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Part of the problem with representing the future that is also populated with humans means that the humans need to be clothed in a futuristic way. It is probably the weakest link in picturing the future, much like drawing hands and faces on modern patent applications--it just seems as though it can't be done. People would probably be a little smarter if they did clothing the way "artists" like myself draw hands--by having the subject standing with their hands behind their backs. So I would suggest that in the future that people depicting the future should either leave people out of the equation or have them wear simple tunics. Regarding the cop: sometimes we see what we want to see, but I think what you see is what we're all seeing. And yes it makes you wonder exactly what sort of copper he is... ;-)
Hi Ray--yes, official WWI photos were all very scripted and very tightly controlled. This one--which no doubt was great for propaganda purposes--has the loook o fa real snapshot, a real moment-in-time.
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JF Ptak Science Books Original news photo service photographic image, 8x10 inches, ca. 1917/1918. $500 This news photo service image--stamped "Hearst-Pathe News Agency" on the back--is frm the winter of 1917/1918 and shows a patriotic snow parade somewhere in the United States. The snow looks prodigious, judging from the piles... Continue reading
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It is unknown what this photo depicts specifically but in general it sends an image of exhaustion and wear. The caption for the image says that it shows "the condition of the Hun troops" and that the subject "Herr Professor" is learning "a good many things not hitheroto found in... Continue reading
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Item: 7x5 inch original photograph, 1918. Camouflage on the Belgian Front. With original text. Very good condition. $125 Its a little difficult to think of Ellsworth Kelly, Jacques Villon, Grant Wood, Laslo Moholy-Nagy and Thomas Hart Benton as painters-for-war. But its true, and true for many of hundreds of other... Continue reading
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For sales information: jfptak@thesciencebooks.com Two Classic Papers: the Theoretical Working of the Bomb and the Black Hole BOHR, Niels. "Mechanism of Nuclear Fission" in Physical Review, September 1, 1939, pp 426-449. Foundation paper of nuclear fission, co-written with J.A. Wheeler. This is the uncommon appearance of this paper in the... Continue reading
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JF Ptak Science Books Poster Series This magnificent photograph was made by Jack Delano (1914-1997) while working for Roy Stryker at the Farm Security Administration agency (FSA). It is called "C & NW RR, Locomotives in the Roundhouse at Proviso Yard, Chicago, Ill.", and was made in December 1942. This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Posters
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JF Ptak Science Books [This is a 150dpi version of the 600 dpi finished product--I should say that the final version is clearer than the above.] I came to this pamphlet from a design/composition point of view, finding in it a peculiar attractiveness in its gritty-typeface and loud speculation. That... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Posters
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JF Ptak Science Books Poster 7 The ‘twenties is know as the “speed” decade—everything was going faster, increasing its speed, expanding to the limit: this was true for the ability to communicate via telephone, the appearance of commercial radio, the great increase in the speed of trains and planes and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Posters
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American entertainer at the front, July 17, 1918. 5x7inches, original photograph., Good condition. $100 Continue reading
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JF Ptak Science Books Poster Series 7 Okay, so, this may only be a detail of a cover of a quietly-uncommon and proto-bizarre pamphlet on bricks, but when you look at it in a certain way, it may suggest a bit of found abstract expressionist art. Or even a Cubist-something.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Posters
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JF Ptak Science Books (Poster Series #6) This is a detail from the cover to this oddly safe but slightly sotto voce absurdly-provocative Men You Like to Meet, a little pamphlet of happy tales published by the American Trucking Associations, published in 1942. There are a few stories of known... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at Posters
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JF Ptak Science Books Poster Series #5 There are some other more recent contributions in our Outsider Logic collection that reach the limits of outside, reaching far into the aspects of knowledge that lies more or less completely hidden and inaccessible to the vast majority of readers. Sometimes bumping into... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at Posters
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JF Ptak Science Books Poster #4 [98 dpi version of the 600 dpi image offered for sale.] This image--from a collection that I've mentioned previously on this blog--shows a group of wounded-in-action American Doughboys recuperating in London on 4 July 1918. There were at least six of these soldiers aboard... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Posters
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JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post--Poster Series 3 In the wide and deep collection of social history pamphlets and ephemera that exists here cheek-and-jowl with the history of science material I have found one of the truly great pieces of cover art/design--it stands easily in the top percentile for overall... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Posters
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JF Ptak Science Books Poster 2 This striking image is the cover of a pro-union pamphlet leveled at the Australian iron-producer, B.H.P. (Broken Hill Proprietary, a 150-year-old firm), and published in 1943 by the Federated Ironworkers' Association of Australia. The great social observer and artist Thomas Nast was very aware... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Posters
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JF Ptak Science Books Poster Series 1 [This is a 1 meg version of the 16 meg finished version of this cover art.] This is the first of the newly-reinstated Poster Production part of this blog. I did many of these some years ago, though they were mostly technical drawings... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Posters
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ITEM: original photograph, 8x6 inches, printed 1918. Good condition. $250 Verticals and Anticipation after Four Grueling Years In developing a history of vertical lines I thought that I would look at single image of a collection of vertical lines, but having just stumbled across this in our WWI News Photo... Continue reading