Monday, June 27, 2016


Illustrator David Stone Martin was one of the most prolific and influential graphic designers of the postwar era, creating over 400 album covers. Much of his work spotlighted jazz, with his signature hand-drawn, calligraphic line perfectly capturing the energy and spontaneity of the idiom. Born David Livingstone Martin in Chicago in 1913, he later studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and began his career as an assistant to the social realist painter Ben Shann, designing murals during the 1933 World's Fair. Martin spent the remainder of the decade as art director of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and served during World War II as an artist/correspondent for Life magazine. After returning to the U.S. he mounted a career as a freelance artist, landing advertising gigs for clients including the Disc Company of America, CBS Television, and Lincoln Center; in 1948, he also began teaching at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art, followed in 1950 by a year at New York City's Workshop School of Advertising and Editorial Art. Martin entered music illustration through his longtime friendship with producer Norman Granz, designing label art for Granz's Verve, Norgran, Clef, and Down Home imprints as well as hundreds of now-classic cover paintings for acts including Count Basie, Art Tatum, Gene Krupa, and Lionel Hampton. Martin also created a series of designs for the pianist Mary Lou Williams, with whom he enjoyed a torrid affair. Martin's work has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and others. He died of pneumonia in New London, CT, on March 6, 1992.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Today's post is about another pair of early 1900's overalls by the very elusive Peabodys Co. of Walkerville Canada .Beside numerous articles about a ww1 terrorist attack on the factory by a German. Beside the fact that in the 20's and 30's the name seams to be associate with different brands, who most likely bought it ,not much surfaced while look for infos about the Company.....

The Peabodys company was once located in Walkerville where its building was a landmark for many years even after a WW1 attack on it.
The building first housed the Peabodys Leather Label Overall Company, which produced the famous Peabodys brand overalls, known by the shiny buckles on their shoulder straps. During World War I, the company manufactured uniforms for the British Army. The company had only been in business a few years when American-based German sympathizers tried to blow up the building on June 21, 1915.

The sympathizers placed a bomb in a hole under the building, next to the old wooden Peabody Bridge. The framework on one side of the bridge was blown away, and the other side was twisted and bent; the concrete crumbled to powder. The force of the explosion also was strong enough to blow out every window in the building.The company left the area.Repairs were made, and the building went on to live a long life, becoming the starting place of several companies.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Is it the never ending quest for the perfect pair of vintage aviator sunglasses,or just another obsession !? i don't know .......

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Veteran animator and instructor Lee Mishkin, who won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short for his 1970 film IS IT ALWAYS RIGHT TO BE RIGHT?, passed away on June 19, 2001. He was 74. Mishkin suffered heart failure and died in his sleep with his family at his side. He had formally retired just six weeks ago, moving to a care facility in Seattle after having spent the last seven years in Vancouver, where he developed the classical animation curriculum and taught at VanArts. The school has started the Lee Mishkin Scholarship Fund to honor the late animator. According to Alan Phillips, president of VanArts, This will be used to help fund studies in a film production year at VanArts. Lee always wanted to see his students produce their own films and we thought that this was a way to help make that happen. Mishkin began his career in 1949, working on Jay Wards CRUSADER RABBIT, the first animated series created specifically for television. Through the 50s and 60s he worked on theatrical series such as CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST and POPEYE. He also worked on MISTER MAGOOS CHRISTMAS CAROL animated TV special, and the combination live-action/animated Don Knotts comedy feature, THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPETT. In 1970, Mishkin animated and directed IS IT ALWAYS RIGHT TO BE RIGHT?, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. While working in England, Lee received the British Grierson Award for directing BUTTERFLY BALL, the first animated rock video. He also received two Emmy nominations for co-writing and directing FAERIES, a CBS television special. The most notable of his numerous television series and specials credits is the animated introduction to the cult-favorite BATMAN series starring Adam West. Mishkin also co-directed one of the sequences in HEAVY METAL. Mishkins family has asked that any donations be made out to the Lee Mishkin Scholarship Fund and sent to: