Illustrator of the Week: Howard Pyle

The Father of the Pirates

I got to visit his Brandeywine School a few summers ago. His work was amazing. Unfortunately, the Wyeth’s have taken it over….

In 1894 he began teaching illustration at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry (now Drexel University). After 1900, he founded his own school of art and illustration, named the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. The scholar Henry C. Pitz later used the term Brandywine School for the illustration artists and Wyeth family artists of the Brandywine region, several of whom had studied with Pyle.

Some of his more notable students were N. C. WyethFrank SchoonoverElenore AbbottEthel Franklin BettsAnna Whelan BettsHarvey Dunn, Clyde O. DeLand, Philip R. GoodwinViolet OakleyEllen Bernard Thompson PyleOlive RushAllen Tupper TrueElizabeth Shippen Green, and Jessie Willcox Smith.
His 1883 classic publication The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood remains in print, and his other books, frequently with medieval European settings, include a four-volume set on King Arthur. He is also well known for his illustrations of pirates and is credited with creating what has become the modern stereotype of pirate dress.[2] He published his first novel, Otto of the Silver Hand, in 1888. He also illustrated historical and adventure stories for periodicals such as Harper’s Weekly and St. Nicholas Magazine. His novel Men of Iron was adapted as the movie The Black Shield of Falworth (1954). In 1905 he was elected into the National Academy of Design

Pictures From Howard Pyle


 ~Cheers,

Chris

Thomas Perkins Opium and Tunnels

The House that Millions Have Died from…

Thomas Perkins House at 7 Ash Street

Thomas Perkins became an opium dealer after he escaped with his life from the Haitian Slave Revolt and gave up slave trading for opium dealing. He was responsible for almost 80% of China’s youth being addicted. He built this smaller home that differed from his co-conspirators after receiving bribes from his nephew from Baring Brothers in the name of the Bank of England to push forth the Second Bank of the United States in 1816. In 1811 he received enough bribes to build this house and the buy the Franklin Building on the lot where the Hawthorne Hotel now stands.

Just like the First Bank of the United States which lost its charter in 1811 for giving 70% of our treasury to the British, which we defeated in the Revolutionary War, at the conclusion of the war; men like Perkins became directors of the Second Bank of the United States at the conclusion of the War of 1812 which in turn also gave 70% of our treasury to the British. On his death, he gave the property to the Salem Marine Society who still retains a clubhouse on top of the hotel.

Also, America’s connection to Afghanistan opium starts with my deals with my cousin, the Minister to Turkey for England,  who smuggled the goods through Turkey for us to sell in China. My nephews who I brought into the business sold the company to the family who started the Skull & Bones. They are the Forbes. The Forbes met the Walkers and Bushs at Yale. Yale supplies many to the CIA. The CIA smuggle the opium. George Walker Bush who grew up near my township of Perkins in Maine knew the Forbes and my opinion that if drugs are illegal it is good for competition for those who continue business anyway. Bush began the war on drugs, not to get rid of them…

This is the house one stubborn Salem lady ended urban renewal in Salem when she refused to move. This is one of the many homes in Salem connected to the tunnels that built the first fortunes in America!

Find out more in Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and its sequel Sub Rosa. Available at Remember Salem, Jolie Tea, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

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12 of My Favorite Rocket Ships from the Movies

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Here are my 15 favorite ships from TV and big screen sci-fi movies of all time! Some were my father’s favorites too.

USS Kelvin from Star Trek Reboot
Romulan Bird of Prey

Fifth Element Junk

Black Hole ship
Gunship Last Starfighter
Eagle from Space 1999
Cylon ship from Battle Star Galactica
War Hawk from Buck Rogers
Phoenix from Battle of the Planets
Yamato from Star Blazers
Mark II Viper from Battlestar Gallactica
Starfighter from Buck Rogers and the 21st Century
Now weren’t they cool! Hey, post your favorites below!
~Max
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How an Illustration is Made

Which Navy is Stronger; England’s or Americas.

Teddy Roosevelt and Queen Victoria Battle it Out!

Below you will see how the latest illustration from Speak Softly and Carry a Sticky Wicket was made. This is the latest in the Mr. Pelinger’s House series where Teddy Roosevelt and Queen Victoria battle it out as celebrity contestants in the house.

Every Wednesday as the story develops we will let you see the newest illustration and its process from sketches to the finished drawing. So now, sit back, and take a look…

Come back every Wednesday and see which ruler beats the heck out of the other verbally, mentally, and in all other ways…

So who do you think is winning this week? Which country is better? Tell us below in the comment section.

Till next Wednesday have a Cherio Time!

~Mr. Pelinger

How an Illustration is Made

Are England’s Natural Wonders Better than Americas?

Below you will see how the latest illustration from Speak Softly and Carry a Sticky Wicket was made. This is the latest in the Mr. Pelinger’s House series where Teddy Roosevelt and Queen Victoria battle it out as celebrity contestants in the house.

Every Wednesday as the story develops we will let you see the newest illustration and its process from sketches to the finished drawing. So now, sit back, and take a look…

England’s Natural Wonders:

America’s Natural Wonders:

Come back every Wednesday and see which ruler beats the heck out of the other verbally, mentally, and in all other ways…

So who do you think is winning this week? Which country is better? Tell us below in the comment section.

Till next Wednesday have a Cherio Time!

~Mr. Pelinger

Vintage Salem Morning

TOWN HOUSE SQUARETown House Square Salem MA 1891

The Stearn Building which housed H.P. Ives Bookstore once was flush with the corner of Short Street, which was long gone even in this photo. The building opposite the Stearn Building, on Short Lane, once held the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, after John Hancock took up Reverend Bentley’s offer to move it here after Boston was invaded during the Revolutionary War.  The offending part of the Stearn Building has been removed to make it now flush to the new corner of Washington Street and Essex Street. Most of the buildings behind it have long since been removed and the new ones are also flushed to the current location of Washington Street.

Also, you can see the beginning of the tunnel that led to the underground train station in which goods were smuggled through from the Kinsman Building in the distance. Do you remember the fortune telling machine or the traffic cop in the box from here? Tell us below?

Send us your favorite vintage Salem photos to info@salemhousepress.com and we will post them and give you a shout out! Also if you have some to add to the photo from family histories, your readings, or your memories, please share them below in the comments section.

Come back every Wednesday morning to see another glimpse into Salem’s past.

Illustrator of the Week: N.C. Wyeth

Pirates!

Newell Convers Wyeth (October 22, 1882 – October 19, 1945), known as N.C. Wyeth, was an American artist and illustrator. He was the pupil of artist Howard Pyle and became one of America’s greatest illustrators.[1] During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books,[2] 25 of them for Scribner’s, the Scribner Classics, which is the work for which he is best known.[1] The first of these, Treasure Island, was one of his masterpieces and the proceeds paid for his studio. Wyeth was a realist painter just as the camera and photography began to compete with his craft.[3] Sometimes seen as melodramatic, his illustrations were designed to be understood quickly.[4] Wyeth, who was both a painter and an illustrator, understood the difference, and said in 1908, “Painting and illustration cannot be mixed—one cannot merge from one into the other

~Cheers,
Chris

Kids Really Get High Here!

On Sugar for 212 years…

Welcome back to the wacky news from the magical whimsical side of Salem! I am Mr. Zac spilling all the odd secrets of this quirky town. Here is a tale of how a candy company started from a shipwreck and became a favorite of luckier sailors.

The Ye Olde Pepper Company started in 1806 when an English woman named Spencer was shipwrecked and landed in Salem. She started making gibralters which the sailors took on their voyages. You still can get these sweet treasures made for those salty devils. Though not in their original location, they only went around the corner across from the House of the Seven Gables on Derby Street. Originally they were on Turner Street. Stop by and pick up some chocolate made on the spot or maybe some blackjacks.

Pick up the first book of the Salem Trilogy, A Walk Through Salem, at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, The Witch House, or Remember Salem.

 

Cheers
~Mr. Zac

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BULFINCH TUNNELS

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS TUNNEL

Bulfinch Tunnels. This is part of the tunnel system between the Adams and Jefferson buildings of the Library of Congress that is at least 4 levels deep. Charles Bullfinch gave a tour of Boston’s and Salem’s underground through their tunnels to President James Monroe and was hired to dig Washington D.C.’s tunnels.

Find out more in Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and its sequel Sub Rosa. Available at Remember Salem, Jolie Tea, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

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H.P. LOVECRAFT AND SALEM

CTHULU WALKS HERE…

Jacob Crowninshield House from Thing on the Doorstep

In 1923 and 1924 in the summers H.P. Lovecraft, horror writer, came to Salem and was inspired by many of the buildings in town. Those listed above are only a few. In his narratives Salem became known as Arkham; an epitaph borrowed by the Batman franchise. Other surrounding areas became Innsmouth (Ipswich) and Kingsport (Marblehead). Tales like Herbert West-Reanimator, Pickman’s Model, and The Thing on the Doorstep were set inside this fictional Arkham.  Also, institutions like Danvers State Hospital were transformed into Arkham Asylum and the Essex Institute into the Miskatonic University.

For more info read Sub Rosa to find out how Salem shaped America and your lives! Available at Remember Salem, Jolie Tea, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

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