Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The artful archive: a look at magazine covers through the years

August 31, 1939

New England's hundreds of National Historic Landmarks (150)



Anyone with an interest in American history is familiar with the National Register of Historic Places. It contains more than 85,000 sites, but only some 2,500 of them have been listed as National Historic Landmarks. New England is home to hundreds of these particularly significant structures, objects and places. They appear here alphabetically, by state. Descriptions condensed from Wikipedia.
Above:
"Hauled Up," 1937, by New England artist Russell Cheney, 1881-1945
The Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

MASSACHUSETTS
Paul Cuffe Farm, Westport


Paul Cuffe (1759–1817) was a wealthy African-American merchant, an advocate for minority rights in Massachusetts, and a promoter of resettling African-Americans to present-day Sierra Leone.



Movie posters that are too good to forget (not that you'd want to)


Movies and their posters. Oftentimes, they are well-matched. But sometimes, a poster suggests more (or less) than the film delivers. So let’s accept these promotional gems on their own terms, as freestanding examples of commercial art that may or may not accurately reflect their “product.” I'll be posting a memorable example every day, for some time.

Editorial cartoonists: keeping the legacy of Thomas Nast alive

by Dave Granlund

Review: "Sound of a Wild Snail Eating," Elisabeth Tova Bailey

  

Find exclusive book reviews, including this one, at The Walrus Said blog.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The artful archive: a look at magazine covers through the years

September 21, 2015

Kellyanne Conway channels her inner George Orwell and "1984"


One of the following terms did not originate with George Orwell. Which one is it? Don’t feel bad if you have a hard time, because all of them are Orwellian in spirit, if not in fact. Get the answer by reading 1984, or by listening to Kellyanne Conway.

Newspeak

Thoughtcrime

Ingsoc

Alternative Facts

Doublethink

Memory Hole

Big Brother

New England's hundreds of National Historic Landmarks (149)



Anyone with an interest in American history is familiar with the National Register of Historic Places. It contains more than 85,000 sites, but only some 2,500 of them have been listed as National Historic Landmarks. New England is home to hundreds of these particularly significant structures, objects and places. They appear here alphabetically, by state. Descriptions condensed from Wikipedia.
Above:
"Hauled Up," 1937, by New England artist Russell Cheney, 1881-1945
The Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

MASSACHUSETTS
Crane Memorial Library, Quincy


One of five public libraries designed by H. H. Richardson, the building incorporates stained glass by John Lafarge and sculptural elements by Augustus Saint-Gardens.



Movie posters that are too good to forget (not that you'd want to)


Movies and their posters. Oftentimes, they are well-matched. But sometimes, a poster suggests more (or less) than the film delivers. So let’s accept these promotional gems on their own terms, as freestanding examples of commercial art that may or may not accurately reflect their “product.” I'll be posting a memorable example every day, for some time.