Visit the Cellar!

The Cellar Image of the Day is just a section of a larger web community: bright folks talking about everything. The Cellar is the original coffeeshop with no coffee and no shop. Founded in 1990, The Cellar is one of the oldest communities on the net. Join us at the table if you like!

 
What's IotD?

The interesting, amazing, or mind-boggling images of our days.

IotD Stuff

ARCHIVES - over 13 years of IotD!
About IotD
RSS2
XML

Permalink Latest Image

Oct 16th, 2018: Faces Below

Recent Images

Oct 15th, 2018: Chateau Artisan
Oct 14th, 2018: Whole World In Your Hands
Oct 13th, 2018: Oddly Tall Bike – Zebra
Oct 12th, 2018: British Houseboats
Oct 11th, 2018: Bee Whisperer
Oct 8, 2018: Alternative Limb Project
Oct 5, 2018: Ear Spring Geyser blows out old trash

The CELLAR Tip Mug
Some folks who have noticed IotD

Neatorama
Worth1000
Mental Floss
Boing Boing
Switched
W3streams
GruntDoc's Blog
No Quarters
Making Light
darrenbarefoot.com
GromBlog
b3ta
Church of the Whale Penis
UniqueDaily.com
Sailor Coruscant
Projectionist

Link to us and we will try to find you after many months!

Common image haunts

Astro Pic of the Day
Earth Sci Pic of the Day
We Make Money Not Art
Spluch
ochevidec.net
Strange New Products
Geisha Asobi Blog
Cute animals blog (in Russian)
20minutos.es
Yahoo Most Emailed

Please avoid copyrighted images (or get permission) when posting!

Advertising

Philadelphia Pawn Shop
The best real estate agent in Montgomery County
The best T.38 Fax provider
Epps Beverages and Beer, Limerick, PA
Sal's Pizza, Elkins Park
Burholme Auto Body, Philadelphia
Coles Tobacco, Pottstown
ERM Auto Service, Glenside
Glenside Collision
Moorehead Catering, Trappe
Salon 153, Bala
Dominicks Auto Body, Phoenixville

   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Sep 30 10:17 PM

Oct 1st, 2018: Dogs Playing Poker

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge had been painting dogs playing poker for cigar boxes from the 1870’s to this one in 1894.



What most people call Dogs Playing Poker is a painting titled “A Friend in Need”, one of a series of paintings by Coolidge between
1903 and 1910 for the promotional firm Brown & Bigelow who used them on calendars, ads, and promotional items.



Quote:
In his twenties and thirties, Coolidge dabbled in a series of jobs that may have prepared him for success as a commercial artist. Raised in the small town of Philadelphia in upstate New York, he moved in 1873 to Rochester, where he tried his hand as a druggist, a street address painter, and a cartoonist. At one point, he penned a comic opera about mosquitos. Though he lacked any formal training as an artist, Coolidge seems to have had an intuitive grasp of what made people laugh and what kinds of images they wanted to see.


Quote:
Many art historians credit him with inventing “comic foregrounds,” those plywood pictures with a cut-out hole for a head, allowing passersby to pretend they’re bodybuilders or mermaids. Even if he’d never painted a single pooch, Coolidge’s place in the kitsch canon would be secure.
Plenty of others jumped on the type of pictures the public liked.



The critics panned them as kitsch and lowbrow culture, but people liked them, they created smiles.
Coolidge didn’t just paint dogs playing cards but also playing pool.



Putting dogs in sports and other situations where some people feel uncomfortable like dances and courtrooms are sure to bring smiles to them.



Coolidge’s wife and daughter were not impressed, they preferred cats.

link

link


Clodfobble  Sunday Sep 30 11:06 PM

Fascinating. There are definitely some recurring characters--I wonder how many dogs the guy had as pets?



Your reply here?

The Cellar Image of the Day is just a section of a larger web community: a bunch of interesting folks talking about everything. Add your two cents to IotD by joining the Cellar.