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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 6 days ago 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
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Information/sales contact: jfptak@thesciencebookstore.com 828.989.8326 Inro to the World War I Press Photographs Collection This section of the blog is dedicated to photographs made during World War I--the official photographs, because the control of military images during the 1914-1919 period was very nearly complete. Photographs were made by pools of photographers... Continue reading
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Original photograph, 5.5x7.5 inches, with original printed caption. WEstern Newspaper Union Photo Service. $125 June 25, 1918. Continue reading
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A Trench Consultation, 5.5x7 inches. Original News Photo Service photograph, a British Official Photo, from the Western Newspaper Union. $150 Continue reading
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7.5x5.5 inches, with printed caption. Original photograph, ca. 1917/18. Fine condition. $125 Continue reading
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JF Ptak Science Books WWI Photo #82 Overall, these soldiers look to be in pretty good spirits, even if they were told to be so, they still looked fairly genuine. And who wouldn't be, at least to some degree? They were a few of the millions of soldiers who were... Continue reading
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JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post What a great name--the Women's Land Army of England. This was a voluntary service that recruited women to work in jobs (generally in agriculture and forestry and such) that were left unfilled by men going into military service. The "Land Girls" performed a huge... Continue reading
Oops. My mistake re price(s). I've adjusted it down to the lowest number, as is only fair.
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Belgian sniper. Original photograph, 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches. Good condition. $350 This is an excellent example of appreciating images in context. The photograph seemed line an ordinary image of a soldier peering through a periscope on action ahead of his trench, in some miserable battlefield, somewhere in Europe,... Continue reading
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Original photograph, 1918, 8x6 inches, $150 Continue reading
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ORIGINAL Photograph, 1918. 8x6 inches. Very good condition. $150 All in fun and all for the charity of the British Blue Cross, Ms. Phylis Broughton joins the festivities, though whether see is entirely reluctant or determined, we'll never know. Perhaps both. Continue reading
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ORIGINAL Photograph, 1918. British women at work in glass factory. 8x5 inches. Good condition. $250 Continue reading
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ORIGINAL Photograph, 1918. Workers in Italy. 8x5 inches. Good condition. $150 Continue reading
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ORIGINAL Photograph, 1918. Children getting school instruction in wine cellar, Rheims. 8x6 inches. Good condition. $150 Continue reading