Month: April 2014

animals & c.

illus. from an 1850s “Materia Medica” book
via Dassaishooku


Japanese badger from an 1850s “Materia Medica” book
via Dassaishooku

Gaston de Latenay, 1899, Nausikaa illustration
via Book Graphics

Gaston de Latenay, 1899, Nausikaa illustration
via Book Graphics

illus. by Hiromi Nishizaka via mlle ghoul

Tom Seidmann-Freud, Das Wunderhaus, 1927
via via UB Braunschweig

Previous post on Tom Seidmann-Freud: The Rabbit Dreams of Dr. Freud’s Niece

Tom Seidmann-Freud, Das Wunderhaus, 1927
via via UB Braunschweig
The book has lots of moving parts.

Dodo, from ‘Atlas de Zoologie’ 1844 by Paul Gervais
see the full post on BibliOdyssey

cover illus. by Carlos Gonzalez, 1924, Mexico

Mexican work safety poster, 1938
via Swann Auctions
50 Watts is concerned for your safety

Futuro cover, 1942, Josep Renau

from El perro, el ratón y el gato, 1930 Spain
via Memoria de Madrid
More to come from this publication, some day

“Der Rote” by frequent 50 Watts cover star Richard Teschner
via the Theater Museum

Edmund Dulac, illus. for La Toison d’Or et quelques autres Contes de la Grèce ancienne

Armand Vallee, 1926
I’m not sure of the story behind this image. The artist Christian Schumann shared it on facebook.

Faust illus. by René Clarke, 1932
via Book Graphics


Marcus Behmer, c. 1900
via Swann
previous feature on Behmer

The Emperor’s New Clothes, DDR style
via the new blog Red Sails

Fumo der Rauchgeist (Fumo the Smoke Spirit) by Elfi & Kurt Wendlandt, 1962
again via Red Sails

illus. by Cesar from Le Canard enchainé
via Multiglom via BibliOdyssey’s tumblr

“Threshold” by Kevin Lucbert, 2014
website / tumblr

recent work by Josh Courlas

I featured Josh Courlas on But Does it Float a couple years ago (pretty please archive your old work Josh!)

recent work by Josh Courlas

Little Red Riding Hood, illus. by Tibor Kárpáti (Hungary, 2006)
via the International Children’s Digital Library

Little Red Riding Hood, illus. by Tibor Kárpáti (Hungary, 2006)
via the International Children’s Digital Library

by Merijn Hos

Childcraft, vol. 14, Quarrie Corporation, 1939

The Fabulous World of Jules Verne, Hungarian poster, 1958
Heritage says it is a “representation of the Czech film The Fabulous World of Jules Verne, based on the 1896 Verne novel Face the Flag. The tale is cleverly filmed in a special process which causes every image on screen to resemble an old-fashioned woodcut engraving, which the poster offered here mimics to great effect.”

Czech Planet of the Apes poster by Vatislav Hlavaty

Romanian Planet of the Apes poster, 1978

Creeping Poison movie poster, 1946, Austria
According to Heritage this film — also known as Schleichendes Gift — is “a post-WWII documentary about venereal disease.”


Vintage French Movie Posters

La Grande Illusion, c.1946
signed: Bernard Lancy


These reproductions are from expired auction listings at The dates range from 1927 to 1981 with many posters from the 1940s.

Fantômas, 1932
artist unknown

Fantômas, 1947
artist: Jacques Fourastie

The Lodger, 1944
artist: Roger Jacquier Rojac

The Killers, 1964
artist: Guy Gérard Noël

Beauty and the Beast, 1946
artist: Jean-Denis Malclès

Eyes Without a Face, 1960
artist: Jean Mascii

Eyes Without a Face, 1960
artist: Jean Mascii

Earth Versus the Flying Saucers, 1956 artist: Georges Kerfyser

Godzilla, 1956
artist: A. Poucel

Wages of Fear, 1953
artist: Rene Ferracci

The Maltese Falcon, 1941
artist unknown

The Big Sleep, 1946
artist: Vincent Cristellys

Casablanca, 1940s
artist: Pierre Pigeot

Notorious, 1946
artist: Pierre Segogne

Scarlett Empress, 1934
artist: Roger Vacher

The Birds, 1963
artist: Boris Grinsson

The Stranger, 1945
artist: Clement Hurel

The Mysterious Rider, 1927

The Mysterious Island, 1929

Bird of Paradise, 1932
artist: Bernard Lancy

The Big Clock, 1948
artist: Boris Grisson

Miracle in Milan, 1951
artist: Boris Grinsson

Six in Paris, 1965
artist: Folon

More Folon on 50 Watts

Stalker, 1981
artist: Folon

Movie graphic from Denmark, circa 1926–64

Swing Time (1936) signed: Erik F. I’ve done three posts of vintage Swedish movie posters, but this is my first (and probably last) post of Danish posters. Kurt Wenzel and Erik F. (Erik Frederiksen) seem to be the big names in poster design in Denmark. The reproductions are from expired auction listings at Heritage doesn’t have many to choose from (unlike the Swedish posters), and almost all of them are stamped by the Danish censor board, which makes me think they come from a single collection. Greed (1926) Kiss of Death (1947) Last Warning (1929) The Thing from Another World (1951) The War of the Worlds (1954) signed: Wenzel King Kong (poster, 1948) signed: Boye The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Pearls of the Crown (1937) signed: Rodian T. Dark Victory (1939) Leave Her to Heaven (1948) signed: Willy Suspicion (1948) Looks like Wenzel again The 39 Steps (1960) signed: Wenzel The Puritan (Early 1940s) signed: Ruthwenn Eriksen Chamber of Horrors (1947) signed: Erik F. The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964) The Gay Divorcee (1934) signed: Erik F. Maciste in Hell (1927) signed: Wenzel I would have guessed a much later date for this poster The Night of the Hunter (1955) signed: Wenzel Sunset Boulevard (1951) signed: ByS? This post first appeared on April 7, 2014 on 50 Watts

Eva Bednářová, illustrations

Illustrations by Eva Bednářová for ‘Pohádky’ (Fairy Tales) by Olga Scheinpflugová (Prague, 1971) From my earlier post “Button Tales”:Eva Bednářová (1937–1986) was a prolific Czech illustrator who won both BIB and IBBY awards (major illustration awards). I haven’t found a bio for her in English, but this Czech page includes a bibliography, a photo, and two amazing images (I want whatever books they come from) [April 2014 update: they come from this book!]… I think just one book featuring Bednářová’s work made it into English: Chinese Fairy Tales (Artia 1969, 1970s in English on Amazon). For the same Artia fairy tale series, she illustrated stories by Perrault and d’Aulnoy in 1978 (cheap French reprint here; will feature it someday) and stories from Tibet in 1974. And about the author, from wikipedia: “Olga Scheinpflugová (1902–68) was a Czech actress and writer. She was a daughter of the writer, journalist and playwright Karel Scheinpflug. In 1935, she married the writer Karel Čapek.” (I look forward to learning more about her.) from the cover (my copy is worn and dirty) illustrated boards I just wound up with a bunch more illustrated books by Czech artists — Hoffmeister, Pacovska, Serych, Fuka, Stepan, Bednarova, etc. I promise to share some scans before they get absorbed into the hoard. Until then, revisit the archives for more Czech books. This post first appeared on April 2, 2014 on 50 Watts

Quintessential Space Pulp Art by Ron Turner and other British artists

We all love and appreciate American science fiction art from the 1930s-1950s, the joy and the optimism, the indelible sense of wonder these pulp covers and paperbacks conveyed… but the similarly cheerful and perhaps even more spectacular British science fiction art from the same era is often overlooked and hugely underestimated – so today we are going to bring to light some of the more colorful (some will say, “lurid”) examples of British pulp and paperback cover art.

(images are courtesy Galactic Central and Gems from the Collection)

Ron Turner’s spectacular space art and impressively-detailed science fiction illustrations appeared on the covers for Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine, and multiple “space opera” paperbacks published throughout the 1950s by Scion Publications.

Aliens were just as flamboyant, exotic and exciting to look at as inside American classic science fiction pulps:

And this lovely couple is going to make their best out of their honeymoon in space, we’re sure! –

Most of the images shown here are courtesy Galactic Central and Gems from the Collection. See more wonderful examples of British science fiction art inside this set.