One of my Favorite Things

One of the favorite things I received for Christmas this year is Seeing America, a book of 82 of the permanent items in the Memorial Art Gallery – including Thomas Cole’s paintings of the Genesee River and surrounding scenery – yummy – in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I love landscape artwork. I’ve been drooling over this book every time we go into the MAG store, and Mom is always on the lookout for present ideas.
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The artwork on the front cover is by George Harvey (1800-1878), Pittsford on the Erie Canal – A Sultry Calm, 1837, Oil on panel.

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You can’t see it, but the mules on the towpath are pulling the boat along. Want to know what happens when the mule driver encounters a switch in the towpath to the other side of the canal? You can read what I wrote about the Aldrich Change Bridge here.

I just noticed the Memorial Art Gallery has an exhibition on World War I posters – in my opinion from the posters I’ve seen at OHA (that I would like to put into the image database so people can buy reproductions) and now on the MAG website, these are some creative posters, and some are pretty provocative for the times – like this one from the MAG website:

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I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and you received something very special to you, too!

P.S.  I think I finally figured out why I’m getting bad comment spam.  I had a title which referred to horseback riding and working hard back in November (the MONY building post) and some nasty sight took it as something dirty.  I removed the post and re-entered it under another title, so hopefully that will remove the nasty site linking to my post.  We’ll see.  Lesson learned – be careful what I put in my titles!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Gets Native
    Dec 26, 2006 @ 23:56:12

    Interesting bit about change bridges! I wondered how they did it!

    And call me dirty-minded, but this poster seems to have a phallic symbol next to the half-naked chick.
    *looking at it again*
    and the men have their shirts off, showing their muscular backs and stomachs!
    Naughty, naughty!

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  2. Mary
    Dec 27, 2006 @ 08:22:56

    Leafing through books like the one above always reminds me that I haven’t seen much of the US at all. Very little! It’s a shame but I hope to travel more when things slow dow to retirement. Isn’t that Susan a riot? LOL

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  3. Pam
    Dec 27, 2006 @ 10:34:30

    Susan! LOL!!! First we had phallic shrooms and now we’ve got phallic symbols on WWI posters! Too funny! Yeah – definitely something for everyone on this poster. Makes me want to go down and buy some bonds so I can see muscular men, yummy! There was probably some fat ole bald headed men running the joint.
    Hi Mary! Yup, Susan keeps me laughing all of the time! Hopefully you can see more of this beautiful country as time goes on. I love reading other blogs so I can see pieces of this beautiful country through their eyes.

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