The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
Black Mask. Cover of Sept 1929 issue, featuring part 1 of serialization of The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett. Illustration of private eye Sam Spade by Henry C. Murphy, Jr. Popular Publications.
“Samuel Spade’s jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting ‘v’ under the more flexible ‘v’ of his mouth. His nostrils curved back to make another, smaller, ‘v.’ His yellow-gray eyes were horizontal. The ‘v’ motif was picked up again by thickish brows rising outward from twin creases above a hooked nose, and his pale brown hair grew down–from high flat temples–in a point on his forehead. He looked rather pleasantly like a blond satan.” — Hammett
Vogue cover (August 3, 1929). Cover art by André E. Marty (French, 1882-1974).
Fashion need not be stuffy. A creative young woman tries her hand at innovative home decorating by painting a scenic image on the pink entrance wall of her villa.
Marty’s studies at the Paris Academy was followed by a career as a graphic artist. He provided illustrations for postcards, books and magazines such as Comoedia Illustre, Le Sourire, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and between 1912 and 1925 the pochoir fashion magazine La Gazette du Bon Ton. As modernism’s influence on his work grew, he would develop an Art Deco style.