Friday, February 12, 2016

Hal Foster’s happy memories of the Ben Day dot

1 [1921] HIGH SKILL REQUIRED. The Ben Day Department at Jahn & Ollier Engraving in Chicago.

Those first engravings were beautiful things. They had Ben Day process then and those Ben Day men were artists — they could get the colors. Then they got cheaper and cheaper and now finally there’s no Ben Day work at all now. They use a different process that’s cheaper and not nearly so good.
 — Hal Foster 1971
DESIGNER Phil Normand — master restorer of classic Edgar Rice Burroughs dust jackets — corrects Hal Foster’s memory in his 2013 article article Tarzan and the Ben Day Men, or The Mechanics of Color in the Sunday Comic

In the early ’20s Prince Valiant creator Hal Foster (1892-1982) worked at the Chicago engraving firm of Jahn & Ollier.¶¶¶
“Benday” eventually became generic for mechanically applied dot patterns. There were other ways to do the mechanicals for comic color. — Phil Normand 2013¶¶¶
Read Phil Normand’s article HERE.

Another article from 1914:
2 [1914] Exhibit of Color Print Art pays tribute to work done by The Herald. Display of Ben Day Process Feature of Graphic Arts Exposition, in New York Herald, April 20, p.20. 

And Guy Lawley HERE.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Bibliography of Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Language


THE VULGAR TONGUE consists of two parts; the first is the Cant Language, sometimes called Pedlar’s French, or St. Giles Greek; the second, those Burlesque Phrases, Quaint Allusions, and Nick-names for persons, things and places, which from long uninterrupted usage are made classical by prescription.  Captain Francis Grose, Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1785

The Bibliography of Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Language from A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant & Vulgar Words by John Camden Hotten, 1859


A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant & Vulgar Words by John Camden Hotten HERE.

Slang; A Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit &c. by John Bee HERE.

Modern Flash Dictionary by George Kent, Duncombe’s Edition HERE.

Passing English of the Victorian Era by J. Redding Ware HERE.