Monday, June 30, 2003

Katharine Hepburn -  Spirited Actress, Dies at 96.

"Woman of the Year".

"Her significance goes way beyond whether or not this performance was good or that performance was good. [She became] the symbol of the modern woman, who believed that she could do anything. That everything was possible."
-- biographer Barbara Leaming (CNN).

ilana | link | | 19:00


:) Handcrafted Cards from Wonderlandxpress. (plep / iconomy).

Tibetan Initiation Cards at Himalayan Art (Via plep).

ilana | link | | 06:45

Sunday, June 29, 2003

ilana | link | | 19:00

Tel Aviv Pride Parade 2003
and the Pride Parade in Jerusalem.

Without Sanctuary - photographs and postcards taken as souvenirs at lynchings throughout America. Experience the images. (Via  fiendishword).

Flamerite - Customized Art Zippo Headquarters.

Allison Lefcort Studio - Contemporary Pop Art Portraits (Also via fiendishword).

ilana | link | | 06:10

Saturday, June 28, 2003

More Elvis - Paintings by Maoki Mitsus (Via Yellow Dog).

Photo Chalenge: One picture is worth more than a 1000 words at Jugend Photo Gallery.

It's an exhibition about India but the site is in Hebrew - just click on the pictures at the top of the page and then go forward & backwards with the arrows. The Photographs are spectacular!

ilana | link | | 06:20 

Friday, June 27, 2003

Where have I seen this gorgeous card before -  in someone's blog maybe? Anyway, it's from ackxhpaez.

Flower Fairies of the Summer (England, 1930s - 1950s). Cicely Mary Barker, English poet and artist, authored the first of the Flower Fairy books in 1923.   The series features delightful illustrations of fairies with flowers of various seasons, gardens and trees. 

Wacky Wellness pictures from Bygone Design - Archive of select Americana "fresh again" images. (Also via  neurastenia).

ilana | link | | 08:41 

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Ando  Hiroshige  (1797 - 1858) -
A Shoal of Fishes. (Via The Solipsistic Gazette).

Piven World - Faces by Hanoch Piven.

Drawings of classic motorcycles.

Adi Mahalu (iconomy :)

Paper Toys.
 (Via iconomy).

 ilana | link | | 07:40 

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Deserted -  Photographs by Philo Hagen.

Nicholas Nixon:  25 Years of the Brown Sisters.

Charles H. Stewart - Curtain & Theater Backdrops.

ilana | link | | 06:15 

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Store Displays 1950's-1970's - food, cereal, toys, comics and original art at Tick Tock Toys.

Erin Currier Fine Art.  (Via iconomy).

 ilana | link | | 07:38

Mínday, June 23, 2003

Shaunna Peterson Illustration

Not for Kids Stamp Drawings. The Bill Mayer.

The Elvis Series by Naoki Mitsuse.

From Old Finnish toys - Paper Dolls made in the 1940-50's

ilana | link | | 06:40

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Cynthia Korzekwa's Cardboard retablos
"If you're lucky and don't know it, it's like not being lucky at all. So to keep your luck alive, recognize it".

ilana | link | | 17:20

iconomy: __tiny __ audio__ dynamite - Breathtaking!

Wesley BurtDrawings, Paintings and Links.

HarpWeek: Explore History - Harper's Weekly was the leading illustrated American periodical during the 1857-1872 period.

Popular Mechanics (1924) 
Covers Gallery

Life of the People:  Prints and Drawings from the Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Collection, 1912-1948. A collection of American prints and drawings informed by a sympathy for the condition of working people.

Showing at the Roq la Rue:
"Gas, Cash or Glass"
Outlaw Glass by Northwest Artists

If you think you don't like glass art - think again!

"Show and Tell " - The Art of  Cynthia Von Buhler.

Jonathon Rosen Studio.

ilana | link | | 06:12

Saturday, June 21, 2003

Illustrator and portrait painter - Daniel Adel.

Travels with Hudson. The Books and Illustrations of Hudson Talbott.

Musicians As Artists - "Legends Of Rock & Roll".
Janis With Cigarette by the MARTY BALIN of Jefferson Airplane & Jefferson Starship fame.

ilana | link | | 16:45

Friday, June 20, 2003
The Scar - Story by Derek M. Powazck, illustration by Withold Riedel. {fray} drugs.

Signs at  PJ Chmiel (Via ggth). 

Domestic Sewing Machine trade card - St. Anne's Virtual Sewing Machine Gallery. Wonderful site!

Memory Lane Postcards.

ilana | link | | 12:15

Gallery of Artists - "Help me...I'm a Homeless" by Jane Winkelman.  The gallery is  situated within the "The Electric Chair" Hair Salon  cause... "What better way to expose the community to outsider art than to put it right in front of them while they are receiving a necessary service!"

Victorian Visions of the Year 2000 - A Cartophilic Journey "Back to the Future".

Antique Table Cards, Cookbooks & Menus at Collectomania Chromo.

The Art of John Carool Doyle - Blues Musicians. (Via Plep).

ilana | link | | 08:25

Thursday, June 19, 2003

"Late Summer" Artist:  SHIMURA Tatsumi. Ukiyoe-Gallery (Via Shitfit). 


ilana | link | | 07:15

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

David H. Cowles - Illustrations.

Keri Smith -
"Living Out Loud".

The Mark Twain's Interactive Scrapbook - "Mark Twain was a lifelong creator and keeper of scrapbooks. He took them with him everywhere and filled them with souvenirs, pictures, and articles about his books and performances. But in time, he grew tired of the lost glue, rock-hard paste, and the swearing that resulted from the standard scrapbook process. So, he came up with the idea of printing thin strips of glue on the pages to make updates neat and easy to do. In 1872, he patented his 'self-pasting' scrapbook, and by 1901, at least 57 different types of his albums were available. It would be his only invention that ever made money".


Sara Schwartz - Funky illustrations.

Russian Lubok - Colored by hand and often called broadsides, popular prints, folk prints, folk etchings, or folk engravings, are a vivid and fascinating page in the history of Russian culture. (Via neurastenia).


The Stained Glass Museum  (Via ultimateinsult).

ilana | link | | 06:45

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Short-things - Hmm... A nice place to spend some web time. (Via visualOrgasm). 

From Short-things to triberadio (I don't have time now, I have to go to work) to the Official Living Dead Dolls. Enjoy!

In the Garden.
Isabel Samaras Paintings.

Paris Urban Art - Graffiti, Store fronts, Wall art and more.

Road75  -  The neighborhoods of Paris. Nice!

ilana | link | | 06:30

Monday, June 16, 2003

CARTHALIA  - Andreas Praefcke's postcard collection of theatres and concert halls worldwide. In the picture: Habimah Theatre, Tel Aviv. (Via The Presurfer).

We're all Artists in our spare time! The Post-It Gallery is a project featuring artwork drawn on standard yellow Post-It notes. The artists are anyone and everyone can submit artworks. The Gallery is updated daily with new items. (Via Idle Type).

19th Century Japanese Photographs at Sakura-do - Old Photographs & Ephmera.

Maboroshi Cafe  - (Via The Solipsistic Gazette).

Also via  Solipsistic - The Illustrated London News magazine which was first printed in 1842 is the finest pictorial example of a historic social record of British and world events upto the present day.

William Willinghton - Italian Lovers.

ilana | link | | 06:15

Sunday, June 15, 2003

Life Cycle / Alexander Vaisman Art Galleries. Alexander’s drawings and paintings illuminate the experience of being Jewish under the different and often very difficult circumstances. His works  reflect the eternal themes of Jewish family life, faith, and ritual as well as the turbulent events of our era. 

"Who lives here?" apartment the earth. Even though we live in different countries and we've never met, we can still make ourselves feel close to each other via the internet.

Zoe's World and the Philosopical Toy World.

ilana | link | | 05:35

Saturday, June 14, 2003
When two popular blogs both recommend your blog in one day, a lot of traffic sure comes your way. Wow!  Greetings to everyone who is visiting here for the first time and thank you ever so much ultimateinsult & milinkito for being so nice to me.

ilana | link | | 17:50

Pina Mion - Artist.  Wives of Presidents. Jacqueline Kennedy, the King of Hearts -  Stop Action Reaction. The painting is meant to capture the last moment of innocence for Jackie - and for an entire generation.

Olde World Series Scapbook Pages and other beautiful layouts to be found at Mustard Moon.  Oh, and this is the best - The ABC's of Toni and Me.

Museum of Talking Boards - "Ouija knows all the answers" (Via The Solipsistic Gazette).

Beck Underwood (Via Obliterated).

Your Daily Moment of Zen From Bert Christensen's Truth & Humour Collection & The Art of Illustration (Via fiendishword).

scrapbookmanifesto The Art of Jonathan Wayshack.

ilana | link | | 06:20

Friday, June 13, 2003

A poster promoting Fred O'Leary's Cork- screws: 1000 Patented Ways to Open a Bottle. The Virtual Corkscrew Museum - fabulous site!

Douglas Fey Pottery - Sun faces and moon faces to enhance your garden walls. Named Sungoons and Moongoons because of their ever-changing humorous character and expressions offer thousands of quality finds in so many interesting categories!

Cartoons on old Chinese postcards - "Chinese portraits" used in Austria in 1904 (from


Decorative Old Chinese Postcards Chinese teacher and his student, 1902 (from

Living in Old China - Brides maids. postcard printed by Sullivan in Shanghai, showing 2 brides from the county side (from

Cultural Revolution Posters
- Titled “Mao leading us moving forward successfully”, this poster features Mao reading the Big Letter News of Mao’s theory, pasted on the board, in front of what appears to be a factory. On the board, One can read the small prints of Mao’s Articles which were excerpts from the Red Book.  1971.

Ruby Lane  Collectibles (Judica) - 
Mocking Card: Jewish Physicians Anatomy Lesson. France,  1920: A group of physicians preparing surgery. A bottle of Champagne is on ice, a nude girl ready for surgery.

Ola gofshtien, 13. Children from Israel and from around the world paint Holocaust stamps. Teaching the Holocaust through Stamps

Concentration Camp Documents - 1941: Concentration Camp Theresienstadt.  Red imprint "Foodstuff cannot be accepted". (from

I stand with Israel  
"... I am just one man among an ocean of men, a sea of women, living in a country of our own making with our own blood and treasure. I look across half the world and find in a region as old as time itself only one small nation that looks like mine. Unique in that region, its government is of its people, by its people, and for its people, and I am willing to do whatever I can to ensure it does not perish from this earth. True, I am just one man, standing up for what I believe in".

From one Israeli "sabra",  I'd  like to say -  thank you scott for your support and thank you imshin for pointing the way to scott's heartwarming essay.

ilana | link | | 09:14

Thursday, June 12, 2003

"Peace will come only when Palestinians love their children more than they hate Jews" -- 
Israel's Former PM Golda Meir.

Sixteen Dead in Jerusalem Bus Carnage - (Jerusalem Post via Christian Action For Israel).

NMSU Retrablo Collection - The word retablo, refers to sacred images painted on sheets of tin-coated iron which depict Jesus, the Virgin Mary, saints and religious figures. This art form flourished during the nineteenth-century Mexico.

Retablo (exvoto) comes from a Latin word which literally means "dedicated gifts" or "out of a promise or vow."  In Mexico,  an exvoto is most commonly a personal thank you note to God, often taking the form of folk art. More Folk Art at Anton Haardt Gallery.

This is my simple religion
There is no need for temples,
No need for complicated philosophy
Our own brain, our own heart, is 
our temple
The philosophy is kindness! -- The Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso Thanks  Jeanne :-)

"We are unique. We are good. We don't need a guru" says Allison from Day by Day by Day... Don't miss her Kiss and Tell Beauty product reviews!

ilana | link | | 10:15

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Illustrated Watercolor Journaling - "amazing things happen when you record your life this way".

Allegheny Metal, 1955   Old Ads at ephemeranow (Via neurastenia).


WWI and WWII posters (Via The Solipsistic Gazette).

ilana | link | | 08:00

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

The Art of  Shane Glines  & Cartoon and Illustration Paradise -  a webpage devoted to celebrating the great cartoonists and illustrators of the past. 

Norman Rockwell painted a chronicle of life in the United States. He was a master at capturing the humor and humanity of ordinary people engaged in everyday living.

Beer Trays
Antique and Collectible Beer Trays.

"English Garden" by Marion Peck.

ilana | link | | 06:15

Sunday, June 8, 2003

Trench Art of the Great WarShell casing flower vase made from French 105mm shell.   Shell dated 1918.

Many types of trench art were made by soldiers, civilians, and prisoners of war during the war and afterwards.  Some artists used brass from shell casings modified in a number of ways; others used cartridge clips, shell fragments, damaged wooden propeller blades, and rifle cartridges to produce artistic souvenirs. (Via iconomy).

ilana | link | | 20:00

Good Morning and what could be a better way to start the day than visiting What A Bodhisattva Does. Thank you very much Plep for bringing up the subject & for the related links - I'll go back to these sites as soon as I return home from work - fascinating!

Exotic India Art - Buddhist aesthetics, very much like its literature, brings home spiritual truths in the simplest manner graspable by all.

The Philosophy of Yoga: An Aesthetic Appraisal
A classical representation of the human body, known as tribhanga, or the posture of 'three bends.' The head, torso, and legs slant in contrary directions: the legs and hips to the right, the trunk to the left, and the neck and head then gently to the right. It is a lyrical, dreamy, very graceful pose. The three curves formed by the body symbolize the three worlds, upper, lower and middle.

ilana | link | | 07:45

Saturday, June 7, 2003

Alexander Levitas Illustrations - He's an Israeli illustrator, he lives in Kibbutz Geshur in the Golan heights and his  style is mostly Classical & Retro.

Rubber Stamp Art Gallery.

Love Story - "Chicken Soup from the Blogger's  Soul -  A post to savor, sow, laugh, and grow" -  That's so true Meg - Thanks for the link!

Judy Watt -  Cool blog  &  beautiful Artwork.


Judge humor magazine devoted three issues to crossword jokes and cartoons in 1924-1925. Ephemera Offers a Clue to Crossword Origins (Via Judy Watt).

Also from The Ephemera of Society America Online exhibitions - Japanese Trade Cards.

Mindful Creations - Joanne Chilton - Fine Art Photographer (also Via Judy Watt).

Vintage Toys from the 50', 60' and 70' at 
Te Acuerdas 
(A place for Remembrance 1940-1989)
The site is in Spanish.

"Spectacular or sensational elements do not interest me," wrote painter NICOLAI CIKOVSKY (1894-1984), "preferring as I do intimate subjects that I see and have contact with in everyday life -- fishing houses, gardens, ponds, city squares, parks and streets." Sketchbooks from the Archives of American Art (again Via Judy Watt).

ilana | 07:55 | link |

Friday, June 6, 2003

Boardfolio - The Surfer's Directory - Wow, what  a find. I'm sure my son will spend a lot of time at this site as he's a surfer himself.  Thanks Plep
The Painting is from Shannon Wing Originals (via Boardfolio).

Kurt Halsey Frederiksen says his paintings use a sweetness and an innocence to tell the stories of heartache, love, sorrow, regret, confusion, and fear that each of us realistically feels in certain situations". (via Blog of the Day).

ilana | 12:44 | link |

A Girl Scout Postal Stamps collection from countries around the world (Via iconomy).

"Dressed Cats" postcard images published from the 1940's through the 1960's by Alfred Mainzer.

Television Heaven - "Ladies and gentlemen, you're entering the wonderous dimension of imagination".
A place known only as... The Twilight Zone.
Listen to the T.Z. theme. 461 Classic TV Shows Reviewed.

Goldie Hawn.
Caricatures of poor Celebs!

Mousy Media, Israel "Picture yourself in this frame...". Multimedia for Weddings. 

The Museum of Anti-Alcohol Posters -  Superb! (Via The Solipsistic Gazette).

ilana | 08:10 | link |

Thursday, June 5, 2003
We're Celebrating  the Jewish Holiday Shavuot - Shavuot is both an agricultural festival, commemorating the offering of the people's first fruits in the Temple, and a spiritual climax, commemorating God's giving of the Torah to the Jewish nation.

Young Kibbutz children celebrating Shavuot -  from Kibbutz Kiryat Anavim's  wonderful Photo Album - Pictures from the past

"Kibbutzim" are based upon the principles of joint ownership of property, equality and cooperation in production, consumption and education and there are over 270 kibbutzim scattered throughout Israel. 

To learn more about the Kibbutz lifestyle, visit Ardeshir Mehata's site -  KIBBUTZ LIFE IN ISRAEL  where he writes about his  experience as a "Volunteer" in an Israeli Kibbutz during the Late Sixties and Early- to Mid-Seventies. ("Volunteers" are  temporary residents of the kibbutz who  stay for a while - generally less than a year - to see what it is like).

Experience Israel on a working holiday - Young people generally decide to venture into kibbutz life as a volunteer for all sorts of reasons; to experience a communal lifestyle; to be able to spend some time in Israel; to meet young backpackers from all over the world, to have a complete change from one's previous situation or just to have the opportunity to work outside in the fields, picking fruit or milking cows. 

It seems The Kibbutz Hotels Chain is even organizing a Kibbutz ex-volunteers reunion!

"Handjob" - Hand Painted Silkscreen by Peter LeCompte


Louis  St. Lewis for the
North Carolina.

My Tea Leaves reading for today:-
"When you have to make a decision, and are unsure of the direction to take, move out of your head and into your heart. 

Don't try to be logical, don't try to be practical, don't weigh the pros and cons. 

Move into that quiet place within yourself and do what you know is right".  (Via Susan's easybakecoven)

Vintage Illustrations of Little Girls and their Dolls.

Bembo's Zoo from A-Z - A wonderful presentation of the Alphabets.


The world of antique and toy sewing machines.

ilana | 07:52 | link |

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Augusta Louise Crutcher - School day memories 1918

Early Office Museum - Antique Office Photographs -

ilana | 06:30 | link |

Monday, June 2, 2003

University of Colorado
Digital Sheet Music Collection
The sheet music was originally published between 1890 and 1922.

Blue Gardenia Vintage Patterns and Jewelry.

Re/Righting History: Counternarratives by Contemporary African-American Artists -  Explores ways in which contemporary African-American artists are re-imaging events from the past to offer alternatives to the traditional "textbook" accounts of American history - The Katonah Museum of Art (Via wood s lot)

The Historical Children's Literature Collection at Thomas Cooper Library

Griffioen-Grafiek - Political prints and drawings from the period 1890 - 1960/70, as published by and in  periodicals as L'Assiette au Beurre, Simplicissimus, Puck, Punch, De Nieuwe Amsterdammer etc. 

Biscuit Tins
Art Nouveau Casket -  Biscuit Company A1 Biscuit Co, 1899 (thumbnails).

ilana | 06:40 | link |

Sunday, June 1, 2003

Jacques Henri Lartigue: Imprints of Joy - Renee Perle, 1931 (via Solipsistic)

I've had a really great time during the past month after changing the style of my blog, doing the link hunting and enjoying the amazing  sites  and the creative people out there in www land and the outa' sight weblogs I've added to my blogrol:
The Solipsistic Gazette - How did I get there? I don't remember, but I saw Josh's site and almost fell off the chair! I love this,  I kept saying to myself,  Oh the design! and the treasures his links lead to, and from there to Plep, iconomy, amberglowmuxway and so on...


"Holy Roller" Selections from Churches ad hoc: a divine comedy by Herman Krieger


Thirty years of  poster art by one of North America's premier poster artists. Bob Masse's Rock Posters.

Also see Flash Back Sixties - Original San Francisco Rock Art


Elli Simmons: Inquiring Mind II - Wool Tapestry

 ilana | 06:55 | link |

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