Saturday, 24 September 2016

Improbably beautiful covers #1 - Western Story Magazine, December 21, 1929 cover by Gayle Hoskins

Western Story Magazine, December 21, 1929 cover by Gayle Hoskins
Western Story Magazine, December 21, 1929 cover by Gayle Hoskins

Another minute, and there would have been only a red dot on the ground, so i suppose this was the more interesting moment...a very well painted one at that. Gayle Hoskins manages to give the impression of a immense herd of bison very well in the limited space for the painting's portrait orientation, one dictated by the magazine's orientation on the newsstand. 

I wonder if a different perspective - maybe over the hunter's shoulder - would have worked better, though. Leave a comment with your thoughts.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Adventure magazine covers featuring a pirate

In honor of International Talk like a Pirate Day today, here's a series of covers from Adventure magazine featuring a pirate. All these covers were done by the artist A.L. Ripley and appeared in the magazine from 1922 to 1925. During at least part of this period (1923-1925), Ripley was in Europe on an art scholarship, so it's interesting to speculate whether these were done in Europe and sent over, or done in bulk earlier and then appeared one at a time.

Pick your favorite and leave a note in the comments. Mine's the March 10, 1924 issue with the two pirates shown in shadow fighting over treasure.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Treasures hidden within books

As I read through magazines and books i buy, i sometimes come across things inside the pages. I never know what will pop out. So far, i haven't found any money inside, but that doesn't stop me from looking. 

My best find so far has been a couple of signed postcards from the Western author and poet Clem Yore, sent to his aunt. I found these in an issue of the magazine West i won in an Ebay auction.

Postcard from Clem Yore to his aunt, Caroline Hanley
Postcard from Clem Yore to his aunt, Caroline Hanley

Postcard from Clem Yore to his aunt, Caroline Hanley
Postcard from Clem Yore to his aunt, Caroline Hanley

Other finds are more mundane. Recently, i came across a couple of postcards. One i found in a lot of Western Story Magazine that i picked up at an antique show in Oregon. It was advertising seeds by mail order - the of the time.

Postcard advertising seeds from H.W. Buckbee
Postcard advertising seeds from H.W. Buckbee 

This renewal notice for the Bangor Daily News came from an issue of Detective Fiction Weekly in 1930.

The yuckiest thing that i ever found was this old-time dental floss made from silk. Looked like knitting yarn till i saw the label. I threw that out fast and am trying to forget where i found it, or i will have to throw out the magazine too.

Antique dental floss made from silk
Antique dental floss made from silk

So what have you found in the magazines and books you've bought? Share the best and or the worst thing you found in a comment. 

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Adventure cover artist - Roy J. Pomeroy

You may remember an earlier article i had done on Notable Artists of Adventure magazine. Among those artists was a Roy Pomeroy, who won the first ever Oscar for Special Effects. I came across some photos of him as well as a very detailed biography of him on a genealogical blog. Thought you might like to read it.

Adventure, January 30, 1922 cover by Roy J. Pomeroy
Adventure, January 30, 1922 cover by Roy J. Pomeroy

Roy J. Pomeroy (picture courtesy Getty Images)

His biography in 2 parts was posted on a blog with genealogical information about Pomeroys in America:

Roy Jobbins Pomeroy, Oscar Winner and Early Hollywood Special Effects Technician: The Life of an Artist

Roy Pomeroy, The life of an Artist Part II: From England to Ohio and New York

It's a comprehensive and interesting profile of a multi-talented man who found a niche at the beginning of the film industry and covers his life from his birth in Colonial India to his death in Los Angeles in 1947.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Blog with world war 1 stories scans

"Field Punishment No.1" is a blog that gather togethers some research on Canada’s war literature.

The author is a book collector that became curious about these writers and wanted to know more about them than was contained in their brief bios in the Canadian Encyclopedia and literary guides (where those existed at all) –so he started digging.

Sound familiar? That's how i got into this blog.

Anyhow, there's some interesting stories that he's scanned from different pulp magazines, all by Canadian about soldiers in World War 1. One of them is from Adventure magazine, and the rest are from War Stories, a magazine published by Dell - the same Dell that went on to be a major player in the paperback market, and are still around as a division of Random House.

See all his posts that have story scans here:

And as usual, say hello there :-)