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 George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879), Bull-Whacker, 1844. Black India ink, wash, pencil on rag paper, 12 13/16 x 7 1/16 in. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; lent by the People of Missouri.
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.