Chromatic Wood Type and Borders 1874.

Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type and Borders (1874)
Some select pages from the exquisite Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, Etc. (1874), a specimen book produced by the William H. Page wood type company.
Chromatic types, which were made to print in two or more colours, were first produced as wood type by Edwin Allen, and shown by George Nesbitt in his 1841 Fourth Specimen of Machinery Cut Wood Type.
It is William H Page’s book, however, that is considered to be the highpoint of chromatic wood type production.
As well as providing over 100 pages of brilliantly coloured type, the book can also be seen, at times, to act as some sort of accidental experimental poetry volume, with such strange snippets as “Geographical excursion knives home” and “Numerous stolen mind” adorning its pages.
One wonders whether the decisions about what words to feature and in what order were entirely arbitrary.
Thanks to the wonderful Bibliodyssey blog where we came across the book: visit the post there for more info on the book and a great list of related links.

Source: Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type and Borders (1874) – The Public Domain Review

The Legs of the Opera by Disideri, c1862.


An unusual creation from the studio of André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, (circa. 1862) the French photographer (pictured below) best known for inventing the hugely popular “carte de visite”.
In this wonderful example, titled “Les Jambes de l’Opera”, Disdéri has created a collage composed entirely of legs belonging to opera (and ballet) stars


Although his patent on the “carte de visite” initially made him extremely wealthy, Disdéri ended up dying a penniless man.


His system of reproducing photographs was itself so easy to reproduce that photographers soon did so without Disdéri benefiting, and the format was replaced in the late 1860s by the larger cabinet card format.
Source: The Getty
Read on via The Legs of the Opera (ca. 1862) | The Public Domain Review

Milkmen from the past – 1870s onwards.

Do you remember when the milkman would still come through your neighborhood? I can just barely remember when I was a child from back in the 1950s.
What we didn’t know is that this is a job that people have held way back into the early 1800s.
The following images share a pictorial history of the job of the milkman and milkwoman from 1870 to the 1950s.
The photo above from around 1870 is one of the first-known photos of  milkmen.
As you see, they operated on foot and went door to door with their goods.
This astounding photo from the 1880’s captures a team of dogs that helped their family move their milk cart throughout the village. Many early milk carts were family affairs and they sold other goods as well.
Around the turn of the century, the milkman trade became a one-man show.
A man with either a dairy farm himself or a connection to a few of them would take a branded cart out each day.
This photo from around 1900 shows Mr. Alfred Denny of Victoria out with his goods for sale.
Source: 13 Photos Of Milkmen Throughout History – Dusty Old Thing

A Lesson in Brushwork by Elizabeth Yeats.

The Graphic Arts Collection recently acquired two copy books by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (1868-1940), the sister of W.B. Yeats.
In the 1890s, Elizabeth was living in London, teaching art to children and involved with the Royal Drawing Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
The Society’s director, Thomas Robert Ablett, wrote the introduction to her 1896 edition.
“Miss Yeats, who is the daughter of an artist and a skillful kindergarten mistress, has proved that she can make good use of the subject.
For several years her pupils’ brush work has obtained high awards at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Drawing Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
In this volume, Miss Yeats gives her experience for the benefit of others, wisely choosing her subjects from the flowers of the field, so that any teacher may paint from the growing plants themselves, with the help of the advice freely given and the chance of comparing the results obtained by Miss Yeats”.
Read on via A Lesson in Brushwork with Elizabeth Yeats | Graphic Arts.

‘Journey’ Photos by Danny Lyon.

Continuing in the tradition of Walker Evans and Robert Frank, Lyon forged a new style of documentary photography, described as “New Journalism,” where the photographer immerses himself in his subject’s world.


From images of the Civil Rights movement made during his early days as one of the first staff photographers for SNCC, to his classic series The Bikeriders documenting a Chicago biker gang, to his in-depth study of Texan prisons in 1966-67, Danny Lyon has documented the harsh realities of American life for the past 50 years.


Each of these projects was accompanied by books, which have become classics in the field.
Source: Juxtapoz Magazine – Danny Lyon’s “Journey” @ Edwynn Houk Gallery

Crystal Palace in Victorian Britain.

Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London.
The Crystal Palace was a cast-iron and plate-glass structure originally built in Hyde Park, London, to house the Great Exhibition of 1851.
More than 14,000 exhibitors from around the world gathered in its 990,000-square-foot (92,000 m2) exhibition space to display examples of technology developed in the Industrial Revolution.
It was relocated to Sydenham only a few years later and destroyed by fire in 1936.
Image Credit: The Francis Frith Collection/Cover Images
via Victorian Britain: Fascinating photographs show lives of people over 150 years ago | The Independent