I discovered these images online from the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. If you have never checked it out, I highly suggest doing so. It will blow your mind with rare, beautiful, and ancient images. I spent an hour browsing today and I found some really cool stuff. Take a look, and also check out their blog Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities.
This is the cover of an issue of Broom, a magazine that originated in 1922 that was filled with art and literature. I’m really into the black & red constructivism.
This is from a lobby card collection of Western silent films. The Covered Wagon looks like it would have been dramatic, right? I’m going to have to do some research on this – I have actually never heard of a “Western” silent film. Pretty great.
I love very old American Indian art. This painting is titled Deer in Forest.
I couldn’t stop staring at this portrait of Elizabeth Eyre de Canus. She was an American writer, artist, and Art Deco furniture designer. And, she was married to a French writer (but was bisexual) and ran around with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Bernard Berenson.
This is a drawing of an Indian horse dance from 1938. I can’t help but think of the artist Matt Leines when I look at this. Very cool.
From a magazine titled Zritel that was published in 1905 about Russian graphic art & The Revolution of 1905.
So beautiful. This picture depicts the transformations and life cycle of the silkworm. 1733. John Derian would be inspired.