Antique Memes

Wanderings through university and library image collections; etchings, leaflets, prints, lithographs, relics of yore. Items digitized from before the digital age. Let's remember what we forgot. Lest we forget.

ANTIQUE - collectible old item: a collectible decorative or household object that is valued because of its age, the style, traditions, and qualities of ancient times, old and often valuable, of interest to collectors

MEME - a cultural characteristic passed down through generations: any characteristic of a culture, e.g. its language, that can be transmitted from one generation to the next in a way analogous to the transmission of genetic information

Permalink Title: Closed chair of upper classes of nobles - used by men & women
Date Created/Published: [ca. 1890]
Summary: Drawing shows four porters, two in front and two in the rear, holding the long poles through an enclosed palanquin.
Permalink [Man posting an advertisement for “La publicité en France par Emile Mermet” on a city wall between a poster of two people captioned “les femmes” and a poster of a “Montgolfier” hot-air balloon]
Permalink Title: Keep it to yourself buddyCreator(s): Kraus, Russell W.
Poster suggesting careless communication may be harmful to the war effort, showing a soldier with a finger to his lips.
Title: The lick telescope, length 57 feet
Date Created/Published: c1889 Apr. 8.
Permalink Title: “I did not raise my girl to be a voter”. Parody from Puck of the anti-World War I protest song “I Did Not Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier” with the context altered to women’s suffrage. A conductor labeled “political boss” leads a lone female soloist surrounded by a male chorus with various labels including “procurer”, “child labor employer”, and “sweat shop owner”. Arguments in favor of granting women the right to vote included the contention that female voters would support laws that reduced prostitution, labor abuses, and other social evils.
Date: 1915, published 9 October on page 6 of Puck
Author: Merle De Vore Johnson (1874-1935). Author not named in bibliographic record.
Title: Irvin S. Cobb of Kentucky
Creator(s): Sarg, Tony, 1882-1942, artist
Date Created/Published: 1916 May [publication date]
Medium: 1 drawing : India ink over pencil, with watercolor, and scraping out on illustration board ; 57.8 x 49.4 cm. (sheet)
Summary: Author and journalist Irvin S. Cobb appears in a bust-length caricature, framed within a circle. Wearing a coonskin cap and fringed frontier outfit, he smokes a cigar and holds a rifle. A small vignette below the portrait, enclosed in a cartouche, shows two men, presumably native Kentuckians, shaking hands.
Title: [Humorous portrayal of a man who flies with wings attached to his tunic]
Date Created/Published: [S.l. : s.n., between 1800 and 1830]
Medium: 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored.
Title: Wall street bubbles; - always the same / Kep.
Creator(s): Keppler, Udo J., 1872-1956, artist
Date Created/Published: N.Y. : J. Ottmann Lith. Co., Puck Bldg., 1901 May 22.
Medium: 1 print : chromolithograph.
Summary: Illustration shows a bull (stock market) blowing bubbles labeled “Inflated Values” with many unwary investors reaching for them.
Copyright 1901 by Keppler & Schwarzmann.
Title: The latest thing in nightmares / J.S.P.
Creator(s): Pughe, J. S. (John S.), 1870-1909, artist
Date Created/Published: N.Y. : J. Ottmann Lith. Co., Puck Bldg., 1906 February 7.
Medium: 1 photomechanical print : offset, color.
Summary: Illustration shows a frightened man lying in bed, pulling up a blanket labeled “The Senate”; he sees in the darkness the spectacles and toothy grin of President Theodore Roosevelt. There is a glowing lamp on a table in the foreground.
Copyright 1906 by Keppler & Schwarzmann.
Title: [Ito nishiki (yarn brocade)]
Date Created/Published: [between ca. 1750 and 1900]
Medium: 1 drawing : color.
Summary: Print shows stylized designs, possibly of rabbits, for kimonos.
Title: Le tricolore
Date Created/Published: Paris : Imp. E. Hamelin rue Fontaine au roi 59, 1874.
Medium: 1 print : lithograph, color.
Summary: Print shows the French “Le Tricolore” balloon in the colors of the French flag with three passengers, possibly Jules Duruof, his wife, and another man, standing in the basket during an ascension in Paris, June 6, 1874.
Title: [Circus sketches: acrobats and circus animals]
Creator(s): Rothengatter, Emil, artist
Date Created/Published: [between 1800 and 1920]
Medium: 1 drawing.
Title: The Wick fancy hat bands. Cheer up - show your colors
Date Created/Published: [United States : Publisher not identified], c1910.
Medium: 1 print (poster) : chromolithograph.
Summary: Poster shows baseball fans in the stands behind the catcher, with men and women wearing hats with special bands. Advertisement for the Wick Narrow Fabric Company.
Title: [Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 5]
Creator(s): Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827, artist
Date Created/Published: [between 1761 and 1827]
Medium: 1 cut-out.
Summary: Bust silhouette portrait shows an unidentified woman facing left with a bun in her hair, and strand of hair over her forehead.
Title: Tsuchigumo
Title Translation: Earth spider.
Creator(s): Taiso, Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892, artist
Date Created/Published: [188-]
Medium: 1 print : woodcut, color ; 31 x 20.8 cm.
Summary: Print shows a man with a sword about to fend off an attacking “earth spider.”