The 1961 November (Left), July (Top), and September (Bottom) issue covers of Horizon: A Magazine of the Arts. The first article in the July issue is titled “The Dream of Reason” and is introduced thusly: Francis Bacon called scientists to the great task of creating Utopia. Their success has been so complete that it threatens
I reached into the box of 40+ Horizon: A Magazine of the Arts magazines and pulled out three volumes thinking that I could clickedy clack rattle off a table of topics, contents, authors, and subjects which interested artsy cultured folks in what by chance turned out to be 1962. Can’t be done. Too much. Can’t
What are your thoughts on Mermaids? Apparently there are not as many mermaid sightings as there once were. From Horizon: A Magazine of the Arts Volume II Number 3 January 1960 (p129).
We have a vivid notion, though confused, of what happened yesterday, for the headlines are still fresh in our personal memories; what happened many years ago is neatly analyzed and schemed into a formal doctrine by the standard histories. But the life-time of our fathers has usually been to us neither history nor experience. From The
“Eminent Men” by W. Warman who does not have a Wikipedia page! In fact, according to the World Wide Web, he barely exists. But he did paint “Eminent Women” on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne (1857). The queen is naturally in the center. This is the companion
Quips from Cicero are uncommon in the engineers’ lab; Ahab and Jael rarely provide a parable for biologists; and few civil servants seek a guide for policy in the examples of Jefferson or Pitt. Yet a hundred, or even fifty, years ago a tradition of culture, based on the classics, on Scripture, on history and literature,
Currier & Ives Chronicles of America (1968, p156) I confess, I am not a true Civil War buff. I am not even a pretend Civil War buff. But I’m pretty sure that the Civil War as depicted by Currier & Ives was a lot less bloody than the real war. When the Battle of Corinth— not
Time to start thinking about a book(s) for October’s Crappy Old Book of the Month series.
“The Life of a Fireman: The Metropolitan System” from Currier & Ives Chronicles of America (p128; image courtesy Library of Congress) The house is still burning. I can see the smoke from the Farm. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on, though. The firetrucks were gone last evening when we drove past but this morning
The Parting Salute From Currier & Ives Chronicles of America (1968)
Albeit a stylized view of the world, the seasons, moments in history, and nineteenth century America, it is one which is both unique and wells up imagination! … I am a hunter and fisherman and love to see pictures of those sports during earlier days. I also enjoy the pictures of the ships and boats.
“The Cares of a Family” (1856) framed in bird’s-eye maple w/gold inset. $3750. Add it to your basket at The Old Print Shop. Or…
Fought on the 19th and 20th of September, 1863 Currier & Ives Chronicles of America (1968, p166)
September 19th 1864 Currier & Ives Chronicles of America (1968, p 174) “Art as propaganda.” Read the Introduction to the Civil War chapter here. Buy the book here.
Currier & Ives Chronicles of America (1968, p191; reproduced here from the Library of Congress archives). “A Cotton Plantation…” was first published in 1884.
The Old Oaken Bucket (Currier & Ives, 1872) How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood, When fond recollection presents them to view! The orchard, the meadow, the deep-tangled wild-wood, And every loved spot which my infancy knew! The wide-spreading pond, and the mill that stood by it, The bridge, and the rock
Currier & Ives (1885) Chronicle: 1. history or story; an account of events in the order that they took place. 2. write or tell the story of. Chronicles of America
How crazy is this? No way no how anyone associated with the Prairie Arts Festival knew I had chosen Currier & Ives Chronicles of America for the Crappy Old Book of September, but here was a classic– “American Homestead in Autumn” (1869)– flying high over the entrance to the festival!
I was cogitating what book to honor with the September Crappy Old Book of the Month distinction. I was thinking about doing some James Whitcome Riley Farm Rhymes and then I remembered that y’all are not super duper keen on poetry. Too bad. There’s a cultural history aspect in Farm Rhymes that needs to be explored.
Currier & Ives (1864)