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Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood, A Modern Artist Book

Warja Honegger-Lavater (illustrator) Little Red Riding Hood is an accordion style folding book that tells the classic tale using abstract symbols rather than written language. At the beginning of the book there is a legend of symbols- colored dots or geometric shapes- used to tell the story. For example Little Red Riding Hood herself is a red dot, the wolf is a black dot, the house is a brown square and grandmother is a blue dot. By using these pictorial symbols, the artist, Warja Honegeer-Lavater, reinterprets the tale into a brightly colored abstract book that allows the tale not to be constrained by the text.The original book done by the artist and published in France in 1965 by Ateliers Arte Paris. MOMA recreated the artist's book in 1971. This book is considered to be one of the first known 'modern artist books', was a part of a fairy series done by Honegeer-Lavater that included such works as: Little Tom Thumb, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. Maroon boards slip case and covers. Paper cover labels on slip case and covers. Measures 6 3/4" x 4 1/2". Warja Honegger-Lavater was born in Winterthur, Switzerland in 1913 to Emil Lavater and Mary Lavater-Sloman. She studied at Zurich School of Applied Arts, and after graduation she became a succesful graphic designer. She married Gottfried Honegger in 1940 and had two daughters, Bettina and Cornelia. She moved to New York in 1958. She died on May 3, 2007.
Summer Vacation Photographs of Prominent New England Families

Summer Vacation Photographs of Prominent New England Families

A photo album belonging to the Rowley family consisting of their vacation family photos from a variety of locations in New England in the early 20th century. Some of the vacation spots are: Bellow Falls, VT, Pemaquid Beach, ME, York Beach, ME, Kittery Point, ME, Portland, ME, Provincetown, MA, Nashua, NH, Gloucester, MA, Newport, RI, Boston, MA, and Lake Attitash, MA. The photographs consist of a variety of subjects- mainly photographs of the family themselves and the landscape and monuments at the places they visited. The family photos depict a relaxed family engaging in a variety of activities such as clamming, fishing, boating, walks, and photography. The majority of the photographs are labeled, either with the subjects name or location, and it is often times dated. The photographs in the album range form 1912-1917. There are over a hundred and ninety (190) photographs spread out over approximately 90 pages. The majority of the pages have two 4 3/4" x 3 3/4" photographs per page, though a portion do have larger groupings of smaller photographs. There is one large photograph of a couple, 9" x 7", attached to the interior front cover. Brown leather covers, with the gilded stamped text "Photographs" on the upper left corner of the front cover. Interior pages are black, with string binding. Measures 11 3/4" x 7 1/4" The Rowley family was a prominent Massachusetts family connected to the Merriam family (of Merriam-Webster Dictionary fame). The album was sourced from a descendant of the Arthur Merriam Rowley (1883-1979). Arthur was born on August 3, 1883 in Springfield, MA to Hiram Curtis Rowley (1844-1922) and Thirza Jane Merriam (1845-1919). He was the grandson of Homer Merriam (on his mother side), who was one of the three Merriam brothers (Charles, George, and Homer) who became famous for printing the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Arthur grew up in Springfield, MA with one older brother, Harold Merriam Rowley (1879-?). He would marry Earla Viola Steade (1887-1966) on August 16, 1911 in San Diego Ca. They had two children, Douglass Steade Rowley (1913-2007) and Earla Steade Rowley (1916-1993). Arthur died on August 9, 1979 in Springfield, MA.
A science project by Ronnie H with 13 drawings reflecting seasons

A science project by Ronnie H with 13 drawings reflecting seasons, weather, activates and holidays

Thirteen (13) individual drawings that have been colored with chalk, crayon or watercolor. Housed in a hand constructed folio titled "Our Earth" Science with the earth, sun, Saturn and clouds. There is also an arrow or more likely a small jet at top with the initials R. H. (the initials of the student) Based on the artistry and subject detail, probably third or fourth grade. The images are rich in detail and seasonal elements including indicators of upcoming holidays. One image depicts a young boy with his pants rolled up feet dangling in the water with rocks in the water, tall grass at the shore, numerous conifers, purple mountains (majesty.) and clouds. There are three fish on the ground next to a basket. Another in autumn colors depicts two witches; one gathering firewood while the other stirs a caldron over an open fire. An owl is perched in a tree and behind them are amber waves of grain. There are two drawings of the young boy flying a kite; one shows the kite soaring on high and the other is a close-up of the boy tightly holding onto the kite string. There are several that focus on elements from nature including flowers and landscapes. Lastly and of particular note is the image of a summer scene with umbrellas and beach blankets on a beach, another boy diving into the water and the subject swimming on top of the water; a bit of a problem with perspective. Each measures 9" x 12".
Horseshit

Horseshit, the Offensive Review: A Collection of Four Magazines

Robert and Thomas Dunker The collection consists of four magazines entitled "Horseshit, the Offensive Review", Numbers 1-4, that were published over the course of several years. It was an independent magazine published by two ex-military brothers, Robert and Thomas Dunker. One the inside cover of the first magazine, the brothers state their reasoning for starting this magazine. They "decided that there was a real need for a magazine that would combine strong, fearless, humorous drawings with witty, intelligent, outspoken writing." and continue on to state that in order to put out the magazine "they have to be unmarried so they can do what they want without asking permission, they have to have a passionate belief in their own ideas and they also have to be skeptical bout their own ideas, they have to be nuts." A large portion of the content, either written or drawn is surreal, sexual explicit or political in nature. The magazines features short stories, articles, poems, and illustrations that are meant to provoke a response from the reader as they often tread the line between humor and offensiveness. For example there is an illustration of a mural of a cop getting pissed on by a little boy, several short verses like "Working is like making love to an ugly woman, not so bad after starting, but ugh, what a chore to start," and an article called "The Angled Banana." This article first tells the reader that the artists who drew the sexual illustrations found in the Karma Sutra were imprisoned for it, and their cell's walls were full of more illustrations which the have re-created for you. The description of these positions then humorous describe them, such as "If it should happen that the woman has not been able to bathe, as when her lover approaches her at an unexpected time; or if she has been eating garlic or onions, then the position known as 'aclospin' or the 'head cold' is used." The accompanying illustration depicts a couple 'in congress' with the woman holding his nose closed. Each magazine is around 50 pages long and has black and white illustrations, though the covers are sometimes in color. The majority of the artwork was done by Robert, and the writing by Thomas. Staple binding. Measures 11" x 8 1/2"