Illustrator of the Week: Walter Crane

The Cow Flew Over the Moon…

Walter Crane (15 August 1845 – 14 March 1915) was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered to be the most influential, and among the most prolific, children’s book creators of his generation[1] and, along with Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway, one of the strongest contributors to the child’s nursery motif that the genre of English children’s illustrated literature would exhibit in its developmental stages in the latter 19th century.

He was a fluent follower of the newer art movements and he came to study and appreciate the detailed senses of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and was also a diligent student of the renowned artist and critic John Ruskin. A set of coloured page designs to illustrate Tennyson’s “Lady of Shalott” gained the approval of wood-engraver William James Linton to whom Walter Crane was apprenticed for three years in 1859–62. As a wood-engraver he had abundant opportunity for the minute study of the contemporary artists whose work passed through his hands, of Pre-Raphaelites Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais, as well as Alice in Wonderland illustrator Sir John Tenniel and Frederick Sandys. He was a student who admired the masters of the Italian Renaissance, however he was more influenced by the Elgin marbles in the British Museum. A further and important element in the development of his talent was the study of Japanese colour-prints, the methods of which he imitated in a series of toy books, which started a new fashion.

Crane’s work featured some of the more colourful and detailed beginnings of the child-in-the-garden motifs that would characterize many nursery rhymes and children’s stories for decades to come. He was part of the Arts and Crafts movement and produced an array of paintings, illustrations, children’s books, ceramic tiles and other decorative arts. Crane is also remembered for his creation of a number of iconic images associated with the international Socialist movement.

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For more info:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Crane

~Cheers,
Chris

Parker Brothers Monopoly and the Federal Reserve

I Took over Peabody & Co.

JP Morgan

I took over the bank my father inherited from George Peabody. They plotted the creation of a third national bank to hand our economy to the British. They failed, but I succeeded in 1913 when I had the Federal Reserve created and in time stripped all species from it’s banking.

I am JP Morgan. My bank has been fined for creating the 2008 Financial Collapse. In fact starting in 1837 Peabody & Co.and JP Morgan & Co. (JP Morgan Chase) have been crashing the economy on purpose every 20 years and choosing which Banks get bailed out.

I am the man the Parker Brothers based Rich Uncle Pennybags on in their game Digg and Monopoly.  The man who founded my father’s bank was George Peabody who owned the railroad Boston & Maine bought and was a major investor in the B&O Railroad. For creating the 1837 Panic, Peabody passed Go and never went to jail. I followed his plan in 1907 and was praised for saving America. In 2013 my bank was fined for creating the 2008 Financial Crisis. They followed the same plan that has been happening every 20 years like clock work.

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I am Henry Clay

I was one of the three most powerful senators, but you don’t remember me

I first came to Salem to advise a rope maker on the advantages of hemp. Once in town I met John Quincy Adams and became his Secretary of State. Before that we settled the Treaty of Ghent ending the War of 1812 that was created in response for the First Bank of the United States loosing its charter which gave 70% of our treasury to the English. I also met Daniel Webster who was one of the Triumphant of senators with me. We plotted and got away with assassinating 3 presidents trying to make the third national bank after Jackson ended the Second National Bank of the United States in 1836 for giving 70% of our treasury to the English.

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. Also to learn more stories like this first hand, book a tour with the Salem Smugglers’ Tour!

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Oliver Cromwell’s Chaplin and his First Church and Robert Irvine’s New Show

Hugh Peter’s Could of Kept his Head if he Stuck to this Church…

Hugh Peters was the fourth priest at the First Church. Peters may have been the first to propose the trial and execution of Charles I and was believed to have assisted at the beheading. This would loose him his head when Charles II regained the throne and executed him for regicide. Above is the building he would of preached in, on its third location where it was used by John Proctor’s son as a tavern and a horse stable. For it is safe to say the first church in America was full of horse shit.

This location is on the same property that John Proctor was hanged on just outside of the photo to the left.

Below are the tunnels under the original location of the First Church and the building above. These tunnels have been used in the filming of Robert Irvine’s new show for the Discovery Channel.

Movie scouts looking for Boston and North Shore locations to film; check out these tunnels! Visit the Salem Smugglers’ Tour to contact Chris Dowgin to make arrangements. Authors who want more information on the tunnels and Salem history are welcome to take the tour .

For more information on the tunnels read Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and other great booksellers like Wicked Good Books, Jolie Tea, The Witch House, and Remember Salem in town. Support local businesses!!!

Cool Places in America~ The House on the Rock

What an Amazing House…

Yep, my parents had moved me to another town again. Now I am in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. It was going to be really a cheesy move…but I found this awesome house. I got to meet the caretaker and now I go and play in this place ever day after school. It is the House on the Rock.

They say Jordan had a gift for the blarney. Many things in the house are exaggerated. Some are not original and others are. It was said Jordan would pay more for a good copy than an original just to keep people guessing.  I had a ball trying to guess which things were real and what were not. This house is the house the father from Big Fish dreamed of!

Here are some of the pictures of the boring stuff…

Now for the really Cool…

Now go check out the rest of their gallery. It will definitely make you smile!

Photo Gallery
http://www.thehouseontherock.com/HOTR_Attraction_PhotoGalleryShow.htm

House On the Rock site
http://www.thehouseontherock.com/

~Tyler

To find out more about Tyler visit Salem House Press and buy Tyler’s latest book “Tyler Moves to Gibsonton Florida” on Amazon.com. It is now available in paperback at most bookstores. Ask for it by name. Keep checking back for great cheap vacation ideas that might become your best vacation ever!

Illustrator of the Week: Rene Bull

Sinbad!

René Bull was a British illustrator and photographer. He was born in Dublin on 11 December 1872 to a French mother and an English father. He went to Paris to study engineering, but embarked on an artistic career after meeting and taking drawing lessons from the French satirist and political cartoonist Caran d’Ache (Emmanuel Poiré) [1]. Bull returned to Ireland to contribute sketches and political cartoons to various publications, including the ‘Weekly Freeman’.

Moving to London in 1892, Bull drew for “Illustrated Brits” and created cartoons in the style of Caran d’Ache for ‘Pick-Me-Up’ from 1893. In 1896 Bull joined Black and White illustrated newspaper as a special artist and photographer. In 1898, he covered the Tirah Campaign in India and went on to Sudan for the campaign culminating in the Battle of Omdurman. He went to South Africa to record the Boer War until the relief of Ladysmith in March 1900. As he was wounded in 1900, Bull was invalided out.

He settled in England and drew cartoons for such magazines as BystanderChumsLondon OpinionLika Joko. In The Sketch Bull created cartoons of humorous inventions, predating those of William Heath Robinson. From 1905 he illustrated books, starting with an edition of Fontaine’s ‘Fables’. Other major titles he illustrated included The Arabian Nights (1912), Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (1913), The Russian Ballet (1913), Carmen (1915), Andersen’s Fairy Tales. In 1914, Bull joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a lieutenant and was eventually transferred to the Royal Air Force where he reached the rank of Major. In World War II Bull joined the Air Ministry for technical duties. He died on 14 March 1942.

Books

  • Jean De La Fontaine – Fables (Nelson, 1905)
  • Frank A. Saville – Fate’s Intruder: A Novel (Heinemann, 1905)
  • Joel Chandler Harris – Uncle Remus (Nelson, 1906)
  • The Arabian Nights (Constable, 1912)
  • Alfred Edwin Johnson – The Russian Ballet (1913)
  • Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Hodder, 1913)
  • Prosper Mérimée (Trans. A. E. Johnson) – Carmen (Hutchinson, 1915)
  • Hubert Strang – The Old Man Of The Mountain (Hodder, 1916)
  • Jonathan Swift – Gulliver’s Travels (1928)
  • Rose Fyleman – A Garland of Roses: Collected Poems (Methuen, 1928)
  • Hans Christian Andersen – Fairy Tales (Clowes, c. 1928)
  • Joel Chandler Harris – Brer Rabbit Plays (Retold by Elizabeth Fleming) (Nelson, 1930)
  • Jean De La Fontaine – Fables: A Selection (Trans. Shirley Edward) (1935)
  • Zoo Friends (Blackie, 1939)
  • Various – The Children’s Golden Treasure Book of 1939

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For more info:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Bull

~Cheers
Chris

The Muppets and Salem MA

Sam the Eagle was Inspired by Me

Daniel Webster and Sam the Eagle

I shaped the Constitution, I was one of the three most powerful senators, director of two branches of the Second Bank of the United States, prosecutor of the real murder Clue is based on, the real Sam the Eagle from the Muppets, a traitor at the Hartford Convention, agent of Barings/ Bank of England, and I assassinated 3 presidents. Senator Henry Clay helped, but along the way we killed off members of each other’s family…

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. Also to learn more stories like this first hand, book a tour with the Salem Smugglers’ Tour!

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Cool Places in America~ Grand Canyon Caverns and the Coolest Hotel Room

What a Cool hotel Room..

Its your favorite child travel adviser, Tyler,  once again bringing you the best in last minute vacations. Your road trip planner for the weekend getaway to the coolest and strangest places in America. How do I know about them all? My parents are contract workers in the software industry and keep moving the family every 6 months….

My parents had a gig near the Grand Canyon off of Route 66. If you sing that song I will give you your kicks, kicks in the pants (My father edited this..). Well they were working for a company that created a video game in which some hikers stumbled upon an ancient civilization of aliens that were hiding in the canyons. It was a very strange game.. Never less, I got to go exploring in the Grand Canyon Caverns.

In 1927 a cowboy named Walter Peck almost broke his neck falling in this hole on the way to a poker game. Later he came up with the idea to charge a quarter per person to lower them into the caverns. Now you can take a guided tour or go on your own through them. They run more than 63 miles, so bring lots of string.

The other cool thing about them is in one part is a hotel room. Imagine that a hotel room that is:

  • Largest. 200 feet by 400 feet with 70 foot ceiling
  • Oldest: Caverns and walls over 65 million years
  • Deepest: 220 feet below the surfaces, access via elevator
  • Darkest: absent of any light
  • Quietest: the only sound is your heart beating and your breath. You are the only living thing in the caverns… The only living thing
  • Driest: zero humidity, nothing lives in the caverns, not a fly, not bat, nothing!

It only costs $700 a night. So needless to say, we did not spend the night.

One other cool thing we did there was to watch the Goonies in the cave theater next to the room. It had seats donated from the American Film Institute and had amazing sound as the audio echoed through the cave. The best part of the film was when they were in One Eyed Willie’s cave at the end. Lights reflected in our cave just like in the movie. My father said the only thing better than this was a private screening of the Blues Brothers in the original Blues Brothers bar in Harvard Square with the house sound system.

Then like many places on Route 66 there was this Dino Statue outside of the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn. I know, dinos did not drag their tales, but it is an old statue.

~Tyler

To find out more about Tyler visit Salem House Press and buy Tyler’s latest book “Tyler Moves to Gibsonton Florida” on Amazon.com. It is now available in paperback at most bookstores. Ask for it by name. Keep checking back for great cheap vacation ideas that might end up being your best vacation you ever had!

Good Harbor Beach: Inspiration for a New Story

More Treasures of Rt # 127

Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA

So what does an illustrator see when he comes across this; a home owned by a recluse ship captain who meet two kids that he introduces to a fat whale he got addicted to Mexican food. A whale whose belly is so big now it drags on the ground and when he farts at the end of the story he creates the tidal river you see in the photo above. Yes, inspiration and what results can be a little warped…

I admit that.

So this is Good Harbor Beach. It is just off of Rt # 127 in Gloucester. It is my favorite wrong turn. See Rt # 127 takes a hard left here without a stop sign, I used to always miss the turn and end up on the beach. Now I purposely miss the turn.

Besides the cool house, the beach is amazing because of this tidal river and how far out the beach goes during low tide. Also the next beach north, Long Beach, the tide runs right to left like a stone skipping as the surf breaks.

So go check them out one day; for now just check out these photos:

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Cheers,
Chris