Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Odds and Ends plus a few more Christmas Cards

"Clarence Hamilton Kennedy(1879-1952) was an entomologist and an artist. (He designed his own bookplate).. He was the first person to carry out a comprehensive census of dragonflies in the western United States. In 1914 and 1915, he travelled throughout California and Nevada, compiling lists of species that he encountered at specific sites along with notes on environmental conditions. This survey provides a valuable source of information on freshwater habitats and insects for a time when widespread urban development was beginning, and more than 50 years before there was any thought of human-caused global warming."
Ref.  Excerpted from a discussion on dragonflies given by . Joanie Ball

This beautifully embossed bookplate was designed by the art-deco medalist Pierre Turin

 and defaced by Willis H. Ware

Pierre Turin is widely considered the most accomplished Art Deco medalist. He was born in Sucy-en-Brie, France, in 1891 and died in 1968. He attended the École des Beaux-Arts, where he studied under Vernon, Patey and Coutain. In 1920 he won the Grand Prix de Rome, and was made Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1936. His most famous work is the medal for the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts that gave the name to the Art Deco style.

Here are some representative medals he created:
Willis H. Ware 

  1. Willis Howard Ware was an American computer pioneer, privacy pioneer, social critic of technology policy, and a founder in the field of computer security. 
  2. BornAugust 31, 1920
  3. DiedNovember 22, 2013, Santa Monica, CA

Here is a Christmas card by George Wolfe Plank

Cat and mouse, often expressed as cat-and-mouse game, is an English-language idiom dating back to 1675 that means "a contrived action involving constant pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes. The "cat" is unable to secure a definitive victory over the "mouse", who despite not being able to defeat the cat, is able to avoid capture. In extreme cases, the idiom may imply that the contest is never-ending. The term is derived from the hunting behavior of domestic cats, which often appear to "play" with prey by releasing it after capture. This behavior is due to an instinctive imperative to ensure that the prey is weak enough to be killed without endangering the cat.
In colloquial usage, it has often been generalized to mean simply that the advantage constantly shifts between the contestants, leading to an impasse or de facto stalemate.

Bookplate Designed By Luis Agassiz Fuertes

 This Christmas letter from 1943 is a refreshing bit of nostalgia.

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