Friday, 14 September 2012
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/the-perfect-american-male/ - http://www.bpib.com/illustrat/leyendec.htm (and oh so many more about this man. AMAZING!!)
Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Born in 1874, Joseph Christian Leyendecker emigrated with his family from Germany to Chicago in 1882 and soon began apprenticing with illustrators. After a brief stint studying art in Paris, Leyendecker returned to Chicago, where he established relationships with renowned magazines like “Collier’s” and “The Saturday Evening Post,” for whom he would ultimately design 322 covers.
While Leyendecker was also known for his depictions of apple-cheeked children and elegant women, it was his stern, brooding men who created the greatest impact. With their strong jaws and perfectly tailored clothes, Leyendecker’s men were featured in the pages of newpapers and magazines across the globe, selling everything from luxury automobiles to socks. Leyendecker’s fictional world of affluence and beauty influenced other pop-culture touchstones, like the fantastic setting of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”
Some of Leyendecker’s most monumental works were for the Kuppenheimer clothing company. The men in this 1929 ad, all resembling Charles Beach, seem to be paying more attention to each other than their gorgeous mermaid friend.
Leyendecker’s distinct cross-hatch style is seen in this 1911 painting for Cluett Dress shirts, featuring a particularly intimate gaze between two gentlemen.
Leyendecker’s painting of Mercury, the god of speed, for Collier’s in 1907 draws from classical sculpture.
Head Studies - 1928
Arrow Advertising - 1912
This gorgeous Art-Deco style illustration from 1929 shows Spring represented as a Greek god.
In this 1907 Leyendecker painting for Arrow dress shirts, all eyes lead to the dapper man in brown.
**whew! doing this research tired me out. But it was fun, fun, fun...
Stowaway Cat Survives Plane Ride in Suitcase
When an Ohio woman packed her bags for a Disney vacation, her cat didn't want to stay behind.
Sometime Monday, Bob-bob the cat found his way into Ethel Maze's suitcase, made it through screening at Port Columbus International Airport and was loaded into an airplane for a flight to Orlando.
The Orlando Sentinel reports the black cat popped out when Maze unzipped her bag after checking into her hotel Monday night. Maze, of Circleville, Ohio, says the 14-month-old cat was shaken but still purring. (hmmm... 'shaken but purring' - I had to giggle)
Maze was part of a group of disabled veterans and volunteers making an annual trip to Orlando.
Mike Groleau, who handled the bags for the group, says he thought he saw the bag move, but loaded it along with the other bags heading to Orlando.
Thought for the day...