December 10, 2003

What Your Great-Grandparents Spent Their Allowances On.
  • This is great stuff. I wish I had had more time with my grandparents. And I never got to meet a single great-grandparent. I'm 33 now and I can only imagine what they might have to tell me about their lives and times. Thank goodness for Aunt Ruth (1889-1992). She was a trip and she lived long enough for me to be an adult and take some time to listen to what she had to say (all light stuff, but you'd expect that from a woman of her age).
  • Wow. that is beautiful. I loved the "Fables for the Times" - bottom righthand corner, complete with immorals.
  • Best story about my great-grandmother: being a farmer's wife, she was out in the paddock one day and got rushed by a bull who got her in the thigh with a horn. Since she was home alone and they had no car, she walked ten kilometres (6-7 miles) to a doctor. One tough grandma. She and I wrote to each other from when I was 13 till she was too unwell to read my letters or write her own, and then my great-aunt read them to her and wrote back to me. I was lucky to know her.
  • My great-grandfather fought in the Civil War (Pea Ridge, Vicksburg, &c). Beat that.
  • great link, haven't seen any dorĂ© like this before, more familiar with the heavy stuff.
  • I'm no one's great grandparent, but Krazy Kat and Ignatz were such a liberating influence when I discovered them in the late 1940's at the age of about 8. Bugs Bunny, Mickey, Superman, and all that, suddenly seemed really lame. And, the few modern comics I've read still pale in comparison. Polly & Pals looks really good. I never got into Terry and the Pirates. And Fables for the Timee looks will get more attention from me. I'll have to spend a lotta time on this site And, every one of the illustrations I looked at (including the dark stuff) was so good in its way. This is a real treasure. Thank you so much for posting it, Dizzy. Going back to bookmark it!
  • 256 k-- Bingo. He had a couple of periods like this, if I remember my 101 classes and my fat, battered Jansen- he had lots of fun with Cruikshank in the 1860's or early '70's I think, was comissioned for big bucks by a London publisher to do some "lighter works",but then got shat on by the public and critics when these out-Hogarthed Hogarth (gloomy scenes of poverty, hopeless doom, etc.) so he went back to basics after that. What a sure hand! I especially like the way he captures the jutting-jaws of the outraged fishwives, and the leanness of a running man. Not overworked. Just.right. On preview, best to check the above art history facts yourself-- the Scotch inside me talks, but won't let me walks to my bookshelf.
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  • Wolof-- My faves also include his stunning portrait of Sarah Bernhardt (NOT being all dramatic or dressed as Hamlet or Lady M, but shown shoulders up as a complex and intriguing person-- not a character from someone else's fantasy) and of course that babe Andromeda (looks like a Bougereau, dunnit?) by the sea...
  • Ever hear a recording of Sarah B's voice? Not your modern diction whatsoever. Okay, she was doing the big monologue from Ph
  • Please point me to a link of La B's voice--- I think my Speech Professor played it long ago in Grad School--I remember it being quite low(?)-- but what do you mean by "not your modern diction whatsover"? as a side-side-side note, I go to the theatre to "see" and hear the glories of a pure and unadorned NON-MIKED voice. And these kids today get less and less training, even in MFA programs (some, not all). So I must sit through some MIX of what I should hear myself. Shameful. Ah, the rantings of a middle-aged actor.
  • Ha! Here's an amusing error. Because I've sure heard that voice. And this was pre-Kazaa, ja. Although the technology of the day favoured the top end of the vocal range, I think I can state with a minimum of confidence that she was an alto. (Sorry
  • ...she walked ten kilometres (6-7 miles) to a doctor. One tough grandma. Ah, life before 9-1-1.
  • My grandmother is batshit insane. When staying in a hotel (in the town where she lives, I'll have you know - no-one's been quite able to ascertain why), she asked specifically for a room overlooking the car park. Why? So that she could watch the car. Mm-hm.
  • My brothers and I were lucky enough to do some oral history projects with our grandparents before they passed on in the 80s. For 2006, I plan to build a more complete history of my grandparents and their relations by spending some time every few weeks 'interviewing' my parents. Sort of a geneology documentary for family use, if you will--'cause my folks won't be around forever either.