Fuse #8

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

What's Up With the Bird Children?

Just in case anyone ever tries to convince you that historical decorative materials are dull:
In researching historic decorative material offered by Lanston Monotype as well as other metal foundries, such as Barnhart Brothers and Spindler, there were occasionally ornaments that defied description. Perhaps it was a Victorian sense of humor or someone really thought these were a good idea or perhaps popular taste has just changed so much over the last hundred years, or our forebears were completely insane. In any case, LTC is somewhat proud to present a collection of the most bizarre, disturbing and baffling printers ornaments we could find.

If I have nightmares tonight where I keep repeating the mysterious phrase, "Bird children.... must destroy the bird children...", you'll know who to blame.


At 6:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually like the first two rows, except for the Dry Moon. The Bird Children are . . . interesting. One wonders if the artist had more laudanum than was good for him/her (probably him, given the time, but you never know).


At 2:38 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

I always associate laudenum with that Dickensian unfinished classic, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood". It is my firm opinion that every writer should die with an unfinished mystery manuscript in their possession.

THAT was a tangent. Sorry, Tammy.


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