Saturday, 29 October 2011

Is the art of magazine illustration dead?

I love illustration. I think it's a shame that advertising these days, in magazines, posters, brochures and pictures in recipe books, usually features photos and not illustrations.

We went to London for the day yesterday and had a little trot round Spitalfields market amongst other things. I managed to pick up a 1967 Woman and Home magazine for just £1.00. Had a quick flick through before I bought it and only saw ads with photos but I love the social history of stuff like this so bought it anyway.

Remember Anne French cleansing lotion in the triangle bottle, or Vetzymes vitamins for pets? Several ads for blankets with silky edges too, must have been a big thing then. Anyway, I digress.

On having a proper look through the magazine this morning, I was pleased to find that even in 1967 the art of illustrated ads was still alive.

I remember Ladybird adverts like this, beautifully illustrated. And you don't tend to find cookery-type ads that include illustrations rather than photos, do you?

The first one here, the Tick-a-Tee ad, is great. How the English language moves on, eh!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Bunny Rabbit's Diary, George F. Kerr

I like nothing more than finding a new artist or series of books that I've never heard of before. Bunny Rabbit's Diary and its artist, George F. Kerr, is one of those.

George F. Kerr (1869 - 1953) was an American artist who was well known for his children's book illustrations, perhaps most notably for L. Frank Baum's American Fairy Tale. L. Frank Baum, by the way, was the creator of the Oz series of books, that Christmas favourite The Wizard of Oz, of course being the most famous.

These pictures are from a lovely 1915 book entitled Bunny Rabbit's Diary by Mary Francis Blaisdell.

I usually associate pictures in this style with those of a much later date, such is the quality of George Kerr's work.

I'm sure I'll incorporate these into something on PH at some time in the future.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Turkey, Warwick Goble & 8p beer

So many people I know have been to Turkey this year I thought I'd have a look round for some pictures. Much to my surprise I found some by Warwick Goble who, regular blog readers will know, I love. And, despite the name, he's no relation (as far as we know anyway!)

I've been to Turkey many years ago, probably around 1988 - when you could buy a meal for 2 (with wine) for around £2.00! Our posh night out in the best restaurant we could find came to around £6.00! I don't think it's as cheap now, unfortunately.

This wasn't the cheapest place I've been, however. I went to Romania in 1990 and we were amazed to find that beer was just 16p a pint. Still laughing about the cost, when the guys had finished theirs, one of the locals told them to take their glasses back to the bar - and they were refunded 8p per glass! 8p a pint! Ice-cream and corn on the cob on the beach were just 2p!

I'm sure it will have gone up considerably since then but it's still a great story to tell.

By the way, these pictures are from a book called Peeps at Many Lands - Turkey from 1911.