Kerrytown BookFest Redux: Nineteenth-Century Etchings

One of the stalls at BookFest was selling prints of old metal etchings, the subject matter of which ranged from gorgeous to silly to prosaic to outlandish. Here are a few of my favorites. [As always, click to make stupid-big!]

"Reading Lessons" etching.

“Reading Lessons”

The cardinal rule of reading as presented in this image seems to be “shut the f*ck up.” Though I’d argue that “look at the thing you’re reading” is an even more elementary lesson, and one this little girl could greatly benefit from.

"Baby Kiss" etching.

This was called something like “Baby’s First Kiss,” which is cute and all, but look at the expression on that poor baby’s face. You can tell he or she didn’t consent to this. They oughta call it “Baby’s First Sexual Assault.”

"Consolation" etching.

“Consolation”

 I like this one because the lady who’s kneeling is supposed to be “consoling” the one who’s lying down, but it looks like they’re about three seconds from making out. Which is a terrific form of consolation, if you think about it!

"Eastern Woman" etching.

This one is just beautiful in real life–the woman’s jewelry and peacock feathers are tinted gold and blue, which are the only colors in the entire piece. Cell phone cameras can’t capture it and I’m too poor to buy it, but if you’d like to see this (or any of the others) in real life, I imagine they’re still available for sale at Out of the Way Books in North Adams, Michigan. 

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