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The Cornell Widow

was just gazing at some of the tons of brilliantly beautiful ephemera images over at Ephemera Assemblyman, and I thought I’d post some covers of a Cornellian student-run magazine called The Widow. It enjoyed over six decades of publication (1894-1962) until it was forced to go out of print because of yucky financial problems (ain’t that always the case?). As the Ephemera Assemblyman quotes on his site, The Widow’s name derives from “the college widow,” which was the name co-eds used to ascribe to “the girl who bowled over class after class of freshmen without really landing one.” Lovely. As you might imagine, the contents and images of the magazine could occasionally trend toward the misogynistic. But oh how the designs were lovely. Take a peek…

(All images below courtesy of the Ephemera Assemblyman)

That last cover was for an issue that appeared in 1981 (yes, 19 years after The Widow had actually folded) and was meant to mock the 100-year anthology of The Widow‘s rival, The Cornell Daily Sun).

For more covers as well as some interior content, head over to the Ephemera Assemblyman HERE.

(Initial “I” from HERE)

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Blanco y Negro

Lovely cover images from the Spanish magazine Blanco y Negro, published in the 1920s and 30s. Found courtesy of the beautiful Art Deco blog.

Throwback Thursday: 1920s Illustrations of John Held, Jr.

Few artists define an age as thoroughly as John Held, Jr., defines the “Roaring Twenties.” Born in 1889, he was the right age at the right time with an outlook and sense of humor that shaped as well as recorded a generation. (Source)

Held’s talents bloomed early. In fact, he sold his first illustration to highly reputable Life Magazine at the tender age of 15. What ultimately followed was an illustrious career depicting the flappers and the jazz age of the 1920s (and, occasionally, some cringeworthy commentaries on women).

For additional biographical information on John Held, Jr., click here.

The following images are all borrowed either from Art Deco’s fabulous blog, or from this Flickr set devoted to Held’s works…

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French Friday: Les Filles du Facteur

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Les Filles du Facteur continues the mission of Facteur Céleste, which originated as an accessories brand created in 1992 by Delphine Kohler and Isabelle Strutz who, at the time, also maintained a diverse line of purses and bags. Facteur Céleste evolved with the economic times and also with the global environmental crisis, becoming more and more aware of the struggles of the earth and its inhabitants — particularly women and children of Africa. In 2008, FC sought to leap its French borders and create an association that serves as a bridge between France and Africa. As such, Les Filles du Facteur came into brighter focus.

Stationing itself in Paris as well as in the small, francophone, Northwest African country of Burkina Faso, Les Filles du Facteur promote their ambitious, socially and environmentally responsible project entitled “recyclagesacplastic” (recyling plastic bags). 6a00e551db0e2a883301053641e967970b-800wi2Together, the women of the North (France) and of the South (Burkina) establish new means for repurposing plastic bags to save them from entering our global landfills. The mission is rather simple, though the methods are highly unique and creative, allowing an artistic outlet and solution for a global problem. While efforts to eliminate plastic bags can now be seen across the U.S. as well, we all still have some extra bags lying around, whether to line our wastebaskets or to transport lunches. If you’re in France (or even if you’re not) and you’d like to dispose of your own plastic sacs, Les Filles du Facteur will gladly take them off your hands and put them to beautifully good use. You can mail them here:

Filles du Facteur
5 rue Perrée
75003 Paris FRANCE

From their website:

Le projet « recyclagesacplastic » comporte toutes les valeurs d’une philosophie basée sur l’écologie et l’aide au développement : la protection du savoir-faire « à la main », l’environnement, l’éducation, les problèmes de santé et de l’enfance défavorisée pour le sud, l’autonomie des femmes immigrées dans les banlieues pour le nord. 

La communication établie entre les femmes du nord et celles du sud conduit à une prise de conscience mutuelle et élargit le champ d’action des échanges entre les cultures.

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A few plastic goodies from the Facteur Shop (go forth and purchase!):

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French Friday!

Anciens avertissements/publicités des Grands Magasins du Louvre:

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IMAGE SOURCES:
First image above found over at the lovely ArtDeco blog
Second image found HERE
Black and white corset advertisements found HERE
Last image found HERE