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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A second tin (and contents) that I don't have in my collection:

Can of paint: “Bergers Pure Paris Green” containing arsenic, England 19th c. Arsenic poisoning killed many renovators (and professionals) in Victorian England. In fact William Morris owned the mine that provided the arsenic for paint tints that killed many thousands back then.
This product is Canadian made so it swept the world, the 'green trade' . . .
ah, I hear you ask, what is the first tin?
. . . go on - use the search facility on this blog!

Friday, August 2, 2019

English 18th century solid oak baby walker in the collection, hooked high up in the library


I've always wondered if this piece falls into the 'treen' theme?


John Derian products all the way from NYC


My first wife Janis, gave me the new round glass plate for my 70th birthday this July 6th 2019.
Ha - he has 65,000 Instagram followers and I think Janis also gave Barbara a very early rectangular plate from his first studio launch, way back . . . a fellow graphic historian! 


New 'real hair' postcard found in Tasmania - urban_archaeology_collection



. . . back here 7 months later


Almost all energies are focused on my Instagram account - @urban_archaeology2 of late, I won't kill this blog as it contains so much of my design history. Found ephemera, personal graphic work, design history, downloaded visuals altered to my 'pink' interests, second home in Tasmanian midlands, studio and home in Brisbane, friends and family.
Posting two found signs from Tumblr, still persisting and finding gems there . . .


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Almost two months late but today I received notice that Fakia Musafar has passed away

http://74.205.42.160/passages/id=76291

Thanks to an Annie Sprinkle follower of this blog . . . remembering Roland Loomis


Everyday I find and download (found) material that is universally uploaded for visual delights and research . . . I recycle adding a 'pink' element.
My printed library is full of such delights also . . .



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bird Lives! graphic by yourstruly . . .


Always loved this commissioned graphic I did back in the day - Bird Lives! an early third party plug-in play around in Photoshop . . .

Sunday, September 16, 2018

X and O card from my daughter for Father's Day, downunder


Envelope and card, the gold is of course highly reflective and shows up almost black . . .

Monday, August 20, 2018

Post throat cancer, I have face and head skin check-ups three times a year

Invariably I go under to have issues cut out but never mention this. I don't know why but I did an Instagram post mentioning the last episode and so many folk sent messages and even cards . . . this one is from a dear friend in Tasmania with a dual message. The cover graphic fits my interests and his hand written note of encouragement certainly hit the spot.


Flowers arrived with a great graphic and message also - thanks folks!



Love a scrap of paper with notes

My on-going notes on a restaurant drink coaster I keep beside my computer work station:




Tuesday, August 7, 2018

This 1943 graphic from the little magazine entitled London Opinion says it all


When I left the Ad game and struck out freelancing as a marketing & graphic designer in 1985 I re-positioned my strategic and creative director skills into an entity, I titled: CORPORATION OF ONE.

Freelancing up and down the east coast of Australia I partnered with owners and CEOs of businesses doing language audits, branding and team training in a multitude of product categories.

I quickly came into contact with many like-minded creatives who were all versions of my own 'corporation of one'. Soon four individuals became a loose affinity I called a "co-operation of ones".

A email domain, a working server, a shared digital platform was born. One that exists today nicely morphed into Barbara Heath's "jeweller to the lost" and my own "urban archaeology".

Its strange but many of the younger trainees have all become like family.