Old Cameras As Home Decor – Camera is the Latin Word for room, which goes some way to describing the very basic principles of photography. Using a lens, a small hole made in the wall of a darkened room will allow a two-dimensional image of what is outside the room to be projected onto the opposite wall. A scaled down version of this idea, the camera obscura (literally, dark room) was a box, used mainly by artists during the 18th and 19th centuries as a way of studying perspective, and as such, these objects can also be viewed as the first form of the camera.
Collecting Posters And Using As Home Decor – The development of poster art during the last years of the 19th century came about as manufacturers began to realize the enormous benefits to be gained from pictorial advertising, rather than relying on pure typography as a method of selling products. And there were new and exciting products to sell, such as bicycles, corsets and cigarette papers, which lent themselves magnificently to the skill and imagination of such artists as Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Jules Cheret and Alphonse Mucha.
The lithographic printing process revolutionized the art of poster making. The new technique involved the use of a flat stone onto which the design was drawn in wax crayon which acted as a resist.
Children have always valued their toys, but as playthings and companions to be loved, abused and discarded, according to mood and whim. It is adults who have elevated them to the display cabinet. Who would have dreamt 15 years ago that the major auction houses would devote sales entirely to teddy bears, attracting buyers from all over the world prepared to part with thousands of pounds for a coveted teddy bears…
A teddy bear is more than the sum of his parts, but scrutinizing the parts is as good a way as any to ascertain date, country of origin, authenticity, condition and even maker.