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
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