March 22, 2009

n/a:
BILDERTEIL DES LEHRBUCHES "B√úHNENFECHTKUNST"
Henschelverlag, Berlin, 1954.

A panorama of swashbuckling: some 200 sequential photos demonstrating dramatic sword-play for the stage. With brief captions in German.

<-- pp. 44-45


Abbott, L.B.:
SPECIAL EFFECTS: WIRE, TAPE AND RUBBER BAND STYLE
American Society of Cinematographers, Hollywood, 1984.

The professional memoirs of the man who created the giant mushroom forest in "Journey to the Center of the Earth," the antibodies in "Fantastic Voyage," the death-arena in "Logan's Run," and countless other marvels.

<-- front cover


Hoxie, Jane L.:
HAND WORK FOR KINDERGARTENS AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Milton Bradley Co., Springfield, MA, 1905.

Put the kids to work manufacturing pincushions, picture frames, napkin rings, etc.

<-- frontis and title page


n/a:
LOU TANNEN'S NO. 9 CATALOG OF MAGIC
Louis Tannen Inc., New York, 1972.

Over 500 pages of enticingly-titled magic tricks available by mail order: the Pearl Necklace Mystery, the Silken Bombshell, and Bengal Net Illusion, the French Guillotine...

<-- front cover


Vanderwalker, F.N.:
INTERIOR WALL DECORATION
Frederick J. Drake & Co., Chicago, 1941.

Insomniacs who live in old houses might be familiar with the experience of lying awake, fixated by the inexplicable lumpy plaster on the ceiling. Here's how it got that way.

<-- p. 303


Dennis, Rod:
COMPUTER SEX
M-T Publishers, Las Vegas, 1969.

A misleading title: all the porn scenarios in this collection describe traditional human-on-human intercourse. The only computer is the one that runs the dating service.

<-- front cover