Monday, July 22, 2013

Gone fishin'

Whew! I just returned home after a road trip to points East that took me from Long Island to Schenectady, then, back south into Manhattan, and further south into Jersey, then, over to Philly. I managed to cram in a bit of paper hunting between visits with aunts and uncles, cousins, high school friends, and my dad, brothers and sister.

One of my finds: eight gorgeous color book plates of fish by artist Norman Erickson. That sentence makes it sound like I knew who he was. I didn't, and I didn't know where the images came from. Both were easy to find out via a quick internet search. Turns out that the plates were in a guide to Chicago's Shedd Aquarium that was published in 1933. The year before, the fish graced a series of postcards for the aquarium.

I'd love to get a look at the original watercolors, but for now, these will do. As always, how they will be used remains to be seen.


  1. Beautiful! Second to last is my favorite. Glad you had a good trip.

  2. Suzy: I like the Scorpionfish, too. A weird thing happened yesterday. I had to drive to Lexington, Ky., to drop off greeting cards at a shop there - Sqecial Media - and asked them where some good paper hunting places might be. They steered me to Feather Your Nest. When I got there, I headed toward a big display of postcards, and immediately spotted a postcard of the Porkfish, and it was one of the 1932 Shedd Aquarium postcards. What are the odds!?