Sunday, September 29, 2013

Everything is covered in wind rime in the morning before the sun melts it. It crashes of some of the equipment, so you need to watch your step. At the top of Mt Washington, they have recorded the worst weather in the world - coldest temperatures, strongest winds and so on.

Mount Washington

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Cornish-Windsor covered bridge is the longest covered bridge in New Hampshire, spanning the Connecticut River. It was the longest still standing in the whole USA until 2008 when the Smolen-Gulf Bridge in Ohio was opened. It is 137m long.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

An Italian-style veranda outside St. Gaudens' private studio at the Cornish commune.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

St Gaudens made this bas relief of Robert Louis Stevenson which is Stevenson's memorial in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. The quotation is:

Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere.
Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind.
Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.
Bless us, if it maybe, in all our endeavours.
If it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come
that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation,
Temperate in wrath and in all changes of fortune,
and, down to the gates of death,
loyal and loving to one another.

(This is St Gaudens' plaster model of the memorial)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Augustus St Gaudens bas relief of his friends children - Frieda (8) and Mortimer (7) Schiff with their pet Irish wolfhound.
St Gaudens - 1.3.1848 - 3.8.1907

Here is his wiki page

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A golden spouting turtle, in Augustus St Gaudens' garden, Cornish, New Hampshire.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fancy labels at Strawberry Banke.
Would love to see labels for the 'Octopus Agave', 'Cowardly Lion Begonia' or 'Alligator Coleus'; but not the various 'Spider plants'.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fire buckets.
In the old town, volunteers had water buckets to hand and ran with them to the fire to join a human chain from the fire pond - there were several around the town -  to the location of the fire. The owner of the house would pre-designate a friend to help save as much of the contents as possible, dashing into the burning building to rescue the most valuable pieces, as the water gang poured water onto the fire in the hope of saving the dwelling.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monday, September 09, 2013

The artist who created this Christmas poster for the New England magazine was Florence Pearl England Nosworthy (1872-1936).

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Another of Will Carqueville posters for Lippincott's.
Lippincott's Monthly Magazine was a 19th-century literary magazine published in Philadelphia from 1868 to 1915, when it relocated to New York.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

William Carqueville who created this poster lived from 1871 to 1946. He started out illustrating for Lippincott's, then travelled to Europe, studying in Paris and coming under the influence of the Art Nouveau  movement, returning the the States in the late 1890s. He is considered one of the finest US illustrators of the 1900 -1920s.

Friday, September 06, 2013

This poster is by the famous Boston illustrator, Ethel Reed. Born in 1874, she moved to Boston with her family. After a short time at art school, she was 'noticed' and was hailed as one of the foremost illustrators of the time. After her engagement to Philip Hale, a fellow artist, was broken off in 1896, she travelled to Europe and after two years she seems to have simply disappeared of the face of the earth. Her work is truly lovely and what a shame she was lost to the art world so early in her career.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

This is also a Will H Bradley poster (1896), this time advertising Victor Bicycles for the Overman Wheel Company of Chicapee Falls, Massachusetts. He also illustrated their 1899 catalogue, which is quite famous.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

A poster advertising 'Recreation' magazine in 1896, by Henry Sumner Watson (1868 - 1933). He always signed his name Hy-S-Watson.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Last day of the Springfield Bicycle Club Tournament.
This poster by Will H, Bradley (1868 -1962)

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Poster post

A poster advertising Bearings, a cycling magazine, around the 1890s, by Charles Arthur Cox (1829-1901)

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