Friday, 31 October 2008

Man and Machine

No. 2 in the occasional series of illustrations from "The Miracle of Life" (1941):


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8 comments:

neverneutral said...

cool. what's the source of this illustration? it's great.

Dominic Rivron said...

It's from The Miracle of Life - a 1941 book about natural history (including humanity) and evolution. If you click on The Human Machine in my "Labels" list you'll quickly find The Workshop of the Head, which I posted on 13th October. It is, I think, an even cooler illustration. There are more where these come from and I'll be posting them from time to time.

The questionnaires you've posted look interesting...

The Weaver of Grass said...

I think I would rather not know what is going on in these illustrations!

Poet in Residence said...

It brings to mind that poem 'Today we have the naming of parts'. It looks like what I imagine military instructions on how to chuck a hand-granade would look like.

Dominic Rivron said...

I never looked at it like that.

I always think the top picture is a good representation of what it feels like to have a bad cold.

billectric said...

This illustration is fantastic! I could see this as a poster on my wall. Very cool.

dick said...

As a kid I loved these ingeniously instructive books that predated television. Memory lane!

Dominic Rivron said...

billectric: It would make a good poster, wouldn't it? I might try to make myself one. Not sure my scan would blow up enough.

Dick: Television, unfortunately, is far better at entertaining than informing. On the bright side, there are still good books around. My children had a "pop-up book" of the human body, for example. Gory, but great.