Z is for Zinc Paint

zinc-white

When you were apprentices, lead was everything, but since then zinc has come into use, and lead is no longer the only paint. As for me, I have no prejudices, but am always willing to learn what is best and use it.

The text is from the booklet House Paints : A Common Sense Talk About Them, by the New Jersey Zinc Company, 1899. Click here to read the booklet online, or download it free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2014

Y is for Yurt

yurt

A peculiar kind of tent, this yurt that wandered all over the prairies mounted on a cart drawn by a dozen or more oxen. Serviceable, too, because its dome-like shape enabled it to stand the buffeting of the wind, and it could be taken down at need.

The text is from the book Genghis Khan, The Emperor Of All Men, by Harold Lamb (1936). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2014

X is for eXtinguisher

eXtinguisher

. . .the possession of two “Kyl-Fyre” Extinguishers enabled me in a very short space of time to put out what threatened to be a very serious fire. The pendant kitchen lamp fell from the ceiling on to the table, the cook hurled it thence on to the floor, and the remainder of the servants fled on to the roof.

When I reached the scene I found the kitchen floor ablaze with the oil from the lamp, and the room full of stifling smoke. Within five minutes the whole fire had been entirely extinguished.

The text is from an advertisement in the book Paton’s List of Schools and Tutors, (An Aid to Parents in the Selection of Schools), published in 1911. Click here to read the book online or download it free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2013

V is for Villa

villa

A villa [is] a country residence, with land attached, a portion of which, surrounding the house, is laid out as pleasure-ground ; or, in other words, with a view to recreation and enjoyment, more than profit.

The text is from An Encyclopædia of Cottage, Farm, and Villa Architecture and Furniture, by J.C. Loudon (1846). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2013

T is for Tent

tent

Our tent was pitched in a charming situation whence we had a splendid view of the lake and its environs. To the south and west stretched ranges of mountains covered with fine grass, their summits burned to crimson by the setting sun.

The text is from the book With the Tibetans in Tent and Temple, by Mrs. Susie Carson Rijnhart, M.D. (1901). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2013