Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Ancient Egypt at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Our brief tour of Boston now takes us to the Museum of Fine Arts. Let's start with a sampling of the collection from Ancient Egypt.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Pseudo-group statue of Penmeru, Egypt (Giza)

Triad of Penmeru, Egypt (Giza)

The Tomb of Penmeru


Frieze


Pottery coffin, Egypt (Tell el-Yahudia), Dynasties 19-22, 1293-712 B.C.

Sarcophagus of Kheper-Re, Egypt (Giza Tomb G 7757 A), Saite Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Amasis, 570-525 B.C.

Set of dummy canopic jars, Egypt, Dynasties 21-25, 1070-656 B.C.

Cartonnage case containing mummy of Tabes, Egypt (Thebes), Third Intermediate Period, early Dynasty 22, 930-880 B.C.

Cartonnage case containing mummy of Tabes, Egypt (Thebes), Third Intermediate Period, early Dynasty 22, 930-880 B.C.


Mummy mask, Egypt (Meir), early Roman Period, 1st half of 1st century A.D.
Animal figurines

Colossal statue of King Menkaura, Egypt (Giza, pyramid temple of Menkaura), Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaura, 2490-2472 B.C.
Image added September 4, 2015
Photo of the colossal statue of King Menkaura prior to the 1920's plaster reconstruction.
Image added September 4, 2015
Note:  You know the drill. There's more to read here about the great town of Boston. I also have a couple of posts about David Roberts's stunning vision of Ancient Egypt.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Boston Taxi Fare

The taxi industry in Boston--and elsewhere--is very concerned about Uber and the effects of new technology on an old industry. See if you can spot any signs for this from my cab ride.




Note:  There are more photos of Boston on the blog.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Downtown Boston

Boston remains a great town to visit. After arriving by water taxi, we explored the area on foot. These six photos were taken during a walk from Faneuil Hall to the TD Garden.

Faneuil Hall, 1742

Segway tours

Under construction

Mural

TD Garden

Harry Weber, The Goal, 2010
The statue commemorates Bobby Orr's game-winning goal for the Bruins in the 1970 Stanley Cup final.


Note:  See my earlier posts about Boston.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Boston Harbor

Four weeks ago, I enjoyed a long weekend in Boston. In the coming days, I'll share a few photographs from the trip.

Thy Hyatt Boston Harbor is a hotel by Logan Airport. It is not especially close to downtown Boston but it does boast spectacular views of the city. The town remains accessible by car or water taxi.

The Hyatt Boston Harbor as seen from a water taxi

Boston Harbor as seen from the room

The view from ground level

Sunset

Note:  It's more than a feeling. See Boston in these pages.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #486

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #486 for August 24, 2015. The drawing is by Julia Suits.

"Save your cute aggression for the enemy."


August 31, 2015 Update:  The Finalists




Note:  In last week's contest, cartoonist Danny Shanahan got right to the point. My caption was strictly bull. See the Hemingwayesque outcome of Contest #485.

Not only did Julia Suits sign my copy of The Best of the Rejection Collection, she included a squiggle!

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Charles Addams for Avis

Forty years ago, car rental company Avis chose Charles Addams to illustrate an ad in the New Yorker. There is a long tradition of the magazine's cartoonists being hired by the magazine's advertisers. Here Avis faces one of its biggest customers.

Charles Addams, "You tell him we only have a sub-compact left."
Advertisement for Avis
The New Yorker, October 20, 1975, page 25

Note:  If you'd like to see further blog posts about Charles Addams, you've come to the right place.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Charles Addams for Bankers Trust

A 1973 Bankers Trust ad promotes the bank's modern system of retrieving cancelled checks. The bank stores the checks on microfilm and can retrieve any check and provide a photocopy within 48 hours. The cumbersome alternative would be for each individual client company to store many checks on its own premises and thus lose valuable office space. A two-page color illustration by Charles Addams points out the potential shortcomings of such an antiquated business practice.

Charles Addams, After considering alternatives, top management at Saks Fifth Avenue decided that a more efficient method of check retrieval might be in order.
You'll find Check Retention at Bankers Trust
Advertisement for Bankers Trust, 1973
EBay scans by the Ad Store





Note:  Be sure not to miss my earlier blog posts about the incomparable Charles Addams.

There's a fair amount of vintage advertising here as well.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #485

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #485, for August 10, 2015.
The pointed drawing is by Danny Shanahan.

"Acupuncturist my ass!"


Here's an earlier try I didn't use:
"I don't know what you see in that picador."



August 24, 2015 Update:  The Finalists




Note:  Last week, Liam Francis Walsh brought an eccentric Brit into an American pool hall. My caption must have had the wrong accent. See the very respectable results of Contest #484.

Danny Shanahan's work is strictly no bull.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

My Entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for May/June 2015

I submitted a total of three entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for May/June 2015. As in the past, the drawing is by Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of the New Yorker.

"I see Congress is in recess again."
"Isn't it time you boys graduated?"
"Let's break for work."


Fortunately, one of these was selected as a finalist:
Moment Cartoon Caption Contest Finalists May/June 2015

So here are the latest statistics. My caption has made it to finalist status in ten out of the twelve contests I've entered over these two years. My previous caption did not win the March/April Contest, meaning that I have won only two of the nine completed contests in which I have been a finalist, a winning percentage of 22%, where the law of averages says I should be at 33%. So paradoxically, while I have demonstrated a disarming 83% rate of making it to finalist status, my captions are only two-thirds as likely to be voted the winner as the laws of probability would suggest. Put another way, I write some first-rate second-rate captions.


Note:  Let's have a go at it again! Please vote for your favorite caption in the May/June contest until on or about August 24. You'll have to decide what's funniest:  educational theories, husbands, or the U. S. Congress. I'll plead the Fifth.

While you're at it, you yourself can enter the July/August Caption Contest. For the first time, the Moment Caption Contest cartoon is by Benjamin Schwartz. Personally, I don't deal well with this sort of change.

So why the change in cartoonist? Frankly, I don't think Bob Mankoff has been comfortable with the Moment contest since he made that glaring error while inscribing my personal copy of his memoir. These things can take their toll on one's psyche, you know.

Cartoon caption contests have become a major focus of this blog over the past couple of years. Unlike most other people who subject themselves to these contests, I publish copious notes of my caption hits (Moment) and misses (The New Yorker) for all to see. These blog posts in toto make up a cautionary tale for anyone foolish enough to don the mantle of captioneer. Trust me, we should all just leave humor to the professionals.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Charles Addams Book Promotions

EBay paper seller 237 is currently offering a number of original promotions for Charles Addams's books. These volumes, mostly cartoon collections, are all terrific and are well worth hunting down. As you can see, even the vintage ads look great.

Homebodies, 1954

Nightcrawlers, 1957
Dear Dead Days, 1959


Black Maria, 1960

Black Maria, 1960


Drawn and Quartered, 1962

The Groaning Board, 1964



The Chas Addams Mother Goose, 1967 

The World of Charles Addams was published three years after the cartoonist's death in 1988. This ad comes from another eBay seller.
The World of Charles Addams, 1991


Note:  If you like these ads, my other posts about Charles Addams are sure to delight you.

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