Saturday, September 29, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
No Phillumenist I, nor proper collector of anything, but like most graphic designers I love a nice bit of printed ephemera. I bought these matchbox labels in Thailand, and as far as I can tell they are mostly (all?) Japanese, made for the Chinese market and stone lithography printed. I can’t read the text (which might explain much) but the use of flags in some puts them in the second and third decades of the 20th century – beyond that my ignorance is complete, not that that hinders my enjoyment of them. What is going on in the example above for instance? A diminutive husband and wife extending hospitality to an outsized westerner? or two smartly-dressed children welcoming Daddy home (wondering why he could not afford a full-sized house)? Either way – the drawing, pattern, texture and colours are beautiful.
This puzzling kitten-weighing scenario is probably not an illustration to a recipe printed on the other side of the matchbox. The coloured stripes on the weight are those of the flag of the ‘five great races of the Republic of China’ (red = Han, yellow = Manchus, blue = Mongols, white = Huis (Muslims) & Uyghurs, black = Tibetans). The kitten seems to be wearing the star emblem of the Chinese army, so perhaps this is about the new/young army being as powerful as all China – plausible, if dull. I prefer the kitten-cuisine theory. Or perhaps this is simply The Heaviest Kitten in China.
|The full set|
|The sad girl who likes yellow candy|
Senryū (川柳?, literally 'river willow') is a Japanese form of short poetry . Senryū tend to be about human weakness. Senryū are often cynical or darkly humorous.
Senryū is named after Edo period haikai poet Senryū Karai (柄井川柳, 1718-1790), whose collection Haifūyanagidaru (誹風柳多留?) launched the genre into the public consciousness.
Senryū is traditionally written with karumi, lightness. The ability to produce cynical and dark humor or irony out of common things or people, and the ability to laugh at oneself is karumi. (source: Wikipedia)
|At the bar|
|The Shop keeper|
|The Baseball players|
|A rainy night|
|At the Tea Room|
|The Kitchen Moover|
|Taking the Bulldog out|
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
And now for something completely different - going back in time to my original collecting hobby: SPECIAL MATCHBOXES that I f onrecent visit at Haifa's Flea Market my ound
|Carlton "Like Cigarettes" matchbox|
|Mini Calculator that looks like a Matchbook|
|Naked people on Arabic matchbox?|
|Same box front side|
|Tricky Pin-Up matchbox - Open the box...|
What do you see?
|Old matchbox made in Canary Islands - front side|
|The Deerest family|
|The big Toad and the Cat|
|The big Butterfly and the Bats|
|The Dog and the Big Rabbit|
|The woman who olds the Rabbit with the man |
with the big leaf in his hands
|Two Rabitts at the field|
|Two more Rabitts at the field|