So I added midgets and I added stale bullets. I added monkeys; I added incongruous elements. —
Incongruous elements, like, other than stale bullets, midgets, and monkeys? Rube Goldberg, who died 43 years ago today, describes something positively Rube Goldbergian in an interview for Radio Smithsonian. The full transcript is available on our site.
Rube Goldberg interview, 1970
Alvin Lustig book jacket for A streetcar named desire, 1947. Alvin Lustig papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
'Alfred Joseph Frueh (1880-1968) was a cartoonist and illustrator… The 3D illustrated letter seen above, is designed to inform his wife about the details of an art gallery before her visit.' (via Letterology: Three-Dimensional Correspondence)
A lovely blog post on Alfred Joseph Frueh, one of our favorite illustrated-letter-writers in our collections.
3-d letter above is: Alfred Joseph Frueh to Giuliette Fanciulli, 1913 Jan. 10. Alfred J. Frueh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
80 years ago today, Prohibition was repealed. I think we know how George Grosz would celebrate.
George Grosz letter to Erich S. Herrmann, 1945. Erich Herrmann papers relating to George Grosz, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
What’s new in our Image Gallery: several original comic strip drawings by Coulton Waugh, who took over the strip “Dickie Dare” about a boy adventurer from Milton Caniff in the 1930s.
Coulton Waugh Dickie Dare comic strip, “Sleight of hand-to-hand trick”, between 1934 and 1958. Waugh family papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
A new post on our blog by Deputy Director Liza Kirwin examines a bittersweet hand-drawn holiday card from painter Charles Burchfield. This card is currently on view in our exhibit Handmade Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art.
Charles Ephraim Burchfield letter to Louise Burchfield, 1933. Miscellaneous manuscripts collection, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Thanksgiving link love:
What did the Pilgrims really eat on the first Thanksgiving?
"He is a vain bird and craves admiration, and acts as if he were a royal prince and a genuine dude, and he will have admiration though it cost him his life" — excerpt from The Wild Turkey and its Hunting (1914), fully digitized in the Biodiversity Heritage Library
Thanksgiving in literature
What does a 400-pound doorstop have to do with Thanksgiving?
Above: Sketch of Turkey on log with head tilted, ca. 1911. Albert Laessle papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday! We’ll be back on Monday.
You pile food on. You don’t serve one slice of roast beef on white bread with one green pea. —
Painter Audrey Flack’s comment comparing Jewish art with Jewish food (i.e., not minimalist) seems thoroughly in the spirit of Thanksgivukkah. Pile on the pastrami-wrapped turkey and sweet potato latkes, please!
Oral history interview with Audrey Flack, 2009 Feb. 16, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Got any hand-illuminating needs? Holiday gifts lacking in personal character? Talk to Robert Strong Woodward.
An advertisement for the hand illuminating services of Robert Strong Woodward, between 1910 and 1915. F. Earl Williams papers relating to Robert Strong Woodward, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.