Best Foot Forward

21 01 2017

This advertisment was published in Vogue in 1963. Featuring Marquise shoes, the design emphasizes the shoes (offered in combinations of matte and shiny black fabrics) by using understated line art to establish the Egytpianizing theme – Cleopatra the seductress. Although, I’m pretty sure she only had sandals to wear…

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A Quieter Ride

26 12 2016

This 1957 ad (detail shown) promotes the new cars manufactured by GM which featured reduced road noise thanks to specific designs by Fisher Body (a division of GM) – in this particular example, the 1958 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Holiday Coupe is shooting past the Great Sphinx in what is accurately captioned “a dramatic portrayal.”

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Town Crier

15 11 2016

I had the pleasure of visiting Centralia, Illinois this month and swung by the Sentinel Newspaper building, which is a fabulous 1920’s Egyptian Revival structure. Because my blog is solely about my collection of Egyptomania objects, you’ll have to look at other people’s photos of this building online. But here is a scan of their newspaper heading, which has now been added to my stash. “Egypt’s Greatest Daily” refers to the nickname of that region – the lower sixteen counties of Illinois are correctly called Egypt (incorrectly called Little Egypt, even by locals, who forget that this moniker refers to a hoochy-koochy dancer at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.)

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Top of the Pyramid

25 10 2016

This two-page advertisement for Ibanez guitars is circa 1985, and features Steve Vai holding the Loch Ness Green Jem, which he designed.

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Feed Me

26 08 2016

Which one of these things doesn’t belong in the group?
Paper, Sphinx, Refrigerator, Advertising
Ha! Trick question. They all belong together, at least in this c.1955 advertisement from Consolidated Enamel Papers. One of their clients, Servel, used their product to publish their newsletter. Servel manufactured refrigerators, and one of their ad campaigns featured their product between the paws of the Great Sphinx, which is reproduced in Consolidated’s ad. A pretty nifty coincidence, since any of Servel’s numerous ads could have been chosen – but once again, the fascination with Egypt won out, not once but twice.
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Everything’s Coming Up…Lotuses

10 08 2016

This elegant letterhead from the late 1800s is embellished with lotus blossoms.

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Ancient Words

28 06 2016

This 1978 newspaper ad describes the modern technology to be implemented during the American exhibitions of King Tut’s artifacts. That’s right – the cassette tape. Those of you who don’t know what that is – try Wikipedia. And my peeps who grew up with them – feeling pretty ancient yourselves, no?

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