Can’t You Just Photoshop It?

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Catalog number 1969.0124.000001

I’ve heard it time and time again, “can’t you just Photoshop it?” I blame all the magicians out there who accomplish unreal feats every day using Photoshop. They’ve built up a mythos that stands nearly impossible to live up to if you, like me, consider yourself “good, but not great” at using the program.

In May, we will be opening a new exhibition, Answering America’s Call: Newport News in World War I. The exhibit will explore the local impacts of WWI through personal stories and artifacts as well as lots and lots of posters. Posters like this one:   Read more

Posters part 3

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While we have a lot of beautiful and serious posters, I decided to focus this week on some of the posters that give me a good chuckle, whether they be rhymes from the shipyard to encourage workers or posters warning sailors and soldiers about the dangers of venereal disease.  It sometimes feels a little wrong to laugh at these as I know they were usually meant as serious warnings, but I just can’t help myself!  Anyways, enjoy these gems!

The first poster is one we acquired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1962.  There is no information at the bottom of the poster and I have not found another one online, so I don’t know much about it, but I love the imagery of the messy pig.  The second came to us from the shipyard and was used to encourage their employees to work hard to help defeat the Nazis.  The line “And knocked Adolph square on his Axis” cracks me up every time!  The third poster is from 1945 and encourages sailors/soldiers to get an x-ray done.  I guess the idea is that if the big burly guy in the poster is willing to get his done, you should too.  It’s great that he is so happy with himself and sits there and smokes.  If only he knew what we know these days!   Read more

Ceramics and other faces

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One thing I learned a couple of years ago is that ceramic figurines are definitely not for me.  We have quite a collection here at The Mariner’s Museum and some of them are hilarious or have downright terrifying faces.

The picture above shows two ceramic pieces, one depicting a sailor leaving his sweetheart and the other is the sailor returning to his sweetheart.  This makes me laugh every time because the sailor didn’t just get a tan, he’s red as a lobster!  When he left he was pasty white and being out in the sun, as sailors are, has done quite a number to him.  I imagine his sweetheart probably had a difficult time recognizing him (imagine her reaction!).   Read more