Thursday 21 December 2023

The Annotated Record Covers: Ersatz GB (2011)

The Fall's album Ersatz GB is unusual in that there are three versions of the cover artwork in circulation.  

This blog post examines all three versions of the artwork, tracing the origins of as many of the collage elements as possible.   Some of them remain untraced at this point, but if they're ever tracked down in the future then I'll add the information here.

I've found that most of the clippings can be traced to a few main sources.  These are, the New York Times - mostly from the issue dated 31 July 2011; the Metro - mostly from the issue dated 2 August 2011; The Daily Mail of 3 August 2011; and an issue of a 1950s American men's magazine called Male


An Artwork Version Chronology

The release of the album, with details of its title and track listing, were trailed in August 2011 with a feature in Mojo magazine.  The first posts about it on the Fall Online Forum were on 20 August [see].

On 7 September 2011, Cherry Red published confirmation of the album's 14 November release date [see archived web page here:].  

The posting included an image that looked like it might be the cover art.  At any rate, that was how fans interpreted it.  This was it:

announced artwork for Ersatz GB
Ersatz GB (September announcement artwork)

Some fans liked it, others didn't.  It sparked my curiosity - where did all the components of the collage come from?

On 8 September 2011, the day after the publication of the image, I posted the results of my detective work (

Most of the headlines I was able to identify apparently came from the New York Times of 31 July 2011.  One was from the same newspaper on 29th July.  There was uncertainly about others.  More elements were identified after another FOF user posted a larger version of the image in October.  In addition to more New York Times headlines, a clipping from the Daily Mail dated 2 August 2011 was found, which led to more from that source.   And FOF user Buy Kurious! confirmed that the "Bret and Bart" clipping in the top left corner came from Dan Spiegle's Maverick comic - although my subsequent research has established that it's from a reprint rather than the original.

By early October, Cherry Red were saying that the artwork had not been finalised.  The picture accompanying the album on Amazon was changed to a photograph of the group.

On 12 October, Cherry Red published new cover artwork (at any rate, that was when FOF user Little Frank spotted it), which turned out to be the version released:

Ersatz GB - released artwork
Ersatz GB - the final cover artwork

Further detective work followed, of course.

A third version of the cover art was revealed when Cherry Red published their "microsite" for the album (  They described this as the "original cover".

Ersatz GB - so-called original cover
Ersatz GB - the microsite "original cover"

In addition, note the final release's back cover and inner artwork.  This post considers them as well.   

On release (as per the credits list below), the artwork was attributed to Mark Kennedy and Mark E. Smith. It is unclear whether Kennedy was involved with all three versions, but we may as well assume that he was.   

Ersatz GB - back cover artwork
Erstaz GB - back cover artwork

Ersatz GB - credits
Ersatz GB - credits page, reverse of album cover

Ersatz GB - Reverse of the back cover

I'll look at each version of the artwork in the order presented above.

It's worth noting a couple of the challenges in identifying sources.  First of all, some of the clippings are indistinct or indecipherable; it is not even always entirely clear where the boundaries of an image are, or whether two or more images overlap - in other words, the number of clippings may be undercounted or overcounted.  And secondly, some of the clippings feature text which appears in more than one edition of a newspaper, or more then once in a particular edition of a newspaper.  In those cases, I've gone with the edition most frequently identified as a source, or with a page of an edition which is known to have been used as a source.

Finally, thanks to all the FOF users who took part in discussion of the cover artwork, in particular user @BuyKurious.

A Statistical Analysis of Sources

I counted up, as best I could bearing in mind the difficulty of working out what constitutes an individual clipping, the various sources of the images as they appear in the three versions of the artwork.   The table above shows my findings so far and will be kept up to date.

Here's the same data in chart form:

The September 2011 Cherry Red Announcement Artwork

"As Bret and Bart approach Ed Smith's claim..."

Source: "Ghost Town Gold". 
Maverick Television Story Book (undated, c.1960), p.44 (story pp.31-49).

This is a clipping of a frame from a UK-published book consisting mainly of black-and-white versions of stories taken from the James Garner/Jack Kelly/Roger Moore/Robert Colbert TV-series-linked Dell Comics title Maverick (not to be confused with the Marvel Comics series), drawn by Dan Spiegle.   The TV series ran from 1957-1962, and the original comic book was published from 1958-1962.  Apparently 19 issues were produced (the first six numbered 892, 930, 945, 962, 980, and 1005 of Dell's "Four Color" series). 

Here's some images from the "annual", published by Charles Birchall & Sons.  It's undated, but the copyright page credit for Warner Bros has the dates 1958/1960:

Here's the original comic:

Maverick #8 (cover)

Source: "Ghost Town Gold". 
Maverick, #8, January-February 1960.

According to Tony's Trading, it seems there were six UK Maverick albums/compilations published between 1960 and 1963, with another appearing in 1982.  Three were titled "annuals", three were "television story books", and one was a "comic album".  Although they were mainly vehicles for Spiegle's Maverick stories, they also contain other content - articles about "the wild west", and illustrated text-based short stories - some of which I've found were originally published in other Dell comics such as The Lone Ranger, Wagon Train, and Cheyenne.

Maverick Annual, 1962

Maverick Annual, 1962

Maverick Annual, 1982

Maverick Comic Album, no. 1, 1961

Maverick Television Story Book, 1960

Maverick: A Television Story Book, 1961

Maverick: A Television Story Book, 1962

The frame was used as part of The Fall's live backdrop c.2012.

For more information, see:

"Guilty Pleasures"

Source: "Guilty Pleasures".  Metro, 2 August 2011.
Text online:

The Metro's "Guilty Pleasures" has been a daily feature of the newspaper for many years, though the logo has evolved.  Since it appears daily, I cannot prove that the 2 August issue is the source, but other clippings were definitely taken from that issue, so choosing it is not without justification.

Vaseline Theory

Source: "From Figure of Fun to England's Lucky Charm", and "Hot Spot Boffins Sweep Away Vaughan's Vaseline Theory", by Paul Newman. Daily Mail, 3 August 2011, p.68.

A strip apparently torn from the right hand side of a page of the Daily Mail.

"Liberty Try to Put Down Roots at Temporary Home"

Source: "Liberty Try to Put Down Roots at Temporary Home", by Brian Heyman. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sports Sunday section, p.9.
Text online:

"The Liberty" (officially, "The New York Liberty") are a professional basketball team based in Brooklyn, New York.  They play in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).  The Liberty normally played at Madison Square Garden but, due to renovations, were, in the words of the article, "forced to move about a 15-minute train ride away for the start of a three season run at Prudential Center."

"You Think I'm Crazy, Don't You?"

Source: "The Fifth Down: 'You Think I'm Crazy, Don't You?' ", by Lang Whitaker. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sports Sunday section, p.10.
Text online:

Clipping from an interview with N.F.L. coach Jerry Glanville.

"Halted on the Way to South Williamsport"

Source: "Halted on the Way to South Williamsport", by Paul Post. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sports Sunday section, p.1.
Text online: (paywall)

All photos by Tadej Znidarcic for the 
New York Times.

Four clippings from the same page of the same article, which is about the Rev. John Foundation Little League team of Kampala, Uganda: the first African team to qualify for the Little League World Series, but whose hopes were dashed when they were denied visas for travel to the United States.    


Source: "We Treasure Hunted the Bottom", by Philippe Tailliez. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.82 (article pp.82-97).

According to Wikipedia, Tailliez (1905-2002) was a "friend and colleague of Jacques Cousteau" and a pioneer of underwater exploration. The photos illustrating the article, including the shark cutting, were taken by him.

Wikipedia: Philippe Tailliez

Jim Thome

Source: "Pursuit of 600 Interrupted by Aches: Age Takes Toll on Thome's Power", by Pat Borzi. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sports Sunday section, p.2.
Text online: (paywall)

David Joles / Star Tribune via Associated Press (Source: Alamy)

A story about how soon-to-turn-41-years-of-age Jim Thome was battling injury while chasing the target of being only the eighth player in baseball history to hit 600 home runs. He was to retire from Major League baseball in October 2012, having hit 612 home runs.

"For Asian..."

Source: "Noticed: For Asian Stars, Many Web Fans", by Austin Considine. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Styles section, p.6.
Text online: (paywall)

Here's a colour version of the portrait of cosmetics/beauty blogger/vlogger/entrepreneur Michelle Phan:

I think the clipping with the colours comes from her headgear, plus a chunk of sleeve.

To quote from the article:
Asian roles in Hollywood have come a long way since Mickey Rooney played a Japanese neighbor in ''Breakfast at Tiffany's.'' But the dearth of Asian lead characters today suggests that there is still a way to go.
It's an entirely different story, however, on YouTube, where a young generation of Asian-Americans has found a voice (and millions of eager fans) on the democratized platform.

"Ira -"

Source: "On The Runway: From Iraq to Paris", by Guy Trelay. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Styles section, p.4.
Text online: (text only)

About Caesar Stovall, army medic-turned-model.  

A tricky one to confirm with any certainty, because there's not much text to go on.  But this seems to me the most likely clipping source, given how many other clippings come from the 31 July issue of the New York Times, and the lack of any alternatives in the headlines on that day. 


Our Lady of the Highway

"Our Lady of the Highway"

The image is not very distinct but this appears to be an odd-one-out element of the collage design, because it's a religious object rather than a newspaper or magazine clipping.  

"Our Lady of the Highway" (or "Highways", or "Our Lady of the Way") is one of the names sometimes used by Catholics for the Virgin Mary, regarded as a patron of travellers.  Jewellery, pendants, medals and other devotional items can be bought featuring the Virgin Mary in this guise, often paired with an image of St. Christopher (patron saint of travellers).

The text probably reads, "Our Lady of the Highway, Pray for Us".   But it might be "Our Lady of the Highway, Protect Us".

The particular item pictured is probably a lenticular image, showing Mary or St. Christopher as the image is moved.  I located a few examples of these on the web, including lenticular images incorporated into Zippo lighters.

Warhol's Mao

Source: "Opportunity on Madison" by Holland Cotter. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Arts & Leisure section, pp.1, 20. 
Text online at: (paywall)

The collage features two pieces of a cutting of a picture of Mao Zedong - one of Warhol's 199 silkscreen prints of Mao.  The cutting has been taken from Robert Caplin's photograph on the second page of the article (p.20). The photograph features the then director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas P. Campbell (he occupied the position from 2009-2017), alongside Joel Shapiro's sculpture, "Untitled", and the Warhol Mao silkscreen.  

The photograph in colour:

Photo by Robert Caplin for the New York Times (2011)

Cotter's article is about, and explores the possibilities of, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's announcement in May 2011 that it would be leasing the Marcel Breuer-designed building on Madison Avenue which had been the home of the Whitney Museum of Modern Arts since 1966 (The Whitney was moving to new premises). 

Joel Shapiro, "Untitled" (2000-2001):

The Warhol silkscreen print of Mao is one of 199 - probably this one:

More on the Warhol silkscreens of Mao:

Warhol's print is based on this image by an unknown photographer:

"Sports Sunday"

Source: "Sports Sunday" section heading. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sports Sunday section, p.1.

Obviously this heading is used in every issue of the newspaper, but it seems reasonable to identify the source as being the 31 July issue, since the majority of identifiable clippings sourced from the NYT do come from that issue.

"... Need Fixing"

Source: "Where Many Things Besides the Islanders Need Fixing", by George Vecsey. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sports Sunday section, p.9.
Text online at: (paywall)

The article is about a hockey team ("The Islanders") that needed new facilities in cash strapped Nassau County, Long Island.


Source: "The New York Times", front page title.

This one was obvious!   I've designated the 31 July 2011 issue the source, because that's where the majority of the clippings come from.

"Cool in a Meltdown"

Source: "What I Wore: Michael Wolff: Keeping His Cool in a Meltdown", by Bee Shyuan Chang. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Styles section, p.7.
Text online: (paywall)

A fashion/style-related diary item about Michael Wolff, editorial director of Adweek.

"Field" / "Babies to Heroes"

Source: "Babies to Heroes: A Field Guide to Big-Screen Men", by A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Arts & Leisure section, p.1 (article pp.1,6).
Text online: (paywall)

There can surely be no dispute that this is the source of the "Babies to Heroes" clipping.  But what about "Field", a more common word?  I have checked, and this is the the only occasion in the 31 July 2011 issue of the New York Times that the word "Field" appears in an article title.

The first paragraph of the article, which is about "male archetypes in the moves", reads:
There are times, particularly during the summer, when the big screen seems overrun with the alpha and omega of contemporary masculinity: the big babies of comedies and the hard-bodied manly men of superhero fantasies. There are a handful of other types in play, yet even these represent a fairly limited spectrum, from the idealized to the abject. The movies may be male dominated, but images of men are surprisingly narrow: often missing in action is the regular guy who wakes up every morning, kisses his wife (or husband) and manages not to do anything especially silly or heroic in the course of his working day.


"Apocalypse Garage"

Source: "Build the Apocalypse Inside Your Garage", by Mikado Murphy. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Arts & Leisure section, p.8. 
Text online at: (paywall)

The article is about some technical aspects of the film Bellflower, directed by Evan Glodell.   

Beneath the text of the headline, part of the illustrative publicity shot with the car is visible.  This is it:

Photo credited to Oscilloscope Laboratories

IMDB: Bellflower (2011)

"Moves at Trade Deadline"

Source: "Moves at Trade Deadline Can Be Great Deal of Trouble", by Rob Meyer. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sports Sunday section, p.10. 
Text online at: (paywall)

The article is about the transfer market for baseball players.


Source: "Happily Ever After, 'I Do' or Not", by Ruth La Ferla. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.12.
Text online at: (paywall)

This is the only occasion in the 31 July 2011 issue of the New York Times in which the word "happily" appears in a headline.  Since most of the clippings used in this version of the cover design do come from the NYT of that date, it seems safe to conclude that this is the correct source.

An article about same-sex marriage. Here are the opening paragraphs of the piece:

Arnold Scaasi was once asked by a writer for The Times whether, should same-sex marriage become legal, he would wed his partner, Parker Ladd.
''Oh, I don't know,'' Mr. Scaasi demurred. ''We've been together for so long. We don't need a contract to know that we care about each other.''
But after the Marriage Equality Act became law in New York State this month, Mr. Scaasi reversed himself. With Mr. Ladd, he announced to 100 or so of their closest friends that they planned to officially seal their bond, which has endured for 50 years, with a private civil ceremony on July 26, followed by a lavish reception at Le Cirque.


"Learn Baking at Home"

Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.66.


Source: "Straddling the Border, Eccentrically". New York Times, 31 July 2011, Arts & Leisure section, pp.21-22.  
Text Online at: (paywall)

There are two "Eccentrically" cuttings in the collage, both taken from Jon Pareles' review of an album by the Mexican singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana.  The first cutting, with the text underneath, is definitely the headline from p.22, and so it seems reasonable to conclude the second cutting is from the main headline from p.21.

Fox Hunters

Source: "Evening Hours: Party Animals", by Bill Cunningham.
 New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Styles section, p.11.  Text Online at: Party Animals, "New York Times", 31 July 2011 (NYT archive).

The photo is of members of the Millbrook Hunt, an organisation founded in New York in the 1890s.


Source: "Vows: Audrey Saunders and Robert Hess", by Robert Simonson.
 New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Styles section, Weddings/Celebrations, p.13. Text online: (paywall)

The article is a write-up of Saunders/Hess's wedding party in New Orleans on 23 July.  The photograph depicts the Kinfolk Brass Band.

Photograph by Jennifer Zdon for the New York Times.

Kinfolk Brass Band (homepage)

"Pain" / "Poetry"

Source: "Finding Poetry in a Couple's Pain", by Dennis Lim.
 New York Times, 31 July 2011, Arts & Leisure section, p.8 (article pp.8, 13).  
Text Online: (paywall)

The same headline appears over the second half of the article on p.13, but I've gone with p.8 because other clippings are taken from p.8.  But here's the headline as it appears on p.13:

The article is about Pietro Marcello's documentary, The Mouth of the Wolf ("La Bocca del Lupo") (2009).   

Three clippings can I think be sourced to this article, two from the title and one from the illustrative publicity photograph.

Credit: Indigo Film 

Wikipedia: "The Mouth of the Wolf"

IDFA Institute: "The Mouth of the Wolf"

"We Are All Lost Children"

Source: Cartoon by Evan D. Diamond. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.70.

Once I'd deciphered the signature on the cartoon, I did some research into Evan D. Diamond, just out of interest.  While it's not difficult to find examples of his work on the Internet, there appears to be no biographical information, so what follows is based on what I've been able to piece together myself.  

Evan Daniel Diamond was born in New York on 30 December 1924 to Max and Helen Diamond, who lived at 809 West 177 Street.  He died at home on 22 July 2001, aged 76.   

Jeneil Williams

Source: "Evening Hours: Party Animals", by Bill Cunningham.
 New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Styles section, p.11.  Text Online at: Party Animals, "New York Times", 31 July 2011 (NYT archive).

According to the captions, the photograph is of Jamaican model Janeil Williams attending a screening of Invisible Beauty, a documentary by Bethann Hardison. This took place on 19 July 2011 at the LVMH Tower Magic Room in New York, and was hosted by Renaud Dutreil, chair of LVMH Moet Hennessy Lous Vuitton Inc.  I'm unclear about the relationship between this film and Hardison's 2023 documentary of the same title.

War Horse

New York Times, 31 July 2011, Arts & Leisure section, pp.4. 

The clipping of a horse's eye comes from an advert for the Lincoln Center Theater, Broadway, production of Nick Stafford's adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo book, War Horse (1982).

Poster for the original production of War Horse at the National Theatre, London, 2007-2009.

Flyer for the Broadway production at Lincoln Center Theater, which ran between 2011-2013.

The Rosicrucians

Source: "This Wisdom Must Die!" (Rosicrucians advert) 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.47.

The image appears to be of "the damned".

"You'll Like This..."

Source: "Sooty and Weep: Paul Daniels in Hospital After Puppet Throws a Pizza at Him", by Jen Blackburn. The Sun, 3 August 2011, p.9. 

Sooty is a famous British puppet (Sweep is his puppet friend, hence the pun), created by Harry Corbett in the 1950s, and Paul Daniels was a magician and TV light entertainment personality.  Daniels died in 2016.  When Harry Corbett retired he passed Sooty to his son Peter (performing as Matthew), and when Matthew retired he passed Sooty on to Richard Cadell.  It's Richard pictured in the article with (left to right) Sooty, Sweep and Soo.

Wikipedia: Sooty

Wikipedia: Paul Daniels

"6 Men Can Kill An Ump"

Source: "6 Men Can Kill an Ump", by George Barr (as told to Martin Abramson). 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.58 (article, pp.39, 56, 58).

It was tracking down this article, and then getting hold of the relevant issue of Male, that enabled me to identify the sources of many of the clippings on the various versions of the cover.

George Barr (1892-1974), described on the first page of the article as "Dean of Umpires", talks about the verbal and physical abuse baseball umpires put up with. Here's a couple of passages from the article:
I've been sat on and spat on, blasphemed in every language and dialect except Hindustani, conked with beer cans, stones, ice cream boxes, rotten tomatoes, and leftover liverwurst sandwiches. (p.39) 
I think it’s time that an umpire broke with the old precedent of suffering in silence and talked back, loud and clear. I think you should know the inside facts about the guys who are really out to kill the umpire. And I don’t mean the hysteri­cal home-town fans who get carried away in moments of frenzy. I mean the professionals who should know better - the players and managers who trigger the actions that incite dem­onstrations. (p.56).

Wikipedia: George Barr (umpire)

"A Lost Child..."

Source: "Modern Love: A Lost Child, but Not Mine", by Kassi Underwood. New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Styles section, p.6.
Text online: (paywall)

From the article:

On the third anniversary of my abortion, I found out via MySpace that my ex-boyfriend was having a baby with another woman. It was none of my business, except I somehow convinced myself that his new baby was a replica of ours, and as such I felt a sense of ownership, of responsibility for the child's well-being.

The leaf/tree clipping comes from Brian Rea's accompanying illustration.

By Brian Rea

"It Is Easy Being Green"

Source: "It Is Easy Being Green", CIRCA jewellers advert. 
New York Times,  31 July 2011, Sunday Styles section, p.6.

All three images and both headlines on this page were cuttings sources.

Sky Watch I

Source: "Sky Watch: Week of July 31",
New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.18.

The Maid

Source: "The Week Ahead". 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Arts & Leisure section, pp.2. 

The caption reads:
Clara Bow, right, in John Francis Dillon's "Call Her Savage," which is being shown on Sunday and Monday as part of the Film Forum's precode festival.
The maid, on the left, is the uncredited Katherine Perry.

The photograph is a publicity shot credited "Photofest".

Wikipedia: Call Her Savage (1932). Call Her Savage (1932)

"Bring Back Poppy"

Source: "Bring Back Poppy", by Thomas L. Friedman. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Review section, p.11.  Text online at: (paywall)

Friedman's article reflects on modern politics, contrasting the presidency of George H.W. Bush with the contemporary Republican party and the Tea Party faction.

Bobby Kirk

Source: "Bogart Journal: He Said It Was Too Hot to Fish, And That Was Just for Starters", by Kim Severson. New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.12.  Text online at: https:/ (paywall)

A profile of Bobby Kirk 76, of Bogart, Georgia.  Kirk had supplied a quote about fishing to a local newspaper journalist: "It was no good this morning... I never got a bite.  I reckon it was too hot."   It was picked up by the New York Times and the TV show The Colbert Report, went viral, and made Kirk briefly famous.   He died on 28 June 2020, aged 85.

The clipping is of Kirk's head and hat, obscured by a black line from elsewhere.

Original photo:

Photo by T. Lynne Pixley for the New York Times.

Athens Banner Herald - Bobby Kirk obituary

"My Forty Years As A Vice Prober"

Source: "My Forty Years as a Vice Prober", by Peter Carroll (as told to Theodore Irwin) 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.11

The cutting is part of a photograph illustrating Peter Carroll's account of his time as an "vice" investigator for the American Social Hygiene Association, which can be found on pp.11-15, 74-79.

The photograph is credited (photo credits are found on p.72 of the issue of Male) to "Zindler", who I think is Marvin Zindler.

"David Yerushalmi Has Quietly Led a National Movement"

Source: "Behind an Anti-Shariah Push: Orchestrating a Seemingly Grass-Roots Campaign", by Andrea Elliott. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.1.  Text online at: (paywall)

"David Yerushalmi has quietly led a national movement" is the caption to Fred R. Conrad's photograph of Yerushalmi.


Source: "With Tannenbaum, Jets Show Audacity From the Top Down", by Ben Shipigel. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sports Sunday section p.5.  Text online at: (paywall)

The single word "show" is hard to pin down, but I believe this to be the only time it occurs in a headline in the heavily-used 31 July 2011 edition of the New York Times.

Mike Tannenbaum was the general manager of the New York Jets.

You Are Here

Source: either Contents page, The New York Times Magazine, 31 July 2011, p.4 or "Man Of The (Fine) Cloth", by Michael Brendan Dougherty.
The New York Times Magazine, 31 July 2011, p.14. 
Text online at: (paywall)

The source of the clipping must be one of these pages, but it doesn't appear possible to determine which.   

The clipping is part of a map showing the position of Norfolk, Virginia.

The Camel

Source: Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.68.

The image of the camel illustrates a story entitled "Double Ambush" (pp.17, 68-71); it's a detail of a larger photograph that appears with the first page of the story:

"Rim King" - America's Favourite Eyeglasses

Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.62.

The cutting of a pair of glasses is taken from an eye-test kit advert in Male magazine.

Rosella Atkinson, by Frank Bender

Source: "Frank Bender, 70, 'Recomposer' of Faces of the Dead", by Margalit Fox. New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.20. 
Text online at: (paywall)

The source of the image is Margalit Fox's obituary of the forensic sculptor Frank Bender, who died on 28 July 2011.   The picture (which is credited to Frank Bender, although presumably it was not taken by him but comes from his collection) is of Rosella Marie Atkinson, an 18-year old who disappeared in 1987. Her remains were found in 1988 and Bender was asked by police to reconstruct her likeness.  In 1990 Bender's bust was recognised as Rosella by a member of her family.  In 2005 Brian Hall confessed to Rosella's murder; he was convicted in 2007.

Photograph of Rosella Atkinson, credited by the NYT to Frank Bender. 

Alamy: Frank Bender with his bust of Rosella Atkinson.

Alamy: Photo of the bust by Matt Rourke.

The Cinemaholic: Rosella Atkinson Murder: Rosella Atkinson:

Bender's Wikipedia profile:


Source: "Slaughter goes on in Syrian city", by Joel Taylor. Metro, 2 August 2011, Business Day Section, p.13.
Text online: 

The author's byline is visible beneath the headline, enabling a confident identification of the source of this cutting.   The article covers the killing by the Syrian army of 120 anti-Assad protesters in the city of Hama. 

"Bankruptcy Move"

Source: "Just Before Deadline, County in Alabama Delays Bankruptcy Move", by Mary Williams Walsh and Campbell Robertson. New York Times, Business Day section, 29 July 2011, p.1.
Text online: (paywall)

The article concerns the debt crisis in Jefferson County, Alabama.   The accompanying photo, part of which can be seen on the clipping, is of Birmingham, Alabama:

Birmingham, Alabama. By Bob Farley for the New York Times


Source: "Jamaica Bay: Wilderness On the Edge", by Alan Feuer. New York Times, 31 July 2011, Metropolitan section, p.1.
Text online: (paywall)

Jamaica Bay is a national park near Kennedy Airport.

Photo by Mylan Cannon for the New York Times

"Is That All There Is?"


Source: "Is That All There Is? Milking Life For More", by A.O. Scott. New York Times, 29 July 2011, Weekend Arts section, p.1. Text online: (paywall)

A review of Miranda July's film, The Future.


The Final Cover Artwork

"U.S. To Chip In"

Source: "Obama Tells U.S to Chip In", The Sun, 3 August 2011, p.6.

I was able to confirm the source of this clipping by using the Nexis newspaper database to search for the headline wording.  However, I needed to obtain a copy of the 'paper in order to confirm the typeface matched - which, as you can see, it does. 

"Hero... And Zero"

Source: "Hero... And Zero", Daily Mail, 3 August 2011, p.58.

The text of the item reads:
Meggitt chief executive Terry Twigger, left, is flying the flag for British engineering exports with a 26pc increase in half-year profits to 6146.2m and looks all set to lead his company into the Footsie.

Carpetright sales may not be quite as threadbare as they were but with shares still half the price they were four years ago investors are unlikely to be found cutting a rug in honour of boss Lord Harris of Peckham.


"Glee Turns to Gloom"

Source: "Glee turns to gloom", by Cheryl Latham. Metro, 2 August 2011, p.35. Text online at:

The article is about bad economic news.

"It's racist to bar me from your country!"

Source: "It's racist to bar me from your country!" by Sanjay Jha and David Williams. Daily Mail, 3 August 2011, p.9.  Text online at:

Typical fare from the Daily Mail.  The subtitle sums up the story:
The Mail tracks down Indian husband in human rights battle who says he won't learn English - and hopes 'many others' will join him in UK when he wins his case.

Rashida Chapti, Vali's wife, didn't win the case:  

"English test for immigrants 'not illegal', judge rules." Daily Mirror.


Source: Metro, 2 August 2011, p.5.

The heading at the top of the page.  Either the 2nd or 3rd August, but I've gone with 2nd August as it's known to be the source of other clippings.  Also, having compared p.5 of both issues, it looks more like the top of a 2 than the top of a 3.  But I cannot claim to be 100% certain.

Unhappy Mario

Source: "Unhappy Mario reveals his Manchester misery", by Kevin Aitken. Metro, 2 August 2011, p.49. Text online at:

The story is about Manchester City footballer Mario Balotelli, who had spoken of being "unsettled" by life in the north west.

All I had to go on with this source were the initial letters of four sentences, but in the end in proved easy to track down in the 2 August 2011 issue of the Metro, just looking for articles with a byline and sentences beginning with M, C and W.  There was only one that matched.

The Sun Says

The Sun, logo

This item was obviously from p.8 of an issue of the British tabloid, The Sun. The issue was unknown, but likely somewhere between 28 July - 3 August 2011 given the dating of safely identified cuttings. And since cuttings had been identified which came from the 3 August issue of The Sun, it seems probable that issue was the source of this as well.   Having obtained a copy of the 3 August issue, it definitely fits.

Source: "The Sun Says", The Sun, 3 August 2011, p.8.

Vice Raid

Source: "My Forty Years as a Vice Prober", by Peter Carroll (as told to Theodore Irwin). Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.74.

The clipping is a detail of an image used to illustrate Peter Carroll's account of his time as an "vice" investigator for the American Social Hygiene Association, which can be found on pp.11-15, 74-79.   The full photograph from which the detail is taken appears on p.15 of the article:

Photograph credited to Gib Brush/Kelpix

Male cover I

Source: cover painting by Mel Crair. Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955.


Source: "Longevity Down to Genes", cartoon by Pugh / "Having a long life 'is all down to inheriting the right genes'", by Fiona MacRae. Daily Mail, 3 August 2011, p.11. Text online at:

This is the cartoon:


Jonathan Pugh (b. 1962) was the pocket cartoonist for the Daily Mail from 2010.


I probably ought to be putting this into the "unidentified" category (I do count it that way in the statistics), except that there is a little information about the item.

The clipping is a photograph, and the credit visible on the side seems to be "V" - Vladimir - Sladon.  

Another example of his work is here:

English Cricket

Source: undetermined

The image on this cutting is the symbol of the England and Wales cricket team/England and Wales Cricket Board.

The Indian cricket team toured England between 21 July 2011 and 16 September 2011, and so there was significant coverage of the second India vs England test, which took place at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, from 29 July to 2 August, precisely the period when most of the cuttings were published.  There are numerous newspaper photographs featuring members of the English cricket team wearing the badge, and I have not been able to pinpoint a particular source.

England won the series 4-0.

Disgruntled Barton

Source: "Disgruntled Barton now told to get out of Toon", by Paul Murphy. Metro, 2 August 2011, p.47.  Text online at: k/newspaper-daily-edition/2011-08-02/mta/spread/46-47

The clipping is part of an article about Newcastle United Football Club player Joey Barton.  Unhappy Mario and Disgruntled Barton in the same newspaper!

Tin Shop

Source: illustration by Elliott Means from the story, "I'm Going to Kill Hickok", by Seth Kantor. Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.43 (article is pp.42-43, 46-47).

A Moral Uprising

Source: "My Forty Years as a Vice Prober", by Peter Carroll (as told to Theodore Irwin) 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.13

Another clipping taken from the selection of photographs illustrating Peter Carroll's account of his time as an "vice" investigator for the American Social Hygiene Association, which can be found on pp.11-15, 74-79 of the September 1955 issue of Male

The photo is credited (in the acknowledgements for the issue on p.72) as "posed by model, from GBA".   The caption reads:
A moral uprising closed the houses in the U.S., too, and drove the girls onto the streets near army camps.

"Play Guitar in 7 Days"

Source: "Play Guitar in 7 Days", Ed Sale advert. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.74.

A second clipping from p.74 of the September 1955 issue of Male.

I think this is the same Ed Sale, AKA "Radio's Wizard of the Strings" (although this was also the soubriquet of Roy Smeck from the 1920s onwards, so maybe Sale was being cheeky), who wrote this book in 1952:

And this from 1955:

Ed Sale's "secret system" for learning guitar in 7 days was still being advertised in the mid-1980s.  The "Ed Sale Guitar Company" operated out of Avon-by-the-Sea, Monmouth, New Jersey.   

According to (link to blog post), Sale was "a teacher in New Jersey" who

dressed in cowboy gear and billed himself as 'Radio’s Wizard of the Strings.' Sale had a regular radio broadcast (where is unknown), published methods, and sold Sale guitars, probably made for him at the old Oscar Schmidt plant in Jersey City. 

Tea Tree Bay

Source: "South East Queensland" postcard. Photograph of Tea Tree Bay, Noosa National Park, Queensland, Australia, by Philip Rowley/Banksia Images Pty Ltd. (postcard found on ebay)

The blurb on the reverse of the postcard:

(Note: "Pty" is an abbreviation for a corporate structure in Australia; it stands for "proprietary limited").

The location and photographer were relatively easy to identify with the aid of reverse image search tools.   

Here's a larger image taken from the Banksia website, owned by Rowley:

Source: Banksia Images #Q128

The clipping appeared to be from a multiple-image source, the edge of another image visible on the right.

Banksia Images' website has a slightly different version of the 7-image postcard that I found on ebay.  Elements of the central map are laid out differently on the website version, not leaving enough room for a sufficiently wide green strip as visible in the clipping, and so it didn't seem like it was the correct source, until I found the variant image on a postcard for sale on ebay.

Here's the version from the website:

Source: Banksia Images #Q223

Philip Rowley's Tea Tree Bay photograph has been used on other postcards published by his Banksia Images company.  I found this one on ebay as well:

Big Pay Day Price Crunch

Source: Morrisons "Big Pay Day Price Crunch" promotion. 
Example from Daily Mail, 29 July 2011, p.38.

The "G" and the "B" from the centre of the album cover are taken from Morrisons supermarket advertising. It is not possible to identify the precise source with any certainty - Morrisons advertised in a number of different newspapers, and there will also have been flyers and other promotional materials.   I've used the Daily Mail of 29 July 2011 just as an example.


The search continues...

The Microsite "Original Cover"

This Old Republican

Source: "This Old Republican" by Brian McFadden. New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Review section, p.3.

Colour version of the strip:

St David's School

Source: "Education Jobs: Saint David's School". New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Review section, p.8.

Here's a bigger version of the advert:

"Remember your training, Quigly..."

Source: "Remember your training, Quigly..." cartoon by Mac, Daily Mail, 3 August 2011, p.17.

Here's a larger version of the cartoon:


"Mac" is the pen name of cartoonist Stanley McMurty, who worked for the Daily Mail from 1971 until his retirement in 2018.

Wikipedia: Stanley McMurty

"No Skinny Scare-Crow For Me!"

Source: "Gain More Weight", More-Wate Co. advert. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.61.

We've a long way to go, but a stark example here of how body shaming was completely unquestioned in the culture.  

"His father was a clown"

Source: "This Land: A Son Follows Giant Footsteps Into the Big Tent", by Dan Barry. New York Times, 29 July 2011, p.11.  Text online at: (paywall)

The article is about Sam Ferlo, then aged 14, who was following his late father into the clown trade. The cutting is part of an image of Sam's father, which was taped to the lid of his make-up box (which had belonged to Sam's father).

Here's a better image:

Photo credit: Nicole Bengiveno/New York Times

Pay Cuts and Rate Rises

Source: "2 in 3 workers see pay cut or frozen", by Kirsty Walker / "Rate rise would cost families £500 a year", by Hugo Duncan. Daily Mail, 3 August 2011, p.17.  Text online at: (Walker) and (Duncan)

Yet another clipping from p.17 of the 3 August 2011 issue of the Daily Mail.

"Four-Star Earthquake"

Source: "News Analysis: Turkish Military's 'Four-Star Earthquake' Reshapes Political Terrain", by Anthony Shadid. New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.6. Text online at: (paywall)
The clipping here is of the bottom left member of Turkey's High Military Council.  Here's a colour version:

Credit: Umit Bektas/Reuters

The caption reads: 
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, flanked by the members of the High Military Council at the mausoleum of Gen. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of Turkey, in Ankara in 2005. Mr. Erdogan has served for eight years.

Seven Terrified Women... 

Source: "Seven Terrified Women... Cindy", The Dollar Mystery Guild advert. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.59.

The text for the "Cindy" segment, an extract from the Joseph Hayes novel The Desperate Hours (1954), reads:

Cindy walked into her parents' darkened living room... and a drunken, bearded man in a prison uniform seized her, pawed her, bent her backward across a table. "Don't fight him, Cindy," begged her father, watching helplessly. Then Cindy saw the gun in the convict's hand... and ceased to struggle.

Wikipedia: The Desperate Hours (Hayes novel) 

Low Prices

Source: "Low Prices on Family Favourites", Asda Stores advertisement. Daily Mail, 3 August 2011, p.23.

Asda were advertising heavily in newspapers of the period, so I've identified an example from the 3 August 2011 issue of the Daily Mail as the likely source of this clipping - since that issue is known to be the source of other clippings.

"Afghans Rage at Young Lovers..."

Source: "Afghans Rage at Young Lovers; A Father Says Kill Them Both." by Jack Healy. New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.1 (full article pp.1, 8).  Text online at: (paywall).

One of two clippings from this grim two page article that can be found in this version of the cover artwork.

Song Poems

Source: "Song Poems Wanted: To Be Set to Music", Five Star Music Masters advert. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.78.

The advert reads:


Submit one of your best poems for free examination. Any subject. Send poem for details and information.  

Phonograph Records Made


Wempe Zeitmeister

Source: Wempe Automatic XL Aviator Watch advert. New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.3.

Wempe were regular advertisers, so as usual I've picked from an edition of the New York Times we know is a source of other clippings.

Rocks Like Nothing Else

Source: "Rocks Like Nothing Else." HP TouchPad advert. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.11.

Here's a colour version of a similar Hewlett Packard advert:

Out of the Underworld...

Source: "Inside For Men: Out of the Underworld". 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.34.

The cutting is taken from a cartoon illustrating an item about mugging.

Have a Laugh!

The clipping is a jokes column heading from The Sun newspaper. The image on the right is from The Sun website.  The item would have appeared regularly, so I'm putting a 3 August 2011 date on it, since other clippings can be confidently sourced to that issue.  

"Have a Laugh" appears three times in the 3 August 2011 edition of The Sun, and it is not possible to determine which page is the source of the cutting.   

So here they all are:

Source: "Have a Laugh". 
The Sun, 3 August 2011, p.9 or p.15 or p.27 (left-to-right).

No More Fish in the Sea?

I know what this cutting represents, but I don't know the source.  It's a Katharine Hamnett-designed t-shirt for Selfridge's "Project Ocean".

Credit: Andrew Meredith. Source:

The clipped image looks like it might be this:


"Project Ocean" was initially promoted as a "retail-activist" campaign by Selfridges from 11 May to 12 June 2011.  There was obviously newspaper coverage around that time, but I haven't yet found anything in the usual sources during late July and early August.

Here's an example of contemporary coverage, from the Metro:

Source: "We love: Project Ocean at Selfridges", by Amy Mountstephens. Metro, 5 May 2011, p.21.  Text online at:

"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall..."

Source: "Mirror, mirror on the wall...", by Bob Barnes. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.77.

Larger image:

Bob Barnes (Robert Leslie Barnes, 8 March 1913 - 12 November 1970) is probably best known for the comic strip The Better Half, which he drew from 1956 until his death, at which point his wife took over.

Float Above It All

Source: "Float Above It All", advert for Frontgate. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.10.

Frontgate: company profile

Taylor Guitars Grand Auditorium

Source: "J&R 40th Anniversary", advert for Taylor Guitars Grand Auditorium - Acoustic-Electric Guitar. New York Times, 31 July 2011, Arts & Leisure section, p.22.

Here's a larger image of the part of the advert from which the clipping was taken:

J&R closed 2014.

Sky Watch II

Source: "Sky Watch: Week of July 31", 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.18.

A second cutting from the same image, see "Sky Watch I" above, under the Cherry Red Announcement Artwork section.

The basic chart was sourced from

"Hands Tied?"

Source: "Hands Tied?", American School advert. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.76.

Larger image of the advert:

An image of the American School, Drexel Avenue at 58th Street, Chicago, Illinois:

Source: Booth Library Postcard Collection, Eastern Illinois University, via CARLI Digital Collections [Link]

The American School was founded in 1897.  It is now located in a suburb of Chicago called Lansing.

Mail Classifieds: Flights & Overseas Holidays

Source: "Mail Classifieds: Flights & Overseas Holidays". 
Daily Mail, 3 August 2011, p.54.

Across the bottom of this iteration of the cover design is a strip consisting of parts of adverts possibly just torn from the right hand side of this classifieds page from the Daily Mail. I'm treating it as one clipping.

"Anger as Singer Wears Fox Skin"

Source: "Anger as Singer Wears Fox Skin: J-Lo's Furry Fury Coat", by Pete Samson. The Sun, 3 August 2011, p.7.

Self-explanatory, I think.

New York Times, Sunday 31 July 2011

Source: New York Times, 31 July 2011

The clipping is of a page heading from a Sunday edition of the New York Times, most likely Sunday 31 July 2011, a frequent source for the cover designs.  Impossible to say which page, but it doesn't really matter which page.

"What's in a Face at 50?"

Source: "What's in a Face at 50?" by Denise Grady. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Review section, p.4. Text online at: (paywall)

There's a superimposition of images going on here, because the central eye is obviously not Obama's eye.   But I haven't yet identified where it is from.

Here's the portrait of Obama in colour:

Credit: Doug Mills / New York Times

Debt Deal

Source: "Nervous wait for vote on 11th-hour debt deal", by John Higginson and Fred Attewill. The Metro, 2 August 2011, p.5.  Text online at:

Fuel Economy Standards

Source: "Carmakers Back Strict New Rules on Gas Mileage by 2025", by Bill Vlasic. New York Times, 29 July 2011, p.3 (full article pp.1,3).
Text online: (paywall)

The graph from which the clipping is taken is headed, "Fuel-economy standards", and credited to the New York Times. The information on which the graph is based comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (they are indicated as the source):

The Miracle of New Hair

Source: "I Photograph the Miracle of New Hair Growing on Bald Heads!", Carl Brandenfels advert. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.51.

The three men in the photograph are, from left to right, Roy Smith, Oiva Witikka and Eldon Beerbower.  The photographer is Van Smith of St. Helen's, Oregon.  The advert is for Brandenfels' snake-oil scalp and hair treatment.

"He Didn't Fake the Snake Scene"

Source: "He Didn't Fake the Snake Scene", by C. Ray Stahl. M
ale, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.52 (article pp.18-21, 52, 54)

Stahl was a film writer, producer and director.  He was born in California on 24 December 1920, the son of John M. Stahl and his second wife Roxana, and died of cancer in Hollywood on 9 April 1959, aged just 38. 

The article is about working with Alan Tarlton on the film The Scarlet Spear (1954).   

"The Windscreen Viper"

Source: "The Windscreen Viper", by Fred Attewill. The Metro, 2 August 2011, p.19. Text online at:

Nice punning headline.

The article text reads:
This is the moment a family came face to face with a snake - after it suddenly slithered on to their car windscreen at 65mph
The 1.2m (4ft) viper emerged from the engine and wrapped itself around the wipers as 'freaked out' driver Rachel Fisher, 26, was filmed repeatedly shrieking: 'Oh my God.' Husband Tony, 29, who shot the footage on his phone, can be heard saying, 'I want it to fall off', and, 'It scares me' as he worries whether it can get into the car and harm their children babbling on the back seat.
The YouTube hit was filmed on a highway in Memphis, Tennessee, after the Fishers probably picked up their unwanted passenger during an overnight stop in a wood.
It eventually fell off when the car slowed as it hit traffic.



In Front of Oslo Cathedral

Source: "In Norway, Consensus Cuts 2 Ways: Debating the Impact of Modern Diversity", by Steven Erlanger and Michael Schwirtz. New York Times, 29 July 2011, p.9 (article, pp.4, 9).  Text online at: (paywall)

The article concerns the aftermath of the Breivik massacre in Norway on 22 July 2011.  The clipping is a detail of a photograph of the tributes to the victims which had been placed outside Oslo Cathedral.

"Why Men Sphinx They're All Kings"

Source: "Why Men Sphinx They're All Kings". The Metro, 2 August 2011, p.5. Text online at:

Text of the article reads:
Up to 70 per cent of British Men are related to the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, scientists claim. They and more than half of all western European males belong to the same genetic group as the boy king who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, say geneticists who reconstructed his DNA profile. The Swiss team is now searching for the closest living relatives of King Tut, whose common ancestor probably originated in the Caucasus about 9,500 years ago.

Male Cover II

Source: cover painting by Mel Crair. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955.

A second detail from the cover of Male to appear in the Ersatz GB designs (a different detail would make it onto the final cover artwork, see above).

"Curfew, Tag and Web Ban for Hack Suspect"

Source: "Curfew, Tag and Web Ban for Hack Suspect", by Hayden Smith. The Metro, 2 August 2011, p.9. Text online at:

The article is about Jake Davis, AKA "Topiary", accused of various computing offences.

John A. Boehner

Source: Photograph of John A. Boehner by Stephen Crowley, New York Times, 29 July 2011, p.1

The photograph illustrates the article, "House Puts Off Debt Vote As Press by Boehner Fails", by Carl Hulse (pp.1, 12).

Credit: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

The photo caption reads:
John A. Boehner, the House speaker, flanked by fellow Republican leaders, urged members of his party Thursday to pass his bill. A vote was later postponed when it seemed short of support.

Kill Hickok

Source: illustration by Elliott Means from the story, "I'm Going to Kill Hickok", by Seth Kantor. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.43 (article is pp.42-43, 46-47).

Citibank Baby

Source: Citibank advert. New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.1. Available online at:

The text reads, "We had a due date. So Citibank made sure we met our closing date."


Source: "Kate's Given Up Bingeing for, er, Bingo", by Andrei Harmsworth. The Metro, 2 August 2011, p.24. Text online at:

Gossip. "Kate", meaning Kate Moss.

The Trial

Source: "Doctor 'Threatened to Kill' Wife Who Sent Him a Text Meant for Lover", by Jaya Narain. Daily Mail, 3 August 2011, p.23.

The story reports on a trial in which a doctor was accused of threatening to kill his estranged wife. The outcome of the case was reported in the newspapers on 8 August 2011 - he was found not guilty of assault (Manchester Evening News report, 8 August 2011).

"The Rise of the Macro-Nationalists"

Source: "The Rise of the Macro-Nationalists", by Thomas Hegghammer. 
New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Review section, p.5. Text online at: (paywall)

From the article:
At first glance, the 1,500-page manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the man accused of the terrorist attacks in Oslo, appears to be a fairly standard ideological treatise of the far right. The document, which Mr. Breivik posted online on July 22 just hours before the attacks and which he titled “2083 — A European Declaration of Independence,” evokes several of the movement’s central themes and cites numerous right-wing ideologues.
On closer inspection, however, Mr. Breivik’s worldview does not fit squarely into any of the established categories of right-wing ideology, like white supremacism, ultranationalism or Christian fundamentalism. Rather, it reveals a new doctrine of civilizational war that represents the closest thing yet to a Christian version of Al Qaeda.
Mr. Breivik and Al Qaeda are manifestations of the same generic ideological phenomenon: “macro-nationalism,” a variant of nationalism applied to clusters of nation-states held together by a notion of shared identity, like “the West” or the “ummah.”

Colour version of the picture:

Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press

The caption reads:
A Norwegian girl drew a heart on a mural for victims of the attacks on July 22 in Oslo.

Ritzy Bryan

Source: "Ritzy Bryan", by Kate Murphy. New York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Review section, p.2. Text online at: (paywall)

A profile of Ritzy Bryan, lead singer of The Joy Formidable.

Here's the photograph:
Credit: Karl Walter/Getty Images

The Bike Deal

Source: "Opinion: Reading and Its Rewards", by Maile Meloy. New
 York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Review section, p.9. Text online at: (paywall)

From the article:
When I was 10, growing up in Montana, I wanted a 10-speed bicycle, and my father made me a deal. I could have a new bike if I read 10 classic novels and wrote reports on then.

The illustration:

Credit: Julia Kuo


Powerhouse Binoculars

Source: Thoresen's Powerhouse Binoculars advertisement. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.81.

As the advertisement explains, Thoresen were an importer - of German binoculars as in this case, but also other products.

America's Future in Space

Source: Image by Valero Doval, illustrating "Sunday Dialogue: America's Future in Space". New
 York Times, 31 July 2011, Sunday Review section, p.2. Text online at:

Complete image in colour:

Credit: Valero Doval

Valero Doval (homepage)

"7 Terrific Mysteries"

Source: "Seven Terrified Women...", The Dollar Mystery Guild advert. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.59.

A second clipping taken from this page of Male.


Source: "Bed Manners / Better Bed Manners", Arden Book Co. advert. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.77.

From the advert:
Men and women are "Bed Animals", say the authors and they proceed to prove it with the friskiest discussion of nighttime intimacies you will ever read! This is a book full of roguish, frolicsome wit that will keep you laughing from cover to cover. For the strangest adventure of all is to find yourself locked in a bedroom with someone of the opposite sex with whom you are required to go to bed and get up for thousands of nights... it’s called marriage. It may have just happened to you or it may happen when you least expect it and are least prepared. But whatever your marital state, you’ll want to send for this hilarious book of Bediquette. today!

Paul Daniels' Teeth

Source: "Sooty and Weep: Paul Daniels in Hospital After Puppet Throws a Pizza at Him", by Jen Blackburn. The Sun, 3 August 2011, p.9.

A second cutting from this particular article.

... Put a Cork in It?

Source: ReallyTV Channel advert. The Metro, 2 August 2011, p.31. Text online at:

"Become an Expert in Traffic"

Source: "Become an Expert in Traffic", Lasalle Extension University advertisement. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.64.

Lasalle, or La Salle, was a private University, operating primarily as a correspondence or distance learning college from 1908 to 1982.

Time to Fuck

Source: unknown.

Although the source of this image is at present unknown, it is identifiable as, most likely, a newspaper or magazine advertisement for a novelty wristwatch. The wording on the watch face is going to be "Time to Fuck", and it possibly dates to the early 1980s to judge from similar examples that I found.  Known as the "TTF Time Piece", watches in a similar style were sold via mail-order by Bournlite Ltd, based in Middlesex.  But this remains uncertain.

The following full-page advertisement is from the Paul Raymond-published soft-porn magazine Club International UK, Vol.10 (11), November 1981, p.25:


"Be Popular!"

Source: "Be Popular! In Any Company - Anywhere!"  Pickwick Co. advertisement. 
Male, Vol. 5 (9), September 1955, p.58.

"Man of the (Fine) Cloth"

Source: "Man of the (Fine) Cloth" by Michael Brendan Dougherty. The New York Times Magazine, 31 July 2011, p.14. Text online at: (paywall)

"If you give money to Dr. Leroy Thompson, will your own bank account grow?", asks the article, which is centred around an unemployed hairdresser named Travis Cross who was attending an appearance by Baptist preacher Dr. Thompson, who holds that "the Lord can solve even the worst financial problems."

"A Young Tibetan's Burden"

Source: Photograph of Ogyen Trinley Dorje by Librado Romero
, New York Times, 29 July 2011, p.1.

The clipping is of a photograph used as a skyline (though skylines or sky boxes are I think supposed by definition to be at the top of the page) or teaser for the article, "A Young Tibetan Lama Prepares for a Greater Role", by Laurie Goodstein, p.17 (text online at: (paywall). Ogyen Trinley Dorje is recognised by the 14th Dalai Lama as the 17th reincarnation of the Karmapa.   Aged 26 at the time of the article, he had been enthroned in 1992, and escaped into exile in 1999.

The text above the photograph reads:
Many Tibetans expect this man to be their leader. That's pressure.

Wikipedia: Ogyen Trinley Dorje 


Source: "International" page heading, New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.6.

I've assumed that this clipping comes from the most commonly used edition of the NYT.

"A Very Flawed Hero"

Source: "A Very Flawed Hero", by Tony Rennell. Daily Mail, 3 August 2011, p.21.

A long torn-out clipping from this Daily Mail article about Second World War RAF fighter pilot Douglas Bader stretches down the right hand side of this version of the Ersatz cover design.

Afghans Rage II

Source: "Afghans Rage at Young Lovers; A Father Says Kill Them Both." by Jack Healy. New York Times, 31 July 2011, p.8 (full article pp.1, 8).  Text online at: (paywall).


The Back Cover

Finally, it remains to consider the images on the back cover and reverse of the back cover.

The yellow image is a NASA image of the Moon, and the blue image is a NASA visualisation of the Sun.

Research continues!


29/12/2023 - Updated "As Bret and Bart approach Ed Smith's claim..." from the announcement version with b/w UK-published edition of the Maverick story which is the correct source.

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