Saturday, October 08, 2005

Picturing Words

Young people of the Niam-Niam, north-east Congo basin from
Le tour du monde: nouveau journal des voyages
(The World Tour: A New Journal of Travels) Édouard Charton, ed.
Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie, 1860–1914.

Base Burner from Oriental and American Stove Works Perry & Co
New York: The Van Benthuysen Printing House, 1874.

A center spread shows a full elevation of the Indian’s “Cradle Spring” frame
from Indian Motorcycle, Hendee Manufacturing Co Springfield, Mass: 1916.

"Pictures reach audiences more directly than text alone. They communicate the author’s tone and approach to the subject, and enhance our understanding and enjoyment of the text. Illustrations explain complicated ideas at a glance and even teach those who cannot read.

Pictures add beauty, color, and life to the printed page. They engage us, prompt our imagination, and appeal to readers and non-readers alike. Explore the power of pictures through these examples from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ collections in science, history, and art."

Not sure how I missed this one. The display has been online since August. It was posted as a support to a large Print & Converting '05 exhibition that occurred in Chicago last month and is now touring the States.

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