original artwork by Robert McGinnis (see full size) Born in 1926, McGinnis is an American artist and illustrator. He is known for his illustrations of over 1200 paperback book covers, and over 40 movie posters, including Breakfast at Tiffanys (his first film poster assignment), Barbarella, and several James Bond and Matt Helm films. more on wiki
The Sand Pebbles (1966) French poster see more at moviepostershop.com
ca. 1864, on the deck of the USS Kearsarge, François Rondin – the Metropolitan Museum of Art
timetableimages.com: Savannah Line (Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah) – USA
Sailings summer 1928 – Ports of Call: Boston, New York, Savannah
Today’s Inspiration: Robert Fawcett – Collier’s magazine; March 1955
Domenico Remps – A Cabinet of Curiosity, 1690s
Note the paintings of Dutch shipping vessels – the mechanism by which most of these eclectic objects reached the Flemish-Italian painter’s studio. READ Cabinets of Curiosities in the Seventeenth Century
“Admiral Kabayama Fights Furiously in the Great Sino-Japanese Naval Battle off Takushan in China”
by Toyohara Chikanobu, October 1894 – see the entire series: The War at Sea
archive.org: I Cover the Waterfront (1933) – Run time: 60 minutes 53 seconds
Louis Armstrong – I Cover the Waterfront – Peggy Lee ft. Dave Barbour – I Cover the Waterfront (1950)
COMPLETE LOBBY CARD SET OF 8 — Watch Burt showing off his mad acrobatic skillz!
The Crimson Pirate stars Burt Lancaster as Captain Vallo, the smiling leader of a pack of unscrupulous pirates. While on the high seas, Vallo and his men spy a well-stocked merchant ship, and waste no time in relieving it of its contents. Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat were once partners in their early days as circus acrobats, and they got to put their skills to good use in this picture. read review
The mutineers turning Bligh and part of the officers and crew adrift from the Bounty, 29 April 1789
The Pitcairn Islands, officially named the Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, form a group of four volcanic islands in the southern Pacific Ocean.
The islands are a British overseas territory (formerly a British colony), the last remaining in the Pacific. The four islands are spread over several hundred miles of ocean and have a total area of about 18 square miles (47 km2). Only Pitcairn, the second largest and measuring about 2 miles (3.2 km) across, is inhabited. The islands are best known as home of the descendants of the Bounty mutineers and the Tahitians (or Polynesians) who accompanied them. -MORE ON WIKI
MAPS and Elevations of Pitcairn Island; 1773
A group of the merchants can be seen paddling to port from their ship, docked in the River Tagus.
Lisbon before the Great Earthquake on Res Obscura
The Great Lisbon Earthquake and Tsunami of 1755 sent reverberations throughout European society. Leveling around 85% of the city’s infastructure, it essentially destroyed the medieval and Renaissance architecture of one of Europe’s greatest capitols and claimed up to 30,000 lives. MORE
The Ship’s Cat, Sydney circa 1912 – From Harold Cazneaux
One of the ‘skull cups’, fashioned from a human head, retrieved from Cheddar cave.
Photograph: Derek Adams/Natural History Museum
Brain food: the history of skull drinking — The Cheddar cave dwellers who used skulls as drinking cups were in good company – many have gone much further
In the 17th century, privileged medical patients paid very high sums not to drink from skulls, but to drink the skull itself. Skull could be taken either powdered or in the more refined form of a liquid distillation. It was taken and indeed made by Charles II – a figure who, having paid perhaps thousands for the recipe, became so closely associated with this therapy that it was soon known as “the king’s drops”
Bon Voyage! Matson Line –1934 – Published in the November, 1934 issue of GOOD HOUSEKEEPING. Sail to Hawaii via Matson Line, in a lanai, or veranda suite, on the S. S. Lurline. Very modern feel to the ad, considering it was done in 1934; but looks like a colorized black and white photo. Photograph by Steichen
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