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Monthly Archives: September, 2018

R&T’S NEW PLACE—1968

YESTERDAY’S SIMANAITISSAYS concluded with a rendering by architect Bill Ficker of R&T’s building at 1499 Monrovia Avenue, Newport Beach, California. Immediately below this rendering here is a photograph accompanying R&T’s … Continue reading

September 20, 2018 · 9 Comments

ON ARCHITECTURE, SAILING, CIVIC PRIDE, AND R&T’S HOME IN 1968

BILL FICKER was the architect of R&T’s 1499 Monrovia Avenue offices, Newport Beach, California. But he was also a victorious America’s Cup skipper, a civic leader, and an articulate spokesman … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE AUTOMOTIVE ART OF JEAN-PIERRE BOIVENT

THIS IS A tale of shoulda-bought/woulda-bought, with a happy result. The shoulda/woulda part involves not having the sense to invest in a particular book back in the 1990s. The happy … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE COLORMAN WILL SEE YOU NOW

THE FORBES COLLECTION in the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard University, is the focus of a fascinating article: “Treasures from the Color Archive,” by Simon Schama, online … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

HAVE A NICE DAY—IN 1947

HISTORY AND a few clues are to be found in this Touristic Guide to Nice, likely used by an officer or solder not long after World War II. The little … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

PR SPINS AND SPIN-OUTS

SOMETIMES, ADVERTISING works. Other times, there are glorious PR spin-outs. Generally, the latter are more entertaining to read about than the former. A recent BBC News item recounted several spin-outs … Continue reading

September 15, 2018 · 2 Comments

ETYMOLOGY: BUNCO PART 2

YESTERDAY IN Part 1, I added the word “bunco” to my Etymology for our Time series. Today, getting involved are the Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Dictionary … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: BUNCO PART 1

FOR ONE REASON or another, the idea of a Mueller bunco squad came to mind. And this got me thinking about the etymology of the word “bunco.” I found some … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

PROOFSHEETS, POSTERS, ETC.

SORTING OUT some shelves, I came upon a large cardboard folder preserving two neat posters and several 4/c proofsheets kept for one reason or another. Here they are, with accompanying … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · 4 Comments

SHAKESPEARE’S ARTISTIC INFLUENCES PART 2

SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS inspired artists in his own era as well as those who came later. Today in Part 2, we pick up with an important 19th-century invention, the photograph. Other … Continue reading

September 11, 2018 · Leave a comment