Monday, May 26, 2014

Wickford Point - Illustration by Jacqui Morgan

I particularly like this one's feeling of texture on a flat surface. 
Jacqui Morgan was one of the first woman commercial illustrators.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Three Men in a Boat - Illustration by Ronald Searle

I had the chance to scan some mid century softcover classics but did not purchase them because of the strong mold smell.
I recognized Ronald Searle's style right away. 
Love that he got all of the elements of the story on the cover.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ascending Over Ohio by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

In honor of National Poetry Month, 
here is the limited edition booklet 
that I bought at City Lights in San Francisco.

the cover
and the signed envelope:
If you decide you must have one like it, City Lights still as of tonight has this one.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The mysterious Grandma Reynolds in Wizard of Oz - March 1950

I went to a 65,000 square foot antiques store with my friend today. 
This intriguing photo was one of my purchases. 
I tend to be a photograph rescuer.

The only Wizard of Oz activity in 1950 was The Lux Theatre radio show in December of that year. 
As far as I can tell, no grandma was ever in a production of Wizard of Oz.

Below is the two sides of the sheet behind the picture. 
Can you imagine having so many pictures of Humphrey Bogart that you use it for scrap paper?

Humphrey Bogart- A Warner-First National Star

 I was guessing Halloween but the month is wrong. 
Also the typography of the sign looks more art deco than something from the Fifties. 
Could the date be wrong?

If you have any ideas as to what was going on here, 
please comment and let me know if I can share it.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Classing up the joint..designer fabric comes to Casa Nascara

After dropping off donations for a coworker, I went shopping. A designer donated some designer fabrics and samples. There was a lot of beige and brown (yuck) but I got some beautiful pieces.
this is some kind of all weather fabric that I will use on a foot stool.
Paloma Picasso in two colorways.
Hearst Castle fabric $199 per yard, so lush (with a grommet though)

breezy see through Schumacher fabric

a bunch of small samples

love that paisley