Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #36

Carol Burnett and Garry Moore prepare for another hour of variety on The Garry Moore Show.

Politicians in Action #60

Ronald Reagan, apparently unaware that the Victory sign held up, palm in, means something completely different, sends a rather unintended message to the audience at the Citizens for Reagan rally in 1968.

Killer badges

Et voilà un aperçu des badges à gagner pour les participants du concours! J'avoue que quand on les a reçus dans notre boîte aux lettres on s'est dit qu'on allait les garder pour nous (spéciale dédicace CCG)... Mais non ils seront pour VOUS. petit rappel : 1 badge envoyé aux 3 premiers participants et tout ce qui restera pour le vainqueur ou la gagnante (+ les autres cadeaux bien sûr) ! Have fun !

(le renvoi vers la page facebook du Carrefour semble ne plus marcher, je vais essayer de régler le problème bientôt, en attendant, inscrivez vous sur la page facebook ici)

Artists in Action #638

A quite different family, the lovely Jane Birkin with children Charlotte and Kate.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Women and Children #4

Impoverished Liverpool family, 1957.

Dreamland Destinations #1

Lumberton (Blue Velvet, d. David Lynch, 1986)

A Who's Who of the Jazz Age #5

George Gershwin

The First Person You See #5

Addie Loggins (Tatum O'Neal), Paper Moon (d. Peter Bogdanovich, 1973)

The Book of Knighthood

Miniatures cropped from the ~1460 manuscript containing Christine Pizan's 'Épître d'Othéa' (Epistle to Hector; sometimes known as the Book of Knighthood) - Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, courtesy of the Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland [link].

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 7r

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 17r

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 20v

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 27v

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 36r

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 46r

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 51r

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 82v

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 84r

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 91r

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 113r

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 119v

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 137v

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 139r

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 143r

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, 146r

Christine de Pizan (Pisan) (c.1363-1430) was raised among the nobility of Paris and pursued intensive studies in literature, history, languages and the sciences.

Towards the end of the 14th century, Pizan took up writing to support her three children, following the death of her husband. She is widely credited with being both the first professional female writer, and first feminist to advocate for her sex, in all of Europe.

Her writing career might be considered to have had two phases: poetry, then prose; and she achieved great renown during her lifetime. Between 1393 and 1412, Pizan composed more than three hundred ballads, and even more shorter poems. She was similarly prolific in longer form, having written some fifteen books and numerous essays by 1403.

"Her poetic work is notable both for its technical mastery of the accepted forms of her time, and for its innovativeness. Christine excelled in the complex metrical forms of courtly poetry: ballads, lays, and rondeaux. She also went well beyond the conventions of her time by integrating personal, political, moral, religious, and feminist themes within those structures. [..]

[Pizan] combined extensive historical knowledge with a deep concern for the political and social issues of her day [and she] expanded and developed many of the themes first introduced in her poetry. The importance of responsible government and political ethics; women's rights and accomplishments; and religious devotion, appear consistently as themes throughout Christine de Pizan's writing."
Othea's Epistle to Hector (the Book of Knighthood) is a work of moral instruction in both verse and prose. It describes the spiritual and moral education of a young knight, Hector, in the form of an allegorical story.

"'Épître d'Othéa' takes the form of a letter written by Othea (a goddess who symbolizes wisdom and prudence) to the Trojan hero Hector. The letter is divided up into 100 chapters, each consisting of a miniature illustration and a verse text recounting a story from classical mythology, a prose explanation designed to expound the moral significance of the story, and finally a prose allegory expounding its underlying spiritual/Christian interpretation." [source]
The present parchment manuscript of 'Épître d'Othéa' was commissioned by the bibliophile Antoine de Bourgogne in 1460 and was written in Middle French, with the full complement of exquisite miniatures. Gold highlights can be seen in (at least) the opening full page decorations: the first image up above.

Incidentally, Pizan retired to a convent for the last twelve or so years of her life emerging only once - in the writing sense - when she circulated a poem in 1429 in support of Joan of Arc (d. 1431).

General Herpetology

Illustrations from 'Erpétologie Générale, ou,
Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles'
by AMC Duméril & G Bibron, 1854.

Cameleon veuqueux

Cameleon ordinaire

Gymnopode spinifere

Chelonee caouane

Cistude commune

Rhacophore de Reinwardt

Grenouille commune

Rhinoplus des Philippines

Tetes de Crotales

RAchiodon d'Abyssinie

Chlamydosaure de King

Phrynocephale a oreilles

Ptyodactyle raye

The multi-volume series, 'Erpétologie Générale, ou, Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles', was released over a twenty year period beginning in 1834. The final volume is an atlas with more than one hundred steel engravings that were (I presume) hand-coloured.

'Erpétologie Générale' is owned by the Smithsonian Institution and is made available online through the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Internet Archive (the plates featured above were downloaded from the latter source).

[via the Biodiversity Heritage Library blog Book of the Week from earlier this year]

Artists in Action #637

Mr. Zappa makes a statement. Something about Warner Brothers and sucking. This should in no way be construed as an implicit endorsement of the Straight or Bizarre record labels. Or should it?

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #115

Tricky smells something. Something fishy.

Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #35

Host Bud Collyer brings laughter and smiles to the faces of panelists Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy and Kitty Carlisle while Hy Gardner remains only mildly amused.

The Future is Now #40

Original caption:

Space Pilots. Minneapolis, Minnesota: A small boy's dream of piloting a rocket ship through outer space came as nearly true as modern science could make it for plastic-helmeted Johnny Bower (left), and Neil Smith, both seven years old. The youngsters got their big break when Minneapolis-Honeywell's Aeronautical company invited them, among other young sons of technical employees to visit the plant and see what their dads were doing. "Pilots" Bower and Smith are manipulating special computing equipment developed to duplicate characteristics of supersonic craft and the flight conditions they might be expected to encounter.

Belamie - festival d'illustrations

En 2009 (et oui ça date) nous avions déjà fait un post sur la petite revue belge Belamie pour vous montrer ses jolies couvertures. Il est aujourd'hui temps d'ouvrir ces incunables olé-olé et d'observer à quel point fut riche et variée l'étendue des illustrateurs présents. De J.David à d'illustres inconnus qui ne signaient hélas pas leurs oeuvres, l'éventail est large et c'est temps mieux car il faut un bien grand éventail pour ventiler nos visages pourpres à la vue de ces dizaines de jeunes filles pimpantes à souhait!

Autre chose: comme vous l'avez peut-être remarqué, Le Carrefour Etrange a désormais une page facebook, n'hésitez pas à cliquer sur J'aime et à nous y contacter. Demander des photos supplémentaires, des compléments d'information, vous présenter, hurler sa rage à 3h du matin sur une page facebook confidentielle, c'est aujourd'hui possible et facile ! (english spoken too, la classe)

Enfin, et surtout, n'oubliez pas de participer au concours photo des 400 membres pour remporter des jolis cadeaux !