Sonntag, 28. Juni 2020

The Life of the Railroad Man illustrated by William Dodge Stevens

William Dodge Stevens was born September 13, 1870 in Tidioute, Pennsylvania. His father, Captain William Stone Stevens, was born in 1839 in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 1889, at the age of nineteen, William Dodge Stevens moved to Chicago to attend the Chicago Art Institute of Chicago. His two most influential art teachers were J. H. Vanderpoel and O. D. Grover. The young artist lived at the Colonial Hotel. In 1892 He completed his art studies and began to work as a staff artist in busy advertising industry of Chicago.

William Dodge Stevens illustrated Cosmopolitan, Ladies' World, McClure's Magazine, Woman's Home Companion, The Saturday Evening Post, Harper's Bazaar and Harper's Monthly.


 "Hey! Hey! You there,  Dominie, Parson! ...What kind of signal is that ye're givin'me?"
 "I delighted in catching and riding in the most swiftly flying cars."

 "...Became an expert at making quick couplings and flying switches."

 "I felt a life-giving relief as I fell fainting, but thankful, into the arms of the boys."

 "I watch that grimy left hand on thr throttle, for the preliminary swelling of the muscles."

 "Her engineer shouted something that we couldn't catch...Tom replied: '^Go ahead, Sonny; you're alright.'"

 "Thr lokomotives reared up like horses, the cars shoved their tenders under them in  such a way as to ...raise the bridge off its abutements; ...and then...a belated gravel train came...and plumped in on top of us."

"It wasn't  long before I had crawled under the truck,...and was making fairly good progress...in the direction of the ray of light..."

Donnerstag, 25. Juni 2020

John Gilpin illustrated by C.E. Brock

John Gilpin (18th century) was featured as the subject in a well-known comic ballad of 1782 by William Cowper, entitled The Diverting History of John Gilpin. Cowper had heard the story from his friend Lady Austen.
Gilpin was said to be a wealthy draper from Cheapside in London, who owned land at Olney, Buckinghamshire, near where Cowper lived. It is likely that he was a Mr Beyer, a linen draper of the Cheapside corner of Paternoster Row. The poem tells how Gilpin and his wife and children became separated during a journey to the Bell Inn, Edmonton, after Gilpin loses control of his horse, and is carried ten miles farther to the town of Ware.(Wikipedia)
Charles Edmund Brock (5 February 1870 – 28 February 1938) was a widely published English painter, line artist and book illustrator, who signed most of his work C. E. Brock.


 "To-morrow is our wedding day"

 "Where they did all 'get' in"

 "T'was long before the customers were suited to their mind"

  "Equipped from top to toe"

"The snorting beast began to trot"

 "At last it flew away"

"The bottles twain behind his back were shattered at a blow"

 "What news? what news? your tidings tell"
"A braying ass did sing most loud and clear"

 "Stop thief! stop thief! a highwayman!"

 "For he got first to town"

Sonntag, 21. Juni 2020

Alice in Wonderland, illustrated by Peter Newell

Peter Sheaf Hersey Newell (March 5, 1862 – January 15, 1924) was an American artist and writer. He created picture books and illustrated new editions of many children's books. Alice in Wonderland with Newell's illustrations appeared 1901 by Harper & Brothers.

Down the Rabbit-Hole

 Down she came upon a heap of dry leaves

The poor little thing sat down and cried

The Pool of Tears

Now I’m opening out like the largest telescope that ever was!

The Rabbit started violently

The Mouse gave a sudden leap out of the water

A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale


The Caucus-Race

 The Dodo solemnly presented the thimble

  Mine is a long and a sad tale, ’ said the Mouse

On various pretexts they all moved off

The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill

Why, Mary Ann, what are you doing here?

 What’s that in the window?

  Catch him, you by the hedge

  The poor little Lizard Bill was in the middle being held up

 The Puppy jumped into the air

Advice from a Caterpillar 

  The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other

 Old Father William standing on his head

Old Father William balancing an Eel on the end of his nose

 Old Father William turning a back somersault in at the door

‘ Serpent ! ’ screamed the Pigeon

Pig and Pepper

Then they both bowed low and their curls got entangled

Singing a sort of lullaby

So she set the little creature down

  This time it vanished quite slowly

A Mad Tea-Party

  He dipped it into his cup of tea and looked at it again

They lived at the bottom of a well

The Queen’s Croquet Ground


‘ Don’t go splashing paint over me ’

 ‘ Off with her head ! ’

  It would twist itself round and look up in her face

‘ Don’t look at me like that ’

  The Hedge-hog was engaged in a fight with another Hedge-hog

The Mock-Turtle’s Story

‘ Tut, tut, child ! ’ said the Duchess

The Lobster Quadrille

They began solemnly dancing round and round Alice

  ‘ Will you walk a little faster, ’ said a Whiting to a Snail

Alice began telling them her adventures

  ‘ Come on ! ’ cried the Gryphon

Who Stole the Tarts?

 The King and Queen of Hearts were seated on their throne

  ‘ I'm a poor man your Majesty, ’ the Hatter began, in a trembling voice

Into this they slipped the Guinea-pig

Alice’s Evidence

Upsetting all of the Jurymen onto the heads of the crowd below

At this the whole pack rose up into the air