“Checking for Injuries”

A great new picture up at Gotcha Cha Cha.

From the book “Technique of Bandaging and Splinting”, 1945. This is from a bizarre book I found, with pictures of 1940’s style people in bandages. The illustrations are great. They are done by Guy Brown Wiser who I was able to Google successfully. At this blog you can learn all about him. I also found this from Ask Art.com:

Born in Marion, IN on Feb. 10, 1895. Wiser graduated from Cornell University in 1917. He then served in WWI as an Air Force pilot before returning to South Bend, IN where he practiced architecture. During 1924-26 he studied art in Paris with Despujols and with Charles Hawthorne at Cape Cod. He taught for nine years at Ohio State University before moving to Los Angeles in 1934 and then taught at Scripps College for two years. During the years 1925-57 he illustrated about 80 books for various book companies. He died in Fallbrook, CA on March 30, 1983. Exh: County Fair (LA), 1935; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1935; Pasadena High School, 1936; Academy of Western Painters (LA), 1936.


“The Practical Handbook of Carpentry”, A Fawcett Publication more info

Here at Gotcha Cha Cha we like to do our research. This book that I picked up at the thrift store, “The Practical Handbook of Carpentry” has piqued my interest because these books are usually so bland, grainy black and white pictures, low quality production. But this book is bold with neon colors. I looked up the author, R. J. Decristoforo and he has many how-to building/wood working books listed on Amazon. But it is not the text that fascinates me it is the books layout and design. So I looked up the publisher, Fawcett Publications and there I found an interesting story and some clues. Thank god for Wikipedia. Fawcett Publications was started by “Captain Billy” Fawcett in 1919 in Minnesota. It all started with Captain Billy’s “Whiz Bang”, a bawdy cartoon and joke magazine. To make a long story short, Fawcett Publications specialty was comics, they invented Captain Marvel, and How-to books. This clearly explains how punchy this how-to book looks. It combines elements of a how-to book, with the design influence of cartoons. I love it!

The Practical Handbook of Carpentry, 1969

The Practical Handbook of Carpentry, by R. J DeCristoforo, 1969.

What a beautiful book. I love this book not for the wealth of information it holds, which it does have wonderful looking charts and instructions, I love this book for its design. Neon green, red and blue. Funky layout. The only thing not so great are the quality of the pictures, which seems pretty standard for the time, but besides that, this is a very modern book.

Finally, Something New

I framed this yesterday. It is from the vintage “Bandages” book I found. There are a lot of funky pictures in that book, but the challenge is to find a picture that stands on it’s own as interesting. I like how this came out. I like the red mount board, and the gold frame.

I have not taken proper pictures to put up for sale on etsy, but hope to early next week. I forgot to photograph it without the glass, so now I have to cope with that impediment.


Coming soon:

This pic is up for sale on etsy, but recently I created this double mat board. I have to reframe it, rephoto it, and then get it up for sale.

Can you see from this picture what great colors are in this alphabet card? I really want to frame this soon.

Meet Lupe

As much as we love and adore Cha Cha, we do have other pets who we love and adore also. This is Lupe, short for Guadalupe. We got her at the same time we got Cha Cha from a local cat shelter. Lupe is from New Orleans. She is very fluffy and soft. She loves to be pet, and scratched on her belly, an odd thing for a cat. Cha Cha is not very nice to Lupe, which makes me very sad because I think Lupe would love a cat friend.