[ModLib] OT: Anyone know ...

Robert Sanger rsanger at sangerswysen.com
Fri Nov 7 10:32:59 EST 2008


Other clues:

Yes, he is holding something -- is he an early stockbroker with a clumsy prototype of tickertape just before the crash of 1698?
I asked my daughter if is this was a father examining his daughter's report card.
My daughter responded by asking if this is, perhaps, the inventor of paper towels?
Might he have a buckle (or captain's bars) on the side of his hat -- is he in the military, a proto pilgrim or is that a reflection of light on a helmet?
He appears to have a plume emanating from the top of his hat -- is it a feather, or perhaps, a small volcanic eruption?
Is it Haldeman-Julius, himself, looking at an early version of an Excel spreadsheet, saying, "They ask how I do it? It's volume!"

But notice that there is a distortion as if the image were seen through a lens or . . . Maybe a self portrait drawn from a reflection in a slightly distorted mirror!  Ah, it is the long lost descendent of Ozymandias, now employed by Haldeman-Julius. He has just drawn his self-portrait which will be forever preserved for posterity and imprinted in this immortal series of books.  He is looking at the drawings saying, "My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings / Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair."  And he thinks, "My forefather merely had his image carved in stone.  Hey, no one will ever forget who I am!"

(Apologies to Shelley).

Oh well, off to work -- best regards to all. 


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From: modlib-bounces at owu.edu [mailto:modlib-bounces at owu.edu] On Behalf Of Gordon Neavill
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 2:17 AM
To: For collectors of Modern Library books
Subject: Re: [ModLib] OT: Anyone know ...

I'm pretty sure it's not Erasmus since Haldeman-Julius was vociferously anti-Catholic. It looks like a generic image to me rather than one meant to represent a specific individual -- maybe a crusading editor or printer with a long galley proof. Haldeman-Julius's autobiographical book The First Hundred Million (Simon and Schuster 1928) isn't indexed and has no illustrations. There's a sizable literature about Haldeman-Julius so maybe you could find the answer there. You could also contact the Leonard H. Axe Library at Pittsburg State Univerity in Pittsburg, Kansas, which has a Haldeman-Julius collection.

Barry

---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2008 22:49:05 -0800
>From: Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com>
>Subject: Re: [ModLib] OT: Anyone know ...  
>To: For collectors of Modern Library books <modlib at owu.edu>
>
>
>On Nov 6, 2008, at 10:29 PM, Matthew Buckingham wrote:
>
>> OK, but several clues should settle this: the headdress, what the  
>> guy is reading (a long sheet of paper?) and what's the name of the  
>> book this is taken from? (I think the hat's wrong for Erasmus.)
>
>It was the logo on hundreds of early Haldeman-Julius Publications 1919  
>- 1923 or so).  Here's a link to a typical pamphlet with the logo:
>
>http://www.modernlib.com/229%20PPS.jpg
>
>Scot Kamins
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