January 20, 2018
I'm making postcards of my favorite images from the archives -- vintage oddities and also the work of the living. (The creators were kind enough to give permission.) Contribute $10 and receive a postcard pack as a thank you.
The first set of 10 designs (the "December 2017 edition") is now gone. Thanks! The February 2018 is now available.
Image: Preview of 8 of the 10 cards in the February 2018 postcard pack. Includes work by
November 20, 2017
March 26, 2015
March 11, 2015
I try not to think about how much I would pay for a copy of Hilde Krüger's 1924 children's book Der Widiwondelwald. Some links (in German): one, two, three -- see the full book as smaller images at the last link to the kibook blog.
I kept coming across this book when working on my Kinderbuch series over the years.
February 13, 2015
January 1, 2014
Bookseller's description: "[AVANT-GARDE POETRY] HINO Shunsuke. Shishû SEKIJI NO KUBI WO KIRU. Tôkyô, Erosu-dô. Shôwa 4 . 18.5 x 12.7, bound Western-style in wrappers with illustrated covers, book design and illustrations throughout by Iguchi Masao. A product of the Nagoya avant-garde. The illustrations and design of this "CUTTING THE BABY'S THROAT" are jarring, some of the poems sound and feel like they were written while falling down a flight of stairs. The paper is browned and some pages a bit edgeworn but a very good copy overall of this ephemeral production."
June 18, 2013
June 17, 2013
February 26, 2013
|Massimo Scolari, The Sick Square, 1971|
See my Scolari post on But Does it Float. I'm looking forward to the recent book collecting these works (Amaz link) -- these come from the old book (most b/w).
|Massimo Scolari, Sardinia North East, Cape Boi, 1973|
February 24, 2013
January 23, 2013
|La ligne jaune, 1972|
|Auf Polls Spuren, 1976|
|Die Eisenbahnen haben einen Schnupfen, 1983|
Most of these works by Bettina von Arnim (b. 1940) come from Galerie Poll, though I have trouble navigating to them directly from their website. The rest come from expired auction listings. I gave titles when I could find them. I would love to see more of her work (and proper reproductions).
Not related (as far as I know) to previous poster-boys of this blog, Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim (unlike this Bettina von Arnim).
update: Thomas Kümmel (@klbkultur on twitter) left a comment about the artist. Thank you!
Bettina von Arnim (born 1940 at Zernikow) is related to the widely branching noble lineage "von Arnim" although it is not easy to trace her roots.
She is the daughter of Friedmund and Clara von Arnim. Her parents managed the family estate "Gut Zernikow" until it was expropriated by the Soviets. They then fled Eastern Germany for West Berlin in 1945.
Her father, Friedmund von Arnim, was a great-grandchild of Ludwig Achim and Bettina von Arnim (German writer and novelist, Countess of Arnim and sister of Clemens Bretano). Friedmund von Arnim died as a prisoner of war in Russia in January 1946. Her mother, Clara von Arnim, died on May 7, 2009 at the age of 99.
January 16, 2013
January 13, 2013
I apparently can't get enough of bug-eyed dogs...perhaps because the Boston Terrier runt of my teenage years was crazy bug-eyed. See these previous posts: one, two, three.
January 10, 2013
Book collector Arthur van Kruining cleared up the mystery: "This book is of Dutch origin. The title is DWERGENLAND (1923). "Ajo" was the pseudonym of Henriëtte Fox-Borel. Unfortunately her books are quite rare." Thanks Arthur!
Google translates "Dwergenland" as "Dwarf Country." See more Ajo here.