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Monthly Archives: May, 2022

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 · 5 Comments

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

ON FEMININE RHYMES

I CONFESS BEING BLISSFULLY ignorant of modern pop music. I got as far as Rasputina’s cello rock and Bikini Kill’s grrrl riot, but not much further.  Indeed, I continue to … Continue reading

May 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

DEBRETT’S ENCOUNTER WITH ROSEBUD

DEBRETT’S IS A TRADITIONAL British company renowned for publishing Debrett’s Peerage & Baronage, the standard guide to the aristocratic families of Europe. According to Wikipedia, “The last printed edition was … Continue reading

May 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

DON’T FORGET HYBRIDS

LINDSAY BROOKE IS Editor-in-Chief of Automotive Engineering, the monthly magazine of SAE International. It was 1979 when I jumped ship to R&T from the Society of Automotive Engineers (its interim … Continue reading

May 12, 2022 · 3 Comments