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Triumph Bonneville T100 Paul Smith signature series. Nine one-off paint schemes were created - two designs put into limited production of 50, individually numbered and authenticated.
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"I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet" a boutique selling military memorabilia and antique uniforms opened in London’s Portobello Road in 1966.
4 million copies of James Montgomery Flagg’s Uncle Sam poster were printed by the US during WW1.
Designed in 1917, it was inspired by a 1914 British recruitment poster featuring Lord Kitchener in a similar pose.
Flagg apparently used his own face as a basis for Uncle Sam, he said later, simply to avoid the trouble of arranging for a model.
Ft. Knox Kentucky has a parade field named and dedicated to the artist called Flagg Field.
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KITCHENER’S POINTING FINGER.
The recruitment poster featuring the British minister Lord Kitchener is a defining image of the first World War. His provocative finger aimed directly at the viewer remains recognisable and imitated, 100 years after its design.
Most people assume the image owes its fame to a government campaign, but as few as 10,000 copies were printed and only a handful of original copies survive today.
It was in fact initially created as a front cover design for the London Opinion magazine on 5 September 1914, by professional illustrator Alfred Leete. In response to requests for reproductions, the magazine offered postcard-sized copies. The design was produced as a poster shortly afterwards with the headline amended to (Kitchener) “Wants You”.
The authorities had anticipated that an image of the popular Lord Kitchener would be good for recruiting. But the official Parliamentary Recruitment Committee poster used an uninspiring long-winded quote and a far less dramatic image of the field marshal. Although it received a print-run 15 times greater than Leete’s design, it’s now largely forgotten.
Leete was a renowned cartoonist who understood the importance of simplicity in communicating with the public.
His illustration carefully manipulated Kitchener’s appearance, correcting his squint, fixing a stern gaze and enlarging and darkening his moustache making him younger. The pointing finger singles out the individual, placing you under an obligation to respond.
Horatio Kitchener was born in Ireland 1850 and educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He took part in the operation to relieve General Gordon at Khartoum and went on to be appointed governor general of eastern Sudan, commander in chief of India and proconsul of Egypt. When war broke out, he reluctantly accepted the appointment of secretary of state for war. He was credited with great foresight in recognising that WW1 would last several years and require a large army, but his disputes with political and military figures of the time are now obscured by Leete’s evocative caricature.
The Statesman was uneasy about his image use in recruitment campaigns. He believed it should be the monarch inspiring people to sign up and insisted that the words “God Save the King” were included.
Lord Kitchener was killed 5 June 1916 in the sinking of HMS Hampshire, as he journeyed to Russia.
His iconic finger points on.
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PAISLEY pattern features the boteh or buta, an organic droplet-shaped motif of ancient Persian and Indian origin. It is known to have been used to decorate royal regalia, crowns and court garments in Iran as far back as the Sassanid Dynasty.
The colourful twisted-teardrop design first became popular in the West during the 18th and 19th centuries, following imports the British East India Company.
Soldiers returning from the colonies brought home Kashmir wool shawls and the design was imitated, particularly by the weavers of Paisley, Scotland who became its foremost producer by adapting their hand-looms which allowed them to work in more colours than their competition. The pattern consequently took on the name of the town.
Paisley went on to become a major manufacturer of printed textiles which brought down the price of the costly design and further increased its appeal.
Paisley was re-popularised during the Summer of Love and became heavily identified with psychedelic style and the interest in Indian spirituality and culture following The Beatles pilgrimage to Rishikesh in 1968.
The Yardbirds live in Santa Barbara. 1968 Poster
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