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The Vulgarians Hardcover – 1960

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The Vulgarians, Robert Osborn, New York Graphic Society, 1960, color illustrations by Author.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: New York Graphic Society; 1st edition (1960)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000NWAFJ6
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on February 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book sometime in the early sixties (it came out in 1960) but it disappeared years ago so I recently bought a second-hand copy. Fifty years later it's still a timely kick up the backside of commercialism though I expect even Osborn would be shocked at the way it saturates contemporary life these days.

Osborn's view was that the Nation had lost its way from the ideals of Lincoln, Wright brothers, Ford and FDR. Madison Avenue was now in charge. One spread in the book summed it up nicely: 'The key to all is the smile...wide, youthful, brilliant...and everything is GOOD & GLAD day after endless day, hour after hour, page after page, program after program...'. On the opposite page is a hideous lipsticked mouth, old teeth, two closed eyes and some pinkness suggesting a bloated female face.

Over the page another stunning illustration shows a laughing man carving a huge slice of meat from a joint, the copy reads: 'and the fat & the fatuous are INTERCHANGEABLE & labeled the FULL life!' As I recall this was based on a Thanksgiving ad with a photograph of the same scene sponsored by one of the big meat processing companies.

Throughout the book Osborn's sure line and use of color supports the text. A nice feature is that the words are written in his handwriting rather than typeset, this gives the whole thing much more credence.

Robert Osborn was one of the great illustrative satirists and like Ralph Steadman could make his art say so much. 'Vulgarians' is still a great book decades later.

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By G. Bell on March 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I knew this book prior to my recent purchase having bought it when it first came on the market in the early 1960s. I lost it, and then found it again all these years later on Amazon. It is an amazing little book, tracing the decline of American values from the noble founding ideals to the shabby materialism of the latter half of the 20th century. I could see parallels even at that time with my own country, New Zealand, in that what America did, Auckland did, and what Auckland did, the rest of New Zealand followed like sheep. It is scary how this book is just as relevant now as it was all those years ago - perhaps even more so. It is a truly brilliant and pungently illustrated treatise on the tyranny of an unfettered free market, rampant consumerism, and the maximisation of profits. Terrifyingly sad and topical too, in that it encapsulates succinctly what the recent occupy movement was actually about, but whose participants were too disorganised, fragmented and factionalised to articulate clearly. A shame they had not rediscovered this book before they struck camp and left the field to the freeloaders and the vandals. Oh! By the way: the book when it arrived, was exactly as described. I would use this supplier again.
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This book is funny standing on its own. It is also so applicable to actions, events and people we can identify around us now. Not a read-all-at-once book, something to have handy if you want to describe a current event in a -- what can only be described as -- snide way which can be so amusing as long as you're sure of the other person's mindset. Not specifically related to a political party or mindset, \can be applied in many directions.
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