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CULTURE - General
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which you may also wish to visit.

This page is basically unindexed; scroll away!

    Wiener Werkstätte.   new (19 Apr 2014)
    Early Influences.
        including Funday and Father Gander (1933) by Ilo Orleans.
    GOODREADS Error Messages.   new (07 Aug 2018)

You may wish to visit my main Culture page and the preceding page on Culture (kultcha?).

See also the Infinity Printer Page:   new (30 Dec 2019)
  George Gamow's One Two Three ··· Infinity.
  Going Gamow One Better
    (with digressions into orthographies)
  W3C Unicode Charactersets

Wiener Werkstätte

I have, from my mother's original 1932 apartment, a ceramic figurine from the world-famous Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna's Workshops),  The Wiener Werkstätte was founded in 1903 as a production community of visual artists, bringing together architects, artists, and designers.   new (19 Apr 2014)

This figurine was originally a holder for an Art Deco lamp, long since lost.  Pictures of the lamp in its original setting exist but are buried in storage; I hope to recover them one of these days.

A half-kneeling, half-seated clown (or Pierrot), the figure holds a bowl in its outstretched arms and another is on the "ground" behind it.  The upper bowl has a central hole which held the lamp and passed the electric wire down to a hole through the chest; the wire then led to a switch held by a formed brass plate inserted in a notch in the base under the figure's left foot.  Shielded wiring (uninsulated at the switch terminals!) then led through a hole in the left side of the base and out to the plug (mains).

Left Side of Wiener Werkstätte Figurine

Right Side of Wiener Werkstätte Figurine

Underside of Wiener Werkstätte Figurine, showing WW imprint (logo).

Although free of overglaze, the imprint is almost impossible to discern in this photograph; here are graphics of the WW logo and of it in the WW colophon:

WienWerkLogo WienWerkColophon
[19 Apr 2014 photos by and © 2014 S. Berliner, III]

Odd; I had no trouble reading the imprint with the naked eye; the piece is marked as number 248.  Guess I'd better take another photo of the imprint, eh?  The complete imprint reads:   rev (17 Sep 2014)

{WW colophon}

Here are better views of that colophon and of the brass plate that held the on-off switch:   new (17 Sep 2014)

WienWerk7 WienWerk8
[17 Sep 2014 photos by and © 2014 S. Berliner, III]

If there is an artist's chop or initials anywhere, I cant find such.  Perhaps the imprinted number "3" refers to a particular craftsperson.

Although I once found some images of a similar WWS piece, none appeared in an extensive Google search on 19 Apr 2014.  AHA!  Here's a find (17 Sep 2014); Stevens Fine Art of Phoenix, Arizona, lists WWS piece #382, a ca. 1925 work of similar form, although far less elaborated, described as a "Glazed Terra Cotta Figure marked WW, Made in Austria, GB and 382", credited to artist Gudrun Bausdisch.  #382 is only 4" (10cm) high by 2¼" (6cm) wide; whereas my #248 measures some 7" (18cm) high by 3½" (9cm) wide [by 7½" (19cm) long].   Might my piece be by her, as well?   rev (17 Sep 2014)

Now, through the great kindness of Steve Stoops at Stevens Fine Art, you can see for yourself the smaller figurine AND its colophon and imprints:   rev (18 Sep 2014)

WienWerkGBaud3 WienWerkGBauMark WienWerkGBauInv
[17 Sep 2014 photos courtesy of and © 2014 S. Stoops/Stevens Fine Art;
right image inverted by SB,III]

[Weird how the eye plays tricks; that underside mark is intaglio (incised), NOT bas-relief (projecting) as it appears in the middle picture.
It's an old trick, but simply inverting the picture, as at right, shows the apparently-correct shadowing.]

Rather unlikely, then, that my figurine is by Gudrun Baudisch; I wonder who did it.

Early Influences - in line with my previously-noted Tribute to Holling Clancy Holling and his "Paddle to the Sea", Walter D. Edmonds's 1941 "The Matchlock Gun", Henry B. Kane's 1940 "The Tale of the Whitefoot Mouse", and Willaim Pêne duBois's 1940 "The Great Geppy", I grew up with many other great children's and adult classics that strongly influenced my impressionable young mind. new (22 Apr 2014)

MatchlockGun WhitefootMouse GeatGeppy

I was a bit precocious, starting to read at 3 and reading well at 5; two of the earliest books I recall are Kipling's "Wee Willie Winkie", in a profusely-illustrated child's hardcover edition, probably by Whitman or Garden City Publishing, and an English edition of Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses".

Next in importance were my lavishly illustrated (water color) 1940 "The Little Geography of the United States" and 1941 "The Little History of the United States", both by Mabel Pyne.

LittleHistory LittleGeography

Later, as a pre-teen, I received from a cousin of my father a mixed set of her 1920s-30s Garden City classics, including Scott's "Quentin Durward", Stevenson's "The Black Arrow", and, especially, Verne's "The Mysterious Island".  Heavy stuff, indeed!  Many had the fabulous N. C. Wyeth illustrations - heady stuff for a young boy.  Some were too abstruse for me to grasp but that latter, the Verne "The Mysterious Island", was incredibly fascinating; it wasn't until several years later, as an early teen, that I finally read Verne's "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" and realized it was the prequel of "The Mysterious Island"; what an incredible revelation!

QuentinDurward BlackArrow MysteriousIsland 20KLeagues

Some while later yet, I got Pierre Loti's "An Icelandic Fisherman"; now THAT was certainly an eye-opener, notably the elegant line illustration of the protagionist's lady-love in the altogether, flowing long locks notwithstanding!

On my Aviation Page 3, I mention two of my old childhood books, "Stratosphere Jim and His Flying Fortress" by Oskar Lebeck and Gaylord DuBois, illustrated by Alden McWilliams (Racine, Wis.: Whitman, 1941.) and "Chennault of the Flying Tigers" by Sam Mims (Macrae- Smith, 1943).

Incidentally, that little (about 4"W x 5"H x ¼") copy of "Wee Wilie Winkie" slid behind the hall bookcase and sat there for a year or two before we moved ca. 1945; I watched like a hawk until the movers pulled that bookcase (I still have it) away from the wall and was grievously disappointed that the book simply wasn't there!  I didn't understand it then and I don't understand it now, some 70-years later.

AHA! - this sure appears to be the jacket that I remember:   added (17 Oct 2015)


Found it on eBay (dated 1938)!  The ilustrations jibe with my memory; what a kick!  For $9.00 p.p., I sprang for it and, assuming it's public domain now, you should see it in full here soon.

Funday and Father Gander (1933) by Ilo Orleans.  When I was little, two books my mother read to me were by then-contemporary author Ilo Orleans.  If I recall aright, he was a friend of my parents and these were documentation of stories he told his own small children.  Again, based on my recollection, Father Gander was a collection of short children's stories, but Funday was definitely a one-year calendar (which year?) with a brief bedtime story for each night.  Each week began with Funday (today's rabid fundamentalists would probably object to desecration of their Lord's day!).  The ditties may very well have been in verse and I then read them to my little sister and later my own children and grand-children. (17 Oct 2015)

My instigation for this entry was an e-mail from my sister about Father Gander and the discovery that the book is still available but that there was no search hit for Funday that I could find.

I still have these two books but they are packed away and more detail will have to await their reappearance.

GOODREADS Error Messages - these are priceless (at least I think so); looking up what turned out to be a bad link on Goodreads, an on-line book source, I got the following wonderful error message:   new (07 Aug 2018)

We’re sorry, you seem to have stumbled on a bad link.

Two links diverged from a yellow page,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it broke in the understroke;

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
May wear them really about the same,

And both that page-load equally lay
In bits no click had colored black.

  adapted from The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Well, I whizzed on by but then tried again, just in case I'd made a typo in the URL, and got this gem:

Page-Is-Gone, son of Aragorn, grandson of Arathorn

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1)

Intrigued, I tried again (and again and again) and believe these are all of them (I got tired of retries):

Yarr, the page you requested can’t be charted on any known map.

“It would be a lot quicker than that if we could just sail straight there, but I was looking at
the nautical charts, and there’s a dirty great sea serpent right in the middle of the ocean!
FitzRoy frowned. “I think they just draw those on maps to add a bit of decoration.  It doesn’t
actually mean there’s a sea serpent there.”

The galley went rather quiet. A few of the pirate crew stared intently out of the portholes,
embarrassed at their Captain’s mistake. But to everyone’s relief, instead of running somebody
through, the Pirate Captain just narrowed his eyes thoughtfully.

“That explains a lot,” he said.  “I suppose it’s also why we’ve never glimpsed that giant compass
in the corner of the Atlantic.  I have to say, I’m a little disappointed.”

  Gideon Defoe, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

- - - * - - -

Sorry you got bad directions.

“... You seem upset, Charlie. Is something wrong?”
Charlie: “No, no, I’m okay, I just had to take directions
from a mute beaver in a fez to get here, it’s unsettling.”

  Christopher Moore, A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper, #1)

- - - * - - -

You've hit a bad link, but don't panic!

“I don’t know what I’m looking for.”
“Why not?”
“Because...because...I think it might be because if I knew
I wouldn’t be able to look for them.”

  Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

- - - * - - -

Sorry, you’ve reached the end of the sidewalk.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

  Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

- - - * - - -

We can’t find the horcrux you were looking for.

“Yeah, but the lost diadem,”
said Michael Corner, rolling his eyes,
“is lost, Luna.  That’s sort of the point.”

  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, #7

- - - * - - -

Sorry you couldn’t get to where you wanted to go.

Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
The Cheshire Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
Alice: “I don’t much care where.”
The Cheshire Cat: “Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.”
Alice: “...So long as I get somewhere.”
The Cheshire Cat: “Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.”

  Lewis Carroll {Charles Lutwidge Dodgson}, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1

- - - * - - -

Sorry you lost your way.

Every one of us is losing something precious to us.
Lost opportunities, lost possibilities,
feelings we can never get back again.
That’s part of what it means to be alive.

  Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

I hope you enjoy these clever bits as much as I did!

You may wish to visit my main Culture page and the preceding page on Culture (kultcha?).

May I also suggest that if you are on or near Long Island, you enjoy the Big Grey Celtic music concerts?  The only thing Celtic about me is my touch o' the Blarney (BS = Blarney Stone) and my Scythian roots (my mother was a Magyar), but I dearly love the Irish and Scottish music.

Serious fans of art must, of course, visit the Museum of Depressionist Art and the The Gallery of the Unidentifiable!

If you enjoy creative lunacy, visit the Pseudodictionary!

Stay tuned!


  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.


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