Thursday, July 29, 2010

Vintage Porsche Brochures

You are probably familiar with the stunning posters designed for Porsche by Erich Strenger (1922-1993). If not, go immediately (after reading this post) to see them at grain edit. Less familiar, but equally stunning, are the many brochures Strenger designed. A native of Stuttgart, he worked as a graphic designer for Porsche from 1951 to his retirement in 1987.

Porsche literature expert Charlie White has a most impressive collection of everything Porsche. At his website, you will find even the most obscure technical manuals and service bulletins. You will also find info about his comprehensive books for the 356 Porsche. Many thanks for his permission for use of his images.

White met Erich Strenger in 1983 at the Ozarks '83 PCA Porsche Parade at which time Strenger signed many of the brochures you see here.

The 'Rainbow Convertible D' brochure from 1958 with excerpts ...
Porsche power is no paper fiction
… it is a car that worthily ignites your pride of possession.
It turns on a dime, parks in a wink and corners like a cat.
New convenient roll up windows have
been added to this youngest member
of the famous Porsche family.
And windshield washers are
standard equipment too!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Unscratched Lottery Cards: I Love My Life The Way It Is

Israeli lottery cards.

Eight years ago Ali Alvarez of the UK committed a willful act of defiant anticapitalism--she did not scratch a scratch-off lottery card. And she’s been not scratching ever since.

In her own words ...
There's something about the whole lottery thing that doesn't feel right to me - getting your hopes high, dreaming, escaping, and then usually being let down.

This happens to me on a daily basis WITHOUT the lottery's help, muchas gracias. So as an experiment, I started buying scratch cards and not scratching them.

It felt funny.

Then I showed it to a few people. It made them feel funny.

It made me think... "I think I'm onto something here."

I couldn't agree more. Such a simple concept—she doesn’t even do anything—and yet, so subversive.

Ali hopes to amass 8,000 tickets—enough to fill a 12 x12 foot space, floor to ceiling, as an art installation. Folks have been sending her scratch-off lottery cards from all over the world, and wouldn't you know, cheesy lottery design is, for the most part, universal. There are a few standouts, however, that have a bit of regional differentiation …



New York












Check out 'I Love My Life the Way it is'to see where you can send Ali cool lottery cards for her to leave unscratched.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cartridge Display Boards

Be it a pyramid of oranges at the greengrocer’s, a Whitman Sampler, a strand of graduated pearls, or even data on a spreadsheet, there is something supremely satisfying and comforting about an orderly arrangement. Its appeal is so primal and basic, that even ammo, when carefully mounted and displayed, is quite beautiful.

UK companies Eley, founded in 1820, and Kynoch, established in 1862, eventually became part of Nobel Industries. This board is c. 1910

Kynoch Ammunition

Nobel Cartridge Display Board

Nobel Industries, Eley cartridge display board

Gevelot cartridge display board

Winchester display board

U.S. Cartridge Co. cartridge board, c. 1886. Great frame!

Eley's Sporting ammunition board

Eley ammunition cartridge display board

Nobel Industries, comprehensive arrangement illustrating every stage in the 'Manufacture Of A 5/8in. Lined Cartridge' from blank and plain tube components to the finished 'Zenith' Gastight cartridge in both complete and cut-away form.

This silk-scarf design is taken from a 1935 Purdey cartridge display. 35” x 36”, $351

Friday, July 23, 2010

Just My Type 2

These three images ended up somehow in the same folder. I kind of like them together!
POULTRY: Serving dish from the Etsy site Blue Bell Bazaar. It's from a while back and seems to have been sold.

COTE D'AZUR: Book of views from a German bookseller. Also from a while back and gone now.

STOP: Jersey Street, behind the Puck Building in NYC. I believe the street is only two blocks long. It goes from Crosby St., across Lafayette, and ends at Mulberry St. It really is more like an alley than a full fledged street.

The first Just My Type post

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Art of Spilling Wine

Let’s hear it for Restaurant Week! For those of us stuck in the city during the summer, it’s a great opportunity to eat a three-course meal at a normally unaffordable restaurant, for a reasonable fixed price. Bar Boulud was especially delightful yesterday, as it also provided meat-locker like temps on what was a sweltering day in NYC.

Now, about those wine stains hanging on the wall. No, your waiter doesn’t cut up the tablecloth and hang it on the wall after each accident, to humiliate whoever knocked over the glass. The framed pieces are actually “art” by the brilliantly inventive Vik Muniz. The Brazilian-born artist explores perception, representation, and convention by using such unconventional materials as chocolate syrup, thread, and granulated sugar. Food & Wine describes the Muniz-Boulud collaboration and the "costly spills" here. For fun I've included the average per-bottle prices of the spills I have. And here I thought oil painting was expensive!

Watch Muniz talk about his work at TED from 2003, at the end of this post. I am especially partial to the cloud rendered in skywriting.

Gaja, Sori San Lorenzo 1989
$432 per bottle

Domaine De La Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 1964
$8542 per bottle

Dugat-Py, Charmes-Chambertin 1999
$436 per bottle

Domaine René Engel, Clos-Vougeot 1985
$380 per bottle

E. Guigal, Côte-Rôtie “La Turque” 1991
$640 per bottle

All prices are averages from

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