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This joint is jumpin’

vintage advertising image of two clowns, a grasshopper, and a cereal packet

Page from a most unusual advertising booklet for Quaker Oats, 1898.

Professional instruction is available:


There is inspiration on hand:



…here, too:


…not to mention, here:


Yes, folks, it’s all happening, down at the Ole’ Internet Archive! Cast off your inhibitions, and get on down there.

Or else, I suppose the more enervated among you could always just go and look at the wisteria:


Japanese Lantern Slides From The E. Raymond Wilson Collection


Written by Dave Lovely

May 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm

No better than she should be

…. just very good indeed. Isaac Tobin’s jacket designs, mainly for the University of Chicago Press.

jacket design by Isaac Tobin

Pointer from The Book Design Review, a while back.

Image: jacket for Chad Heap’s Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885-1940.

Interestingly, this seems not to be the final jacket – this is the book’s page at the University of Chicago Press – but I think this one’s better, implying as it does that this sort of thing was going on just a bit earlier than one might have thought…

Written by Dave Lovely

April 3, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Posted in america, book design

The Sea Upon My Pancakes?

Henry David Thoreau has a maple syrup mishap, 152 years ago yesterday.

(Yes, I know. I’ve been back from holiday ages. Work’n’stuff, what can I tellya?)

Written by Dave Lovely

March 17, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Posted in america, diaries, quotes

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Twilight of the books


An amazing photoset on Flickr: The Detroit Public Schools Book Depository/ Roosevelt Warehouse

This is a building where our deeply-troubled public school system once stored its supplies, and then one day apparently walked away from it all, allowing everything to go to waste. The interior has been ravaged by fires and the supplies that haven’t burned have been subjected to 20 years of Michigan weather. To walk around this building transcends the sort of typical ruin-fetishism and “sadness” some get from a beautiful abandoned building. This city’s school district is so impoverished that students are not allowed to take their textbooks home to do homework, and many of its administrators are so corrupt that every few months the newspapers have a field day with their scandals, sweetheart-deals, and expensive trips made at the expense of a population of children who can no longer rely on a public education to help lift them from the cycle of violence and poverty that has made Detroit the most dangerous city in America. To walk through this ruin, more than any other, I think, is to obliquely experience the real tragedy of this city; not some sentimental tragedy of brick and plaster, but one of people.

Sweet Juniper!, via mefithingsmakinglight

“Read them and weep”, I think, is the only appropriate comment here. This is just tragic – as one of the commenters on Sweet Juniper says, “There is a guy in Detroit, wearing a nice suit, that is responsible for this. He gets to go home smiling, well paid, and nothing will be done about it.”

Written by Dave Lovely

January 27, 2008 at 12:08 am

Posted in america, books, education, libraries

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