Notes : 05/07 - 06/07


A note about 'Notes'...

Hey! I moved to Dublin, Ireland in Fall 2006 and moved back to the United States in early June 2007. From April to June, I had many wonderful people come visit me in Ireland and things around this blog turned into a bit of a ghost town! Things will be a bit unsettled in the months ahead as I move and start a new job (art professor!), but I think I'll be doing regular updating all the same. If May and June look pretty sparse, be sure to flip through the archives on the menu to the right if you've never looked there before. Thanks for reading!

June 14, 2007

I'm not exactly sure which Web site I found this on, but it's a funny ad for Batman and Superman costumes available from the Sears catalog in, I'm guessing, the early 60s*. I've noted on here before the new niche market in hero costumes for kids that distort or enhance their muscles. I noticed a Spider-Man 3 costume like this at the store the other day. These costumes are made perfect by the earnest poses the young heroes strike. If I ever had to wear a Batman costume, I'd want shiny black dress shoes and socks to go with it.

* - This guess is based in part on the Batman logo as well as the price of the costumes. I'm not sure when the vogue for "Sanforized" cotton would have taken place.

May 6, 2007

I found this during some idle Googling (looking for the "Forces of Nature" rugby campaign from O2). I almost couldn't believe it. The first image is from the story of how Cuchulainn got his name. When he was a boy he was named Setanta. Once, he stayed behind while the king, Conchobar, went to a feast at the house of Cullen. He eventually decided to join the king and the other warriors and set off with his hurley (playing stick) and sliotar (ball). In the meantime, Cullen had released his prize hound to defend his house. The hound was said to be unstoppable and had the force and strength to kill any man. When Setanta came upon the hound, he instead was the victor - he killed the dog with a single shot from his sliotar. Cullen, although glad that Setanta was alive, was devastated for the loss of his guardian dog. Setanta offered to protect Cullen's lands until a new dog could be trained and thus he was named Cu (for 'hound') chulainn.

The second ad imagines a scene from the Tain, presumably the theft of the mighty brown bull of Cooley. The last ad interestingly seems to descend from folklore rather than Irish literature. In the folk tradition Finn* was bedeviled by a giant named Cuchulainn. I would guess this image constructs Finn battling Cuchulainn at the Giant's Causeway in the north of Ireland.

* - Traditionally, Finn MacCumhaill is the leader of the Fianna, a warrior band of ancient Ireland. In folk tales featuring Finn and Cuchulainn, Finn is a bit more of a Robin Hood/Appalachian Jack character, living by his wits.

May 6, 2007

Well, I was off again - this time to visit a friend in Den Haag. This image is from a section of graffiti along the docks (near the modern art museum) in Amsterdam.


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