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.