Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's Christmas Time/Happy New Year To You!

It's Christmas Time/Happy New Year to You! by The Qualities, Satur(n) Records, 1956(?)

This is a rare and messed up vocal/doo-wop record produced by Sun Ra and Alton Abraham. Sun Ra plays harmonium. Vocalists are unidentified.

I tried to transfer it, but my efforts failed. However, you can listen to the a-side here.
Happy Holidays to all. I'm going to try to take a break from posting until the new year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Howard Finster: The Night Before Christmas/This Wicked World

(endpapers, illustration details, and photo of Howard Finster from) The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Howard Finster, Longstreet Press, 1998.
Along with Moore's original text, Finster has bordered each page with his own handwritten messages: "THE FURTHER YOU PUSH GOD BACK THE WORSE IT WILL GET"
also here at Curious Pages (with entertaining commentary)

Friday, December 17, 2010

In Books: As coyote once must have seen fit to grumble.

Our Daddy is a Lumberman, Wally Don Kennedy, 1960
My Dinner with Andre, Wallace Shawn & Andre Gregory, Screenplay for the film by Louis Malle, 1981
Fun with Lines and Curves, Elsie Ellison, 1972
Thirteen, Remy Charlip and Jerry Joyner, 1975
Dr. De Soto Goes To Africa, William Steig, 1992
Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals, 1970
Doctor De Soto, William Steig, 1982
Le Petit Prince (Canadian Educational Edition) , Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1969

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Coleen The Question Girl by Arlie Russell Hochschild, designed and illustrated by Gail Ashby, The Feminist Press, NY, 1974

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Art Education 6

from ART 1-6, Department of Education, Province of Manitoba, Approved by the Minister of Education, 1974

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

basic formations

from Cheerleading and Song Leading by Marylou and Ron Humphrey, Hurtig Publishers, Edmonton, 1970 (1972)

Monday, December 13, 2010

t v

Distorted TV set, Galerie Parnass, Wuppertal, Germany, 1963 / excerpts from Paik's essay "afterlude to the exposition EXPERIMENTAL TELEVISION, 1963, Galerie Parnass" published in The Fluxus Newspaper, 1964 / Beatles Electroniques / detail from letter to John Cage, 1964 / Charlotte Moorman with Chroma Key Glasses, 1971 / detail from letter to John Cage, 1965 / Dream TV, pencil drawing, 1973
from VIDEA 'N' VIDEOLOGY: NAM JUNE PAIK (1959-1973) edited by Judson Rosebush, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, and Galeria Bonino, NY, 1974

Saturday, December 11, 2010

truth forever bending/always hopeful never ending

Don't It Drag On by Chris Smither, Tomato Records, 1971 (art direction and design by Milton Glaser, photographs by Duane Michaels)
One song that I return to over and over again---I've Got Mine. Listen here. See also this cover by Kria Brekkan and Avey Tare. Troubles come by threes/doing what they wanna/instead of doing what they oughta/ I've got mine./Some are quickly passed/others seem to last/hold on.


"The school environment needs variety, interest, and proper scientific practice in the control of lighting and color."
from Color for Interiors: Historical and Modern by Faber Birren, Whitney Library of Design, NY, 1963

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Moké (plywood weaving) by architect Whitney R. Smith and Earl Pennington.
from How To Build with Plywood, A Fawcett How-To Book (Number 317), 1956
More in Popular Mechanics, Sept. 1955