An envisioning . . . 1936 and New York’s Finger Lakes in spring.

Oh to be here.

College dorm in late spring and finals soon to begin. But a sunny day and those there are never too many of. No, better a Saturday spent with the girls down the hall having a picnic with frozen fingers from retrieving the beer on its string under the water. Only the gym teacher who likes to hike around the edge to get mad and him off to some conference for the weekend.

Hot dogs roasted on sticks in the fireplace at the edge of campus, and a few pickles swiped from the dining hall. Ground still muddy in places but what boots are for. But dry patches to spread out blankets and all the books back on the desks.

Wildflowers to wander around and look for but no hoop rolling required. Not like those more famous women’s’ colleges where you have to put flowers in your hair and do things that would make anyone’s boyfriend cringe if he could see.

Life later and men and children to tend but all right for now. . . just oneself to look after. . .friends for the day and friends forever all one’s life long. . .

Students at Georgia State Women's College (Valdosta State University) having a picnic in 1938.
Students at Georgia State Women’s College (Valdosta State University) having a picnic. 1938 yearbook picture. Image © Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections. Fair use license. via https://scontent.fnyc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/197552_209870522485617_1265433676_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ht=scontent.fnyc1-1.fna&oh=69829aae44581bcdddaeabfdbf33430f&oe=5D028E56

 

 

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Bookends to make all your books want to stand up and cheer on the Art Deco end of things by industrial designer Walter Von Nessen. Taught at the Charlottenburg Art School. Born in Germany, he later immigrated to America and worked there.

Pair of cat book ends and cat door stop. ca. 1935.
Pair of cat book ends and cat door stop. ca. 1935. Chrome, copper and brass. Designed for Chase Brass & Copper Company. Image © 2019 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/general-americana/a-walter-von-nessen-pair-of-cat-bookends-and-cat-door-stop-for-chase-
Toy soldier bookends. Undated.
Toy soldier bookends. Undated. Brass and bakelite. Designed for Chase Brass and Copper Company. Image © 1995-2019 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chase-Walter-Von-Nessen-Brass-Bakelite-Art-Deco-Toy-Soldier-Red-Gold-Book-Ends-/202210917398
Elephant bookends. ca. 1931.
Elephant bookends. ca. 1931. Hand polished brass and bakelite. Designed for Chase Brass and Copper Company. Image © Art Deco Collection.com. Fair use license. via https://artdecocollection.com/accessories/bookends-sold/chase-elephant-bookends-by-walter-von-nessen/

More beautiful needlework from the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest. Embroidered kerchiefs this time instead of lace.

Kerchief (detail). 19th c.
Kerchief (detail). Accession #10609. 19th c. Canvas and cotton thread. Made in Dalmácia. Image © Iparművészeti Múzeum, Budapest. Fair use license. via http://collections.imm.hu/gyujtemeny/kerchief/38333?i=39
Kerchief (detail).  19th c.
Kerchief (detail). Accession #10610. 19th c. Cotton fabric with silk yarn. Made in Dalmácia. Image © Iparművészeti Múzeum, Budapest. Fair use license. via http://collections.imm.hu/gyujtemeny/kerchief/38332?i=40

More Art Déco pochoir prints to make your evening glow from Maurice-Pillard Verneuil’s 1926 “Kaleidoscope”.

Plate 3.
Plate 3. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF070722/00001/5j?search=Maurice-Pillard+%3dVerneuil
Plate 15.
Plate 15. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF070722/00001/17j?search=Maurice-Pillard+%3dVerneuil
Plate 8.
Plate 8. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF070722/00001/10j?search=Maurice-Pillard+%3dVerneuil
Plate 6.
Plate 6. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF070722/00001/8j?search=Maurice-Pillard+%3dVerneuil

More aspirational decor, this time of an Art Deco sort. Plates from the publication “Une Ambassade Francaise” from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. Published by Charles Moreau.

"Fumoir en laque." J. Dunand, illustrator.
“Fumoir en laque.” J. Dunand, illustrator. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF068413/00001/13?search=pochoir
"Petit Salon."
“Petit Salon.” Maurice Dufrene, illustrator. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF068413/00001/15?search=pochoir
"Grand Salon."
“Grand Salon.” Henri Rapin and Pierre Selmersheim, illustrators. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF068413/00001/20?
"Antichambre."
“Antichambre.” Paul Follott, illustrator. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF068413/00001/27?search=pochoir
"Chambre de Jeune Fille."
“Chambre de Jeune Fille.” Rene Gabriel, illustrator. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF068413/00001/31?search=pochoir%3fsearch%3dpochoir

Paintings of women looking a wee bit determined by Spanish painter Ramon Casas i Carbó. Living from 1866 to 1832 and born in Barcelona this Catalan artist also painted bullfights and riots but I like these best.

Portrait of a woman. Undated.
Portrait of a woman. Undated. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ramon_Casas-_La_Trini.JPG
"Madeleine." 1892.
“Madeleine.” 1892. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://dantebea.com/tag/ramon-casas-i-carbo/
"La Sargantain." 1907.
“La Sargantain.” 1907. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Sargantain.JPG

1920’s and 1930’s advertisements by Heywood-Wakefield of Gardner, Massachusetts that ran in the Saturday Night Post. Later they did a lot of what’s called mid century modern but I like these best.

Breakfast set. 1929.
Breakfast set. 1929. C. E. Millard, illustrator. In the public domain. via https://www.amazon.com/Heywood-Wakefield-new-Breakfast-Sets-1929/dp/B00QCEF6V6
Baby carriage. 1929.
Baby carriage. 1929. In the public domain. via https://www.ebay.ie/itm/VINTAGE-1929-HEYWOOD-WAKEFIELD-BABY-CARRIAGE-STROLLER-AD-PRINT-B829-/163152361300?hash=item25fca37754
Chair with floral cushions. 1920's.
Chair with floral cushions. 1920’s. In the public domain. via http://www.vintageadbrowser.com/furniture-ads-1920s