1. Travel Poster (Industrial Bank of China, Circa 1920) French

    subscription poster for a “peace loan” that could be subscribed to at the Industrial Bank of China, which had it’s international headquarters in Paris.

    By 1922, the Ambassador of France, M. Philippe Berthelot, would be forced into a ten year retirement by his brother’s actions (he was a director) at the bank, which led to the bank closing in that year.

  3. Cattolica; 1930 Travel Poster

    Cattolica is a town in the Province of Rimini, Italy +

  5. Clark’s Mile-End Spool Cotton

    N. Y. Wemple & Company Advertising card, c 1870

  6. Maritime Monday for August 26th, 2013:

    Part VII; The Final Reel 

    Two Years Before the Mast
    (Paramount, 1946)

    Two Years Before the Mast is a book by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., published in 1840, having been written after a two-year sea voyage starting in 1834.  A film adaptation under the same name was released in 1946.

    Richard Henry DanaWhile an undergraduate at Harvard College, Dana had an attack of the measles which affected his vision. Thinking it might help his sight, Dana left Harvard to enlist as a common sailor on a voyage around Cape Horn on the brig Pilgrim. He returned to Massachusetts two years later aboard the Alert (which left California sooner than the Pilgrim).  rt: Richard Henry Dana, Jr.

    He kept a diary throughout the voyage, and, after returning, he penned what is now considered an American classic. His writing evidences his later sympathy for the lower classes; he later became a prominent anti-slavery activist and helped found the Free Soil Party.

    Dana did not set out to write Two Years Before the Mast as a sea adventure, but to highlight how poorly common sailors were treated on ships. In the book, which takes place between 1834 and 1836, Dana gives a vivid account of “the life of a common sailor at sea as it really is”.  It quickly became a best seller.

    “The scurvy had begun to show itself on board. One man had it so badly as to be disabled and off duty, and the English lad, Ben, was in a dreadful state, and was daily growing worse. His legs swelled and pained him so that he could not walk; his flesh lost its elasticity, so that if pressed in it would not return to its shape; and his gums swelled until he could not open his mouth. His breath, too, became very offensive; he lost all strength and spirit; could eat nothing; grew worse every day; and, in fact, unless something was done for him, would be a dead man in a week, at the rate at which he was sinking…”

  7. Wake of the Red Witch (Republic, 1949) Belgian movie poster

    Based upon the 1946 novel with the same name by Garland Roark; John Wayne stars as a sea captain in the early 1860s East Indies out for revenge against a wealthy shipping magnate.

    plot synopsis on wikipediafull movie on You Tube

  8. Maritime Monday for August 19th, 2013:
    Movie Guide Part VI

    Mme. Stanwyck lays the ultimate jaw dropper on her unwanted husband (Clifton Webb) in this Edwardian soap opera that uses the sinking of the unsinkable ocean liner as a backdrop.

    When the Pride of White Star sideswipes an iceberg and begins its slow descent in the north Atlantic, women and children are put on the lifeboats, men stay behind to face death gallantly, and the toffee nosed Webb gets a day-late and dollar-short reality check.

    New Yorker magazine film critic Pauline Kael wrote:
    “the actual sinking looks more like a nautical tragedy on the pond in Central Park.”

    Historical (myriad) Inaccuracies on wikipedia

  9. The Llangollen Canal - lithograph by John Nash from “Men & the Fields”, Adrian Bell, 1939

    The 1939 book by Adrian Bell is lavishly illustrated by John Nash and includes a series of fine lithographs printed at the renowned Curwen Press in Plaistow, London.

    This view of the canal is a charming scene - rumour has it that Nash was not happy with the outcome of the work at Curwen but personally I think they are very fine illustrations.

    The book itself is a superb evocation of rural England before the huge changes wrought by the Second World War.

  12. Miss Monkey Fist misses Maine so much she’s moving back!  She will be Sebago-bound on Halloween.


    On the Waterfront this evening #PortlandMaine #Maine (at Widgery Wharf)

  13. (Source: thiscallsforagif, via mudwerks)

  14. Manfish (1956) and Reap the Wild Wind; Lobby Cards

    Edgar Allan Poe’s The Gold Bug and The Tell-Tale Heart were updated and woven together into a single narrative in the ultra-cheap adventure yarn Manfish.

    John Bromfield, Lon Chaney Jr. and Victor Jory head the cast as three fortune hunters, combing the West Indies in search of buried treasure.

    The heavy of the piece is Jory, who murders Bromfield, weighs down the body and throws it overboard, with consequences not unlike those suffered by Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart protagonist. Poor, simple-minded Chaney ends up coming out the winner, if only by default.

    The feminine angle is handled by Barbara Nichols (bad, brassy blonde) and Tessa Pendergast (good, dark-skinned native lass).

    Because of a handful of West Indian song interludes, Manfish was re-realeased as Calypso, in hopes of cashing in on the then-popular musical craze. +

  15. Submarine (Columbia, 1928)

    Navy man Jack Reagon (Jack Holt) falls for dance-hall girl Bessie (Dorothy Revier) and they marry, but she can’t adjust to the bonds of matrimony.

    A love affair starts between Bessie and Reagon’s longtime Navy pal Bob Mason (Ralph Graves), who later becomes trapped underwater in a sunken submarine.

    Bessie admits her unfaithfulness to Reagon but reassures him of Mason’s honorableness, and Reagon succeeds in rescuing his best friend.

    So successful was Submarine that director Frank Capra would reunite with Jack Holt and Ralph Graves for two more romantic-triangle rescue dramas: his early talkies Flight (1929) and Dirigible (1931), in which the men fought over Lila Lee and Fay Wray, respectively. +