The story of the Forty-Seven Ronin, who in 1703 committed ritual suicide after avenging the death of their master, was fictionalized in Japanese Kabuki theater as Chūshingura. The prints above come from a rare mid-19th century collection of Kabuki scenes in the Harvard Theatre Collection.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University
6:09 pm • 4 February 2014 • 217 notes
A completed crossword puzzle, scanned from the sensational Mexican tabloid Alarma!, June, 2, 1995. Back in the mid-1990s, I was eating a burrito almost every week at Taco Veloz on Chicago Avenue in Chicago. There was a little junk shop (long since closed) a few doors down. On one of the rare days that it was actually open, I stopped in and spotted a tall stack of copies of Alarma! and other Mexican crime and pop culture tabloids which are famous for their extremely lurid photos of murder and accident victims. I asked how much they were, and there was an awkward moment when it became clear that they were not merchandise, but just a pile that had accumulated because they were the preferred reading of the old woman that ran the shop. After thinking for a moment, she decided to sell the entire pile to me anyway for about $2.00. She carefully completed the crossword puzzle in each issue so this is one example of her puzzle solving skills.
This post is a Public Collectors Request Line fulfillment for davidafrayanewman who asked if I had anything related to crossword puzzles.
10:02 pm • 31 December 2013 • 104 notes
— I am very fond of my sketchbooks that I began in the 50s and still work on today. I think there is a certain freedom when you are absorbed in painting a sketchbook. You are not burdened to do something important. You are not dealing in big things. You are just thinking and the sketchbooks are a way to express your thinking. They are very intimate. I work on my sketchbooks almost every day. If I had to choose what I value the most in my work I might choose my sketchbooks. Here are two of my favorite sketchbooks. There are four here which are just covers titled, My Father and I. The other is Sketchbook #1 which I hope to publish as a book one day. Some of my sketchbooks will be on display at my show at the Deichtorhallen House of Photography, Hamburg in February 2012.
— (via bettyisnotanimage)
9:00 pm • 17 December 2013 • 26 notes
good looking book cover
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5:33 pm • 17 December 2013
The Crier, Edited by Natalie Campbell, Bryan Minnich, and Martine Workman, is an exhibition and collaboratively-generated local newspaper. (via Pleasant Plains Workshop)
7:24 pm • 24 September 2013 • 4 notes