Teutonic Knights - Alexander Nevsky. (1938)
The movie Alexander Nevsky, by Sergei Eisenstein, is about the defeat of the Holy Roman Empire crusade (Catholic) against the Slavs (Orthodox). This movie being anti-fascist propaganda, Eisenstein used a lot of not very subtle contemporary Nazi imagery to depict the Germanic invaders. The priests baptize Russian babies then throw them in a bonfire, sending them to heaven. The movie was banned when Stalin signed the non-aggression treaty with Hitler, but un-banned and promoted when the Germans invaded Russia. It’s ironic that a piece of communist propaganda (like Battleship Potemkin) would become such an influence on Hollywood cinema, from Conan the Barbarian, to Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc.
Cover to 1981’s Here Come the Robots, a book I entirely forgot I owned until recently. Taking center stage here is Elektro, a robot that appeared at the 1939 World’s Fair and who has been featured here before.
More to come from this at some point.
The Johnson Wax Research Tower and a research lab, part of Johnson Wax Headquarters. Located in Racine, Wisconsin, the complex was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Don’t remember what I scanned these from.
So now that Tumblr is allowing self-reblogs again (and I have a lot more followers than when these were originally put up), let’s give these pulp cover scans another spin!
That is some premium killer robot, right there. Up the scale and it could be, like, a monster-of-the-week in a Saturday morning cartoon version of The Iron Giant. … you know, back when cartoons being on Saturday morning were a noteworthy event. And, uh, The Iron Giant was an ongoing marketing concern.
Maybe I was better off referencing Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot.
"Two powder compacts by Cartier c. 1925. On the left, an exquisite pierced gold piece, and on the right a black enamel compact set with diamonds."
"Millefiori-coloured cigarette case in cellulose nitrate, with a novelty clasp in the form of a hand. The flexibility of the material is perfectly suited to such objects, the hand slipping over the rounded edge securing the case shut. French, 1930s."
Don’t remember what I scanned these from, but I had another page from the same book that showed both objects and had the accompanying text. Not great scans.
"House of Tomorrow" by industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes. Don’t remember what I scanned it from.
An art deco poster advertising the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. Don’t remember what I scanned it from.
Birmingham, Alabama. Ca. February, 1937.