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ONE FROM THE ARCHIVE 15 October 2014

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The Cynical Halloween Raven  © Sarah VernonThe Cynical Halloween Raven Greeting Cards © Sarah Vernon

Some fun for all us cynics at Halloween. The bird is from The Graphics Fairy and the words are mine own!

And here are few others made in earlier years to choose from.

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Sarah

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Originally posted on The Muscleheaded Blog.

Of all the famous pin-up artists of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, Rolf Armstrong has few equals, and remains a favorite with today’s audiences for several very good reasons –

—including his mastery of symbolic color, the fine detail of his work, the bright flashes of fashion and style, and a distinct masculine perspective, which he expresses on all of his canvasses–and which tends the amplify the femininity of his beautiful models.

Born in Bay City, Michigan on Easter, 1889, Rolf was the son of a shipping magnate whose declining fortunes eventually forced him and his family to move to Detroit.

After the death of his father in 1903, Rolf and his mother found themselves in Seattle, and at 15, he dropped out of school and took a job as a Steamship Agent.

Rolf’s two passions, sports  (he was an avid boxer and a skilled sailor) and art, began to mesh as he developed his painting skills drawing for local publications, and his mother encouraged him to…

via The Pin Up Art of Rolf Armstrong | The Muscleheaded Blog.


Actress Maude Fealy Postcard
Actress Maude Fealy [1883-1971] Postcards

The American actress Maude Fealy was an exquisite beauty whose career encompassed everything from stage performances in the US, Canada and Britain, as well as silent movies and talking pictures.

She was born in 1883 in Tennessee and died in Los Angeles in 1971. Her mother, Margaret, was an actress and drama teacher so it comes as no surprise to learn that Maude made her stage debut at the age of three in her mother’s production of Faust.

She married an English drama critic in 1907, Louis Sherwin, who wrote for a newspaper in Denver. Her parents were not fans of their daughter’s husband and did everything they could to ruin the marriage; the result was successful and the pair divorced in 1909.

Her second marriage to actor James Durkin sparked the formation of a travelling theatre troupe called the Fealy-Durkin Stock Company. This marriage did not last the course and in 1920 she wed John Cort Jr but this marriage was annulled in 1923.

She continued to divide her time between stage and screen. Her work in Hollywood was helped immeasurably by her friendship with Cecil B DeMille with whom she had appeared on stage. She appeared in almost every one of DeMille’s films, among them The Buccaneer [1958] and The Ten Commandments [1956].

Returning to Denver in the 1940s, she founded a drama school, later going back to Hollywood to do the same.

It is a measure of her friendship with DeMille, who died in 1959, that it was he who left money in his will to pay her funeral expenses when she died in 1971.
Adapted from the mini-biography on IMDb.

See my other film and theatre-related products here.

Maude Fealy on IMDb
Blogging Maude

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Postcard

One two buckle my shoe,
Three, four, knock at the door,
Five, six, pick up sticks,
Seven, eight, lay them straight,
Nine, ten, a big fat hen,
Eleven, twelve, dig and delve,
Thirteen, fourteen, maids a’courting,
Fifteen, sixteen, maids in the kitchen,
Seventeen, eighteen, maids a’waiting,
Nineteen, twenty, my plate’s empty.


How satisfying it is to read nursery rhymes out loud. Go on – try it!


“The things which the child loves remain in the domain of the heart until old age. The most beautiful thing in life is that our souls remain hovering over the places where we once enjoyed ourselves. I am one of those who remembers those places regardless of distance or time.”
Kahlil Gibran, Mirrors of the Soul


As I was Going to St Ives Postcard
As I was Going to St Ives Postcard

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?

Both images were scanned from my copy of The Children’s Encyclopaedia by Arthur Mee, published by the Educational Book Company Ltd. These popular volumes were published from 1908 until 1964 but the volumes I have were not given to me as a child but bought in my late teens from a charity shop. There’s no date of publication but the nature of the information and the images suggest the 1920s or 1930s.


Available at the following galleries:
One, Two…
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As I was Going…
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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I’ve run out of bandwidth so I’m having to squeeze out a quick post that I prepared at Christmas when I sold 25 postcards of the male impersonator Miss Vesta Tilley, about whom you can read here. It was the best Christmas present!

Vesta Tilley Post Cards
Miss Vesta Tilley Post Cards

This is the original postcard from my theatre collection:

Vesta Tilley (1864-1952)

Miss Vesta Tilley (1864-1952)

As you can tell, and as is my wont, I gave her a new look with a different background, though I do intend to sell copies of the original when I get round to it. Hah! I wonder when that will be.

I trust you are all having a diverting May Day weekend! I’m spending it reading the first novel of Beguiling Hollywood’s inimitable Vicki Lester, It’s In His Kiss.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


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There is no getting away from the fact that while this image may be used on far too many chocolate boxes, Vermeer’s painting is truly exquisite.

‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring is a painting of immense simplicity. In terms of both composition and colour, this work of art displays nothing extraordinary. However, it is through this simplicity that Vermeer allows us to examine the wonderful delicacy of his subject. We can appreciate the smallest details of the painting, from the wet edges of the girl’s half-opened lips to how her skin appears alight against the dark background  – features which in a more chaotic composition would be missed. With every new detail you notice, the Girl with a Pearl Earring is enlivened more and more. For instance, her head is turned as if she has just looked round and seen us (rather than that she is being painted side on). By permitting us to appreciate these small details, Vermeer creates an intimacy and an….’
The Squirrel Review.

Available at the following galleries:
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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Discreet French Charm

A change of pace to show you this charming vintage French advertising image, presumably to proclaim the delights of Saint Denis (see top of image), which comes from The Graphics Fairy. I enhanced the original and added the almond green border.

Available at the following galleries:
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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Just a quick post to say I’m back in the loop as far as my internet connection is concerned, and I’ve uploaded David Garrick to my Zazzle gallery. UK and US links are at the end of the post. Have a delightfully happy week!

David Garrick as Benedict - Much Ado About Nothing
David Garrick as Benedict – Much Ado About Nothing 1770 Wrapped Canvas

Available at the following galleries:
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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


No news is bad news when it comes to my internet connection! If you want to know how I’m feeling, simply visit this recent post by belsbror who suffers the same frustrations.

Royal English Opera's Ivanhoe Mousepad
Royal English Opera’s Ivanhoe Mousepad

Arthur Sullivan’s Ivanhoe was the only opera ever produced at the Palace Theatre of Varieties. ‘The Handsomest Music Hall in Europe’, it was originally built as a venue for opera by Richard D’Oyly Carte. The theatre was renamed the Palace Theatre in 1911, a name it retains to this day.

Available at the following galleries:
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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Schweppes Table Waters Postcard Postcard
Schweppes Table Waters Postcard

These gorgeous advertisements, which have recently sold as postcards, come from my collection of theatre programmes for late nineteenth century D’Oyly Carte productions at the Savoy Theatre in London, including The Yeoman of the Guard and The Gondoliers.

In other news, my internet connection is still appalling. I suspect it’s because I have used up the allowed bandwidth for the month (I connect via a USB stick) as a result of the endless downloading and installing necessary for this new MacBook. It makes visiting, liking and commenting on your blogs almost impossible, which is exceedingly frustrating. Please know that I am there in spirit!

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Circuses were popular this December as witness yesterday’s post and the sale of these stickers. So that was rather lovely!


‘Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.’
George Carlin US Comedian 1937-2008


Posters, cards and other products available with this design:
Redbubble
Crated
Zazzle USA
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art England

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Recent sales for your delectation. Please don’t even think about asking me how long it’s taking to catch up with your December comments!

Butterfly Postcard Postcard
Butterfly Postcard Postcard


“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”
John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne


 

At the Circus Post Cards
At the Circus Post Cards


“Damn everything but the circus!. . .The average ‘painter’ ‘sculptor’ ‘poet’ ‘composer’ ‘playwright’ is a person who cannot leap through a hoop from the back of a galloping horse, make people laugh with a clown’s mouth, orchestrate twenty lions.”
e.e. cummings


Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL FOR THE HOLIDAYS! MAY YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY TOMORROW AND THE BEST SORT OF RECOVERY THE DAY AFTER!

TAKE CARE AND KEEP LAUGHING!

SARAH x

P.S. WITHOUT A COMPUTER AND THUS NO CHANCE OF CREATING A NEW CHRISTMAS POST, I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY SEEING MY ROBIN AGAIN.

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Stay, little cheerful Robin! © Sarah VernonStay, little cheerful Robin! Postcards © Sarah Vernon

‘Stay, little cheerful Robin! stay,
And at my easement sing,
Though it should prove a farewell lay
And this our parting spring.

— William Wordsworth To a Redbreast—In Sickness

Stay, little cheerful Robin!
Stay, little cheerful Robin! Greeting Cards

‘The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.’

― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

The original robin is “Erithacus rubecula with cocked head” by Francis C. FranklinOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Textures used are from 2 Lil’ Owls.

Available @
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Crated
Fine Art America
Fine Art England

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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I recently sold a couple of Birdcage Blossom postcards. Which was nice! And I thought I’d show you some of the other products with the design as suggestions for Christmas.

Birdcage Blossom 
Birdcage Blossom Hip Flasks

Birdcage Blossom
Birdcage Blossom Wrapping Paper

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


‘Stay, little cheerful Robin! stay,
And at my easement sing,
Though it should prove a farewell lay
And this our parting spring.

— William Wordsworth To a Redbreast—In Sickness

Stay, little cheerful Robin!
Stay, little cheerful Robin! Greeting Cards

‘The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.’

― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

The original robin is “Erithacus rubecula with cocked head” by Francis C. FranklinOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Textures used are from 2 Lil’ Owls.

Available @
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Crated
Fine Art America
Fine Art England

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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