Recently i’ve been perusing this archive of vintage 78 records.
Some great stuff to be heard!
The Latin archives have taken up some of my time lately.
Here’s some of my faves that i found there:
Ellen De Lima
It would be fair to say that i’ve become a little obsessed with art teacher, author and illustrator Norah Woodsen Ulreich
The woman who wrote her amazing children’s books under the pseudonym NURA.
There is very little information about her available on the net.All that i have managed to find are(very)brief biographical summaries,listings of her numerous lithographs,paintings and books sold or for sale at auctions. And only two or three blogs that i can find that have written about her in any detail. One such blog is Will Schofield’s brilliant 50 Watts blog that featured pictures from her books: The Buttermilk Tree (1934) and The Silver Bridge (1937).
I recently picked up a copy of her book Nura’s Garden Of Betty And Booth (1935) which i’ll share some pics from today.
For the uninitiated, here’s all i know so far about this mysterious lady.
There is conflicting information on the net as to when she was born but the year most often listed is 1899. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She died in 1950.
I know from the Time Magazine article that was generously shared by 50 Watts (see Butermilk Tree link above) written in 1934 around the release of her second book that “She studied in Kansas City’s Art Institute, at the Art Students League in New York and in Chicago” “where she met her Painter-Husband Eduard Buk Ulreich. Buk Ulreich nicknamed her Nura because he “never calls people by their right names.”
A Picture Of Nura?
There doesn’t seem to be a picture of Nura anywhere on the internet. Although i did discover that in a book called New Deal Art in North Carolina: The Murals, Sculptures, Reliefs,Paintings Oils and Frescoes and Their Creators(2008) Author Anita Price Davis mentions that Buk painted an oil on canvas portrait of Nura in 1926 The portrait is simply called “Nura” and is also mentioned here.
So little info available.So much is unexplained!
The Children’s Books
I have found listings for at least 8 children’s books written and illustrated by Nura. The general consensus (from reading what scant info i can find) seems to be that Stories,The Buttermilk Tree and The Silver Bridge are her finest works in book form.
The Buttermilk Tree (1934)
Nura’s Garden Of Betty And Booth (1935)
The Silver Bridge (1937)
Nura’s Children Go Visiting (1943)
All Aboard We Are Off (1944)
The Mitty Children Fix Things (1946)
The Kitten Who Listened (1950)
Nura’s children’s books are quite unique.They are in turns quirky,odd and sweet. All are beautifully illustrated and designed.Some were self published. I only own one so far (her books are quite pricey and the early ones are rare) but i plan on picking up a few more. They really are something special.
Here are some pics of my copy of
Nura’s Garden Of Betty and Booth NY:Wm. Morrow & Company Inc. 1935 Text and 12 original lithographs by Nura ; printed in lithography by George C. Miller. Copyright 1935 by Nura Woodsen Ulreich
The book contains 12 lithographs by Nura and is the story of a little girl Betty, who finds a unique playmate in her shadow, whom she calls “Booth.” And the Four Winds who show her how they spend the day in the garden. Other characters are her cat “Mew” her dog “Tucker” and a toy doll called..”Toy Doll”
I’ve only scanned the front, back and a few of the color pages. Every second page is a back and white drawing of a clockface showing the various times of day.
The pictures scanned don’t really do justice to just how beautiful this book is.
The lithographs are shiny and of the highest quality. For such an old book my
copy at least is in very good shape. I hope by sharing my interest in Nura and
her magnificent books that it will ignite your interest in her too!
In love with this hauntingly beautiful piece of music. Whilst not being able to understand Romanian means that i have no idea what it’s all about.I have, however, at least managed to deduce who the performers are. After Googling the record label etc and having no luck i eventually managed to make out the names on the label. Ionescu-Ardeal, Alexandru Fodor and Victoria Hanzi.
A simple google of those names led me to here whereupon i found another track by the same artists/performers. So it appears that on violin is Alexandru Fedor accompanied by Victoria Hanzi (1902-1949) on cimbalom.
The singer/actor Ionescu-Ardeal is also featured.
Perhaps recorded in Chicago in 1927?
Still no idea on the title or subject of the track.
Anyone who speaks or reads Romanian and who is willing to enlighten me further feel free to do so!
London: The Falcon Press
Call me old fashioned if you like but i still adore buying old books.
This one arrived n the mail today. It’s actually a novelette. 1948. First UK Edition, First Printing.Hard Cover. 8.75″ x “5.75” Signed and inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper.
The story was later adapted into a screenplay by Harold Pinter and filmed by director Joseph Losey in 1963.
The film (which is one of my all time faves) starred Dirk Bogarde, Edward Fox,Wendy Craig and Sarah Miles.
The Servant trailer:
Here Losey discusses the film on the CBS arts program Camera Three in 1963:
Vintage bookstores where i live are shutting their doors at an alarming rate so this book i purchased online from the UK.I couldn’t help but think as i purchased it of the cluttered,dusty yet utterly charming little bookstores that no doubt still exist there. I had recently watched online a rare 1975 UK TV adaption of the book 84 Charing Cross Road and it was still fresh in my mind.
But i’m rambling on now. Here for your enjoyment old book (and bookstore)
lovers is the adaption of 84 Charing Cross Road that i speak of: