He Brings Machines to Life (Oct, 1954)
If you like these drawings, there are a bunch of his illustrations here: Boris Artzybashef
He Brings Machines to Life
THE transformation of harsh, cold machines into alert-looking, hard-working gremlins with faces, hands and feet is the unique achievement of cartoonist Boris Artzybasheff. His “living” mechanical monsters have created a sensation in the field of technical advertising.
It is not difficult to analyze the success of the animated machines. They convert a highly-specialized subject into one that everyone can understand and enjoy. This helps to sell a product and a company name. What more could an advertiser want?
Voices Across the Land (Feb, 1959)
The exact same quote about being assigned a phone number at birth is used in the Mechanix Illustrated article Your Telephone Of Tomorrow (Sep, 1956). If you haven’t read that one, be sure to check it out, it pretty much predicts modern cell phones.
Voices Across the Land
Night and day I keep singing—humming and thrumming:
It is love and war and money; it is the fighting and the tears, the work and want,
Death and laughter of men and women passing through me, carrier of your speech,
In the rain and the wet dripping, in the dawn and the shine drying,
A copper wire.
Under a Telephone Pole Screwdriver and splicing knife hanging from his belt, the telephone man keeps history’s happiest invention humming from coast to coast. He watches over 265 million miles of wire, waging war against storm, disaster and pesky animals that chew up or nest in his equipment. He hoists his lines over mountains with helicopters, shoots them across canyons with bow and arrow, strings them through dark conduits far beneath great cities. To every home and office, he gains ready entrance, exuding courtesy and helpfulness.