Thursday, July 30, 2015

Grubby Little Campers

I was intrigued enough to buy these simply because they seem such a motley crew.. and grubby! Not scouts and don't appear to be military either. No information came with the photos but they still need a damn good wash whoever they are!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

J. S. Wixom Drawings

J. S. Wixom is not a name that trips off the tongue from among the pantheon of twentieth century gay artists. As far as I can tell the scarce book Drawings and Paintings of J. S. Wixom is the only publication of this Utah based artist. The drawings here are all from the book and were done between 1969 and 1972 when the book was published. In fact, the lack of publishing imprint suggests maybe a self-published book, which might be why it is scarce today. Apologies for the quality of the images but the book is too large to place on my flatbed scanner, but I hope they give a fair impression of the work.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Together Forever

Dated December 1942 on the back and taken on the same day at the same photographer's studio in the UK, an American serviceman and his sweetheart presumably. Still together 73 years later tucked together on the shelf of a junk shop from whence I rescued them today.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Three things I love about this Vintage Swimwear Postcard

Three things I love about this postcard:
1) The towels make them look like Roman statues
2) The utter disregard for Health and Safety
3) The way that "Love from Aunt Lily" makes it all so very camp!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Thackeray and Kinglsey Hotels in Bloomsbury

Visitors to the British Museum might recognise the lower facade in the above picture as, The Thackeray Hotel, now no longer a hotel, is still more or less intact and faces the main pillared entrance to the Museum. The other hotel above, The Kingsley Hotel, which was supposedly in the road behind the Thackeray, I have been unable to locate on Google Streetview: doesn't mean it's not there just that I can't find it.

The two hotels, presumably managed by the same company issued a little booklet in the 1920s about things "Old and New" to see in London and included in the booklet were numerous illustrations of the interior of the hotels. One imagines any number of literary detectives sweeping across the Afghan rugs and leaning on the mahogany mantles. Delicious!


Monday, July 20, 2015

David by Giacomo Manzu

Browsing some art books today I was rather struck by this sculpture of David by Giacomo Manzu, c.1939, and by the more usually helpful write up in the book:

"The biblical figure of David has been a continuing source of inspiration in the work of Manzu. Several versions exist of this subject whose main characteristic is a crouching figure ready to let fly with a sling. From the first realization of 1935 to the later ones of 1938-39, there is a clear break in the choice of subject; David is no longer a virile nude with head and chest erect, as in the first version, but a thin child whose curved back echoes the rounded form of the stone on which he is crouching. In choosing a young boy as David, Manzu expressed his poetic vision of a child struggling against violence."

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Short Catalogue from Callum James Books

This is something I tried eighteen months ago and was pleasantly surprised by the response so once again: a catalogue (a short one) of unique books and other items. We are talking handwritten manuscripts, collections of photographs and postcards, notebooks, clippings books... all sorts of 'stuff' and, I hope, the kind of things that our type of person really has a feeling for.

So if you are in the UK, this is a little summer treat, if you are one my Australian customers, think of it as a winter warmer!

Prices range from £15 to £600 so I hope there's something for everyone in both subject matter and price. The catalogue is in pdf format only here:

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