Archive for September, 2009
Now there should be some meta in this illustration from 1818…!
The expression on the jumpin’ jack’s face – or would that be jumpin’ dandy? – never fails to crack me up, just like the smug little smile on the lady’s lips. Plus I admit a weakness for her cute wee pink slippers!
You might remember this post, the one with the illustrations for “Midshipman Easy”. Thanks to the kindness of Secret Handshake, who sent me an attic find of hers, I can now share more illustrations with you. The books she’s sent me also dates back to the late 19th century, and contains a collection of stories (translated to German) by Captain Frederick Marryat:
- Peter Simpel (Peter Simple)
- Jakob Ehrlich (Jacob Faithful)
- Die Favoritin des Sultans (The Pacha Of Many Tales)
- Der himmelblaue Domino (The Sky-Blue Domino)
There are many illustrations, scanning them all would have taken up too much time, so I only picked the naval-related ones. While I’m a little doubtful about the accuracy of the uniforms etc., I still think they are great resources, and if nothing else, some of them are pretty funny. 🙂 So, have fun, and thanks again to SH!