Mary Blair's parrot drawing

Mary Blair (1911 – 1978), born Mary Robinson, was an American artist who was prominent in producing art and animation for The Walt Disney Company, drawing concept art for such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Cinderella. Blair also created character designs for enduring attractions such as Disneyland's It's a Small World, the fiesta scene in El Rio del Tiempo in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, and an enormous mosaic inside Disney's Contemporary Resort. Several of her illustrated children's books from the 1950s remain in print, such as I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss. Blair was honored as a Disney Legend in 1991.

French's Parakeet Food Advertising with Budgies

French's Parakeet Food Advertising, ca.1957
French's Conditioning Food Advertising, 1956
French's Parakeet Food Advertising, 1956

French's Parakeet Treat Advertising, 1952
French's Parakeet Food Advertising, 1956

French's Parakeet Seed Advertisment 1960
From Family Circle magazine, 1960.


French's Parakeet Seed "PARAKEETS ARE FUN" Booklet 1953

French's Canary & Parakeet Food Advertising, 1954
From the March issue of Family Circle magazine.

French's Parakeet Food Advertising, 1956
From the February 13th issue of Life magazine.

Lincoln "Bird" Advertising Series with Parrots

Lincoln Town Sedan -1928
 Lincoln "Bird" advertising series of 1928
Artist: Winthrop Stark Davis

Lincoln Seven-Passenger Limousine - 1928
 Lincoln "Bird" advertising series of 1928
Artist: Winthrop Stark Davis

Parrot Astrology

Parrot astrologers were fortune tellers who used green parakeets to pick up tarot cards. They interpreted the tarot cards to foretell a person's future. Most of the time, these cards bore optimistic messages. Parrot astrologers were South Indians and the business began as a five-foot-way trade in early Singapore. Parrot astrologers also made house calls and set up stalls in temple grounds.

The parrot astrologer's possessions included a small table, 27 fortune cards based on the Indian cosmic system, charts, a notebook and most importantly, parrots. The parrots are fed with fruit, nuts and chillies to sharpen their intelligence. They are also treated with love and care, thereby establishing a bond between the astrologer and his pet. Each of these fortune cards depicted a Hindu deity, the image of the Buddha or the Virgin Mary with Jesus as an infant. Many Hindus believe there is an intimate connection between things that happen in daily life and planetary movements. A message therefore accompanies the picture addressing the customer's current cosmic influence on his domestic, financial, career and romantic matters.

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Parrot Astrology iPhone App
link: iTunes

Casino de Paris poster: Mistinguett with parrot

Mistinguett (5 April 1875 – 5 January 1956) was a French actress and singer, whose birth name was Jeanne Bourgeois. She was at one time the best-paid female entertainer in the world. She inspired a fashion for long headresses and gowns, which became a staple of French music hall.

Jeanne Bourgeois made her debut as Mistinguett at the Casino de Paris in 1895, and appeared also in shows as the Folies Bergère, Moulin Rouge, and Eldorado.

Bird Zapper!

 Zappity, zap! Let your fingers do the zapping!

Pesky birds have hijacked the power lines! Help Skippy the Squirrel by zapping the birds when they are lined up, down or all around, just by swiping them with your finger! The more birds' zapped, the higher the score – and look out for special action birds! Freeze 'em, Tap 'em, Slide 'em, and Zap 'em! Three modes of play include Survival, Blitz, and Zen Mode! This simple and addictive game will leave you electro-CUTED!
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Parrots inside French Magazine

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Cover - May 6, 1922

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Cover - April 16, 1921

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, ''Fleurs et plumes'', 1922
Artist: Chéri Hérouard

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, 1921
Artist: Henry Gerbault

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, "Le Message de L'Oncle Sam", 1918
Artist: Henry Gerbault

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, "La Volière Parisienne", 1918
Artist: Miarko

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, "Les Perroquets" 1913
Artist: Jacques Nam

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, ''Tout le monde soldat'', 1916
Artist: Georges Léonnec

La Vie Parisienne Magazine Plate, ''Le remplacant'', 1916
Artist: Edouard Touraine

La Vie Parisienne was a magazine in France founded in 1863 and popular at the turn-of-the-twentieth century. It was originally intended as a guide to upper class and artistic life in Paris , but it soon evolved into a mildly risqué erotic publication.
La Vie Parisienne was hugely successful because it combined a new mix of subjects - short stories, veiled gossip and fashion banter, also comments about subjects from love and the arts to the stock exchange - with beautiful cartoons and illustrations by leading artists of the age. Alongside this La Vie also reflected the changing interests and values of the turn of the century population such as fashion and frivolity.
The artwork of La Vie Parisienne reflected the stylization of Art Deco illustration, mirroring the aesthetic of the age as well as the values, and this coupled with the intellectualism, wit and satire of its written contributions was a combination that proved irresistible to the French public.

Le Rire Magazine Cover, 1907
Artist: F. Bac
 "Le Rire", meaning "to laugh," was the most successful of all the "Journal Humoristique," published in France during the "Belle Epoque" (The last years of the 19th century). Published as an illustrated satirical weekly, from October 1894 to well into the 1950's. It was founded in Paris by Felix Juven in 1894. At the time corruption and incompetence ran rampant in the politics of the French government. There was anti-republican unrest directed on the infamous Dreyfus affair. It was also the gay nineties, a time of crowded cabarets and cafes flowing with the likes of Yvette Guibert and Polaire, to entertain the restless generation of the new found industrial age. A perfect time to poke fun at the political and social issues of the day.
It was the superb full colour drawings of the front and back covers and the centre spread, which made "Le Rire" outstanding. Printed as a small newspaper, black and white text and advertising appears on the reverse of each colour drawing. The great artists that flourished in Paris at the time were lined up to display their talents in "Le Rire" to an anxious public. It's most famous and important contributor was Toulouse-Lautrec.
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