New York World (1907-1930s), for which he produced a daily cartoon. Shown here are two cartoons he made about camouflage that were featured in the Washington Post in 1917.
Dialog for Office Camouflage (above)—
—Mr. John, hereafter I want to see you at your desk more. You spend too much time out of the office. Tell Mr. Bill this applies to him too.
—Yes , Boss.
—Yes, Boss, they are at their desks.
—Did it work?
—Yes, the boss thinks he saw you at your desk, Mr. John.
Dialog for Home Camouflage (below)—
—Go to our room and go to bed! You can't go out tonight.
—O, very well.
—The inventor of the fire escape must have been a married man.
—Something queer! He is not snoring.
—Well! What a clever home camouflage!
—Won't she get onto it?
—Never! If she goes to my room she'll think I'm asleep. I did a nice little bit of camouflage.
—The idiot! He doesn't know yet after forty years that he never sleeps without snoring.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
|Dazzle-painted Fallingwater (2013) © Stephanie Syjuco|
|Camouflaged Google bus (2013) © Stepanie Syjuco|
|Dazzle-patterned IKEA furniture (2013) © Stephanie Syjuco|
|Camouflaged jeepney (2013) © Stephanie Syjuco|
Monday, July 8, 2013
From "WILL EXHIBIT 'CAMOUFLAGE'" in the Washington Post, December 30, 1917, p. 14—
"Camouflage" will play an interesting part in the fourteenth national motorboat show at Grand Central Palace, New York. There will be at least one exhibit illustrating in models how "camouflage" is applied to ships in the form of war paint. "Camouflage" as painted these days has all the evidence of an escaped lunatic having enjoyed an orgy with paint pots.
Friday, July 5, 2013
|Armenian-born American camoufleur Nishan G. Tooroonjian|
Reproduced above is a photograph of him that appeared in a periodical called The New Armenia, Vol X No 3, March 1918 (at which time he was still in France). His drawing appears on the cover of that issue, and the photo caption reads: "N.G. Tooroonjian. Camoufleur, AEF in France. The cover design of The New Armenia was drawn by him."
A substantial entry on his life was published in the 1942-43 edition of Who's Who in California, and there is a website that features about forty of his works, as well as some wonderful photos of him, self-described as a "disguised agitator."
Thursday, July 4, 2013
From the "It's Town Talk" column in Free Lance (New Zealand), Issue 972, March 6, 1919, p. 22—
That the new "dazzle camouflage" design on summer skirts may be all right for the ethereal nymph-like form, but for over umpteen stone specimens the least said the better.
From "Camouflage Finds Use in Fashions" in The Coshocton Tribune (Coshocton OH), April 15, 1920, p. 8—
LONDON—The artists who decorated our recently almost invisible ships and who hid the armies of the western front behind and under painted canvas and "ersatz" villages are out of a job.
Hence the spring millinery styles.
The dazzle hat has arrived, and with it a game.
Says one fashion writer:
"If you see coming toward you a woman who in some unaccountable way seems to melt into a sort of rainbow mass above the shoulders, don't be alarmed; try to find her hat."
To the uninitiated the new spring designs seem to be meaningless collections of colored stripes and zigzags. Some are even more like forked lightning.