Archive for the ‘1920s’ Category

PACIFIC PLANTS.

August 15, 2009

Picture 1

Picture 3

Picture 4

Picture 7

Picture 8

Picture 10

Picture 11

Picture 9

Woven plant fibers c.1920-30s. Made in Cook Islands.
via Museum of New Zealand

VARVARA.

March 11, 2009

0093-442

17615w_throughtheredandwhiteg

literacy_peasant

17620w_studyoftheold

20188196_299579395

stepanovasports

235423106

alexanderrodchenkovarvarastepanova

p258

1sm

NisN research assignment requested by August Heffner on Varvara Stepanova, Russian constructivist. She was professor of textile design at the Vkhutemas (Higher Technical Artistic Studios) while continuing typography, book design and contributing to the magazine L.E.F. —What a total knock out!  There is this book, this article, and I only wish there was a show on Varvara and not just her husband, Rodchenko. Totally unfair.  Thanks August for the Varvara tip!

FAMOUS DAMES.

March 3, 2009

Nell Shipman

Gloria Swanson

Clara Bow

Louise Brooks

Marie Dressler

Tallulah Bankhead

Josephine Baker
————————-
Gorgeous gals. discovered via the lovely lass Bree Apperley
Ladies and Their Fame

LENCI DOLLS.

February 20, 2009

458991607_9f120f9234

picture-2

picture-6

picture-4

picture-12

Lenci Dolls — woah. discovered via Fashion Forestry

YOGANANDA.

February 19, 2009

paramahansayogananda

davis-yogananda-pic

litho

yogi1

I am reading (a quarter way through)  Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.  I’ve been getting into yoga recently and decided to read this book for inspiration. My teachers have Yogananda’s picture all over the studio. They love this guy.
Does anyone have gurus anymore? Do you?

NYPL OFFLINE!

February 6, 2009

webimg_0143

webimg_0146

webimg_0147

webimg_0149

webimg_0144

webimg_0148

webimg_0155

webimg_0156

webimg_0159

webimg_0180

webimg_0177

webimg_0164

webimg_0166

webimg_0168

I rarely post items not found on the internet. Today is the exception. Matt and I attended the NYPL class I mentioned yesterday—Handmade Then and Now by Jessica Pigza. It was excellent! I learned basics of the NYPL system – how to search for exactly what I need. I can’t wait to spend a day on the third floor looking through non circulating books. The books (poorly) photographed above are relics Jessica shared with the class. These were just things lying around her desk. How lucky to be a librarian!

CHRISTMASTIME.

December 24, 2008

index-4

index-2

index-5

index-6

index-7

index-9

index-12

index-13

index-14

Happy Christmas Eve! via NYPL Digital Collection

BERENICE ABBOTT.

November 2, 2008


Abbott’s book cover proposal for Changing New York.


Margaret Anderson Paris, 1930


Lucia Joyce 1930


Ginger New York, 1932


James Joyce Paris, 1926


Daily News Building; 42nd Street between Second and Third Avenues. Nov. 21, 1935.


Murray Hill Hotel; From Park Avenue and 40th Street. Nov. 19, 1935.

This post is dedicated Routine Investigations who introduced me to Berenice Abbott last night. In 1919 she moved to NYC and lived at an anarchist house in Greenwich Village. In the 1920s she moved to Paris, working for Man Ray. In the 1930s Abbott returned to New York after seeing its photographic potential. In 1935 the Federal Arts Project named Abbott Project Supervisor and created the book, Changing New York. I only wish they used her proposal cover for the final book.

via Berenice Abbott portraits and Smithsonian Archives of American Art and New York Public Library

DOILIES & ANTIMACASSARS.

March 5, 2008

What a sweet treat Doilies are! My Gramie donated doilies a plenty to my new home. She and her girlfriends used to make them to give as gifts (often to each other). Stay tuned for photos of these handcrafted doilies in HQ BK.

A doily (or doilie) is a small ornamental mat usually made of cotton or linen placed underneath a dish or bowl.



————————————————————————————-

I have never heard of this lengthy word—antimacassar—though I was definitely familiar with the delicate object. Of course, they were all over my childhood home. (thanks to Gramie!)

An antimacassar is a small cloth placed over the backs or arms of chairs, or the head or cushions of a sofa, to prevent soiling of the permanent fabric.
mociun-spr-6.jpg

PRETTY GIRLS.

February 26, 2008

Found these lovelies on Shorpy ‘Pretty Girl’ section. A great collection of historic images. Oolala! Please, someone needs to make swim suits like these again—tights, shoes, caps, umbrellas and all!
06564u_0preview.jpg


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.