This looks like the perfect Xmas gift to make any WU-vie happy.
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Thanks to WU-vie Mark De Novellis, we learn of a new UK exhibition devoted to the work of outsider artist Madge Gill. If you image-google her name, you get tons of examples, such as you see above.
A nice visit if you're in the UK over the next several months.
Exhibition home page.
After recovering from her illness, she took a sudden and passionate interest in drawing, creating thousands of mediumistic works over the following 40 years, most done with ink in black and white. The works came in all sizes, from postcard-sized to huge sheets of fabric, some over 30 feet (9.1 m) long. She claimed to be guided by a spirit she called "Myrninerest" (my inner rest) and often signed her works in this name.
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Surely one of the most gorgeously over-the-top ad campaigns for any cigarette was the long-running series for Murad brand. What a realm of fantasy!
Read a small history of the brand and see a large gallery of images
Over 300 gruesomely fascinating murder victims,
at the NYC Archives.
Of course, the 800K+ other shots are pretty cool as well.
Despite having an unfortunate moniker, Dr. Swett's product sold from circa 1845 to 1959.
Read the whole story here.
The trademark is now officially dead and unclaimed, if any entrepreneurial WUvie wants to start the business back up.
The full story is here.
But, in short: amateur lyrics put to music for money by studio musician hacks.
Not all poems benefit by being set to music.
Seven thousand crisply scanned vintage ads, of varying degrees of weirdness, all nicely categorized? Prepare to spend hours here!
Duke University Ad*Access
Not quite a century ago, apparently enough Boy Scouts indulged in fur trapping that a big fur company felt compelled to advertise to them.
What would PETA say if the Scouts did that today?
Wait a minute...
They still kinda do!
for February 1919.