NOSE ART : THE ART WORK ON THE NOSE OF MILITARY PLANES

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These two snapshots provide examples of nose art decoratively painted on the fuselage of American planes during World War II.  Nose art was originally deployed as a way of identifying friendly aircraft. The practice evolved to the point that the art became a way of expressing individuality within the uniformity of the military. It also reminded plane crews and ground support of better times back home and at the same time defended the men from the stresses of war and the threat of death. Nose Art was not sanctioned by the military but they did not enforce rules against it. Nose art has been described as “folk art” as well as “graffiti art”. Some civilian airlines later picked up the practice of displaying art on their airliners. The practice of nose art on fighting airplanes began with German and Italian pilots. The first known example was a sea monster that was pained on an Italian war plane in 1913. The most famous of all nose art was was the shark-face image which first appeared on British and American planes during World War I. During that time, the creators and artists of nose art were usually members of the ground crew. World War II has been called the “golden age” of nose art. Axis and Allied pilots participated in the practice. Artists included both professional civilian artist as well as talented servicemen. Paintings of “pin-up” girls and cartoon characters were very popular nose art during the second World War. Nose art is still a popular tradition today. Photo 1 features a pin-up girl lying down. There are a number of names painted on the fuselage (“Karma Jean”, “Bizzy”, “White Angel”, and “Little Joe”. I don’t know what the names represent. Perhaps they are nicknames of the crew members. There is also a column of names near the front of the fuselage and it is my presumption is a list of the proper names of all the crew members. In my unsophisticated opinion, I believe the pictured plane is a B-24. I could really use a fact checker right now. This image measures about 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and is in very good condition. Photo 2 may also be a B-24 bomber. Note the US insignia (star in a blue circle) on the rear of the fuselage. Also take notice of  the two aircraft in the background. The nose art on the foreground plane is a painting of a pin-up named “Miss Behaving”.  This photograph measures about 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ and is in very good condition. Both of these snapshots are sold as a package. In other words, the price you pay will buy you both images.

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ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL DRESSED FOR WINTER

 

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This snapshot photograph features an adorable little girl dressed in warm winter clothing. Enough said. The photo measures  3 3/8″ x 5″ and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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SNAPSHOT OF A CLYDE BEATTY CIRCUS TRUCK : THE CIRCUS HAS COME TO TOWN

This vintage snapshot photograph features a Clyde Beatty Circus Truck. It appears that the circus has come to town.  The photo was taken in 1959. The date is printed on  the top border of the photograph. Clyde Beatty (1903-1965) was an animal trainer and zoo owner in Florida. His first job at a circus was as a cage cleaner. He rose in status as he became an animal trainer. He was known for his lion taming acts. Eventually, in 1945, he became a circus owner and later merged with the Cole Brothers Circus.Beatty was famous for his “fighting act”. He would enter a cage with wild animals with a whip and a pistol strapped to his side. He demonstrated his courage by facing a cage full of animals including lions, tigers and cougars. At the peak of his career, Beatty’s act featured 40 lions and tigers. Beatty was so popular that he appeared in films between the 1930’s and the 1950’s.  He appeared on television in the 1960’s. The snapshot measures 3 1/2″ x 5″ and is in very good condition.

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LITTLE FOXES : A LOVELY COUPLE AND TWO YOUNG FOXES (SNAPSHOT)

This vintage snapshot is highly unusual. A couple poses with two cute young foxes. The gentleman in the photo is holding the two fox pups on his lap. The woman is wearing pants and sitting on the automobiles side board. The old car is a nice backdrop, Note the man’s cool cap. This photograph measures about 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ and is in excellent condition.

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SILENT SIOUX OIL BURNER CORP : ORANGE CITY, IOWA, : OWNER AND HIS ADVERTISING PANEL TRUCK (VINTAGE PHOTO)

This vintage snapshot features a man and his truck. This photo has captured a commercial truck with a painted advertising sign. The vehicle is a work truck for Silent Sioux Oil Burner Corp.. The business was located in Orange City, Iowa. Presumably, the warmly dressed gentleman, posed with the truck, is the owner of the company. Note the man’s bow tie and the snow on the ground and on the roof and fender of the truck. It was winter in Iowa when this photograph was taken. A trade catalog from this company is part of the Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collection.The catalog was published in the period between 1900 and 1909 though the company existed beyond those dates.      (SOLD)

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ON THE BOULEVARD: A HANDSOME FATHER AND HIS TWO ADORABLE KIDS ON A WALK (1966)

This snap shot photograph tells a story. It may go something like this. It is a cool winter day in France. Its 1966. A handsome father puts on his winter coat and scarf, bundles up his two adorable children, and the family goes for an enjoyable brisk walk down the boulevard. They are not alone. A number of pedestrians are occupying the sidewalk. The man and his children are well dressed and appear fairly affluent. An inscription, written in French, can be found on the reverse of the photo. Perhaps a visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery will be able to translate the inscription for the rest of us. The photograph measures about 2 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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A CHAUFFEUR AND A “WOODY WAGON”

A uniformed chauffeur leans against his “woodie” station wagon. Peering out the window is a young woman, possibly, a teenager. An inscription on the reverse of the photo indicates that this snapshot was taken in 1948. The pictured automobile is called a woodie because part of the rear body is made of wood or material that resembles wood. Woodies were  popular in the United States in the 1930’s and 40’s. The wagons were made as versions of sedans as well as station wagons. Some were basic and some of these autos were luxury vehicles. Generally, they were manufactured by third party conversion companies. The last year of production of real wood construction in American station wagons was 1953. From then on, only faux wood was used. The uniformed driver and the thatched roof on the brick building may offer a hint of where this snapshot photo was taken. The previous owner of this image suggested that the photo was taken somewhere in Africa. This snapshot photograph measures about 3 1/2″ x 2 3/8″ and is in very good condition.

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TWO VERY ATTRACTIVE YOUNG WOMAN EATING ICE CREAM AT A STREET FAIR IN ST ANDRE, FRANCE

This vintage snapshot features two very pretty young women eating ice cream as they stroll down a street in St. Andre, France. It appears that they may be at a street fair. These thin waisted young ladies could be fashion models. Perhaps they are? Note the Vespa motor scooter that is parked behind the woman wearing the solid color dress. That same woman, has a beautiful smile. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph indicates that the photo was taken in 1957.This snapshot photo measures about 2 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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FATHER GIVES DAUGHTER A RIDE ON HIS BIG JOHN DEERE TRACTOR (1948)

 

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This vintage snapshot photograph features a farmer and a little girl riding a large John Deere tractor. Beneath the John Deere name printed on the tractor, are the words “Made in USA”. It seems the company took pride in being an American manufacturer. The reverse of the photo has an inscription indicating the farmers name and the year it was taken (1948). Perhaps the child is the farmers daughter or granddaughter. This photograph measures about 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ and is in very good condition.

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL DOING SCHOOLWORK

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The little girl seen in this photograph is absolutely adorable. The bow in her hair adds to her cuteness. She is wearing earrings and a ring. The youngster is bright eyed and appears quite studious. I believe the photograph is best described as a snapshot but I am not entirely certain. Perhaps labeling it a “vintage photograph” would suffice. It measures about 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″. I had hoped that magnifying the calendar in this photo would provide the approximate date it was taken. Unfortunately, my efforts went unrewarded. Despite the uncertainties, this image is special. This photograph is in very good condition (see scans).                                       

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Published in: on September 21, 2019 at 12:10 pm  Comments (2)