Why We Say…

15 09 2008

ATOM
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Ever wonder about the history of various common American/English idioms and expressions? An adventure in exciting educational etymological entertainments can be YOURS!

I will be sharing illustrations and anecdotes from this vintage 1953 book by Robert L. Morgan, illustrated by Peter Hoffman.

Expect to see various examples, in no set alphabetical or thematic order, appearing in my “Why We Say…” flickr set, in the upcoming days and weeks, starting with ATOM and BABY DIAPERS. (The combo of atomic baby diapers comes to mind, and that is not a pleasant thought!! Luckily, in this case, they are separate entities. Thank goodness.)

Much thanks to Glen Mullaly, who pointed out a great 2004 Interview with Pete Hoffman (by Dave Karlen), and found out that this book was based on a single educational feature panel strip series (that lasted 28 years!)

More about Pete Hoffman:

WHY WE SAY… A Guidebook to Current Idioms and Expressions — and Where They Came From
By Robert L. Morgan, Illustrated by Peter Hoffman
Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.,  New York, 1953.
(out of printget your own copy on AddAll)





Holiday Greetings from your helpful Richfield Dealer

25 12 2007

Christmas Carols in Song & Story
Illustrator unknown
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Once again this Christmastide, it is the privilege of your helpful Richfield dealer to bring you holiday greetings in this booklet of best loved carols (from circa 1950s).

See more pages from Christmas Carols: In Song and Story

Related post:
Christmas Carols from your Richfield Dealer





Christmas Carols from your Richfield Dealer

29 11 2007


Richfield Christmas Carols
Illustration by Neil Boyle
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Richmond Christmas Carols (and Christmas in the Early West)

‘Tis the season for holiday ephemera, starting with this excellent little booklet of carols from Richfield Oil Corporation. The richly illustrated centerfold tells (questionable) legends of how Christmas was celebrated in the wilderness of the Early West.

The illustrations are by the Canadian-born illustrator Neil Boyle (1931-2006).

More illustrations from the book of carols…

See record cover illustrations by Neil Boyle on Leif Peng’s blog, Today’s Inspiration, and read Boyle’s bio at the Lee Youngman Art Gallery…

Enjoy even more jolly vintage Christmas ephemera (and kitsch), in the flickr pool Vintage Christmas: 1945-1970





I’m Yours For Tonight

2 11 2007


I’m Yours For Tonight
Illustration by ‘Hap’ Hadley
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Of all my ephemera collections, the one I am the most addicted to is my vintage sheet music collection. It’s truly massive.

One of the issues I always had with scanning my collection is that most scanner beds are too small to scan a piece of sheet music in one go. If I wanted a scan with no major cropping, I had to do two scans and tile the piece together in Photoshop. (The same went for large magazine pages, like the Post).

Let me just sing the praises of Photoshop CS3 for a moment. The new Photomerge feature is a godsend. No more must I do all that layering, rotating, color matching, blending and merging by hand — the new feature makes it so easy, and totally seamless. Thanks, Adobe!!! Now I have no excuse for not scanning all my larger pieces!

This gorgeous piece from 1932, I’m Yours For Tonight, with a lovely female closeup paired with a smoking male silhouette, is illustrated by ‘Hap’ Hadley Studio (born Alvan Cordell Hadley).

For more of my collection, see my Vintage Sheet Music set. For more submissions, see the Vintage Sheet Music flickr pool.





The Case of the Duplicate Daughter

26 10 2007


Duplicate Daughter
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Where’s Perry Mason when I need him?

Ack! I am a victim of identity theft!! Paula has been duplicated!

The story: My parents received a UPS invoice for me at their address in Palo Alto. It seems that someone sent a package in my name, and nearly their same address (my address 2 years ago when I lived at my folks’), except with an Indiana zip code of 47432 instead of a CA one of 94306. UPS sent the invoice to me, due by the end of the month. The package originated in Bloomington, IN, and was delivered to Greenwood, Indiana. I don’t even know anyone in Indiana!!! (or at least I don’t think I do) – and I don’t have a UPS account!

Do you know anyone at 132 Meander, Greenwood IN 46142?

I sent a detailed note to UPS, telling them of the situation. I hope this can be cleared up. I hope they didn’t buy whatever it was in my name, too!! I was mugged a little less than two years ago, and had all my stuff stolen. Also, IBM lost my employee info (or allowed it to be stolen). Who knows what else is out there in my name. Sigh.

This vintage pulp cover seemed apropos for today. Inform me if you know the illustrator (otherwise unknown).

Update: I did find out there is a Paula Marie Wirth in Bloomingdale (not Bloomington)… and a Richard Wirth in Bloomington, IN. I wonder if UPS made a major mistake? Curiouser and curiouser…





Six-Shooter Edition

24 10 2007


Six-shooter Edition
Illustration by J. Frederick Smith
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Ride ’em cowboy! This little rascal is using his dad’s slippered foot for a horse, while his father perfects that perfectly cool, pipe-smoking 50s demeanor. Gotta love the story title they chose to feature under his chair.

The cover illustration was drawn by J. Frederick Smith, known for his steamy illustrations and photographs. (read his obituary)

See more J. Frederick Smith illustrations in Leif Peng’s flickr stream.

For more old-timey kids in western wear, see the Vintage Kids as Cowpokes flickr pool…





Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

7 10 2007


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes.

I’ve been looking for the original first edition hardback of this novel by Anita Loos, with illustrations by Ralph Barton (one of my favorite illustrators) for ever so long.

Until then, this paperback edition (with the sultry cover illustration by Earle K. Bergey) will have to do. Check out the expressions on all those lecherous men, ogling the blond beauty and her substantial charms!

For hundred of other scintillating pulp covers, please visit my pulp cover collection, or the Flickr Pulp Fiction pool.