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japanese matchbox labels– in flight

In honor of a friend who is flying over water tonight, please enjoy this fanciful fish in flight on a classic Japanese matchbox label.  Or is it a marine dragon with butterfly wings? (Love those Japanese matchbox labels.  They are … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday on saturday– unexplained

Found it this morning and have been thinking about it all day, because, really, wtf?Readers with Japanese language skills are encouraged (indeed, begged) to come to the aid of the blog and tell me, and everyone else on the whole … Continue reading

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the best chickenhorse ever

In our timeline, the griffin or gryphon is a mythical animal, a combination of eagle and lion (and sometimes horse and snake and other things), found mostly in heraldry.  In other places in the Knotted Rope they really exist, nesting … Continue reading

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a cosmonaut on the holiday gift list?

Any fan of mid 20th Century history, space travel, Russian culture, or Socialist Realist art would love to find this 2014 calendar in Grandfather Frost’s New Year’s bag.   Who wouldn’t want to spend the year with the beautiful, tragic face … Continue reading

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walldog 3– the writing on the walls

This is the last of three posts celebrating my recent visit to Pontiac, Illinois, home of the International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum, and also of the 18 murals painted by the Walldogs Group in 2009.  I plan to … Continue reading

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how google and raymond loewy blew up this humble blog!

(And Raymond Loewy’s been dead since 1986.) Apparently it’s Raymond Loewy Day here on “A cartoonist in Kekionga”.  It started late last night, when the stats started climbing to levels not normally seen except during a run of minicomics live!.   … Continue reading

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cool pictures from the internet sunday

Usually Tumblr Sunday, but today’s cool picture comes from elsewhere on the internet.  In this case, the source is a forum I frequent, and the picture is of one of the most beautiful mass marketed objects of the mid 20th … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday- arctic animals and android updates

What, pray tell, do Android updates have to do with Arctic animals? Not much, I would have thought,  until I trustingly let my normally unflappably reliable Samsung Galaxy Note 8 update its software– and found the new version does not … Continue reading

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postcards from kekionga and midwestern courthhouse architecture

In the Kekionga and Salt County History Department at the Kekionga Public Library, I found and was able to scan this charming postcard image of the Salt County Courthouse.  Judging from the cars, this image, almost certainly made from a … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday– the man with the mammoth tattoo

Tattoo is a fascinating art form, and I follow quite a few tattoo blogs on my Coealacanth Gallery tumblr.  But this image turned up on a scientific illustration blog, since this man has had himself inked with a version one … Continue reading

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