Steamboat Illustrations, Page 5
Printed on tin . . . looks like late '40's early '50's. Not in the best of shape but Photoshopped out many blemishes except for the ones that are obvious here.
On the crates lower right can be read "COOK'S EST. 1853" & "EVANSVILLE, IND."
Attached colorful graphic that I cut out in Photoshop and put over white from a jig saw puzzle box. Ain't it perfectly enchanting though?
Scribner's Monthly October 1874 . . . Great Republic Portside 3/4 portrait engraving.
Andy Thomas of Carthage, Missouri has painted Huckleberry Finn and Jim on their raft on the Mississippi with a full moon in the cloudy night sky above them.
The steamboat on the right bears the name "S.L. CLEMENS," the actual identity of Huck and Jim's creator Mark Twain.
The attached image is a detail of the painting.
Andy's Maze Creek Studio in Carthage offers a number of different size giclees/prints on canvas and paper for sale at the following link:
Detail of Andy Thomas' painting HUCK FINN . . . this is a detail of the left half of the canvas with approaching steamboat on a moonlit night and Huck with runaway slave Jim on their raft.
Attached detail from the 18x36 giclee print on paper of HUCK FINN which features Huck and Jim on their raft in the middle of the Mississippi on a moonlit night.
This is the boat in the upper right quadrant of the painting, given Mark Twain's real name S(amuel) L(anghorne) CLEMENS.
Beautiful artwork, really evokes those antebellum days on the river.
Various sizes of reproductions of this full painting are available on paper and canvas at Andy's site: andythomas.com
My friend Tom Scherman (1940-1995) is celebrated for his brilliant models of the "futuristic Victorian" submarine NAUTILUS designed by art director Harper Goff of Disney's 1954 film adaptation of Jules Verne's prophetic 1870 novel 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA.
Tom converted the interior of one of his Hollywood apartments into Captain Nemo's chart room, complete with a "hatch" behind the front door where you entered and saw four walls and ceiling were all rusty and riveted bulkheads and the tentacle of a giant squid snaked along the ceiling, having intruded out of a hatch at the top of a steep and narrow staircase at the south end of the room. A big chart of the ocean where Nemo's secret lair "Vulcania" was on the north wall.
Ray Bradbury was so impressed with Tom and his apartment that he immortalized him as "Tom Shipway" in the novel A GRAVEYARD FOR LUNATICS where the character appears in Chapters 28 and 29.
Bradbury also commissioned Tom to build him a model of Harper Goff's NAUTILUS which was seen in Ray's "office" at the beginning of each episode of THE RAY BRADBURY THEATER from 1985 to 1992.
Tom habitually sketched on napkins when he dined out and in 1979 he began making a series of concept drawings for a pilot house that he encouraged me to build for myself as a "den."
Attached is my favorite of the pilot house sketches Tom made and next to it a 1925 photo of the pilot house of the Towboat GEORGE T. PRICE which I first saw a few years ago and know Tom never saw.
Even Tom would have been amazed at the uncanny coincidences in the details of the crooked stove pipe and the upholstered "lazy bench" which they both have in common.
I don't believe if Tom ever saw any photos of the GOLDEN EAGLE's pilot house either but here in his sketch is the same interior detailing of arches overhead holding up the GOLDEN EAGLE's distinctive roof.
I will never forget the day Tom and I walked the length of the L.A. Harbor breakwater out to the lighthouse and back.
Along the way Tom told me the plot and dramatic highlights of Victor Hugo's 1866 maritime novel TOILERS OF THE SEA.
On his way back from a family gathering in Cape Cod in the early 1980's Tom met me in Hannibal, MO where I was vacationing and he thoroughly impressed my friends Ruth and Charles Anton and Hurley and Roberta Hagood.
Tom built scale models of every description from the Jim Hawkins' Admiral Benbow Inn from Stevenson's TREASURE ISLAND to a castle inspired by the Griffith Observatory that was exploded at the end of a bawdy film satire of FLASH GORDON in 1972. Of course anything maritime captured Tom's imagination and he built models of many varieties of boats and ships as well as "flying machines" in the tradition of Jules Verne.
An example of charming paintings by Cheryl Harness that she made to accompany her 1998 illustrated biography of Sam Clemens with special emphasis on his association with steamboats on the Mississippi. Available from amazon.com.
Mark Twain and The Queens Of The Mississippi
Written and Illustrated by Cheryl Harness
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
1st edition (November 1, 1998)
Attached scan of detail of a 1943 McDonnell aircraft advertisement which promoted the company's present war time industry and the future building aircraft for the post-war military in their plant at the Memphis Airport.
In the sky above the city the artist added a huge futuristic airplane with twin "pusher propellers" on the back of both wings.
I didn't include the aircraft in this scan since it rather overwhelms the city and the steamboat on the river, I'll leave it to the imagination of our fans and I have provided a "for reference only" scan for your amazement that doesn't need to be posted.
Transcript of the text below the graphic and headline:
"High on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi, stands Memphis . . . historic, colorful, truly representative of the romantic river cities of the Old South, but considerations other than its charm governed our choice of Memphis as the site for additional aircraft manufacturing plant facilities.
Favorable climatic conditions, accessibility of location, adequate supplies of labor, exceptionally good electric, gas, and water facilities, enlightened and progressive civic and community leadership—all these are factors which influenced the location of a McDonnell Plant at the Memphis Municipal Airport.
Details concerning the type and performance of aircraft which will soon roll out on our runways—are of military necessity, restricted. But you may be sure that these aircraft will play an important role in hastening the day of victory for America and our Allies.
That's our job in Memphis, now. But one day, when victory has been won and peacetime transportation is resumed, this old river city will become an important ocean port—in the Ocean of the Air.
Then, we hope to add our share to the contributions which Memphis and the New South will make to the New World of the Air.
James L. Kendrick III
Attached is a print of another painting by Louisiana artist "James L. Kendrick III." What a handle! He does plantation homes and N'awlins scenes primarily and some steamboats as well.
The cotton packed AMERICA in the foreground closely follows a vintage photo of the boat but the CITY OF MEMPHIS on the left bears a strong family resemblance to a painting by John Stobart of the J.M. WHITE (a detail of which is on the cover of Way's Directory). The swinging stages are lined up the same way in both paintings although there are differences in various other details if you compare them.
The NATCHEZ VI painted by James L. Kendrick III (whose painting of Cap'n Cooley's cotton packet AMERICA is a stand out in our illustration gallery, seen above).
James L. Kendrick III's RACE OF THE NATCHEZ & THE ROB'T E. LEE. Believe this was off an online catalogue but it seems to be out of print now.
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