New Year's resolutions (1942) & Drawings | Woody Guthrie

Songwriter Woody Guthrie wrote down a list of New Year resolutions in his journal in 1942. (30 years old)

1. Work more and better
2. Work by a schedule
3. Wash teeth if any
4. Shave
5. Take bath
6. Eat good — fruit — vegetables — milk
7. Drink very scant if any
8. Write a song a day
9. Wear clean clothes — look good
10. Shine shoes
11. Change socks
12. Change bed cloths often
13. Read lots good books
14. Listen to radio a lot
15. Learn people better
16. Keep rancho clean
17. Dont get lonesome
18. Stay glad
19. Keep hoping machine running
20. Dream good
21. Bank all extra money
22. Save dough
23. Have company but dont waste time
24. Send Mary and kids money
25. Play and sing good
26. Dance better
27. Help win war — beat fascism
28. Love mama
29. Love papa
30. Love Pete
31. Love everybody
32. Make up your mind
33. Wake up and fight

< Woody Guthrie's Drawings

Alphabetarion # Boys and Trains

William Vanderson, Pupils of the Jews Free Boys School in Bishopsgate, London, working on a model railway
made in their wood and metalwork classes in the school playground, 1938
A young boy playing with his train set, 1950s
Boy playing with a train set, 1930
Boy playing with train set, 1900s
William Gedney, Boy playing with train set. St. Josephs School for the Deaf, 1960
Germaine Krull, Boy playing with a model train, 1928

"If we see a light at the end of the tunnel,it's the light of an oncoming train."

Robert Lowell, Day by Day, 1977

Photographers’ Self-Portraits in Mirrors | Frank Horvat / Ilse Bing / Arnold Newman / Eve Arnold / Edouard Boubat / Ed v der Elsken / Diane Arbus

 Edouard Boubat, Self-portrait in Mirror, Paris, 1951                Diane Arbus, Self-Portrait, Pregnant, N.Y.C., 1945
Arnold Newman, Baltimore, MD, 1939                                              Ilse Bing, Self-portrait, 1931
Frank Horvat, Self-portrait, Paris, 1956                                                       Ilse Bing, Self-portrait, 1931
Ed van der Elsken, Self-portrait with Ata Kandó, Paris, 1953                      Stanley Kubrick, Rosemary Williams showgirl with self portrait, 1949
Eve Arnold, Self-Portrait in a Distorted Mirror, New York, 1950                            Vivian Maier: Self-portrait with Multiple Reflections, 1955
Willy Ronis, Self-portrait with flash, 1951

Here comes Santa Claus | Andy Warhol, Elvis (1963)

Andy Warhol, Elvis I & II, 1963

Elvis Presley, Here comes Santa Claus (right down Santa Claus Lane)  

Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas

Andy Warhol Interview cover                         Αssemblage, Π. Κουτρουμπούσης (Ιδεοδρόμιο, τ. 2, 1995)  

Family Happiness | Leo Tolstoy, 1859

Leo Tolstoy telling a story to his grandchildren, 1909

“I want movement, not a calm course of existence. I want excitement and danger 
and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I feel in myself a superabundance 
of energy which finds no outlet in our quiet life.”

Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness, 1859

Letter to Émile Bernard | Paul Gauguin, 1888-90

 Émile Bernard, Self-Portrait with Portrait of Gauguin, 1888
Emile Bernard, Caricature of Paul Gauguin, 1889                    Paul Gauguin, Madeleine Bernard, 1888 

To his friend and fellow painter Bernard, with whom he had developed Synthetism at Pont-Aven in the 1880s, 
Gauguin writes cheerfully:

"I just came back from Pont-Aven where I spent a few days with Filiger. Upon my return I found a letter from him.
 I received news of the death of Vincent [Van Gogh?]. 

There is nothing to say. On the back [of the sheet], my statue [referring to one of the drawings]. 
My kindest regards to Madeleine your little sister. 
Cordially yours"

Paul Gauguin 

Lettre autographe signée de Paul Gauguin adressée à Emile Bernard, datant de juin 1890, Le Pouldu

French book illustrator Joseph Hémard (1880- 1961)

Joseph Hémard, Le Rire, 1907                                         Joseph Hémard, Le Sourire, 1908
Joseph Hémard, for the play Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Moliere, 1928
Joseph Hémard (1880-1961), for the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, 1928

Joseph Hémard  illustrated classic authors like Balzac, Molière, Rabelais, La Fontaine and Voltaire, for publishers like René Kieffer and Mornay. He designed costumes and backgrounds for revues, but he also decorated restaurants and bars. He illustrated for pharmaceutical companies and the national lottery.

Pierre-Jean de Béranger, Chansons érotiques, 1924                                                           Henry Murger, Scènes de la Vie de Bohème, 1921
Henry Murger, Scènes de la Vie de Bohème, 1921
Andre Lichtenberger, Le Petit Chaperon, 1922
Joseph Hémard, French poster promotes a liquorice flavored soda called La Comète, 1920s


The Bedbug | A play by Mayakovsky (1929)

Old man #1: I remember like it was now. 
Old woman #1: No, it's me who remembers like it was now! 
Old woman #2: You remember like it was now, but I remember like it was before. 
Old man #2: But I remember like it was before like it was now. 
Old woman #1: I remember how it was even before that, a long, long time ago! 
Old man #1: I remember now it was before and like it was now!

 < Vladimir Mayakovsky, Alexander Rodchenko (standing), Dmitri Shostakovich and Vsevolod Meyerhold (seated), 1929 / At a rehearsal of "The Bedbug", a play by Mayakovsky

Shostakovich wrote the incidental music for the production that was staged at Meyerhold’s theatre. The play opened in February 1929
but productions were ceased a few weeks later when the work was condemned by the rising left-wing faction of the Communist Party.

Alexander Rodchenko, Costume design for Bedbug, 1929

The play was actually a reworking of a Mayakovsky screenplay, which had been rejected by the film studio Sovkino. It tells the story of a NEP-era philistine who abandons his worker-girlfriend for the daughter of the owner of a successful beauty parlor. As a result of a brawl at his wedding party, he accidentally gets frozen. He is then revived fifty years later in 1979. The moderns at first mistake him for an honest worker, but then correctly identify him as a bourgeoisus vulgaris, a blood-sucking insect similar to, but more dangerous than, the bedbug. He is put on display in a cage equipped with special filters to trap all the dirty words. (...)

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