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Wait. That’s a zoo? I thought it was the Alaskan wilderness!

Beavers in a den at the Belle Isle Zoo, in Detroit, Mich., now cavort amid scenes resembling their natural habitat. To minimize the artificial appearance of the surroundings, an artist reproduced a colorful forest panorama, complete with pine trees, scrub brush, streams, and lakes, upon the concrete walls of the open beaver pit. Visitors are attracted by the novelty of viewing the animals against a woodland background.

Table-Top Sculptor (Mar, 1948)

Table-Top Sculptor

His tiny built-up figures and settings bring hint fabulous prices as advertising displays.


DON’T look now, but that man’s making a scene again. Maybe that’s no bonanza in the crusty old prospector’s pan, but there’re both gold and glory in the scene for Forrest C. Crooks. And Mr. Crooks is having more fun than Punch and Judy in making scenes for his “real-life” miniature stage.

Mr. Crooks started something new in advertising illustrations. A magazine illustrator by profession, Mr. Crooks put aside his brush and pen to take up carving and set designing to “build” new drama into advertising.

He’s the Audubon of the Automobile (Mar, 1954)

He’s the Audubon of the Automobile

C. P. Hornung stalks the rare and early birds of motordom and draws their portraits.

By George H. Waltz Jr.

AMERICANS scarcely knew one bird from another, unless they were edible, until John James Audubon painted their portraits, exact to the tiniest speckled feather.

Now a whole generation of car-loving Americans is getting acquainted with the gaudy and gleaming automobiles of the past—some of them very rare birds indeed—because a modern Audubon is drawing painstakingly authentic pictures of them.

Clarence P. Hornung of New York City, whose gallery of America’s earliest cars already includes 75 portraits, didn’t take up the hobby that has become his booming business until 1949. Until then he was an industrial artist and specialist in creating trademarks and package designs.

Norman Rockwell says: “you can be a successful artist!” (Mar, 1950)

Why do I think that Norman Rockwell might not have been quite as invloved in this school as they make it seem?

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To aid students of art and medicine in studying the postures of the human body, a young German sculptor has devised skeleton puppets that can be adjusted to anypose. The figures are made of aluminum, and action of their joints is patterned after that found in the human body. Like marionettes, the puppets are manipulated into the desired attitude with the aid of strings. The illustration at the left shows the inventor of the skeleton puppets viewing a pair of his creations which show all of the bones.

Spray-Gun Artist Paints with Automobile Enamel (Mar, 1940)

Spray-Gun Artist Paints with Automobile Enamel

Paintings made with a spray gun instead of a brush, and with automobile enamel in place of oil colors, form the specialty of Ralph L. De Gayner, of Channing, Mich. Six years ago, he began experimenting with the new technique for turning out landscapes. Now, he is able to produce a winter scene, by his spray-gun technique, in five minutes. With his two sons mixing enamel and his wife operating the air compressor, De Gayner produces pictures in quantity.

Car “Crashes” Wall 24 Hours a Day (Feb, 1950)

Car “Crashes” Wall 24 Hours a Day
Motorists driving on Route 78 near Escondido, Calif., are startled momentarily by the sight of a car “crashing” into a restaurant. A closer look reassures them, however, since the car is really only half a car and the “crash” is painted on. The restaurant is located on a sharp curve, thus heightening the effect.

Artist Engraves Pictures on Fungus as Novel Hobby (May, 1938)

Artist Engraves Pictures on Fungus as Novel Hobby

ENGRAVING on large fungus plants of the kind commonly found on forest trees is the unusual hobby devised by William H. Foster, Andover, Mass., artist. Delicately cutting the soft surface of his novel medium with the sharp point of a jackknife, he obtains striking effects in contrasting shades of light and dark, as in the remarkable hunting scenes reproduced here. Some of his finished works of art are hung flat on the wall like pictures,
while others are mounted on blocks of field stone for mantel display. The unusual carvings are said to retain their freshness indefinitely. Whenever he needs a fresh supply of material, a trip through the woods with a chisel provides it.

Model Aids Anatomy Study (Oct, 1937)

Model Aids Anatomy Study
“MISS ANATOMY,” a life-size female figure sculptored from actual life and featuring internal organs that can be removed for lecture purposes, has been placed on exhibition at the New York Museum of Science and Industry in Rockefeller Center, N. Y. C.



Washington, Roosevelt, Billy the Kid, Jesse James! All the world’s most colorful figures stand out with startling reality in a wax museum. This article tells -how workers transfer a simple photograph into amazingly life like figures sculptured in tinted wax.

WHERE do the horrors in the wax museums come from? This question may have troubled you as you paused in a side show for a few pleasant shudders. So realistically are they made, so gruesomely exact in every tiny detail, that it would seem the artist must have had the original models pose especially for him.