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#6488 10/15/2009 09:02 PM
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Here's another of the Kaiser from the same book.

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Bernd-

It's always great to see that penciled art of the soldier with the helmet.
The artist really got the battle hardend stare right on.
Are these 2 drawings by the same artist?

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Gentlemen,

Glad to see these very impressive additions!

Bernd - that's a treasure-trove of personal items. Those are always the most valued and special things that one can have in a good collection. I have a small photo of my father in uniform in 1942, and a pencil drawing of him as a prisoner-of-war in Russia in 1947, done by a Luftwaffe master-sergeant in the same camp outside of Moscow. As small as these items are, I'd like for someone special to have them after I take that last ride into the unknown ... Smile

What a cover illustration on that book, I wonder what type of printing method they used on it, printed on linen I'd imagine? I can't even see any scuffing on it..? The two pencil drawings are really lovely. The soldier bust is just so damn dynamic and powerful. One quick glance and your mind is running in fifteen different directions with questions and observations - precisely what good art should do, make you think!

Gary, I'm glad to see that you found some time to share with us, though, unfortunately I've got to hop into the shower and go 'a-printin'...
I'll get back to your illustrations a bit later on. Wink

Carry on mates!

W~

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Gary,

Three good patriotic illustrations of the two Kaisers, Wilhelm I and his successor, Wilhelm II.

At the time that these early drawings/engravings were produced, commercial photography was just gaining ground in the field of graphic arts. We're just starting to see photographic images coming into their own. The recently complete American Civil War was the testing-gound that proved the camera's viability. After that time a good photo could capture and stimulate the imagination as well as any of the finest of artistic, illustrative mediums. Sadly, something profound was lost.
With the advent of this or any other new technology, old ways and methods are superceeded and eventually discarded, for better or worse ...

Though, what photograph could surpass your third rendering of what looks to be Wilhelm and Bismarck sharing the limelight among the heads of state and military captains - no doubt celebrating their victory of the Franco-Prussian War of 1871? The complexity of this drawing and attention to detail is nothing short of astonishing, the shield and crown study in the foreground is a work of art in itself! The battle flags and standards that compose the background are simply amazing. It seems this artist's talent was almost boundless. How did he ever remember this colossal scene so well as to produce this vivid masterpiece? What about those ever-so-subtle personal touches, for instance, highlighting the Kaiser and his Iron Chancellor among all those bodies? Somehow the artist immediately draws our attention onto the two main subjects, there's a pre-planned yet very natural flow and movement there. Exceptional. There's so much symbolism depicted in there that truly it's cup runneth over!

It's hard to imagine that artwork like this wouldn't bring out the national patriot in everyman..? "united we stand..." and all that good stuff.., all brought to you by mind's eye. Wink

Some mighty fine examples so far fellas!

Remember that famous line from "Night of the Generals," when Gen. Tanz says, "I must see decadent art ..!" ha! Big Grin

Bill

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Dean,

Nice postcard, the first Turnerbund example that I've seen or really looked at, I think? At first I thought it was produced a little later - the brownshirts would have loved this imagery. The type-font the artist created is a stylized runic alphabet, something one would expect from the SS, nicht? The saying sounds like some of those stern "Hitler-quote" cards that were fairly common at the time. This one boldly states, "The Last Victory Lies in the Sword." ... pretty heavy stuff for a gymnastics organization. Here, I'd say the sword has just cut through the binding Allied chain that was meant to crush the German spirit after WWI.

Great sunwheel-swastika, too. It reminds you of the outstanding Luftwaffe sword pommel design. There's a great Turnerbund tinnie that's a large, heavy depiction of their unique sunwheel - it's a very nice unit for those who like a good tinnie, still fairly inexpensive, too.

I think it's a great illustration, you can really feel the power and jubilant force in that painting. I'd think that by 1926 the Allied yoke was becoming just about unbearable for many Germans, especially any towns, industries or areas that were still under direct supervision for repaying the war-debt, and what a debt it was!

Many thanks for taking time to post.

B~

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Bill-
Appreciate your time and input from a historian and graphic artist point of view.
Also, thanks for all the great art related contributions to the forum.
Great stuff and a pleasure to read about and view.

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Dean,

My pleasure, thanks. Wink

Time for a few more methinks?

For you NSFK aficionados out there, our old friend Icarus. I think the brownshirts may have chosen the wrong hero to use as their logo, after all, didn't this guy crash and burn? Big Grin
... bad ju-ju from the get-go, ha!

... and a few more images for good measure.

Best!

Wm.

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Nice art Bill.
I was hoping this thread would pick up again.
Those stamps are the coolest.
Can't get enough of this sort of thing.
Much appreciated.

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Gents,

I apologize in advance, this won't be one of those inspiring heroic images like some of those above ... Cool Big Grin

This is just a neat old simple and direct graphic image that I found and thought was pretty cool. Very simplistic but right to the point, a vacuum-cleaner called the "vampire." Gauranteed to suuuck-up all that nasty stuff right out of your rugs and carpets! Wink

I trust more of you gentlemen will share your goodies with us in all the forums during the upcoming New Year, 2010. I look forward to any and all contributions to the Imperial section you may care to make and I sincerely wish each and everyone of you boys the best collecting year ever! (even though the economy is in the dumper) Big Grin

Best!

Wm. Warda, Jr.

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#6501 12/30/2009 11:38 PM
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Nice stuff guys! I think we still have our old vacuum cleaner somewhere.
We can't forget some of the old notes have some very nice art work as well.

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#6503 12/31/2009 07:25 PM
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Mikee,

Superb engraving on these fine notes, got any more? For a hundred Marks you could have almost paid for a nice Turkish Damascus Heer dagger back in the day ... Big Grin

Have a great New Year!

Bill

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Bill,

I sure wish I had a time machine!

I found a stash of stuff I forgot about until I opened it all up along with these notes and probably have more somewhere. Which reminds me to kindly ask Gaspare if he would translate a bronze Russian table medal that was among this stuff. That is if I can remember were I laid it down. Smile Isn�t that something, I really need to tell my wife to be more mindfull of this stuff. Big Grin

Happy New Year to you as well!

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,,Great images guys. An inspiring thread!
I'll post my contributions when able.
Cheers and Happy 2010 to All.

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Big Grin

I'm already looking forward to seeing some new images of allsorts in the New Year. Hope I can get things rolling along on this first day with a lovely snapshot by a German Weimar-period photographer.

Best!

Bill

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There's no doubt if you enjoy German 20th century graphic and visual arts, the Notgeld bills will provide some of the finest, striking colorful examples - Notgeld or "emergency-money," (pronounced note-gelt) was issued through national, state, local and private channels to financially assist Germans during the lean years after the First World War.

Often these bills portray a wide range of images from the pages of German history - legends, events, geography, family names, companies, large regional and small district advertising, children's tales, religion, industry, etc, etc... Many various styles, themes and artistic concepts can also be seen that reflect the "V�lkish-movement," that came to be so heralded and cherished by the "browns" of the NS regime.

Much larger than stamps, (for us old dogs with faltering peepers to enjoy) collecting these brilliant gems is still very affordable, at times they're downright bargains! Even common tinnies in good shape are expensive when compared to these vibrant historic illustrations.

There's much to be enjoyed in this area of collecting with lots of pertinent information out there on the web to help those with an interest. Lots of good articles have been written on the subject in militaria-related periodicals as of late, too.

Hope you might enjoy these ... Wink

Bill

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sorry for the miscalculation fellas ... Big Grin

this last one doesn't qualify as Notgeld, just a nice illustration.

B~

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Another area to see very good examples of German graphic art is/are, early 20th century bookplates. Some are intricate, some very simple, and above all entertaining to say the least.

Subject matter as wide and broad as the imagination! Another unique aspect is that we can take a peak into the favorite personal themes of the named individual, who marked his/her property with these noteworthy illustrations.

Woodblock, intaglio, line-art and so many other fine and difficult hand printing methods it literally boggles the mind. Naturally, only applicable with the pre-existing notion that you like this stuff too, heh ... Big Grin

Good collecting gents! Wink

B~

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Subject matter as wide and broad as the imagination! Another unique aspect is that we can take a peak into the favorite personal themes of the named individual, who marked his/her property with these noteworthy illustrations.

Woodblock, intaglio, line-art and so many other fine and difficult hand printing methods it literally boggles the mind. Naturally, only applicable with the pre-existing notion that you like this stuff too, heh ... Big Grin

Good collecting gents! Wink

B~


Oh I like the stuff.
Thanks for posting the cool images.

Really like hearing your input as a professional on the artistry and printing methods of the past.Great subject matter.

I love the beautiful exlibris you posted and am jealous I don't have it.

In trying to match the favor for posting it.. here's mine.

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Oh my,I'm drooling. Fantastic stuff! More! More! More! Please! Smile

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Happy to oblige Mikee.
Kreigsbote-Spectre of war.
I wonder what reason someone would have to send out a postcard like this.
Maybe shows revolution was in the air.

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Dean,

Thanks, that's a neat item,a War Messenger with flaming sword and torch. What's on the back of the post card? Their was a German newspaper called Der Kriegsbote(War Messenger).

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