Archive for the ‘history’ Category
Page from a most unusual advertising booklet for Quaker Oats, 1898.
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:
The Book of Accidents: Designed for Young Children. New Haven : S. Babcock, Sidney’s press, 1831.
… with the idea of proto-constructivist agit-prop on the fells, stray Herdwicks limning quasi-Malevichs, near-Mondrians, organised by eager sheepdog commissars. Kurt Schwitters perhaps nearby, appreciating this rural echo of the vanished hopes of Weimar modernism.
Smit Marks: “The smit mark is a bold stroke or pop, spot, or other coloured mark on the sheep’s body, that can be seen clearly from a distance.” – from a page about Shepherds’ Guides from a very interesting general site about the history of the Lake District.
See also Barry McKay’s lecture delivered at the Hidden Typography Conference, St Bride Printing Library, 20 October 2003.
The orator, like the hysteric, is the anxious object of an abstracting gaze, made to perform his every natural affect and impulse according to a predetermined plot. At times, you can almost imagine that he revolts against this inhuman regimen, that he is madly signaling for assistance, or raises his arm at a random and rebellious angle, letting it drift along a dotted line of his own choosing, through the air’s uncharted ways.
From A. M. Bacon, Manual of Gesture (1875).
The vexed history of gesture, from Cabinet magazine.
More on Darren Wershler-Henry’s The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting, via John Latta, who cites the following haunting and incantatory utterance:
Amaranath sasesusos Oronoco initiation secedes Uruguay Philadelphia.
This will be running through my head as I fall asleep tonight…
What? Oh, something to do with aligning the keys. Have you no soul? I’ll have to read this book, though. 344 pages on the history of typewriting? It’s got to be good.