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TIDBITS OF MEDIEVAL PAPER     PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE GLEANED TIDBITS from Tom Johnson’s review of Orietta Da Rold’s Paper in Medieval England: From Pulp to Fiction. Paper arrived big-time in England in the late 14th-century. Fifty … Continue reading

May 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

TIDBITS OF MEDIEVAL PAPER    PART 1

TOM JOHNSON BEGINS his London Review of Books article with quite an amazing tidbit: “In 1391, 2.3 million sheets of paper arrived at the port of London: a page for … Continue reading

May 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

THE CITROËN 2CV, TWO ROAD TESTS, THREE DECADES APART

R&T’S ROAD TEST of the Citroën 2CV in its December 1955 issue began by quoting T.S. Eliot: “Do not ask, ‘What is it?’/ Let us go and make our visit.” … Continue reading

May 22, 2022 · 3 Comments

OENSLAGER ON THEATRICAL TOPICS   PART 2 

DONALD OENSLAGER FELT that theatrical scenery didn’t have to be realistic. Its representations could well be symbolic. What’s more, the symbolism need not be physical. Here in Part 1, we … Continue reading

May 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

OENSLAGER ON THEATRICAL TOPICS    PART 1

IN HIS CLASSIC WORK Scenery Then and Now, Donald Oenslager wrote, “Once a project is designed and brought to life on the stage the designer’s work is finished. The opening … Continue reading

May 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

TRIPPIN’ WITH JOSEPHINE, 1905    PART 2

YESTERDAY, JOSEPHINE ENLIGHTENED us on transatlantic steamship travel, c. 1905. Today in Part 2, we’re amidst foreigners, but still profiting from sage advice given in The Travelers’ Handbook: A Manual … Continue reading

May 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

TRIPPIN’ WITH JOSEPHINE, 1905     PART 1

YOU MAY REMEMBER Josephine Tozier and her charming tale of Angela Victoria, the fictional American ex-pat enjoying A Spring Fortnight in France, described here at SimanaitisSays earlier this year. It … Continue reading

May 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

BEOWOLF—A DIGITALLY UNRULY TYPEFACE (FOR A WHILE, THAT IS)

AS DESCRIBED BY John L. Walters in his fascinating Fifty Typefaces That Changed the World, “Few recent typefaces can claim to be as radical—anarchistic, even— as Beowolf….”  Imagine a typeface … Continue reading

May 17, 2022 · 3 Comments

THE AIRCRAFT DRAWINGS OF DOUGLAS ROLFE    PART 2

YESTERDAY IN Part 1, we examined two of the aircraft illustrated by Douglas Rolfe in his Airplanes of the World: 843 Planes, From Pusher to Jet 1490-1954. Here are two … Continue reading

May 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

THE AIRCRAFT DRAWINGS OF DOUGLAS ROLFE   PART 1

RECENTLY I WAS IDLY LEAFING through Douglas Rolfe’s Airplanes of the World when I realized how many of my GMax projects had been rendered in Rolfe’s illustrations. Indeed, his book … Continue reading

May 15, 2022 · 4 Comments