Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Norma Talmadge

Born today (May 26) 1895, striking silent film actress Norma Talmadge.

The above images of Norma can be purchased as prints via our website.
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Cappiello Drink Posters / Prints

Leonetto Cappiello is known as the 'Father of the modern poster' and during his 40 year career created over 1000 advertising designs. His subjects covered a large and varied selection of products from fashion, travel destinations, to cigarettes and house paint, but probably the most enduring and popular posters are those advertising wines and other alcoholic drinks.

Asti Cinzano. 1920

Bitter Campari. 1921

Bellardi Vermouth. 1920s

Porto Pitters


Cognac Monnet.
'..the sun in a glass..'

Florio Cinzano. 1930

Cognac Gautier Freres

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Make Mine A Harlot

Classic pulp cover art for 'Make Mine a Harlot'
by Michael Storme, 1952

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Billie Dove

Born today (May 14 ) in 1903, the 1920s screen goddess Billie Dove.

Originally a Ziegfeld girl, Dove became one of the most loved actresses of the 1920s - at one stage her popularity exceeding other stars of the day including Mary Pickford and Greta Garbo.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Female Snake Charmers & Fakirs

Who could not be fascinated by these exotic enchantresses. The images below of female snake charmers are some of my favourites in the circus / sideshow genre.

Poster for snake charmer 'Voo Doo'. 1913

Snake Charmer.
Vintage postcard

Poster for the 'Hindu' snake charmer Nala Damajanti
performing at the Folies Bergere. c.1890

Snake Charmer.
Vintage French postcard

Poster for snake charmers
Margot & Jenny.1913

'The Only Woman Fakir of the World'

'Koringa', known as 'La Femme Fakir', started out as an assistant to the legendary male fakir 'Blacaman' but eventually became a huge main attraction herself. 'This Hindu child-woman knows no fear, and controls wild beasts.'

Koringa sharing some love
with her reptilian menagerie

Snake Woman. Poster 1889

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Martha Graham

Born today (11 May) in 1894, Martha Graham, the dance pioneer who not only revolutionised modern dance but married it with theatre, music, literature, and art in a dazzling and emotional way.
Despite critics and a public who didn't initially understand her work, Graham was so fiercely dedicated to her art that she became one of the 20th century's most important influences on modern dance.

Graham was a dancer, choreographer, and teacher for more than 70 years, and during that time changed the landscape of dance forever.

Salvador Dali

Born today (May 11) in 1904 the notorious Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali.
Love him or hate him, Dali's genius, originality and talent are undeniable.

Dali. 1939

'You may be sure that the famous soft watches of Salvador Dali are nothing other than the tender, extravagant, solitary paranoiac-critical camembert of time and space.'

'The Dream' by Dali. 1932

'Dali is like a man who hesitates (and whose future will show that he did not hesitate) between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue. He is one of those who arrive from so far away that one barely has time to see them enter - only exit. He takes his place without saying a word in a system of interferences.'

...'The art of Dali, the most hallucinatory known until now, constitutes a real menace. Absolutely new and visibly malintentioned beings hereupon enter into play. It is with a real sinister joy that we watch them pass by unhindered, and realise, from the way in which they multiply and swoop down, that they are beings of prey.'
Andre Breton 1929

Dali with cats.
Photo c.1948

'You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.'
Salvador Dali

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dame in my Bed

Cover art by Reginald Heade for crime pulp
'Dame in My Bed' by Michael Storme, 1950

Monday, May 4, 2009

Audrey Hepburn

Born today (May 4) in 1929, Belgian-born actress Audrey Hepburn.

The star of Roman Holiday (1953), Funny Face (1957), My Fair Lady (1964), and the movie she will eternally be remembered for, as an icon of sixties style and elegance, in her 'little black dress' - Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961). Hepburn was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People magazine.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

French Perfume Maker Francois Coty

The French perfume manufacturer Francois Coty was born
today (May 3) in 1874.

Francois Coty with his wife.

To those who believe the craft of making perfume is the ultimate in abstract art,
Francois Coty is regarded as perfumerys first abstract genius.

Artist, financier, politician, industrialist, philanthropist, lover, and above all--parfumeur--Fran├žois Coty revolutionised the fragrance industry during the first thirty years of the twentieth century. The genius visionary behind such legendary scents as 'Chypre' and 'La Rose Jacqueminot', Fran├žois Coty rose to extraordinary fame and fortune during his lifetime, following his extraordinary 'nose' to exalt women with his innovative luxury products. His great masterstroke in marketing was teaming up with world famous glassmaker Rene Lalique to design his perfume bottles.

Coty L'Or Perfume Bottle
by Rene Lalique. 1916

1940 Coty perfume ad.

"Perfume is a love affair with one's self."

Francois Coty Captured in an exquisitely crafted translucent Baccarat bottle adorned with a gently shimmering gold-leaf label, the liquid gold of a classic Coty fragrance represents the epitome of luxury, style, and sophistication. At the dawn of the twentieth century, a time when perfumes were sold by pharmacists in dark, inelegant medicinal flasks marked with unsightly labels, Francois Coty was developing the first fragrance in what would become the most coveted and glamorous line of cosmetics in the world. He engineered a revolution in the fragrance industry, and in doing so, he became a member of Europe's cultural elite, France's first billionaire, and the 'Emperor of Perfume'.

Coty powder ad. 1927


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