Saturday, December 29, 2012

Santa endorsing Arms & Automobiles

The Metropolitan Magazine, December 1903.

As far as I know I am not related to this branch of the Stevens family. The combination of Santa with a rifle trying to sell a car and handing out puzzles is a bit bizarre. And what do you think of his endorsement of arms "for the youth of the land". I wouldn't mind owning a Stevens-Duryea though. 

And welcome Suzy, follower #50 of this eclectic blog (I always wanted to use that word). 

next episode: happy...

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Adoration of the Magi (1634)

Paulus Bor - Aanbidding van de drie koningen (1634)
Adoration of the Magi (1634, Museum Flehite)

Adoration of the Magi (Dutch: Aanbidding van de drie koningen) by Paulus Bor (Amersfoort, ca. 1601 - Amersfoort, 10 August 1669).

Merry Christmas !

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cobina Wright

Cobina Wright (1921–2011) was born in New York City. Her mother, also named Cobina Wright, was an opera singer and actress notorious for her social ambition. Her hopes were pinned on her beautiful young daughter, whom she frantically set about grooming for a film career and a spectacular marriage. When her husband complained about what he saw as the “prostitution” of their daughter, his wife promptly divorced him.

By 1938 Cobina Jr was modeling and singing in nightclubs. That summer, on vacation with her mother, she met Prince Philip of Greece (the future husband of Queen Elisabeth). She later recalled that, on seeing the handsome young prince, her mother had “shoved” her into his arms. They both were 17 years old and good looking, and they dated for several weeks in Venice and London. It is said that after her return to the US Philip wrote her several love letters, but she was not interested anymore because she did not want to marry someone chosen for her by her pushy mother.

In 1939 Bob Hope used her as the basis for a spoilt character called Cobina on his radio programme. Her mother filed a suit against him that was settled out of court to everyone's satisfaction, especially to Cobina, who was awarded a permanent spot on the show.

In 1941, by then residing in Beverly Hills, Cobina appeared in a number of films, and she featured on the cover of Life magazine. She married a member of a wealthy automobile family from Pontiac, Michigan. He could not stand Cobina’s mother, and after a series of rows retired his wife from the screen in 1943.

Her husband died in 1968. She spend the last part of her life promoting anti-alcohol programs.

sources: and the daily mirror.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

blog tip: Hyperlink in Comment

Sometimes you want to include a clickable URL to some fancy website in your comment. How do you do this?

Option 1: learn the code
Most comments allow the use of simple HTML statements. Therefore just type

<a href="URL">DESCRIPTION</a>

URL: the exact URL of the site you are linking to
DESCRIPTION: the name of the link, you can put here anything you want

Option 2: use your test blog
If you are too lazy to remember the code (like me) you can simply use your test blog. Go to this blog and make a new post. Include the link (using the Link button). Click on HTML and copy the code. Go back to the comment and paste the code. Voila.

next episode: Cobina

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Gerrit Dou - Self-portraits

Left: ca. 1657, Residenzgalerie Austria. Right: ca. 1660-65, Louvre Paris.

At the age of 15 Gerrit Dou (aka Gérard Dou) (1613-1675) became Rembrandt's first pupil. Later in life he specialized in small pictures.

next episode: hyperlink

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Elizabeth 'Libbie' Clift Bacon Custer

George and Libbie Custer in their home at Fort Lincoln, Dakota Territory, ca. 1874-1876 (Beinecke Rare Book Manuscript Library, Yale University).

A comment made by Noelani on a 2009 post of Libbie Custer triggered me to find some more photo's of Elizabeth Clift Bacon Custer (1842-1933), wife of George 'Last Stand at Litte Big Horn' Custer. The photo at the top shows the couple in their home at Fort Abraham Lincoln. The portrait on the wall on the left is of George Custer in his Civil War uniform; the one on the right is of his friend and benefactor General Sheridan.

Elizabeth Clift Bacon Custer
Libbie Custer (Februari 1864, Library of Congress).

Elizabeth Clift Bacon Custer
Libbie Custer (January 1865, National Archives.).

next episode: Gerrit Dou

Monday, December 10, 2012

Crimean War: Warships

 Roger Fenton, 1855

British warships in the harbor (Roger Fenton, 1855).

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Friday, December 7, 2012

After the Breaking of the World

Jesse Van Dijk - After the Breaking of the World (2011)

Dutchmen Jesse Van Dijk lives in Seatle and works for large movie and game studios. His specialism are digital landscapes. Although he considers himself to be a craftsman, his work has articisic values as well.

In this digitally created work the landscape has undergone a recent catastrophic split. Two cities strive to literally overcome this traumatic event. The artist has deliberately chosen to leave the symbolic bridge unfinished.

His work evinces research into historical architecture, technological developments and the geological processes through which landscapes unfold. "I always look for something that could theoretically exist in reality. From my experience, the more you keep achievable possibilities in mind, the more creatively expressive the work becomes. My work allows suspension of disbelief by refusing to engage in the merely nonsensical. If reality is discarded outright, it's all too easy to default to the stylistically obvious. You find yourself going for the visual archetypes, and cliche is just around the corner. I don't want to create cliches."


next episode: a harbor

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Miss Marie Leonhard

Marie Leonhard, actress, ca. 1900s (?).

next episode: gameart

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Waterloo Veteran of the Month: Monsieur Schmit

Monsieur Schmit of the 2nd Mounted Chasseur Regiment (1813-14) wearing a floppy cap in May 1858. 

Some other portraits of Grognards (veterans) of the Grande Armée.

next episode: Marie Leonhard


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