Miscellaneous writing

Returning from vacation

Dickens, C. The Voyage of the Beagle. Chapter xxi.

A yacht now, with every luxury of life, can circumnavigate the globe. Besides the vast improvements in ships and naval resources, the whole western shores of America are thrown open, and Australia has become the capital of a rising continent. How different are the circumstances to a man shipwrecked at the present day in the Pacific, to what they were in the time of Cook! Since his voyage a hemisphere has been added to the civilised world

Miscellaneous writing

Going on vacation

In the Southern hemisphere, where I live, summer is coming on. It has been a cruel winter season for us in Australia, with lockdown after lockdown, and Delta Covid taking grip.

For you Northeners, where I lived for 47 years, winter is not far away: just far away enough I hope.

So, remember…

‘…If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?’

Shelley, Ode to the West Wind.

Brand design Typographic ephemera

A beautiful woman in a beautiful gown, smoking

Such was the advertising art of the late 1940s (post-war) from which this advert is drawn. How an industry has been destroyed in a couple of generations. I place it in this blog for it is a piece of whimsy, and also forms part of our social history when beautiful women in beautiful gowns were called on by the men of advertising to promote the art of smoking. At least she is using a cigarette holder, the better for her pose no doubt. The illustration comes from a book I picked up for a couple of dollars at a jumble sale (boot fair) called Future Books, vol 3 (undated but possibly 1946-7).