LA QUATRIEME ARME. Le gagnant du Concours Militaire. 

Mabileau & Co. Paris. Copyright 1912.
Color lithograph

[51995] AVIATION - DIRIGIBLE) Montaut (illus). Le Dirigeable REPUBLIQUE mateur PANHARD & LEVASSOR. 

Mabileau & Co. Paris. Copyright 1909.
Color lithograph

[51996] AVIATION) Gamy (Marguerite Montaut). Meeting de Deauville. Le moteur RENAULT conduit a la victoire l'appareil M. FARMAN. 

Mabileau & Co. Paris. Copyright 1909.
Color lithograph

[52003] AVIATION) Gamy (Marguerite Montaut). PARIS - MADRID 1911. Vedrines le gegnant sur monoplan Morane-Borel moteur Gnome, magneto Bosch, helice Chauviere. 

Mabileau & Co. Paris. Copyright 1911.
Color lithograph

[51997] AVIATION - DIRIGIBLE) Montaut (illus). Raid Paris-Verdun Le Dirigeable "Villa de Paris". 

Mabileau & Co. Paris. Copyright 1909.
Color lithograph

[52004] AVIATION) Montaut (illus). WRIGHT au Camp D'AUVOURS. 

Mabileau & Co. Paris. Copyright 1908.
Color lithograph

   

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VINTAGE HOUSE PLAN EPHEMERA 1890 - 1950
CATALOGUE JUNE 2014


“Home reflects character.  More, it moulds character. Home is the image of thought, exposed, inviting the gaze of the world.  As your home is, so are you.  Then make your home as you want to be—in good taste, dignified, ennobling, to be admired” (Building with Assurance, 1921).  
The dream of home ownership has been a constant in the American psyche for more than a century; this selection of house plan booklets from the 1890s to the 1950s demonstrates how diversely that dream has been realised, mirroring the profound changes in the lifestyle of the American middle class.  We hope that you will enjoy browsing this catalogue, poring over different versions of the American dream.

                                                            

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Story Map of the United States of America - Colortext Publications



Here at oldimprints.com one of our special interests is the revival of decorative mapmaking in the twentieth century.  It's surprising and frustrating how difficult it is to find information on the artists and publishers of these wonderful graphics.  So we're asking for leads to pursue in gathering information on a Chicago depression-era firm that issued a number of engaging and, at times, astonishing, pictorial maps, Colortext Publications.  Read here a short article on what owner and researcher Craig Clinton has learned to date.

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