Allegory of Death, circa 1600

Etching.  Death holds a scroll while standing at an open grave.

V0042083 Death holds a scroll while standing at an open grave. Etchin

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“Poe on the High Bridge,” Bernard Jacob Rosenmeyer, 1930

Today is Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday.

Rosenmeyer’s lithograph below depicts him on one of his characteristic solitary walks; this one is on the High Bridge between Manhattan and the Bronx.  For a little interesting background on it, see this entry at the Ephemeral New York website.

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Sketches of Zombie Trump and Zombie Hillary, by Michael Calero, 2016 and 2017

My friend and consummate collector, Steve Miller, is the proud owner of both of these illustrations.  Michael Calero sketched the first one for him when he attended a Walker Stalker Con in 2016, Steve later contacted him and requested a companion piece for Hilary.

I’m jealous.  Steve has the coolest things.

 

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Throwback Thursday: vintage 50’s-era wooden sleds

My family had three or four of these vintage sleds rattling around at the back of the garage in the 1980’s; I learned only tonight that they dated from three decades prior.  (We might have had the “Flexible Flyer” sleds from the era.)  They’re veritable antiques.

They were nobody’s favorite.  When the neighborhood kids gathered at any of its wooded hills on a snow day, it was always clear that the cheap 80’s-era red plastic sleds were much faster.  (Those metal rungs that you see below pushed right down to the bed of leaves leaves beneath the snow and got caught in them.)

And do you see that wooden crossbar that seems to suggest you could steer the thing?  That was pure bullshit.  It wouldn’t budge.  If you saw yourself headed for a tree, you simply rolled off and ditched the sled.  Or you just crashed into the tree.  And let me tell you something — that hurts even more than you might think.

 

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