Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Amateur Wireless & Radiovision No.598 (25 November 1933) - Britain's Leading Radio Weekly For Constructor, Listener And Experimenter (Published by Bernard Jones Publications Ltd, London 1933) Part 2

This publication is exactly 82 years old today! I came across it a couple of years ago and was struck by all the unusual and elegant typefaces advertising obscure radio components - something I know nothing about apart from owning a couple of radios from that era. A real gem for radio enthusiasts and its full of practical information and hints on improving the performance of your wireless sets! 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

"BLOOD AND LAUGHTER, Caricatures From The 1905 Revolution" David King & Cathy Porter (Published by Jonathan Cape Ltd, London 1983) - Part 3

These pictures were incredibly outspoken and bold: The one below actually displays the names of  government officials, generals or ministers under each bloody hand-print! The one below that, shows caricatures of the generals having a feast, looking so pleased with themselves after the massacre! The publications were, of course, suppressed by the authorities in the end, but they became a triumph for the freedom of speech and artistic expression. 

Here are a few names of the contributing artists listed in this book: Boris Izraelovich Anisfeld (1879-1973), Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876-1942), Isaac Izrealovich Brodsky (1883-1939), Pyotr Semyonovich Dobrynin (1877-1948), Msitislav Dobuzhinsky (1875-1957), Ivan Mikhailovich Grabovsky (1878-1922), Evgenii Evgenevich Lanser (1875-1946) and others. The book focuses more on the historical events that led to the October Revolution, the politics and the social structure in Russia at that time but offers little information on the creators of the journals. The reproductions of the illustrations are excellent though.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

"BLOOD AND LAUGHTER, Caricatures From The 1905 Revolution" David King & Cathy Porter (Published by Jonathan Cape Ltd, London 1983) - Part 2

 These gruesome but extra-ordinary lithographs from a hundred and ten years ago came to my mind when I heard of last week's sickening and pointless killings in Paris. These pictures document a dark chapter of Russian history where upon masses of workers and their families went to the streets of St Petersburg in 1905 to ask for better working conditions and an end to poverty from the mighty Tzar. Instead of a hearing from the authorities, they were faced with a ruthless army which attacked and fired indiscriminately! Thousands were murdered in cold blood and thousands were left wounded in disbelief - Boris Pasternak's book "Dr Zhivago" and David Lean's film with the same name were based on these bloody events, known now as the October Revolution. The journals in which they were published were created by artists and intellectuals furious and frustrated with the establishment in an effort to expose its brutality and injustice. It seems that violence against the innocent and the helpless has plagued humanity for ever...