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.
This was a special edition celebrating the forthcoming tour by Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. The first stop was Nairobi (by air). They were due to board the SS Gothic at Mombasa, but news reached the princess of her father, King George VI’s death. She returned to Britain and the tour was cancelled.
A Kiss From Johnny, McCall’s Magazine illustration (1952). Robert G. Harris (American, 1911-2007). Oil on canvas. Estate of Charles Martignette.
Harris illustrated covers for Western Story, Wild West Weekly, and similar magazines. In 1937 he moved up from the pulps to illustrating slick magazines, such as Cosmopolitan and The Saturday Evening Post.
During WWII he volunteered to draw portrait sketches of wounded servicemen recuperating in military hospitals.
After the war he also worked in advertising for Coca-Cola and other brand-name accounts.
Based on a true story. In neutral Turkey during WWII, the ambitious and extremely efficient valet for the British ambassador tires of being a servant and forms a plan to promote himself to rich gentleman of leisure. His employer has many secret documents; he will photograph them, and with the help of a refugee Countess, sell them to the Nazis. When he makes a certain amount of money, he will retire to South America with the Countess as his wife.