Maritime Monday 255; week ending March 12, 2011

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Frogmen Comics

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greatestgenerationThe sound that kills… — greatestgenerationJenny On The Job

See also: The Daily Mail highlights the ten greatest war correspondents of all timeErnie Pyle rewrote wartime journalism. No politics, no forecasting, no breaking news headlines. Pyle told the soldiers’ story. In many ways, he was the Greatest Generations’ beloved mascot and biggest cheerleader at the same time.

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(left) 1950’s-1960’s illustration by Donn Allison coffee shop menu from Halekulani Beach – Waikiki, Hawaii on arkivatropika – (right) Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design by Emilio Gil of Tau Design

imageOrkan, the largest Polish destroyer, c.1944

ORP Orkan formerly HMS Myrmidon was an L and M class destroyer in the Polish Navy during World War II. The name translates as “hurricane”.

She was originally commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Myrmidon; she was transferred to the free Polish Navy based in Britain in December 1942. She was sunk by U-378 on October 8, 1943 in the Barents Sea. There were 179 dead and 44 survivors.

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Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Cosiendo la vela (Sewing the Sail), 1896. Oil on canvas, 220 x 302 cm.

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“Tale of an Ailing Whale” Illustration by Paul Hartley, 1959

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Wreck of the salmon cannery ship JABEZ HOWES, Chignik, 1911; John E. Thwaites  (full size)

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Old School inspired nautical tattoo flash by Claudia de Sabe

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Cape San Lucas, Mexico, from the Pacific Coast of Central America and Mexico; Isthmus of Panama; Guatemala; and the Cultivation and Shipment of Coffee, 1875 by Eadweard Muybridge

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Coastie “Inspecting the sex life of barnacles”

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L: May 5, 1937: Wilhelm Gustloff being launched at Blohm & Voss click link to see construction photos RT: Ãœber 9000 (About 9,000) portrait of the Wilhelm Gustloff by Sejar Bekirow

The Wilhelm Gustloff: DEADLIEST SHIPWRECK IN HISTORY — On the evening of January 30th 1945, the Gustloff was sailing to western Germany crammed with approximately 10,000 refugees, wounded soldiers, nurses, and naval personnel (Who were escaping the advancing Red Army) when three torpedoes fired from the Soviet sub S-13 (Captain Alexander Marinesko) struck home and demolished the vessel. less than an hour later, the Gustloff sank to the bottom of the Baltic sea with 9000 people trapped in her hull.

Despite being the worst marine disaster in recored history (It eclipsed the Titanic, Lusitania, & Empress Of Ireland), the Gustloff disaster has been largely forgotten.

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The Princess Elaine, CPR ship, docked at Vancouver, BC in 1959 — “The CPR ships looked like ships should look. I believe I took this New Year’s morning, 1959, after a quite stormy night passage from Seattle.” gordon hunter

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The Atlantic Fleet in the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro; 1908 – Henry Reuterdahl / artist

Henry Reuterdahl (1871–1925) was an American painter highly acclaimed for his nautical artwork. He had a long relationship with the United States Navy. In addition to serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve Force, he was selected by President Theodore Roosevelt to accompany the Great White Fleet voyage in 1907 to document the journey. In addition to his artwork, he was a frequent writer on naval topics, and served as an editor of Jane’s Fighting Ships.

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LEFT: Puck, Channel Bells (June 1915) Enoch Bolles / artist (1883-1976) more on americanartarchives.com – RT: ZAP Comix; For Adult Intellectuals Only; via Stephen Kroninger

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Museu Marítim – (maritime museum) The shipping museum in Barcelona

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Taking bodies from LADY GREY recovery of the bodies from the Empress of Ireland wreck by the British warship Lady Gray. Unloading the bodies in Quebec. (source: Library of Congress)

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Harbor Fish Market in Portland, Maine by Corey Templeton. Taken Feb 27, 2011 – portlandmainedaily.blogspot.com/

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Workplace Safety “Do Not Tread Upon Fish” and “Throwing off the Fender Hold the Clamp” — Soviet Accident Prevention Posters (many more, some hilarious)

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Regalín de Reyes para mi hermana: un mantel de La Guapa. — (de la colección de Alexis Rom)

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Popeye; Punch The Bag – Test Your StrengthSTARTLING COMICS now on goldenagecomics

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Andreas Feininger, 42nd street as viewed from Weehawken, 1940 (via presentsfromthepast)

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Found in a Thrift Store: 35mm Slidespost by Neil Brown

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1954 … rivet press – Boris Artzybasheff on x-ray delta one; Artzybasheff, art of …

see also: 1954 … milling 1954 … planer1952 … zooming auto

Boris Artzybasheff (1899 – 1965) was a Ukrainian-born illustrator active in the United States, notable for his strongly worked and often surreal designs.

During his lifetime, however, Artzybasheff was probably known best for his magazine art. He illustrated the major American magazines Life, Fortune, and Time (including more than 200 Time Magazine covers over a 24-year span between 1941 and 1965). During World War II, he also served an expert advisor to the U.S. Department of State, Psychological Warfare Branch.

After 1940, he devoted himself to commercial art, including advertisements for Xerox, Shell Oil, Pan Am, Casco Power Tools, Alcoa Steamship lines, Parke-Davis, Avco Manufacturing, Scotch Tape, Wickwire Spencer Steele, Vultee Aircraft, World Airways, and Parker Pens.
His graphic style is striking. In commercial work he explored grotesque experiments in anthropomorphism, where toiling machines displayed distinctly human attributes.

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“Seven wise men of Gotham went to sea in a bowl”

Jeff’s Knave-y — Jefferson Davis and six sailors sail in a tea cup. A pirate flag flies overhead. One sailor is in the “crow’s nest”, another is using a paddle. Three sailors hold swords and the last sailor holds a swab (for loading the cannon). Jefferson Davis dressed as a Naval officer looks through a spy glass.

Caption above reads, “JEFF’S KNAVE-Y.” Text below reads, “Seven wise men of Gotham went to sea in a bowl.” This refers to characters in British folklore, “many English villages were mocked for alleged stupidity, but only Gotham, seven miles from Nottingham, was famous well beyond its neighborhood”. Black ink on cream envelope. Envelopes printed during Civil War depicted mostly pro-Union and anti-Confederate themes.

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Fighting Ships of the US Navy – vintage postcard folder

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ships passing (Source: nauticool)

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Mermaids – sirens – monster fish  from France c. 1450-70 – (via yama-bato)

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Saturday Evening Post, Sailor On Broadway (18 September 1943) Irving Nurick / artist (1894 – 1963) –
Made a career out of being able to depict teens, tweens, and young adults, especially pretty girls. He had a very long assignment, depicting “Sub-Debs” for Ladies’ Home Journal. Story art for Collier’s, Pictorial Review, College Humor, Saturday Evening Post. Campaign work for Kotex (his longest), Wesson Oil, Ivory Soap.

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Sloop-of-War USS Hartford, Admiral Farragut’s flagship waits to be “coaled” in harbor, date and location unknown. Photo by Mathew B. Brady from the collection the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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Weimar; Shipwrecked: Jean Brusselmans, Thunderstorm, 1938

(wiki) Jean Brusselmans (1884-1953) was a Belgian painter that began as an engraver and lithographer, but devoted himself after 1904 to only painting, and trained at the academy in Brussels.

From 1920 he developed a personal style characterized by geometric and stylized compositions and the use of large areas of color and constructive brushstrokes. The structure of his work is almost ascetic, and the coloration is fierce.

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Like his contemporary Virgil Finlay, Hannes Bok broke into commercial art and achieved initial career success as a Weird Tales artist – though he did so through one of the stranger events in the history of science fiction and fantasy.


Special thanks this week to art-history, mpdrolet, tattooflashdirtyriver, yama-bato and mudwerks