The Grand Review

The Grand Review OPEN BY APPOINTMENT, except during announced open studios and special events

The Grand Review is a remarkable collection of delightful yet obscure historic imagery from private and public collections throughout the Delaware Valley and the Mid Atlantic. Rediscovered, then rethought and reworked at our studio on the edges of Philadelphia, we present these carefully chosen images back to the public as handsomely crafted large format prints. In this way we give fresh life to l

ong forgotten or simply inaccessible works while serving as both an entryway and revenue stream for the libraries, museums and important private collections we partner with. Our studio is located in a delightful 1890s carriage house, finished with a dark cinnamon wood interior most likely in the 1930s, in the fascinating Overbrook Farms neighborhood of Philadelphia. Overbrook Farms was the first of the consciously crafted late 19th century communities along what would become known as the Pennsylvania Railroad's Main Line, right where the Lincoln Highway, Lancaster Pike and old Route 1 all come together, and justifiably lauded as a treasure trove of colossal architectural gems of the era. Access to the studio is by appointment, but please let that be understood as an invitation rather than envisioning a spiked iron gate with gun ports. We are regularly visited by educators, scholars, professors with select students in tow, archivists and heads of collections from libraries and museums around the Mid Atlantic, as well fans of our work who love an amazing historic print and the story that goes with... well told! Yes, an ever growing portion of our work is available on line and please feel free to shop there with confidence, but if circumstances and opportunity allow, there is that special experience of seeing the space where we create our prints, and getting to see and understand our process first hand.

Here is a surprisingly groovy discovery as I glean, file, organize and prepare for a round of digital restorations.Front...
02/05/2023

Here is a surprisingly groovy discovery as I glean, file, organize and prepare for a round of digital restorations.
Frontispiece and separate illustration, though attached, from the 1st edition of Charles Dickens’ THE CHIMES, A GOBLINSTORY. 1844.
While it looks familiar, I do not remember where or in what circumstances I acquired it.
I did not pluck it from someone’s copy, as I am not a cad and scoundrel. I think it might have been in a box of miscellaneous paper my friends since third grade, the Eckel sisters, gifted me when clearing out their parents’ miscellanea.
It is not without value, but removing it from the first edition assasinates the value of the book.
I will ask them if they in fact have the book, and restore the integrity of such a gem.
For those of you interested, look deep into the mechanics of bell ringing in the illustration on the left. Pretty boss.

Yes, these finally went through our digital restoration and are very boss prints, though I have to check and see if they...
12/09/2022

Yes, these finally went through our digital restoration and are very boss prints, though I have to check and see if they've made it into our catalog, yet.
D'OH!

Feels good to feel good!  Took my little single horse trailer out and set up The Grand Review’s street display, for the ...
10/17/2022

Feels good to feel good! Took my little single horse trailer out and set up The Grand Review’s street display, for the 17th annual Thrift For AIDS street fair at 5th and Bainbtidge.
Now not setting up multiple towers to stroll through, just the trailer display, with added folding tables with totes fulla prints and a pair of X leg print display racks.
I admit that it is good for the soul when a steady stream of enthusiastic fans stop and genuinely gush and ask plenty of questions and, hallelujah, but prints!
www.thegrandreview.com

Every day is National Dog Day here, considering some of the gems in out catalogue.  Here's a favorite...
08/26/2022

Every day is National Dog Day here, considering some of the gems in out catalogue. Here's a favorite...

This Prints item by TheGrandReview has 14 favorites from Etsy shoppers. Ships from Philadelphia, PA. Listed on Aug 6, 2022

Will reshoot later with proper light.
04/08/2022

Will reshoot later with proper light.

HUNTER'S MOONTime to freshen up our page.  We have been active elsewhere on the internet, and have let our frie...
10/20/2021

HUNTER'S MOON
Time to freshen up our page. We have been active elsewhere on the internet, and have let our friends and fans here float in space for a bit, but we have returned with a fall line up to whet your appetite, as well as evergreens you'll hopefully greet as old friends... and pick up something to groove your home or workspace, or favorite local taproom for that matter.

As Guy Fieri says whenever he talks about The Grand Review, "Help, my goddam sleeves are on fire!"

We were happy to donate prints to the annual gala for the Bicycle Coalition here in Philly.  Part of raising money for t...
11/30/2020

We were happy to donate prints to the annual gala for the Bicycle Coalition here in Philly. Part of raising money for their various worthy programs. Here are a some of those prints.

Yesterday, I heard that the hashtag   had been jumped on by the gay community in a delightful exercise in throwing the w...
10/05/2020

Yesterday, I heard that the hashtag had been jumped on by the gay community in a delightful exercise in throwing the wooden shoe into the gears. Go lads, GO!!!
Needless to say, I began posting using that hashtag on Instagram last night and having great fun. Now, to switch to my oft neglected FB page for The Grand Review and carry that forward. Yee Ha!
Starting with universally beloved icon Ella Fitzgerald. Not gay specific, but any excuse for Ella works for me!

"I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don't have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you'll understand."

In case anyone was wondering where we divined the moniker 'The Grand Review' years and years back, I lifted it proudly f...
06/25/2020

In case anyone was wondering where we divined the moniker 'The Grand Review' years and years back, I lifted it proudly from The Grand Review of Colored Troops.

The endless inbox.  Raw materials waiting for digital restoration.  All imagery I’ve fallen in love with for any number ...
03/23/2020

The endless inbox. Raw materials waiting for digital restoration. All imagery I’ve fallen in love with for any number of reason and acquired, to ultimately give them fresh life. Flip through the pics. This is but a tiny sample. Help me, Cheezus!

Black Cat In A Tuxedo, Playin’ The Bones.  This print always delights every time we set up at any type of show.  Hershey...
03/08/2020

Black Cat In A Tuxedo, Playin’ The Bones. This print always delights every time we set up at any type of show. Hershey Auto Show? Kinetic Arts Derby? Doesn’t matter. Folks love it. Find it in our Etsy catalog with other rakishly handsome treats.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH.  Our collection of prints is strong with African and African-American works, all unique to our cata...
02/07/2020

BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Our collection of prints is strong with African and African-American works, all unique to our catalogue. This is, I believe strongly because of the context of other prints in our series, General Benjamin Franklin Butler. His famous parlay with rebel officers at Fort Monroe, and subsequent declarations that all slaves were from that moment forward now contraband of war, and must be removed from being of service in any way to the Confederacy. Enslaved people did whatever’s they had to do to break free and head, he’ll bent for leather, to instant freedom. An often overlooked but massively important moment. Why he’s presented as a drummer boy here is open to many interpretations, but it would have been an easily recognized reference in the middle of the Civil War. On a side note, in general attitude, pipe and drum, this image always reminds me of Amir Questlove.

Sometimes it just doesn’t work.  This tiny revenue stamp is smaller than two modest size thumbnails together and as cute...
02/07/2020

Sometimes it just doesn’t work. This tiny revenue stamp is smaller than two modest size thumbnails together and as cute as a puppy. I’ve approached it several times over the years and the results have always been unacceptable. I always work large, but I’ll have to make an exception here. It deserves to be part of our visual landscape and not be reburied in a pile of certain oblivion. That said, NOT currently in our catalogue, but just here for your enjoyment. It’s sort of like the Isle of Man symbol jumped into the transfer machine from The Fly with a centipede.

What do you mean, ‘digital restoration’?  This was the back page of a very rare Fargo brochure.  No copy at the top, two...
02/06/2020

What do you mean, ‘digital restoration’? This was the back page of a very rare Fargo brochure. No copy at the top, two trucks below this’n. Cracked, broken paper with large sections missing. Disassembled it and put it back together as a 24 x 18 horizontal print, taking the copy from the front. When we set up at Hershey or the Macungie Truck Show, this and our other Fargo prints prove again and again to be killer evergreens. Lots of enthusiasts leave our both big grins and a tube or two under their arms.

STORMY KROMER!!!  Now a print in our catalogue, this fellow, likely an iron mine worker in Northern Michigan, is sportin...
02/06/2020

STORMY KROMER!!! Now a print in our catalogue, this fellow, likely an iron mine worker in Northern Michigan, is sporting a VERY early Stormy Kromer hat. The company, still making hats by hand in Michigan, would have been brand new at the time. They flattened the crown around this time. Stormy Kromer is thriving, and their fans are a love driven cult of which I am a happy proselytizer. Note, by the way, this gentleman’s raw, rough sewn sheepskin vest and 120 year old Levi’s jeans and. GNAR!!!

Known in our catalogue as BIG BABY, this is a big print, and only ever sells when I set up a street fair.  I watch peopl...
02/03/2020

Known in our catalogue as BIG BABY, this is a big print, and only ever sells when I set up a street fair. I watch people as they interact with my free flowing display, and always hang this at head level or above. There are people who look right through it, and others who stop in their tracks, mesmerized, amused, maybe confused. A surprising number of thems wot stopped take one of these home. Sure, I’m happy when there is a purchase of any of my prints, but this’n I’m always extra pleased that people have chosen to bring something so CRAZY into their lives. Adding the original to view here. This was a fairly straightforward transformation. The Magic was sourcing this mad scrap and believing something groove would come of it.

Cephus Childs’ VIEWS OF PHILADELPHIA.  While we’re on the subject...  amazing that most Americans do not know the signif...
02/02/2020

Cephus Childs’ VIEWS OF PHILADELPHIA. While we’re on the subject... amazing that most Americans do not know the significance of the canal systems built during the early years of the United States, only to stomped into instant uselessness by the sudden explosion that was the relatively inexpensive railroads. Manayunk was a a town that became a short lived Industrial Age powerhouse, at first entirely because of the canal. Yes, the canal is still there and worth exploring and yes, this boss 24 x 18 print is part of our catalogue. Please feel free to tap the link at the top of the page. #

When I showed details from this great Cephus Childs print of the Water Works, I forgot to show the whole goddam print!  ...
02/02/2020

When I showed details from this great Cephus Childs print of the Water Works, I forgot to show the whole goddam print! Hmmmmmmm... good at OTHER things!

Aaaaaah... the Divvil, you say!  Please scroll through all three...  Remarkable and remarkably rare graphic from the abs...
01/29/2020

Aaaaaah... the Divvil, you say! Please scroll through all three... Remarkable and remarkably rare graphic from the absolute dawn of the Automotive Age. A piece of oversized sheet music, crumbling to the touch, that we’d stashed between two sheets of oak tag for years, has become a shockingly engaging print in our catalogue. To be hung in a bright room, preferably where people pass regularly and can get nose to nose with it to appreciate the incredible detail.

Devil Grinders!  That be one in the stairwell at Fergie’s, you bet.A very satisfying restoration, we started with a mush...
01/29/2020

Devil Grinders! That be one in the stairwell at Fergie’s, you bet.
A very satisfying restoration, we started with a mush mosh of an ancient billhead, disassembled it completely, gave the devils and angels plenty of real estate and laid it all out like a handbill. Scroll through to see the original. Big fun in the studio!

01/17/2020

MURDERESS!!! Still the worst royal scandal of all time, Frances, the Countess of Somerset was at the center of a real sh*te storm. Betrayal. Double dealing. A poison e***a! You couldn't make this stuff up.

Read the longer winded back story on the link below, which takes you to the Etsy listing where I can type as long as I dare.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/771125373/excellent-large-print-frances-countess

12/01/2019

Most works in the flat file sale are unframed, but a few are framed up. Rosenquist at Leo Castelli Gallery... eighty bucks, framed? Yikes!

12/01/2019

I expect fun surprises to come out of everyone’s flat files today. Here are just a few from the collections of Robin Palley and Henry Brann. Yikes, Mark Brodzik work in the house!!! @ Clarkville

11/30/2019

Clearing out treasures from our flat files today at a great two day event in University City at Clarkville. Yes, I am also a voracious collector, buried in paper treasures! HELP!!!

11/19/2019
The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World

In our unusual Civil War collection are several variations of Lady Liberty. This is a delightful stroll through the world of Lady Liberty I thought you might enjoy.

This is not your standard Statue of Liberty book. Instead, this book uses the Statue of Liberty as a focal point to examine the symbolism of the female divine in America, and how focusing on Liberty in the form of a giant woman reveals the untold histories of the many suppressed classes in this coun...

10/31/2019

HELLZAPOPPIN’ 1941. Olsen and Johnson’s completely Nutsville Broadway success transformed into a devil filled big screen bonanza. Now a 24 x 18 print in our catalog from the original studio promo still in our collection.

10/16/2019

The Four Flash Devils, circa 1930 - Large 20x24 Print, African-American Dance Troupe, Incredibly Rare British Handbill.

Very little online about these fellow. A dance clip from England on YouTube, and several references to revues they were in which I will cut and paste a few bits from soon.
A GREAT, exuberant image, digitally restored from what so far seems the only surviving handbill from their London performances.
Enjoy!!!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/731289046/the-four-flash-devils-circa-1930-large

10/08/2019

All from originals in our collection, gathered over several years when opportunity strikes. Now all 18 x 24 prints with plenty of pop, you bet!

10/06/2019

A rough scrapbooking scrap from the late 19th, early 20th Century. Had this a long time, and finally restored it and turned it into a 20 x 24 print. Just appeared in our catalog today at The Grand Review. Background is canvas texture taken from a 1920s automobile water bag in the Lost Highways Archive, repeated and cleaned up.

10/05/2019

Do I post this under Antique Bicycle? Antique Motorcycle? Ladies and gentlemen... The Antique MOPED!!!

I have been collecting a number of antique bicycle themed playing cards for quite awhile. The three that were already in our catalog have been enthusiastically received every time we set up at any kind of event, and today we finally put the rest through our digital restoration. The prints are fun, strong, engaging and worthy.

This one, to my delight, has an engine attached!
https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/TheGrandReview/tools/listings/742312583

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Saw this on The Grand Review. Monorail trough Fairmount Park for the Centennial Celebration.
So so excited to be at Hi-Tide Summer Holiday: Asbury Park this weekend! Meet me in the lobby of the The Asbury for your personalized Retro Roadbooks on Sat, then we all gather on Sun in the cool Danny Clinch Transparent Gallery where I'll share my latest finds from Route 66 and sneak peek into the North Jersey Retro Roadbook and Mid Mod Map worthy TWA Hotel! Can't wait to see Slowey & The Boats , The Grand Review (with Fred Lammers artwork) Robin Cammarota-Nicolson and Ladies Who Tiki Meetup at Hi-Tide Summer Holiday, Deke Dickerson , Eddie Angel , Fred Lammers Nowsville and many of my tiki / music ohana! See you there!
"Bernie" from the Carnegie Deli here. Here's a link to the WWII flyers I told you about. I have restored originals; these are the full digital restorations, obviously better than the flimsy originals.

It was a pleasure meeting you. The people you meet a the Carnegie Deli....

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