Thursday, December 25, 2014
Dad is sitting there, too, but he is doing what cats usually do - pretending no one is taking a picture.
Do I spy flashbulbs in the ash tray in the foreground? Flash bulbs were really exciting for kids...there is a very distinctive sound to them going off! And then you got to contemplate the used bulb which was covered with blisters of glass which had melted! Glass so hot it melted! Wow! I used to collect them as exotic artifacts of cataclysmic forces and wonder at the different bubbles and discolorations. Whenever flashbulbs went square and had a bulb on 4 sides things got less exciting. More George Jetson but less volcanic.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
This is a beautiful children's book to enjoy reading to a child.
So there I was, looking for some 19th century kitty lit to amuse you and myself, when what do I find but a beautifully illustrated colorful children's book, There Once Was, from 1888 with a admirable illustration of those naughty little kittens. But as I gathered the pictures and prepared to post I saw the frontispiece...
...and thought. "Mrs. Oscar Wilde?". I am exposing a gap in my education but truth will out. (Does it count I read many of Quentin Crisp's work?) But, the surprise aside, it is a wonderful book that should be read to little children. Many of the famous stories are in it that are referred to in literature in many ways...but children I see at school do not know the old stories or nursery tales. I feel sad they will be left out of a long chain of people who know the real Puss 'n Boots (and not just a cartoon puss in a Shrek movie).